Breastfeeding to creating jewellery.
From the moment you announce you are having a baby it seems breastfeeding facts are thrown around, everyone has an opinion on how you should feed your baby.
With my first I was defiant, I didn't Want to breastfeed, I wanted my husband to share the load of the squishy newborn, the night feeds and the responsibility. I never attempted to feed and never had any negativity with my choice.
My second pregnancy and I was already blessed with n 18 month old toddler. How would I manage juggling a baby, toddler and all the preparation it takes to make bottles and leave the house?
Breastfeeding was my conclusion, I was going to try and become a mum who could feed my baby on the go, so many other mums do it so how hard can it be?
Well that was my first mistake, from hiding away for the first few weeks for feeds to mastitis, to being physically drained from parenting to then feel like every hour this little human sucked all strength I had left out of each breast like a turbo hoover.
The countless outfit leaks, the agony of waking up with a chest full of bricks if she had skipped a feed.
By the time we were at around 10 weeks I was winging the feeds, I'd learnt to eat constantly, I used a milk catcher to store the overflow and stashed it in the freezer.
As the weeks went on she was feeding for longer but also alot more aware of the surroundings, hands were wandering, bruises were forming and the other breast had to be pinned down out of sight for the fear of a nipple cripple.
From my first I realised babies like everything they shouldn't, so jewellery was a no go, that precious silver keepsake my husband got the previous Christmas would be in pieces by 10am.
After a typical 4am Google I realised that nursing jewellery did have a place on the market, mainly in colours to attract little ones with toy like features, and she was never going to go for that, so that's when the idea really took off, to make child friendly jewellery not look child friendly, to create the false pretence and trick her into thinking she was being a complete rebel.
By the time I had researched, found the products, ensured they all passed safety regulations and made my first peice of jewellery our breastfeeding journey was over so I decided to share a part of my journey of motherhood to others mums.
All our jewellery components have been vigorously tested to ensure they are safe for both Mum and baby, all are fitted with snap clasps to ensure strenuous tugging doesn't cause discomfort and whilst worn by mum are safe for baby's to chew and explore.
I find feedback is the best way to showcase products so I have included some genuine feedback from mums that have purchased breastfeeding jewellery.
'I ordered my fiddle necklace after weeks of boob pinching during feeding and face grabbing when my little girl is tired! It has given her something to distract her so she is no longer pulling at my lips when nap time is due and the pinching has stopped too meaning we can carry on our breastfeeding journey both happy '
Mummy and Piper.
' My little one became a pincher and grabber during feeding. He made me so sore that feeding became uncomfortable. I was trimming his nails all the time but it was still sore. Then I found the breastfeeding jewellery and it saved me! It hangs at the perfect length for his little hands to grab and play with whilst feeding. He’s also taken to chewing it as well as he is teething. All round awesome product! '
Mummy and Forest.