Happy National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding week to all you mamas! Regardless of how long your journey was - be it 5 minutes or 5 years, it's all about doing what's right for you and your family, and being happy with your decision. After a long 18.5 months (or 566 days if you're wanting to be more precise), I am in awe that H and I are still going strong.
I remember one of the biggest issues for me after H was born was nursing in public. It was weird, thing were awkward, and limbs were always everywhere. I couldn't figure out how to maneuver the udder cover thing I got as a shower gift either - if I moved the fabric to cover H and the breast he was nursing from, it left the entire other side of my body exposed. The tie was always coming undone and it was unnecessarily difficult for me to tie it loose enough so that I could still see H's face, but tight enough so that it wouldn't slide down my shoulders and become a moot point. Sitting in an Olive Garden while your 5 week old is rooting and crying because you're struggling with adjusting an awkward cover is not something I would wish upon anyone.
Mariah, the mama behind Cover Me Ponchos, experienced the same frustrations as myself and many other breast feeding mothers, with her first son. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child and realized the time to nurse again was quickly approaching, she decided to "take matters into her own hands and create what [she] now lovingly refer to as 'the new nursing cover'"! She knew she wanted something that was light weight, soft enough for baby snuggles and offered full coverage, so there was no need for nursing-specific clothing - and her prototype was born! Yes, the edges and seams may not have been perfect, but the idea was incredibly exciting.
Everywhere she went, other mothers were asking Mariah where she had bought hers and wanting one for themselves. She even had people offer to buy one on the spot! Because of this positive reaction, she set up an online shop just to see what would happen. "One year, one baby, and thousands of ponchos later, [she has] come a long way."
Mariah's nursing ponchos belong on every baby registry ever created - seriously. If you can put on a shirt, then you can put on a Cover Me Poncho. There are no strings or straps or ties to finagle, just slip it on over your head and you're good to go!
Calling the fabric soft is an understatement, I want an entire wardrobe of nightgowns made of this breathable jersey knit (although I would probably never take it off). Her nursing cover is the only one I've ever used in my 18 months that not only makes sense for a nursing mama, but is also one that is pretty to look at. But don't pigeonhole this piece into just the 'nursing poncho' category! It is so versatile and can be worn and used in so many ways:
- maternity wear - post partum wear - kimono - a stylish poncho - an infinity scarf - a sun protector for your little - car seat cover - park blanket - mini swaddle blanket
Because it's good for everything from jazzing up a cute outfit to wiping up spit up (thank goodness for washing machines), and it rolls up super compact - it's the perfect 'does it all' diaper bag essential as well.
If you have any friends who are planning on breast feeding, who are nursing, or are a nursing mama yourself, RUN over to Cover Me Ponchos website and pick up a few! Make sure you're also following them on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with sales, giveaways and new fabric choices!
The Vintage Honey Shop necklaces are a daily accessory for H and I. Yes, I've raved about them for their teething remedy qualities, but I might love them the most for breastfeeding. H has become quite the twiddler as he gets older - not my favorite thing in the world, and actually causes me quite a bit of nursing aversion.
Thankfully, Jen and Mel, the two wonderful mamas behind The Vintage Honey Shop, make beautiful and stylish accessories to help with exactly that! When I'm wearing my fabric or silicone necklaces, it gives H something to occupy his hands and fingers with while he's nursing, and gives my poor chest / neck / hair / eyes / nostrils / etc a break as well!
They recently came out with a 'Daddy' teething necklace line as well, which is especially great for the Hubs when he's wearing H in the LILLEbaby carrier to give H something to chew on that isn't buttons (or a hairy chest). Check out their Instagram, Facebook, or Shop for all the glorious options and make sure to use code 'WBW15' all week long to save 15% off your purchase!
Because I love how much easier Cover Me Ponchos and The Vintage Honey Shop make our breastfeeding relationship, both at home and on the road, I'm teaming up with both of these mama-run shops to give one of you a $25 credit to The Vintage Honey Shop and a nursing cover of your choice! I mean seriously, look how beautiful they are together:
This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Open to the US and Canada, 18+. Giveaway runs from 12am PST Monday August 3rd, 2015 to 11:59pm PST Sunday August 9th 2015.
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