Today’s chat about pumping with Jan Ellen Brown, IBCLC is sponsored by PumpEase™ hands-free pumping supports. Drawing from her own personal experience as a pumping mom, PumpEase™ creator/owner Wendy Bell has developed a product and company that offers quality support to pumping moms. In addition to sponsoring today’s chat, Wendy is also offering up a great giveaway package just for TLB readers. Read on to find out how you can be entered to win and the quick interview I got to have with Wendy last night.
TLB: Share with TLB readers the background of PumpEase™ and Snugabell and how you began your business.
Wendy: It all started when I had my first daughter in November of 2004…. please read my story here.
All in all, I feel so lucky to have found this niche – something that satisfies my desire for being creative – with a practical product that will help moms while making them feel good, even sexy, at a time in their life that more often than not doesn’t exactly make you feel pretty. I still have the nasty little “prototype” that I used for both my babes – kind of like the hairdresser with bad hair, my “PumpEase” wasn’t so pretty – but the concept was there and I knew I wasn’t just going to offer it in white, nude and black. I also knew, with my background in apparel design, that I could make a universal product that would fit most or all breast pumps and most or all moms and that it would be easy to use, easy to care for, durable and almost maintenance-free.
Quality control and customer service are VERY high on our priority list as well. I have going on two decades of experience in dealing with the public and fortunately had two VERY particular parents to pass on the “detail-oriented” genes so that we can be sure our product never leaves our office unless it meets our very high standards.
TLB: I feel like you looked into my head and developed the product I never knew I desperately needed (and wish I had 12 years ago!), where did your inspiration come from?
Wendy: I’m not exactly sure. My mind never stops and after pumping just a few times, I knew there had to be a better way, so I went online, looked at what was available and said, “I can do better!” I never initially intended to bring what I had made to market. It really just happened organically.
TLB: What’s next for PumpEase™ and Snugabell?
Wendy: Well as some of you may already know, we are in the testing stages of the launch of our inaugural nursing garment – the Toni Top™. Feedback has been quite positive, so we’re hoping to officially launch it this summer!
TLB: Other than a PumpEase™ Hands-free pumping support, what is your favorite pumping tip?
Wendy: Something that I’ve learned since I’ve hung up my horns is that I could have stored the flanges in the fridge in between pumping sessions and then just wash them at the end of the day. I washed mine every time I pumped and grew to loathe the job quite quickly.
Along with sponsoring our Thirsty Thursday Thinkables Live Chat on pumping, Wendy is giving away a PumpEase™ Organic prize pack which includes a PumpEase™ Organic, a Do Not Disturb door hanger, Nursing Mother Goddess necklace and Breastmilk Storage Guidelines fridge magnet – total retail value: $72 USD
This giveaway is now closed, thank you everyone that entered and Wendy for this opportunity!
All you have to do to be entered is to comment on this post and if you feel like it, share your favorite early days survival tip. For a second entry, go like PumpEase™ on Facebook, let them know TLB sent you and come back and leave a second comment letting me know you did so. If you already like PumpEase™ on Facebook, leave a second comment letting me know.
That’s it! Two easy ways to be entered. This giveaway is open just for the next 24 hours as part of today’s chat. The giveaway is open to international entries.
Wendy has also generously offered an ordering code for TLB readers and chat participants. Use LEAKIES20 for 20% off at PumpEase.com. This code is good through Sunday, June 5th at midnight.
The winner of the PumpEase Prize Pack is Lanie:
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Thank you to everyone that entered and to Wendy for the opportunity.