Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen talks breastfeeding for 15 years ‘Why wouldn’t I?’
This Morning: Amanda Owen on giving birth
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Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, is often found keeping busy on her sprawling estate, as well as taking care of her nine children. As Our Yorkshire Farm returns to screens, the star has addressed breastfeeding her large brood.
Why wudn’t I? It’s easy, the right temperature
Amanda, who currently documents her life on her farm in Ravenseat, Swaledale, in Yorkshire, recently opened up about her decision to give birth to her eighth child alone, having given birth to six of her offspring at the side of the road.
The busy mum of nine. who recently completed buying a dilapidated farmhouse that was adjacent to her current home, has breastfed her children and has no plans to slow down.
While Amanda may have grown up in the bustling West Yorkshire city of Huddersfield, to a model mother and an engineer father, she soon turned her hand to managing her farm that sprawls across the vast Yorkshire Dales.
Amanda shares her brood with husband Clive Owen who is also involved in the busy farm life as they mix parenting with caring for their flock of sheep.
Now, Amanda has spoken of her decision to breastfeed her children albeit non-stop for 15 years.
The mum, who involves her children in the day-to-day running of the farm, told Country & Town House in her native Yorkshire dialect: “Why wudn’t I? It’s easy, the right temperature and when ya art lammin’, wha’ya gonna do?”
This week she opened up about her decision to give birth to her eighth child alone, as her husband Clive continued to sleep.
“After having six of them by that point at the side of the road, the thought of just staying at home, was kind of like a really good option,” she told This Morning hosts Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond.
She went on to add: “I was so fed up of spoiling people’s picnics and all the rest of it.
“So, I thought right well, this time I’m just going to go it alone.”
Amanda added: “I put the kettle on, stoked up the fire and basically had her in front of the fire with just a terrier as a birthing partner, which is perfect.”
While Dermot and Alison erupted into laughter, Amanda quipped: “Honestly, don’t knock it, it’s great.”
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Claiming she wasn’t “bothered” about giving birth alone, she continued: “The point of the matter is he had been at seven births previously and we spend our whole lives dealing with birthing things, so it wasn’t exactly something that I was particularly bothered about
“I did it myself and I’m very happy and pleased that I did.”
Discussing her decision to turn her back on city life and gear up for a lifestyle caring for 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies, Amanda told the magazine that no “schools careers guidance wer going t’help me [sic].”
Most recently, while speaking of her nine children, Amanda told Radio Times that she wanted each of her brood to become independent.
She told the outlet: “The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything.
“They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents.
“If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?”
Amanda added: “I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is. I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.”
Each child helps out on the family farm, which Amanda believes is “preparation for the big world”, but she allows them to do their own thing in order to avoid becoming a “helicopter parent”.
Amanda recently delighted her 157,500 Twitter followers as she gave an insight into family life on Tuesday, as the brood sat down to watch Our Yorkshire Farm.
In the delightful post, her younger daughter, Clemmy, was sat on her pony Tony to watch the new series in front of the open fire.
Our Yorkshire Farm airs on Channel 5 on Tuesdays at 9pm
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