I was recently involved in filming a clip for Medela – “Motherhood is different for everybody”.
I was so nervous with filming that it sounds like I was about to cry and I discovered I’m not destined for a life in television given how utterly wigged out I was by having a camera rolling. I left thinking – I don’t even know what I really said or if I answered the questions properly!!! But they still manage to make me seem semi-coherent, and I’m grateful for that!
The other bloggers had some really great things to say though, maybe just focus on them!
Medela also conducted a survey they conducted of 4000 Australian mums about how online information and support networks help them as parents – alongside the release of their new MyMedela App.
One thing that really stands out to me from the survey is that respondents who experienced “baby blues” were helped by reading other people’s experiences online. Which it is exactly why I’ve pushed myself to write about my own challenges with my mental health. I know for myself reading, and hearing about, other people’s experiences really was extremely comforting for me. Knowing that I’m not alone and I’m not only one makes a HUGE difference.
When I said that I don’t know how I’d deal being a mum without online support I absolutely meant that. As Dawn from Kangaroo Spotting says in the video; “Find your village”. My village has been mostly online.
I’ve used my online village for basically everything from breastfeeding advice, to “Should I worry about this rash?”, to choosing what to wear in this video (not even joking). The great thing about an online village is that it never sleeps – there’s always someone around to chat with or ask a quick question or share a small win with.
Also, in the survey 68% of the respondents placed the most weight on the benefit of 24/7 convenience for sourcing information online or via apps. It really is a wonderful thing that if you want to find out something at 2am that information is quite often in the palm of your hand. You don’t even have to get out of bed.