Me: Tell us a little about yourself
She: I'm a stay at home mommy of 2 beautiful children, aged 1 and 4. I came to the UK in 2008 to do my masters in clinical research at Cranfield University and met my husband during this time. After I finished my masters I moved to Chicago, US and came back to the UK 9 years ago.
I'm a health and nutrition enthusiast who loves Bikram yoga and kick boxing. I love caring for children, pregnant women and elderly.
I believe in enjoying life in each and every phase and having no regrets. At the moment, I'm enjoying life with my 2 kids and loving each and every bit, from cooking fresh healthy meals for them to playing with them in our garden, in the trampoline, on the swing, painting, pretend plays, taking them to zoos, parks, safari parks, swimming, reading to them, my 4 year old girl’s school activities – the list goes on. I feel immensely blessed and lucky to be able to relive my childhood with them.
I'm happy that I have chosen this life of fun, laughter and beautiful chaos.
Me: Wow. I understand that you worked before having kids. What was your role?
She: My background is in Clinical research. It is the study of the drug in human beings, after all the trials are done. I started in a contract research organisation where initially I was involved in documentation and data which didn’t excite me much. So I moved to ONO Pharma in central London. There I was working with directors and project managers, managing and overseeing clinical trials. I was working in varied therapeutic areas but working in cancer research always excited me. This was the field I aspired to get into.
I wanted a step up in my career and that’s when I joined Roche. I really liked the environment in Roche. Good work life balance. I went there as a contractor where money was nice and there was flexibility so when I got pregnant I took a break right before having my first child and there was no set time that I had to go back after maternity. It worked out for me because I didn’t want the pressure of going back. I was enjoying motherhood so much. You don’t know the feeling until you become a mother. It increases everyday slowly. The bonding is so special. And plus my daughter had cow’s milk protein allergy which was challenging. For the first 13-14 months I was expressing milk. I was 100% just focused on her and didn’t have any mind space to think about anything else.
Me: How was expressing milk for you?
She: Honestly, I enjoyed doing it. (Laughs) . I just felt so special. That I’m doing such an amazing thing with so much milk coming out of me.It was like gold. It was providing so much nutrition to my child and she didn’t get sick at all for the first year. This gave me more courage to do it as I could see she was so happy and healthy. Plus, with the allergy, she didn’t like the taste of the dairy free formula. The first time she tried it, she vomited. So then I didn’t offer it again and it motivated me to give her the best.
You need those happy hormones (oxytocin) to produce milk. It’s very important to feel positive about the whole thing. To be honest, the second time I was doing it with my son, I was so worked up already. Because of my daughter, I had to run after her- she was only three. It was a big challenge for my daughter that there was a new person in the family and she just hated him for the first few months. To make that better I couldn’t just sit and pump as much. First seven months I did however much I could, I would hide from her and pump. I’d pump at night. I would do it more when she would be at nursery. So, not much in front of her. She would want it for her self when she would see me pump(laughs).
Again, it works differently for all the mothers, and we all do what's best for us and our families. The child should be well fed, be it breast milk or formula. Mama knows best!