Q&A: Real Stories from Real Mums – Mummy Andi Lew from Melbourne Australia

1. How many children do you have & how old are they?
Beaudy is my first and only little boy so far. He’s two and a half.

2. What are your 5 must have baby essentials?
1) Regular Chiropractic care
2) Baby Carrier – Ergo baby is best for both parties
3) Homeopathic Pills – Belladonna and Chamomilla for teething
4) Amber Beads for teething (we sell them at our wellness centre)
5) The ABA (Australian Breastfeeding Association) hotline number 1800 mum 2 mum

3. What are your 5 must have Mummy essentials?
1) Pinky McKay and The Science of Parenting books
2) Regular Chiropractic Care
3) A good water filter and bottle
4) A fridge full of live and fresh foods, nuts, seeds, plant based foods to fuel up on
5) Some beautiful relaxing music to sooth both parties

4. What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
I loved the kicking and kind of missed it for a little while once Beaudy was born. Obviously he was there and it was even better, but there was a sense of loss for a brief period when I was so used to having him so close and inside of me. I eventually just kept following my instincts and continued to keep him close as we both needed each other for various reasons such as synchronisation of breathing and heart beats to fall asleep to and stimulation of milk supply.
Being pregnant was somewhat enjoyable because my husband is a Chiropractor and the regular checks helped with not only things like pelvic instability, but positioning of baby and even general hormonal balancing and wellbeing.

5. Can you give us 5 words to describe your labor?
intense, calm, primal, love, committed

6. What’s the funniest thing your baby has done to date?
I find it all so funny.
When he was about 6 days old, he was sleeping next to his Dad in the exact same postion with his hands above his head and then when I went to take a photo, his eyes opened and he stared at the camera at the exact time I took the photo and he was looking as if to say, “I know what you’re doing and I’m aware that you’re there.”
The photo is in my book; The Modern Day Mother. It’s wild! 

7. What’s your profession & do you plan on returning to it now that you’re a Mummy?
I’m a TV Presenter and a chiropractic assistant. I returned to work doing bits and peices from 6 weeks on here and there, but I chose the days I wanted to work and wore him in a sling. He would breastfeed off me while I wore him or when he got older, i would bring a friend to wear him to sleep while we were on set. The people I worked for didn’t mind taking their breaks around when he needed a feed. We were going to take a break anyway, so why not go with the flow and stop shooting when he wanted to? It worked out that he was so calm as a result that the shoot was fun and we didn’t take very long at all. He landed up being featured in this one shoot – the TVC can be viewed on www.andilew.com/tv and click on show reels to see the Cardio Tech ad.
I also started writing again, while he slept and I probably should have been sleeping but i wanted to research more about babies and sleep and came up with two books this year I’m very proud of; The Modern Day Mother http://www.themoderndaymother.com/ and Eat Fat, Be Thin – http://www.eatfatbethin.com.au/ 

8. What advice can you give to expectant mothers?
What was given to me
– Join the ABA for support. You think it comes naturally and it does, but for some reason we block out our instincts to breastfeed on demand for fear that you will not have the baby in a routine. It come from authors who are disgiusing opinion as science. Mothers end up with bad breastfeeding issues. There are a variety of other issues that the ABA help with and it’s a really important service.
But I have a list of things in my book I tell to expectant mothers to make them feel more empowered in birthing and as a new parent.

9. What’s the thing that you least expected about motherhood?
How isolated you can feel in a western society. We live far away from our families, in other states and sometimes countries and the support isn’t the same. So we need to turn to our neighbours and community to create our own village that raises the child.

10. What’s your favourite weekly activity that you and your baby do together?
We enjoy doing everything together. I include him in my life and I enjoy doing the things he likes too. It’s mutual. We also visit a Steiner playgroup and this set-up is really beautiful to do together.

11. What does it mean to be an “eco friendly” Mummy? & How do you keep it green?
I’ve used Bambo nature nappies that are disposables but biodegradable.
I also breastfed for as long as I could so I guess that’s pretty green, huh?

12. Even on the hardest day (when you’ve had NO sleep) what still makes you smile?
Holding them and touching their skin gives the most amazing oxytocin release (love hormone). Your body has everything you need to cope. Trust your instincts and hold your child more. You may find you will land up falling asleep together which may be exactly what you both need!

13. Do you need to stick to any kind of diet or cut any foods out due to breastfeeding and if so why?
I try to eat as close to nature as possible. Eating live foods give you life. I avoid dairy as it has a protein called casein which is too big for the human gut to digest. More in my book- 7 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You 

14. What’s your favourite healthy meal that you serve to your family?
Orange and Chia seed cake – wheat, dairy and sugar free and so tasty! In my book – www.eatfatbethin.com.au

15. What’s the thing that happens that makes you think & or say “Oh no not again!”
When he puts his heel in the poo when I am trying to change his nappy! Haha! Oh, no! Not again! It’s where he then puts that heel which is the worry!

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