the bamboobies story
Bamboobies were born out of necessity - 'the mother of invention!'
After breastfeeding for a few months, I was still leaking sometimes... I even leaked through the thick washable cotton pads. I was tired of looking like I had round targets on my chest where the pads showed through my shirt. Disposables also showed wrinkles and just created too much trash. And disposables get veryexpensive!
So one day I decided, just because it was handy, to stuff a washable diaper wipe into my bra - it felt great, but it looked funny and was far from perfect. It was made of organic bamboo velour so it was deliciously soft and wicked and absorbed like a great pad should. I'd never felt anything so soft!
A year into product development and prototyping with different fabrics and designs, we have settled on a couple of unique breast pad designs that mothers love.
When my first little guy was born I started out nursing, but my emotions got the best of me and I gave up after just 2 weeks. I still wanted him to get the benefits of breast milk so I pumped and then bottle fed him. (That is hard work, especially as a stay at home mom and you realize you are double feeding!) So with baby boy #2 I was determined to nurse him. Thankfully he was a super easy nurser, I never once thought that I wanted to stop with him. The hardest thing however for me was feeding while out in public.
Breastfeeding in public=controversy! Some people feel the need to approach you to tell you what a great thing your doing for your baby, which while appreciated can be just as awkward as the rude stares other people give you. So my take on nursing in public?? I think it is highly appropriate , I mean if you bottle feed and your baby is hungry you aren't going to run off to sit in your car or a changing room to feed your baby....you will feed him/her where you are. SO if you are a nursing mom I think you should be able to feed your baby no matter where you are! However, I am not comfortable nursing uncovered. While I do feel breasts are simply a source of food for my baby, I know that men don't see them the same way. As a Christian woman I feel it is my responsibility to protect the eyes and hearts of other men. Plus...I don't really want my husband catching a glimpse of another woman's breasts. :)
So, when I was nursing baby #2, I used a cover wherever I was...even if I was just at my parents house. The only time I didn't cover was if I was at home with just my family, or if I was with my closest girl friend who I knew I wouldn't make uncomfortable. I liked the cover I had...but I didn't love it. One of my biggest complaints about it was that when baby got a little older and fidgety the cover would move around and not keep me covered as much as I wanted to be. So I knew with baby #3 I needed to find another nursing cover, something I loved!!!
I was so excited to receive the chic nursing shawl from Bamboobies. This nursing cover is amazing!! First the material is soooo soft!! It is made of eco-soy and organic cotton. It is cozy! Also this is not just a nursing cover! You can wear this cover as a shawl so it becomes just part of your wardrobe! Which I think is great, you don't have to throw it in your bag and then dig it out when its time to feed baby. You can just wear it all day with a tank underneath. Now obviously you don't want to wear it everyday, so when you do need to just throw it in your bag I love that it is so thin and won't take up much room. The nursing cover I had with baby #2 had that "bowing" stuff in the neck which made it a little bulky. SO I did throw this on the other day ( I didn't get a picture, sorry) but it is comfy and cute (it will be cuter when I am not so pregnant). : ) But here are some pictures from the Bamboobies website.
Another great thing about this nursing shawl is that when you are pregnant you can wear it as a skirt!! The day mine arrived in the mail, my hubby and I decided very last minute to go out to the movies and then my mom decided even more last minute that yes she could watch the boys while we went....so I decided to try to wear this as a skirt. :) I was a little confused as to how to wear it, but figured it out :) I honestly was a little afraid it might fall down, ha ha. Wearing as a skirt will vary for each woman, there is not elastic in the shawl so its really all about how big your baby belly is at the time ;-) And it sits right under your bump. I wore it with a tank that was a little more fitted so that helped hold it up. It was super comfy and my hubby thought it looked great!
I just love this nursing shawl! I can't wait to use it when feeding baby #3! I have also been browsing the Bamboobies website and they have so many other great products that I hope to try out with this baby as well. Their nursing pads look amazing!! I know some mommas who never need to wear nursing pads, I am not that mom! If I use disposables I change them twice a day!! Take a minute to check out all of their great products! One of you will win a gift certificate for $44, this will buy you a nursing shawl of your own or you can use it towards any of their other products. You are required to pay the flat shipping rate of $4.95. Just fill out the entry form below, I will leave this open until Friday July 6th! Good Luck! Bamboobies has also been generous enough to offer all of you 20% off your order, just use the code HANDS20.
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