As part of our LIVE Facebook chat this week on Thursday, 06.23 at 10pm EST about bras and boobies with TLB sponsor A Mother’s Boutique, Judy Masucci has generously offered a giveaway of one free breastfeeding bra of the winners choice just for The Leaky Boob readers.
TLB: What drew you to working in this area and in particular to helping moms with breastfeeding related bras, clothing and products?
Judy: My son and I had a very difficult time getting started with breastfeeding. This made me want to help other moms – so that they didn’t have the same difficulties that I did. This is why I include helpful tips articles with every order that comes into my store. I want to help moms succeed with breastfeeding. I remember my mom telling me that “If anyone would have been justified in ‘giving up’ it would have been me” because we had such a hard time. But I stuck with it and it got SOOOO easy after that. That is why I founded my company and that is what drives me to help other mothers through blogging, facebook, twitter and my business. For the products, I was inspired again my own experiences. Once my son and I got good at breastfeeding – he literally nursed every 1 hour for the first year of his life. So if I wanted to go anywhere – I had to nurse in public – because by the time I got there, it was time for him to nurse. I LIVED in nursing tops. For me, I wasn’t as concerned about someone seeing my breast while I was feeding my child – but I really didn’t want them looking at my belly hanging out when I lifted my shirt to nurse. There weren’t any local stores that carried nursing items, so I had to shop online and it was difficult to find good items and know how they fit. I started my store and I always try to give fit recommendations. I also try on most items in my store so that I know how they fit and give recommendations to moms when they need help finding the right size. I started with breastfeeding clothing and gradually expanded the buisness to includng nursing bras, breastpumps, maternity items and just about any accessory that you can think of related to breastfeeding.
TLB: What is the most common mistake you see women make with their bras?
Judy: The most common mistake is that women are wearing a bra that doesn’t fit properly. Usually it is too small – but in some cases it might be too big too. When we are pregnant and breastfeeding, our bodies change shape and size – and many women “guess” at their new size rather than getting a proper fitting. Or they go to a store that doesn’t carry their proper size and they end up leaving with a bra that is “close enough” – which usually ISN’T close enough. There is nothing worse than having an ill-fitting bra. I get calls and emails from women all the time telling me how happy they are with their new bras. Having a properly fitting bra can literally be “life changing.”
TLB: What do you think are the 3 most useful clothing items for breastfeeding? If a mom had a budget of $150 for bras and breastfeeding friendly clothing, how would you recommend she spend it?
Judy: A good nursing bra is #1. Without this, nothing else matters. Depending on the mom’s size, bras can range in price from $14 to $72 – although most are $55 or below. Not everyone can afford nursing clothing, so I always recommend a nursing t-shirt or belly band (that can convert any shirt into a nursing shirt. These items range in price from $15 to $70, with most being $30 or less. This allows a mom to expand her current wardrobe into a breastfeeding friendly wardrobe for a very low price. And if she would prefer a regular nursing top to an undershirt or belly band, then I would recommend one top that will flatter her figure and be versatile enough to wear with jeans or a skirt. Our best selling top this season is the Emily Blouse. It is $69, which is a little pricy, but is made from super soft eco-friendly bamboo fabrics which make it so comfy, moms will wear this top long after their nursing days are over. And it is very flattering on every figure. It is loose fitting and hangs nice – no matter what a moms shape or size. It can also easily be paired with jeans for every day use or with a cute skirt for a night out or family gathering. It also comes in sizes XS-3X, so there is one to fit just about every mom.
All you have to do to be entered in this giveaway for a nursing bra of your choice is to comment on this post and if you feel like it, share your favorite bra or breastfeeding in public tip. For a second entry, go like A Mother’s Boutique 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 A Mother’s Boutique on Facebook, share them with your friends and leave a second comment letting me know.
In addition to the giveaway, you can get your virtual fitting started with Judy right away by reading and commenting on this post by Judy. Be sure you get yours going so you can find a comfortable fit and quality support.
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 though Canadian entries will have to wait for the mail strike to be over to receive their winnings.
Judy also has generously offered a standing ordering code for TLB readers and chat participants. Use “TLB” for $5 off at your purchase at A Mother’s Boutique online.
Thanks to Judy for her support of TLB and making this week’s LIVE chat possible!