Hollie McNish, breastfeeding, BesideYou, Embarrassed

Hollie McNish Is #BesideYou

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Who is Hollie McNish?

You may know Hollie McNish from; the new Natihollienwonwide advert, the ASOS Supports Talent Campaign or from her brilliant new book  Nobody Told Me: Poetry and ParenthoodAnd now you can say you know her because she supports breastfeeding in Medway!

Hollie McNish is a British poet, author and spoken word artist. She shares accounts of pregnancy, breastfeeding, lullabies and tantrums. Her work is both honest and genuine, and she can make you laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time!) as she shares her stories.

How is Hollie McNish supporting #BesideYou?



Hollie McNish’s poem Embarrassed, which has been viewed over 2 million times, tackles the stigma surrounding breastfeeding in public. When Hollie was breastfeeding her daughter public stares, comments and the stories of women being asked to stop breastfeeding left her feeling uncomfortable:



I spent the first feeding months of her beautiful life
Feeling nervous and awkward and wanting everything right
Surrounded by family ‘til I stepped out the house
It took me eight weeks to get the confidence to go into town
Now, the comments around me cut like a knife
As I rush into toilet cubicles
feeling nothing like nice

After months of breastfeeding in public loos and behind closed doors, all the while seeing women’s breasts plastered on magazines and billboards, Hollie McNish decided enough was enough:

So no more will I sit on these cold toilet lids
No matter how embarrassed I feel as she sips
Because in this country of billboards, covered in tits
I think we should try to get used to this

Hollie McNish has shared her inspirational poem and a message of support with #BesideYou to help mums feel comfortable breastfeeding here in Medway. Look our for some familiar faces and locations in the video!


If you know of any venues in Medway which go the extra mile to support breastfeeding families, please let us know on Facebook!

Would you like a free copy of Hollie McNish’s book?

Hollie has also kindly sent us three signed copies of her new book Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood. To be in with a chance of winning simply like and share the video from the #BesideYou Facebook page  and we’ll enter you in to the prize draw!

Find out more about Hollie McNish here


Nobody Told Me, Hollie McNish
Nobody Told Me, Hollie McNish
Hollie McNish is BesideYou
Hollie McNish is BesideYou

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