TikTok ‘interest’ turns Pittsfield mom right into a star
PITTSFIELD – Being a mother can be difficult. Even more so as a working mother.
Pittsfield mother and nurse Hayley Wombles knows this all too well. But she finds the time to help other mothers find a balance by sharing their own experiences on the TikTok social media platform.
“It started out as something I enjoyed,” said Wombles. “I posted a video about breastfeeding and expressing at work and it started from there. I posted the one video and then I realized that I can actually use this platform to help people – to educate people. “
TikTok is used to share short videos on a wide variety of topics. Her channel hayleywombles has more than 400,000 followers and 7 million likes.
After the first couple of videos, Wombles said she started getting questions from viewers and a fun hobby became more meaningful.
“I had several mothers who reached out to me with questions and I realized that some of them had no resources,” said Wombles. “My goal now is to help them. I have the feeling that many mothers give up breastfeeding because it can be difficult. “
Wombles said the stress of mothers, whether from having multiple children, a job, or other responsibilities, can be difficult to juggle.
“I want to be an inspiration to other mothers, a helping hand,” she said.
Of the many questions she receives, the majority of the questions revolve around the type of pump she uses, how she balances work and pumping, and is a mother.
Other questions she has been given are what to eat to increase milk production, how often to express, and other things that will affect the breastfeeding woman.
“I try to give them the best possible advice, but I always tell them to go to their doctor for medical advice,” said Wombles.
Ever since her videos became so popular for their focus on breastfeeding and expressing, Wombles has also drawn attention. She talks about the specific products she uses, and Wombles said some of the companies reached out to her to be a presenter – try the products and talk about them on her channel.
Wombles said she plans to use items that the companies offer and provide an honest opinion.
“Everything will be real,” she said. “I’m not going to try to sell something that I don’t like. I’ll be honest. “