The mother of two young girls, Emma Hawkins, was joined by fellow panelists Celebrity Stylist, Suzy Eskander, former bio-chemist and founder of Nature One Dairy®, Nick Dimopoulos and Pediatric Psychologist, Amanda Abel.
The panel shared their insights, tips and honest accounts both as a parent and industry professionals to 45 guests including everyday mums and influencers. The panel was led by Jacqui Felgate from CH7 News.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the event.
Nick also shared the differences between organic and non-organic formula, the strict regulations imposed on organic milk to ensure no form of artificial or synthetic chemicals is present in the finished products, and the nutrients Nature One Dairy® added to their organic formula. High-quality, better value, Nature One Dairy® ensures competitive pricing in their formula as they do not need to depend on other factories for production.
Emma also revealed that juggling work and kids is never easy and support is key and that she has a lot of it! Even if some days do not turn out well, mums shouldn’t be too hard on themselves.
Suzy spoke about how being a working mum means juggling between her job, social life and her parenting role and she advised all mothers to always put their kids first and discussed how she balanced both work and home with the help and support from the family.
Amanda also helped guests to understand the right time to switch from formula to cow’s milk. “One thing to note, no matter which choice you choose, parents should always ensure sufficient nutrients in your little ones’ daily diet.”
Panel discussion was led by 7 News Melbourne News Reporter, Jacqui Felgate.
Jacqui led the panel and facilitated questions from guests:
Q: Do I have to switch to cow’s milk at 12 months?
A: No, you can use a Step 3 formula which has more nutrients than cow’s milk. Or you can continue to breastfeed.
Q: How do you deal with toddler tantrums?
A: The first thing you need to do is recognize your child’s feelings and acknowledge that they are upset. Make sure you’re on their level and respond accordingly. Although you are frustrated, yelling at them won’t help the situation.
Q: How do you juggle kids and work?
A: Don’t be fooled, I have a lot of help and support (i.e. nanny and family). Every day is different and it’s hard to keep on top of things.
Q: How do you cope with being a parent in this day and age in the public eye?
A: I keep it real!! I think people like to follow me because I am relatable, and I share the truth. I’ve also learnt to ignore the trolls and there are always going to be haters.
Q: How can we help our wives in the early stage?
A: I know from experience that there isn’t much we can do except to support our wife. Perhaps be with them while they’re feeding, take the baby and settle right after a feed and just emotionally support in every way possible!
Q: What is your advice to parents when it comes to formula vs organic formula?
A: Ultimately all formula on the shelf passes guidelines and is fine for your baby. However, organic formula is a more premium product and has certain ingredients that a standard and premium formula won’t include.
Nature One Dairy Pty Ltd is a 100% Australian-owned company dedicated to producing only the highest quality powdered milk products. They produce a range of dairy products specifically designed for every age group ranging from infants to the elderly and everything in-between. Nature One Dairy Pty Ltd is also dedicated to manufacturing our complete range of dairy powders for the international market.
Nature One Dairy® Organic formula is available in all Priceline Pharmacies country-wide and Nature One Dairy® Premium formula is available in selected IGA stores in Melbourne.