Jacquelyn Smith from TLB sponsor Wild Mother Arts, has 3 beautiful necklaces to giveaway this week. Designed to be strong and safe, her jewelry is perfect for the mother of little children and can withstand the yanking and twiddling that comes with children. Jacquelyn answers a few questions about her business and her own experience with nurslings.
TLB: How did you get started making jewelry and where did you get the the idea for “nursing necklaces?”
Jacquelyn: I’ve been making jewelry for many years out of a desire to celebrate the milestone’s in women’s lives. I started out by making jewelry for births and mother blessings, and after wearing these pieces my friends and doula clients began asking for sturdy necklaces they could wear while breastfeeding. I did some research and came across “nursing necklaces” but mainly what I found were plastic and acrylic necklaces. I absolutely adore gemstones and love learning about their properties and meanings, and decided to add handmade gemstone nursing necklaces to my collection.
TLB: Where your own children distracted at the breast? Where there stages where they were more distracted than others?
Jacquelyn: My own children popping on and off the breast, and wanting to twiddle with my hair, my clothes and especially my other breast, nearly drove me batty. Sometimes they were good nursers and would get down to business right away, and sometimes they would do anything but actually nurse. When they were about 3-4 months they began to start becoming distracted, and then around 6-8 months it really began in earnest. Suddenly everything is more interesting than sitting down for more than a minute or two to nurse.
TLB: Aside from a necklace, what other tips do you have for moms with fidgety, distracted babies at the breast?
Jacquelyn: I’ve found that trying to find a quiet, familiar space can be really helpful with distracted nurslings, but that’s not always possible is it? Singing, telling a story, and nonsense rhymes can all help keep a baby interested in sitting down and nursing. And for wiggly, younger babies who like to twiddle, I found that in a cradle hold you can tuck one of their arms underneath your breast, and then you can hold their other wandering hand tucked in yours. That saved my sanity, and after a while, my youngest would almost always hold my hand while he nursed. Even when he was older. 🙂
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
Wild Mother Arts is giving away three nursing necklaces:
Sugar Plum, a $20 value.
Sugar Plum is perfect for the holidays or anytime. It’s made with a grass flower jasper & pyrite composite donut & dressed up with a double-lotus Tierracast lead-free pewter bead. This stone is thought to release tension, increase self-confidence and invite joy into our lives.
Mama’s Heart, a $18 value.
Mama’s Heart in purple & cream amethyst helps you wear your heart on your sleeve. Amethyst is said to bring inner peace, dispel grief and offer balance and abundance. This one has beautiful natural V-shaped marking with natural inclusions.
Educa, a $16 value.
Educa is made with rose quartz which is considered to be the stone of universal love and compassion, encourages peace and calm, and aids during life’s transitions. This necklace is named for the Roman goddess of nourishment who watched the transition from nursing to eating solids, and helped the transition to go smoothly.
Even those are called nursing necklaces, you don’t have to be breastfeeding to enjoy wearing them and would make great gifts too!
To be entered, please leave a comment on this post telling us which of the 3 necklaces you hope to win. This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance at the giveaway. Please be sure head over to the Wild Mother Arts Facebook page and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
For a second entry, visit the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildmotherarts and return to comment sharing your favorite item.
That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered twice for a chance at a great giveaway. Thanks to Wild Mother Arts for their generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. This giveaway will remain open through November 23, 2011 and IS open to international entries. Good luck and have fun!
Jacquelyn is also giving Leakies a special code: LEAKYHOLIDAY2011 for 10% off anything in the shop (good until December 15th) and advance notice of her Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend Special. The special will be: Buy any two items and receive a free nursing necklace (and Leakies may use their coupon code in addition to the special, which is something she’s offering for the first time ever). She will choose a necklace which complements your choices.
The winner of the Sugar Plum necklace is Maureen who left this comment:
The Peace Sign necklace is my #1 fave!!!! I also love the Celtic Knot Necklace!
The Mama’s Heart necklace goes to Lisa who said:
I love all your pieces!!! out of these 3 … the heart and the educa are awesome
And Staci A. will get to enjoy the Educa necklace:
My favorite item is the Sands of Mars Nursing Necklace!
Congrats to the 3 winners and a huge thanks to Wild Mother Arts. Don’t forget about her cyber Monday special and the exclusive opportunity for Leakies:
special code: LEAKYHOLIDAY2011 for 10% off anything in the shop (good until December 15th) and advance notice of her Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend Special. The special will be: Buy any two items and receive a free nursing necklace (and Leakies may use their coupon code in addition to the special, which is something she’s offering for the first time ever). She will choose a necklace which complements your choices.