I double heart LOVE Bamboobies breast pads and I double sparkly heart love Kerry Gilmartin, the creator of Bamboobies. From our shared sisterhood of sea salt almonds in dark chocolate to our obsession with bamboo, Kerry inspires and encourages me as a supporter of breastfeeding women. Read on to hear from this woman of quality with a heart and passion for encouraging women and providing them comfort along their breastfeeding journey. This generous giveaway from Kerry is sure to make 3 lucky winners comfortably taken care of for their own breastfeeding journey. I’m so grateful for the support of Bamboobies for TLB and the friendship of Kerry.
TLB: What should TLB readers know about Bamboobies?
Kerry: Bamboobies is a small mom-run business based in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to making better, more eco-friendly breastfeeding support products. Our products are made by women making a real living wage (with insurance!) in Colorado and are made of the highest quality, most eco-friendly fabrics and packaging. Bamboobies nursing pads, were our first creation, followed by the Chic Nursing Shawl, and Boob-ease Therapy pillows, and Natural Nipple Balm. More new products on the way too – keep in touch!
TLB: How did Bamboobies come about?
Kerry: I was nursing my second child – and was very leaky, esp when letting down on the other side. Frustrated by leaky cotton washable pads, I’d often use disposables with the plastic backing to be sure I didn’t leak through. These got expensive and also looked just as silly through my clothing as the washables did. I thought it was just another tough thing about being a new mom but never thought I could do anything about it… I was learning about cloth diapers when I discovered the amazing softness of Bamboo and began putting little bamboo velour wipes in my bra – looked ridiculous but ohh so soft! When I thought of the funny name Bamboobies I decided to do something about it! Too funny… So – I began with the help of my step-mother, a seamstress, to design a thinner, less visible and leak-proof pad. Our heart-shape regular pad was first, then came our ultra-thick overnight pad.
TLB: What is your favorite part of running a company that creates products to support breastfeeding moms?
Kerry: The ‘love notes’ we get every day from new moms who are happy they’ve discovered our pads, or therapy pillows… I suffered from leaking – but even more from mastitis. When I think our nipple balm or therapy pillows have helped someone get through the tough parts of nursing in the beginning so they have a happy nursing relationship, I’m thrilled.
TLB: How long did you breastfeed your own little ones and was that different than you originally planned?
Kerry: I didn’t think I’d make it past the ‘mandatory’ 2 weeks – I had forceful letdown, clogged ducts and mastitis many times. I was happy when I was able to work through issues with my first and continued nursing him until my second was born 22 months later. I nursed her until my third was born 24 months later and we’re still going strong 5.5 years later! I had some tough times during pregnancy and teething but am very happy to have had such great nursing relationships through toddler-hood with all three kiddos. My son is 1.5 yrs old now and is very attached so we’ll keep at it until he’s ready to quit….
Kerry is giving away 3 comforting prizes to 3 happy winners! The first two winners will each receive the following 2 prizes:
One Bamboobies Multi-pack Retail value: $29.99
One Boob-ease Natural Nipple Balm Retail value: $11.99
The Grand Prize winner will receive the Bamboobies Multi-pack and the Nipple Balm listed above, PLUS:
One Chic Nursing Shawl Retail value: $44.00
One pair of Boob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows Retail Value: $24.50
Grand Prize value: $111.48
Currently Leakies can find these and other great products on the Bamboobies website.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered, and have fun browsing buybamboobies.com. The giveaway is open from September 8, 2012 to September 15, 2012. A big thanks to Kerry for her ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women, please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@bamboobies on Twitter) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is open to international entries.