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Story From a Real Mama - Ruth from Peafritter Blog

Are you feeling like you’ve lost your mojo? Pre kids you had style, you had class and you most certainly didn’t have spew on your shirt. I used to wear fabulous shoes. Then I had babies. Now I wear thongs (flip flops for the non Australians) and sneakers. And where was my Mojo? Somewhere in outer west Mongolia I’m sure!

When baby number two got to the 3 month point, and my c-section scar was looking much better, I started to realise I had basically been wearing the same clothes for the past 3 years. During that time I was either pregnant or breastfeeding with my one month break from breastfeeding my toddler before bub arrive, spent in hospital! Total lack of mama mojo!

My outfit that I wore pretty much every single day was a pair of Lorna Jane dance pants, a Target feeding singlet in either white or black teamed with my black sneakers. I wore a lot of black. I looked in my wardrobe one day and was actually quite surprised and a little sad by the total lack of colour.

 

Then one day, like a beam of golden sunshine, I found this bright yellow feeding singlet from Nursing Mama! Yes! Some colour!! And not another, once was white, feeding singlet with greying straps and sagging fabric! Oh the joy! The relief!! I started to feel my mama mojo creeping back!

When the singlet arrived in the mail I was blown away by how soft it is. These singlets are made from bamboo viscose and are as soft as a baby’s bum. Squish! The colour is so bright and vibrant, a much needed breath of fresh air to my mummy wardrobe! I wore it to pick up my daughter from daycare (wearing the regular dance pant and sneaker combo) and got lots of comments about “how much better” I was looking… this was really lovely to hear, but made me wonder what they were thinking before I was wearing sunshine yellow. Maybe my mama mojo really was coming back!

 

I started going through my wardrobe to find clothes to match my new mojo magnifying Nursing Mama singlet. Hmmmmmm. Black pants. Black leggings. Black skirt. Nearly black jeans. Clearly I needed to jazz things up a bit. With a big thanks to my family for the wonderful gift of cash AND babysitting, I found some super gorgeous clothes to coordinate that were filled with colour and fun (I headed to Arabesque in Springwood where they stock the very fun Australian brand Boom Shankar). I really was starting to feel myself again.

And it all started with one sunny singlet.

These singlets from Nursing Mama are a fantastic alternative to the regular Bonds or Target feeding singlets. They have a really lovely shape to them and don’t have the bra like straps which start to look a bit daggy after a while. Boob access is via a lift up panel across the bust or you can pull the neck line down. I’ve used the top both ways to feed my little guy and both ways are easy and comfortable. I have a real thing about revealing my belly to feed, especially when out in public, so this singlet is a fantastic option.

In terms of washability, this top gets full marks. It has had everything thrown at it. And I mean that quite literally. I have a baby and a toddler. Stuff gets thrown at me a lot.

But seriously, this top has been worn a lot, spewed on a lot, got wee on it, food, paint and washed many many times. It still looks great. The fabric and stitching are all very high quality. There isn’t a single stain on it and that is with it being thrown in a regular wash on a cold cycle each time. Winning.

 

I am consciously adding more colour to my life each day. And I have to say, a touch of concealer to cover the dark circles and a splash of mascara to open my eyes, is all helping me feel like myself again. And in terms of being a mum, showing your kids the real you is the best gift you can give them.

I can’t actually remember the last time I put on the dance pant, target singlet and sneaker combo. Bub is now 6 months old, life with 2 kids is getting to be a lot more fun and I think I may have found my Mama Mojo again.

Nursing Mama singlets are available in yellow, teal, charcoal, black and royal blue in sizes 8-14.

How’s your mama mojo going? What has helped you get it back?

 

The Simple Singlet Coupled With.....

Our Nursing Mama essentials are simple singlets made for everyday wear. It's about comfort, versatility and feeding a baby! 

Simple singlets though forms the basic of any gorgeous outfits, it's just about how you dress them. We show you a few ways to jazz up your Nursing Mama essential to make motherhood easy, breezy yet still stylish and fun!!

 

Let's start below with the simple singlet coupled with a simple scarf. A dash of colour and voila, you look and feel a lil bit more vibrant already!

The Nursing Mama Edit - 3 weeks Partum and looking great!

We welcome Jacqui from the Urban Ma Blog to our recent shoot for our Elk Collaboration. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nursing Mama Edit - Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in Style

No 2 on the way, yay! But you still need to be comfortable to nurse your no 1 child!

During our Elk Collaboration collection shoot, gorgeous Renata was expecting precious number 2 mini mite! Just because she was expecting, doesn't mean she wasn't still a Nursing Mama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Wear Your Nursing Mama - Urban Style

Being a new mum can often rock your fashionable wardrobe. Everything you wear needs to now be versatile enough to be on call for when a lil one screams for milk.

We understand!

In this fun collaboration with Australia designer Elk's Summer collection, we put together some fab ideas for you to still be able to colour our lives, despite being busy mums!

See how you can couple your Nursing Mama essentials with these gorgeous Elk items!

 

Nursing Essential in Teal with Elk Accessories Khaki Cardigan

 

Dress up a bump with some colour and add a simple necklace and jacket for comfort and layering. Being pregnant and still nursing your first child means you need to find clothes that are both suitable for nursing and accomodates for your growing baby. The bamboo material in our Nursing Mama essentials is soft and stretchy, making mums lives just a tad easier to balance both. A light coloured jacket from Elk with a patterned lining adds interest. Simple comfort.

Fearlessness Black Nursing Mama Essential and Elk Cardigan

 

Black in Fearlessness Nursing Mama hides all bumps and you can't even tell Renata is pregnant in this photo. Closer up and you can see she is sporting a gorgeous bump. This is layered with a light brown Shirt Jacket from Elk Collection. A stylish urban handbag and you're ready to hit the coffee shop urban mama.

Nursing Mama Essentials Urban Mums

 

Coffee dates made easy with babies and toddlers in tows. When lunch dates meets the demand of hungry kids and nursing on the fly, you can still pop a flash of Nursing Mama to colour your life. Here it is paired with a vibrant orange Elk silk scarf, some simple bracelets and the Black in Fearless Nursing Mama essential. Jacqui, featured middle is holding new born Hannah and has a Teal Zipped jacket draped over her shoulders. Sarah from @birdandelephant is in our Radiance in Yellow Nursing Mama. Tucked in a Polka Dot pants from Elk, the high waists means any tummy post pregnancy is nicely tucked inside, yes please. Still stylish and very accessible nursing on the go.

Urban Ma in Tranquility in Blue Nursing Mama Essential

 

Post Partum 3 weeks. That bump that comes when you have a baby is beautiful as bub is growing but once you deliver, reality is that it doesn't always go away. Light cardigans and shirts such as the White Elk Shirt Jacqui is wearing here is great and draped over a Nursing mama singlet gives a pop of colour, interest and practicality.

Nursing Mama Breastfeeding Urban Ma

 Nursing comfortably anywhere. Jacqui from the Urban Ma is relaxed in her slacks and black leather Elk jacket at Chu Man Chu cafe. 

Bird & Elephant Radiance in Yellow Nursing Mama Essential

 Colour your life with Royal blue in Tranquility Nursing Mama essential. The Blue complements nicely with the Elk colour stroke pants and GreenTom Upp Reversible. 

Charcoal Gray Urban Mum Nursing Mama Essential Melbourne

 

Sarah wears a cute skirt, short with a high waist makes it easy to tuck our Nursing Mama essentials inside.

Yellow in Radiance Nursing Mama Essential

 

 Most of all, have some fun. We all have the bad days and then are the days we have a few perfect items of clothes that just makes us a bit more like our stylish mama self. 

Story From A Real Mama - Sandra and Ari

Ah nursing, the horror of when they start trying to twist so they can look around yet refuse to let go. The moment they get their first tooth, or when they fall asleep nursing and all of a sudden they clamp down hard. The times when they still are chewing on something but decide they needs some milk to go with it and mistakenly try to chew with your nipple in their mouth. The times they try to run away while forgetting to let go, or when they decide they want a toy that is out of reach but they still try to get it and of course the boob has to come along...


My little one is now 27 months and I am still going strong but the first eight months were horrible and I often wanted to quit. In contrast to how most moms having not enough milk, I simply had too much and on top of it, a heavy letdown that often made her choke. She had a slight tongue tie that also did not help, which made us fluctuated between low and high milk supply.

I nurse on demand and yes I still even nurse at night because I know that all too soon this all will be just a memory and I will miss it without a doubt.


Now I know that there are negatives and positives in both nursing and bottle feeding but seriously I love nursing. For me, there are no worries, no sterilising, heating, checking expiry dates, hoping for a sale, washing, measuring or the worst part is having to leave a place because you are out of milk.


My favourite way to nurse is while I am baby wearing because it means I can still clean, cook, hold hands with my eldest son, shop or do anything really.


And the best ever ever nursing top has got to be my awesome soft Nursing Mama Essential top. Trust me it is worth every cent. (We didn't make her say that! And we thank Sandra for sending us this pic of her in it at the snow this winter!! She messaged and said, look it works even at the snow!)


My top tips would be to eat healthy, drink plenty, relax and enjoy it. Never forget that the more you nurse the more milk you get. And lastly, babies some times have weeks when they barely nurse and you might get frustrated and anxious and maybe even scared but they will pick it up again and do so with a vengeance so just let them figure it out. If you are worried about your supply, try some nursing cookies from Boobie Bikkies, some nursing tea, some alcohol free beer, or warm milk with fenugreek seeds and some fresh turmeric in. Persistence is key. 

Sandra is the face behind @kidsjustwannahavefun - Instagram.

Follow her for more fun hints and tips we need through motherhood! 

Story From A Real Mama - Elisha and Oskar

Elisha and Oskar from All Wrapped Up

Even before I fell pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed. As my mum was able to successfully breastfeed 3 kids I was confident I would be able to as well and that it would be an easy and natural process. At the same time I knew all about the various problems new mums can encounter and throughout my pregnancy a small voice also reminded me that it might not be as easy as I hoped. I felt I needed to reassure myself so I would not be disappointed if it didn’t work out like I’d hoped.

During my pregnancy my breasts didn’t seem change and grow as I had expected they would. So it actually came as quite a surprise to me when after my son Oskar was born the midwife plonked him on my breast, squeezed my nipple and out came the promised colostrum. Although by that stage I was very well versed on the intricate biological changes a mother’s body goes though before, during and after birth, I was nonetheless pretty impressed. I could produce milk after all! Very cool.

The first few days were a bit of a blur. A constant rotation of feeding, re-latching, feeding, sleeping, changing, feeding, re-latching, re-latching, re-latching! My new life seemed to revolve around breastfeeding – 1 hour on the breast (both sides) but only about 25 minutes or so of actual feeding. He would fall asleep and I would have to tickle under his chin to wake him. Trying to get that latch right was exhausting, his mouth seemed so little. It was all consuming, I wasn’t sure if I could keep this up for months on end. Surely it had to get easier.

After few days my milk came and with it engorgement. I should have been pleased, I had abundant supply, but I was in too much pain to care.  My poor small breasts had expanded to contain all of this milk so the skin was stretched to breaking point (or so it felt like) ‘They huuurrrrt!’ I would complain to my husband at every chance. I wasn’t even able to take neurofen for the pain, which seemed so unfair. ‘They’ll settle down’ everyone said. ‘Don’t express too much or you’ll stimulate supply’ they also said. And the biggest warning of all – ‘make sure you empty each side completely or you’ll get mastitis’

My week old baby and his tiny appetite were no match for all of the milk I was able to produce so I did succumb to mastitis, 3 times in total. It was crippling, and dealing with it while looking after a newborn was hell. By the third time friends would ask why I didn’t just wean Oskar? I had been breastfeeding for 3 months and had already given him a good start in life. Why? Well I finally figured out how to avoid mastitis (probiotics were my savior) and I loved breastfeeding, even more so than I thought I would.

 My life did eventually stop revolving around feeding and it became such a nice bonding experience and also wonderfully convenient. I could feed in the middle of the night or in the middle of the shopping centre at a moments notice. I thought I would worry about being really discreet but in the end I stopped caring about what others might think or say and simply focused on my baby. Now he is nearly one and while he is still breastfed I know those days are numbered. While that makes a small part of me sad, I am mostly just happy for the positive breastfeeding experience I had. 

Mummy Elisha & Baby Oskar

www.allwrappedup.net.au

 

Nursing Mama - The Beginning of a Journey

Spring with Nursing Mama Essentials

The first day of Spring, sun brilliantly radiating throughout the day seems to be the perfect day to have our website officially go live.

Our collection of Nursing Mama essentials wasn't designed for any reason than for mums to colour their lives with soft, delicate colourful nursing wear that can be coupled with any type of clothing.

Too often as a nursing mum myself, I was very shy and often fed quietly by myself or wore a dual layer of singlets so that feeding was easier. In designing the singlet, I had in mind the kind of basic essential that I wanted to wear everyday. Despite our curves and bumps, I wanted it to be more fitted. I wanted a essential basic that I could dress up or down just like all my other basic singlets before giving birth. And I guess that is why even mum's who aren't nursing love the tops, because the design is simple but the fabric is beautiful.

For nursing mamas, the discreet split is just an extra functional design for your comfort. 

Over the next few weeks, we hope to bring you ideas on how to wear your Nursing Mama and how we can all still colour our lives, despite being busy mums!

I humbly thank you for all our kickstarter orders that gave me a starting point and encouragement to pursue my own collection, I thank all the additional preorders that came before stock arrive and I thank all of the continuous orders that arrived after the stock came despite not having a website yet.

Thank you for loving our Nursing Mama Essentials and I would love to personally thank and feature you all over the following week if you would allow me, because we are all mums going through the motherhood journey together and a sisterhood of friends is what will help us with being fearless, wonderful caring mothers!

xx Doan