I’m delighted to bring you a giveaway from a new TLB sponsor Wee La Mode. Combining sustainable materials and fashionable styles, Wee La Mode makes responsible shopping look great. I hope you enjoy this interview with founder, designer and Wee La Mode owner Deniece. She shares about her business, family and commitment to breastfeeding including her own breastfeeding journey and favorite breastfeeding tip.
TLB: What would you like the readers of TLB to know about you and Wee La Mode?
Deniece: After the birth of my 5th child a year ago and experience with cloth diapering, Wee La Mode was also born. I wanted to bring fun, cute, simple yet fashionable baby and Mom products that were a combination of natural, sustainable and could be reused again and again, and were handmade. Made from Organic Bamboo fabric, with its silky feel, breathable and naturally hypoallergenic benefits, I make cloth fitted diapers and wipes, as well as Milk Leaf Nursing pads, and Her Leaf menses pads. “Leaf” products were bred out of my love for nursing and the need for more options for products that are reusable, comfortable and multi-functional. My personal lack of support during the history of breastfeeding 5 children and the experiences of other Moms led her to get involved in education and products meant to facilitate a new nursing experience for Mothers. I am very inspired by beautiful fabric, by vintage fashion and by my kids so I am always dreaming up new products. I am also inspired by my friends and clients and their feedback regarding things they can’t seem to find on the market. I love a challenge and I love to solve problems in my designs. I also just love to have fun and dress up babies!
TLB: Did you always plan to breastfeed your children? What was the biggest breastfeeding challenge you’ve overcome?
Deniece: The recent attention to nursing by the US Legislature gives me a lot of hope that our society is maybe “growing up”, letting women know that this is okay and it’s not against the rules to breast feed. I feel that more support and education would inspire mothers who plan to formula feed to nurse and extend nurse. I was completely unsupported to breastfeed my first child and gave up after only a few days so when I met my husband and as we had our 4 children, breastfeeding was of utmost importance to both of us. I weaned my second, third and forth children at about 12 months, not because I wanted to, but because I still felt influenced by some outside family and others around me that it was not appropriate to go past a year. With my youngest daughter, Lennon, I will nurse her as long as she wants to. My advise to other Moms is not to worry about what other people think, and to focus on your baby when nursing. Make it about you and the bond with your child, and not how others may react around you. I was recently involved in a “nurse-in” at Sweet Cheeks Baby Boutique in Wichita, Kansas where Moms could bring their infants and nurse with other nursing moms, getting support and education from all the others around them in a welcoming, comfortable setting. I would encourage other businesses to host similar events and even invite pregnant mothers so that they can see how beautiful the breastfeeding experience can be and also can connect with other breastfeeding mothers.
TLB: As a currently breastfeeding mom, how do you run your business with a nursling and find balance with work and your family?
Deniece: As a busy mom, home-business owner and breastfeeding mother, I would just encourage others to do the best they can every day and not worry if “everything” doesn’t get done. I like to schedule my day’s activities for each week but I also don’t live around my schedule, rather I live around the activities of my family. I call my business, family, life “organized chaos”. If you see me on any given day, you will find some laundry undone, maybe dishes in the sink or fabric scraps and threads on the floor, waiting to get done. I just do the best I can to manage my life, kids, marriage and work and not try to fight for perfection. My idea of perfection is when the day is “perfectly imperfect”. Those are the memories that are worth holding on to and somehow it all seems to work out.
TLB: What is one of your favorite breastfeeding tips?
Deniece: My favorite breastfeeding tip is to keep up with your oatmeal consumption (to boost your supply), nurse on demand and not on a schedule and for beginners, don’t assume your baby isn’t getting “enough”. Take your time feeding them and let it be a special bonding moment with you and baby. Nursing a baby takes a great deal of time and dedication but this labor of love is worth every second. Reach out for help and support if you need it and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Immerse yourself in a great support group and lend your knowledge to others. My favorite: If you are nursing in public and get the “stare” either ignore it or just smile.
This giveaway is now closed.
Just for The Leaky Boob readers, Deniece is giving away 2 prize packs valued at $162 each. This means there will be 2 lucky winners of these boutique quality, handmade with sustainable materials stylish products! They’d make great gifts too.
Each prize package includes:
- Coddle Pod Nursing System (pod pillow, detachable nursing cover which is also used for tummy time) Value $55
- 3 Multi packs of Milk Leaf Nursing Pads (Washable, “milk-proof”, discreet and fashionable) Value $16 per pack
- 2- 2pcks Night Time Milk Leaf Nursing Pads *new product*. Larger and with Extra layers of bamboo fleece for more absorbency. Value $12 per pack
- Bamboo Fleece swaddle blanket. Perfectly sized to cuddle baby in luxury. Value $35
- Winners choice of “girl,” “boy,” or gender neutral fabrics.
To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post. This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance and the giveaway.
For 1 additional entry (limit 2 entries per person) go “like” Wee La Mode on Facebook, let her know TLB sent you and return to comment here stating you followed her on Facebook for your second entry. If you already like Wee La Mode on Facebook just leave a second comment (must be a second comment to be counted) letting me know you already like them.
That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered twice for a chance at a great giveaway. Thanks to Deniece for her generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. This giveaway will remain open through June 1, 2011 and is open to international entries. Good luck and have fun!
Congratulations to our two winners!
“Awesome prize! This would be great for the new babe “
“I am a breastfeeding mother and I have very little support. my boyfriend supports me but that’s about it. I want to breastfeed in public, but my family is against it. me and you have a lot in common. I have my only son 5 and a half months old little boy that I am breastfeeding. I plan on having more and breast feeding them as well. breast is best is what I always say. thank you for being a breastfeeding mother of all your children. your an inspiration to me as a first time mother and I want to be like you. thank you for your time and thank you for all that you going to do to help out with breastfeeding mothers here. I personally appreciate all the help I can get. thank you so much. Courtney.”
A huge thank you to Deniece Blasko for this wonderful giveaway and Wee La Mode’s sponsorship of TLB.