Today we have a giveaway from TLB sponsor Rumina Nursingwear. Read on for details on this opportunity and an interview with the company founder Dawn Alva and her sister Amanda. I love this company and had the pleasure of meeting Dawn and Amanda last fall. Their commitment to supporting moms extends beyond their customers and sales to ongoing support of WIC and Milk Banking. I hope you take the time to get to know this company and consider using their product knowing that doing so helps them help so many other moms. Their tanks are high quality products, I have both styles and love both. Their new full coverage tank is so comfortable and a new staple in my wardrobe and with its classic design I’ll be wearing it long after weaning even.
TLB: What would you like readers to know about your company?
Amanda: Rumina’s been busy these past few months establishing a strong connection with our community and helping more moms reach their breastfeeding goals. We’ve been working on building long term relationships with WIC organizations both in our Northern California area as well as outside Rumina’s home state. We’re so proud to be able to share with you that through RuminaMoms, part of our proceeds goes to donating resources to help support various WIC programs. A great success story is our continuous work with our local Monterey County WIC office in Salinas CA. Monterey County is a heavy agricultural based area with many moms working long hours out in the fields. We’ve been able to donate Rumina tanks to these WIC moms to help with pumping while they sit in their trucks or cars on their lunch breaks. The picture attached shows a mom starting to pump while she’s on her lunch break from working in the fields. They love being able to wear the tank while they work and not stress about where to pump in a very public area. We’re so happy to be supporting our local community and we’re so excited to start working with other WIC programs, especially the Peer Counseling Program.
TLB: What inspires your design process?
Amanda: It’s truly the needs of moms. Our first Rumina design, the all-in-one Hands-Free Pumping Bra and Nursing Tank was inspired by my personal struggle with breastfeeding and pumping. There was nothing at the time that worked for my body that allowed me to pump hands-free when I had to return to work. Now as we look at designing other styles, we really listen to what moms need, to inspire us to make a new garment to meet that need. So many moms have amazing ideas and suggestions on how products can be designed or improved to better fit every unique woman’s postpartum body. It’s our hope to have more forums and open discussions to hear what those needs are, ideas how to create and design new products and to see if we can develop garments that help breastfeeding moms to reach their breastfeeding goals.
TLB: How do you balance being a mom and running your own company?
Amanda: Good question! This is something that I struggle with but feel very lucky to have an incredible support system in my husband and family. As the sole financial provider for my family and the main financial contributor to the company I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for my husband’s commitment to the family, I could not have been successful in starting Rumina. His commitment and support along with my sister working full time for Rumina allow me to be engaged with my son and be fully present when he’s home. It’s important to disconnect from work when he’s home and on the weekends as much as possible so I can be the mom I want to be for him. At times it’s harder than others and it’s something I have to constantly work at but again, without the great support system I have, I wouldn’t nearly be as successful as I am.
TLB: What are your favorite breastfeeding memories as a mom?
Amanda: As I mentioned, I struggled with breastfeeding. With returning back to work, I ended up exclusively pumping for 4+ months. It’s in retrospect that I realize my most precious breastfeeding moment was the last time I nursed. It was between Christmas and New Year’s and it’s still the most wonderful gift he could have given me. Now with my second child on the way, I look forward to having many more breastfeeding memories.
TLB: What is one tip that helped you in your breastfeeding journey that you’d like to pass on to other moms?
Amanda: I would have to say it’s drink lots of water and relax. In today’s society, we measure everything. I think many moms (myself included) feel anxious that our babies are not “getting enough” because we can’t see to measure it. We have been conditioned to look at the ounces on the bottle and feel success when our little ones drink the “correct” amount. Our bodies are amazing! It knows what your baby needs and will provide it (of course, supplementing will change this dynamic) but consult with your lactation consultant and pediatrician to determine what weight is healthy for your baby.
Rumina is giving away a fabulous prize for the TLB community :
Their brand new all-in-one Full Coverage Hands-Free Pumping Bra & Nursing Tank. Rumina’s Full Coverage Pump&Nurse tank has a scooped neckline for more modest coverage and with a size range from C-H to accommodate larger cup sizes, it’s great for the larger busted mom! Retail Value: $48.00
Currently Leakies can find this and other great products on the Rumina website.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered and have fun browsing www.ruminaformoms.com. The giveaway is open from August 16, 2012 to August 24, 2012. A big thanks to Amanda and Dawn for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women, please be sure to visit their Facebook page and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is open to US entries only.