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Friday
Aug062010

World Breastfeeding Week:: Our final product roundup

Tomorrow ends World Breastfeeding Week so today we are posting our last breastfeeding product round up. If you missed the first two, they are here and here. Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, but these ladies and their products help to make it a little easier. If you’ve breastfed your child(ren) and have a story to tell, visit our forum page and join the conversation!

Julie Brannon established Bailey’s Naturals in 1998 when her daughter, Bailey, was 10 months old, nursing and with her at work every day. As an herbalist, she knew how safe and effective herbs could be for mom and baby. “Certain plants have been used for many, many centuries to increase the flow and nutritional quality of breast milk,” she said. She personally used natural medicine and herbs throughout her own pregnancy, natural childbirth experience and the 18 months she breastfed her daughter. “I am interested in empowering Mom's to get their little ones started on "the right foot" when it comes to health and nutrition.”

As a working mother of two, Lois Whittaker, the inventor of Cushie PushieTM was nursing her second child and thought there must be an easier way to breastfeed her son.  Being a busy mom, multitasking occurs even while nursing.  Answering the phone, reading to an older sibling, or just getting a chance to eat are all daily challenges for a breastfeeding mom.  Instead of using both hands and constantly readjusting her breast to keep it in the correct position, Lois thought there had to be a better way.  After many hours trying to come up with the right size and shape, she developed the Cushie Pushie breast support pillow.  With a goal to make breastfeeding easier for new as well as experience moms, Cushie Pushie's aims to provide a quality product for a reasonable cost.

Thursday
Aug052010

World Breastfeeding Week:: Another Product Roundup

This week on Market Mommy we are featuring breastfeeding products invented, made and sold by moms in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. If you missed our previous post, it’s here. Although breastfeeding is crucial to the health of babies, it’s not always easy. It can sometimes be painful and uncomfortable. Kudos to these moms and the products they offer for helping other moms become better breastfeeders. We’ll have one more product round-up tomorrow, so stay tuned! 

Anita Jamshidi is the inventor of the Utterly Yours Breast Pillow. “Personally, breastfeeding was the way I wanted to nurture my children. I believe it’s the best source of nutrition for the child,” she said. She created the pillow because she was determined to find a better solution than using a folded towel to support her breast. Jamshidi feels that the Utterly Yours Pillow gives moms a way to be successful and persevere; and not give up out of frustration.

Dr. Lennox McNeary and Dr. Cheri Wiggins are the co-founders of The Mommy Doctors Bakery. Both are physicians and work full-time in addition o raising their families. As physicians, the women note the positive health effects of breastfeeding such as decreasing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, protecting against childhood obesity and leukemia, and decreasing the risk of breast cancer and type 2 diabetes in mothers. They developed Milkin’ Cookies so that mothers could boost milk supply but also get a delicious and healthy snack. Each cookie is made with all-natural ingredients. Both mothers admitted that the cookies significantly increased their milk supply.  http://www.milkin-cookies.com/

Simple Wishes was founded by four sisters (all moms) who wanted to make life a little easier for multi-tasking and professional moms. The Simple Wishes sisters designed a hands-free pumping bustier to be supportive, comfortable with customizable features to fit every mom's unique body. The sisters agreed that this was a much needed product that was missing in the marketplace.

 

Tuesday
Aug032010

World Breastfeeding Week:: Product Roundup

August 1 – 7 is World Breastfeeding Week. It is celebrated each and every year in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. I am a breastfeeding mom myself and proud to say I was able to nurse both of my children from birth to around 15 months of age. Neither ever had formula.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO also recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life and then with the addition of foods and other nutrients for up to two years.

Although breastfeeding is crucial to the health of babies, it’s not always easy. It can be painful and uncomfortable. This week, we are featuring mom business owners and the products they offer to help other moms become more successful breastfeeders. Check back later this week for more business and products related to breastfeeding. Kudos to these ladies and all of the other dedicated breastfeeding moms!

Nicole Zoellner is the owner of the patented Nizo Wear nursing bras. “Our goal at Nizo Wear is to help educate new moms on the realities of breastfeeding,” said Zoellner. “Breastfeeding can be painful but there are solutions to help you get through the discomfort and onto a blissful breastfeeding experience.” Nizo Wear nursing bras are designed to be both functional and pretty. They were inspired by Zoellner’s own experience with painful breastfeeding. She found that warm compresses before and cold compresses afterwards drastically improved her experience. She designed this bra that features a discreet pocket in which to place a heating and cooling pack.  “This is a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience,” she said.  

 

Cara Laird established Stones of Healing in 2007. She said she offers breastfeeding products because she feels that breastfeeding is one of the most important things that we as mothers can do for our children. “I like to be able to offer products that celebrate this special relationship and also make the process as positive and enjoyable as possible for breastfeeding moms,” she said. She also acknowledged that breastfeeding isn’t always easy. She hand makes and sells nursing necklaces. “My product can help moms with their distractible babies, and also provide them with a beautiful item to wear that can withstand the wear and tear of being a mom.” A breastfeeding mom herself, Laird said that by offering this product, she is helping to spread the word about the benefits of breastfeeding and helping to make it more accepted in our culture.

 

Kerry Gilmartin is the mom business owner behind Bamboobies, nursing pads that are ultra-soft, ultra-thin and ultra-eco. They were born after Gilmartin discovered the amazing softness of bamboo and its anti-microbial properties. “I suffered from multiple bouts of mastitis and hope that an antimicrobial pad may save other mothers this problem,” she said. According to their website, Bamboobies are unique because they are softer and waterproof. Their design prevents them from showing through clothes. They are handmade from organic and sustainable fabrics that make them super-absorbent and unbelievably soft.