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January 2020: Neda Kadkhoda

Meet our January Mom of the Month, Neda Kadkhoda! She is a regular at our Sherman Oaks Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes, where she attends with her son, Jaxon. She has a passion for fitness and always gives 100% at her workouts, inspiring everyone around her to keep going strong. Neda takes time to get to know the other moms in class, their stories and their babies. She is kind, empathetic and has a beautiful calm energy that makes her wonderful to be around. Neda is one of the reasons that our FIT4MOM community is so special and she makes us smile every time we see her!

Where are you originally from?

I am originally from Santa Monica, California.

Tell us about your little workout buddy!

My son, Jaxon, is a year and a half and my first baby. He is super fun, loves to be playful, obsessed with dogs and just all-around a total sweetheart.

How did you meet your husband?

My husband and I met at a wedding and caught eyes across the open bar. Shout out to my girlfriends for pushing me to talk to him.

Tell us a little about your career.

I have my MBA in Marketing and worked in the field for about 8 years. 3 years ago, I got into Human Resources and I have never been happier. I work in the healthcare industry in a 500+ employee company and every day is a new challenge.

How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?

I found out about FIT4MOM from my Mommy and Me teacher, Jackie Rosenberg. It seemed like a great opportunity for me to get out of the house, work out with my babe, meet other moms and put myself first for just an hour a day.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

My favorite thing about FIT4MOM is that I am subtly teaching Jaxon many important lessons. By sitting in his stroller and not being allowed out, he is learning patience. By watching mom and the other moms working on their fitness, he is learning the importance of an active lifestyle. By seeing other kids in class, he is learning how to be more social and interactive. And by giving mom an hour to herself, he is learning that his needs and wants don't always have to come first.

Do you have a New Year's Resolution?

My New Year’s Resolution for 2020 is to step out of my comfort zone more. From cooking new things to trying new classes with Jaxon to pushing back bedtime every once in a while, I want to push myself to do more, learn more and experience more.

What is your proudest moment as a mom?

Without a doubt, I am most proud of my breastfeeding journey. When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed and thought it would be a breeze. I WAS SO WRONG! I had issues with my supply, so I had to supplement and felt like a failure. Seeing my struggles, my husband and mom told me “its ok, breastfeed for a couple of months and then switch to formula” and although I nodded in agreement, I was unsatisfied. I visited my lactation consultant over a dozen times, she ultimately told me that I would likely not be able to exclusively breastfeed. She put me on a “nurse, bottle feed, pump” routine 8 times a day, in an effort to increase my supply – it was the only way. I was a prisoner. But I never gave up. I bought a car charger for my pump, I learned the most effective ways to use my pump, hold my baby, hand express, I bought all kinds of vitamins, trinkets and tools to increase my milk output, I did so much research that I might as well have become a lactation consultant myself.

I pushed through and before I knew it I had hit 5 months of breastfeeding and was barely supplementing. I told my son’s pediatrician I was going to stop at 6 months. She believed in me and told me that I can make it to a year. Once I hit 6 months, it was like a new ballgame, I was a milk machine! I hadn’t supplemented in over a month and had a freezer full of milk. This was the feeling I was yearning for from the day he was born. Just before my son’s 1st birthday I was thinking about weaning but I wasn’t ready. I finally weaned at 14 months. Every time I think back on my journey, it is a consistent reminder that I can truly do anything. Breastfeeding was undoubtedly the hardest part of my postpartum journey, but I am so proud of myself for pushing through and believing that I could reach my goal and surpass it!

Have you ever thought, gosh I can’t do this, and why?

My son’s 4-month sleep regression was probably one of those moments. He was waking up every 5 – 15 minutes and driving me crazy for weeks! We got through it though, and now he sleeps like a champ!

How has becoming a mother changed you?

Motherhood has made me more selfless than I ever thought possible. Every moment, thought or action, I am thinking of my husband and son before anything else. I also appreciate my own Mom in a new way and make sure to show her.

What advice would you give a new mom?

If there is something that is important to you (like me and my breastfeeding journey), you can do it! Believe in yourself, never say never, there are always ways around roadblocks.