Between nursing and pumping for newborns, many moms say they feel like human milk machines, but one mom is basically running a factory. UK mother Samantha Williams is a tandem feeder. With three kids, ages 7 months, 3 years, and 5 years, the overachieving mother lets one of her other children nurse while also breastfeeding Ethan, who is 7 months old.
Samantha still nurses all three of them, which certainly has tongues wagging in her neighborhood. In fact, the mom of three has said she’s heard it all, from the claims that she she’s setting her kids up to be strange to the claims that she’s selfish and is going this all for herself. The thing that bothers many people around her is that she doesn't hide it.
“I don’t cover myself with a blanket. I just feed them. I’m not trying to make a point — I just believe it’s natural,” Samantha told the UK publication the Mirror.
Samantha follows what she calls a “don’t offer, don’t refuse” method with the older kids, and only feeds them if they ask for it. She also says she has no problem with producing enough milk for all three of them.
Samantha’s husband, Eddie, supports the nursing of all three kids — even their 5-year-old boy, Trevor.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” the 48-year-old production manager said. “If you like a food and it’s not harmful — eat it. What’s the problem? Trevor will occasionally come into our bedroom, he’ll see the baby breastfeeding and think, ‘I fancy a bit.’”
Eddie goes on to explain, “He’s got a normal diet for a 5-year-old. Sometimes he likes to do something that is really friendly and cozy and makes him feel close to his mum.”
Samantha says the older kids will even report back to her on what her breast milk tastes like that day, and their explanations range from strawberry and chocolate milk to white milk with sugar in it. (Who knew?!)
The Newport, Gwent, mother says she wants to normalize this breastfeeding scenario for other young mothers, and was inspired to go public with her story when she found out Kate Middleton may be breastfeeding her new son, Prince George.
“I’m really proud of my family and I’m not ashamed of what we do. I hope my story can help empower mothers. I’m thinking of them, not the few silly people who will find be offended by it.”
Call us crazy, but we think that more than a “few silly people” might be offended by this. What do you think of this intriguing situation?