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Rumina Handsfree Pumping and Nursing Tank Giveaway

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.  I love this company and had the pleasure of meeting Dawn and her staff this past 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.

TLB:  Tell us about how Rumina came to be, the inspiration, the meaning of the name, and the vision of the company.

Dawn: Rumina was inspired by my infant son. From the beginning, my son and I struggled with breastfeeding. First we had difficulty with latching then he seemed to just get irritated and frustrated at the breast. Eventually after a few months of trying he decided he preferred the bottle. I didn’t want to give formula because I knew of all the benefits of breast milk but pumping came with its own set of challenges.

As a working mom, I had to return to work. Prior to returning to work I was trying to pump every 2-3 hours for about 30 minutes at a time, trying to build up a supply. I was nervous about getting enough time to pump. I searched for a hands-free solution to help but there was nothing available at that time that worked for my body. My nipples weren’t in the “right” location for the holes or the garment didn’t stay up, defeating the hands-free purpose. Plus I hated undressing at work to pump! Every time I sat there holding the pump, I worried about how I could be the mom I wanted to be and continue my demanding job. I became so overwhelmed that after 2 1/2 months of nursing and 4 months of exclusively pumping, I stopped short of my personal hope of at least a year.

The vision of Rumina started after I emerged from my “mommy fog,” I became dedicated to developing a solution that would meet the needs of breastfeeding moms who pump in one comfortable and supportive garment. Our vision as a company is to help moms reach their own unique breastfeeding goals. While I was not able to reach my own breastfeeding goals, it’s truly amazing to hear when Rumina assists other moms reach theirs!

Rumina is a Roman Goddess of Breastfeeding and Women, the Goddess who causes the milk to flow. Her name is related to an old Latin word for breast, rumis or ruma and translates to “the Nourisher”, “She Who Breastfeeds” or “Mother’s Breast”. Rumina is the protectress of all nursing young. (http://www.thaliatook.com/OGOD/rumina.html)

 

TLB:  What would you like TLB readers to know about Rumina?

Dawn:  Rumina is working hard to support our community and establish long term relationships with our local WIC and Milk Banks. We really want to not only support these great resources and amazing organizations but to help increase the awareness and needs of these organizations and offer ways moms can help contribute.  Read more about the WIC Peer Counselor program and how we support it here.

 

TLB:  What has been your personal experience with breastfeeding and how has it factored into developing your company?

Dawn:  My personal experience with breastfeeding was a struggle. The struggle has been a reminder that as we move forward as a company we want to help moms through their own breastfeeding experience. We want to offer great, quality products that helps support hands-free pumping but we also want be a sounding board for moms who are struggling or have questions. We want to provide resources and connect moms to great communities like The Leaky Boob where they can find support and other moms going through similar experiences. Breastfeeding moms are amazing and we have a lot of offer each other!

 

TLB:  What is your favorite breastfeeding and pumping tip?

 Dawn:  There are so many great breastfeeding and pumping tips, like hand expressing after pumping to completely drain the breast and help increase your milk production as well as relaxing while breastfeeding and pumping, something I think I personally forgot…often. But my number one favorite breastfeeding and pumping tip I encourage is to drink plenty of water. Sometimes we moms get so busy and so overwhelmed by baby and life we sometimes forget to drink enough water which greatly help with our overall well-being and milk production.

Dawn and her son Bryce


This giveaway is for one mom randomly selected from the entries to receive a free all-in-one Hands-Free Pumping Bra & Nursing Tank in their size and color preference, a $48 value.  The Rumina Hands-Free Pumping Bra & Nursing Tank has a built-in bra that is the perfect layer for a busy mom’s active life. Wear it on its own or layered under work and casual tops.  The patent pending design is perfect for moms who have to be away from their child but want to continue and give their very best.  The tank has all the functions you’ve come to love in a nursing tank plus all the functionality a breastfeeding mom needs throughout the day.

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This giveaway is now closed.

To be entered, please leave a comment on this post.  This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance at the giveaway.  Please be sure head over to the Rumina Nursingwear Facebook page and/or Rumina on Twitter and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.  Let’s be sure to show our appreciation.

For a second entry share this giveaway in some public forum (Facebook, Twitter, parenting forum, etc.) and return with the url of where you shared it and leave that in a comment (and don’t forget to tag them!).  Please note, you can share it where you like and as many times as you like, but only one will count for a second entry.

Important: only a possible two entries per person, any additional entries will be deleted and abuse will possibly result in all of an individual’s entries being deleted.  Please be patient in waiting for comments to show up as some have to be moderated from the spam filter.  Thank you.

That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered twice for a chance at a great giveaway.  Thanks to Rumina Nursingwear for their generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere.  This giveaway will remain open through Thursday, March 8, 2012 and is open to international entries.  At the close of this giveaway, Rumina will be offering a discount code for all Leakies so even if you aren’t the lucky winner, you can get your own top for 20% off.  Good luck and have fun!

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Congratulations to Brianna!

“What a great company! Love the name. I struggled with my first daughter going to school full time and pumping and keeping up my supply. Very hard work. Appreciate anything that makes that job easier.”

Thanks everyone that entered!  Rumina has generously offered a 20% off discount code for Leakies this week, it’s good through Thursday, March 15, 2012:

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Rumina’s support and giveaway is greatly appreciated, it is a pleasure to partner with such a wonderful company.

Wee La Mode- a stylish giveaway

I’m delighted to bring you a giveaway from a new TLB sponsor Wee La Mode. Combining sustainable materials and fashionable styles, Wee La Mode makes responsible shopping look great.  I hope you enjoy this interview with founder, designer and Wee La Mode owner Deniece.  She shares about her business, family and commitment to breastfeeding including her own breastfeeding journey and favorite breastfeeding tip.

TLB:  What would you like the readers of TLB to know about you and Wee La Mode?

Deniece: After the birth of my 5th child a year ago and experience with cloth diapering, Wee La Mode was also born.   I wanted to bring  fun, cute, simple yet fashionable baby and Mom products that were a combination of natural, sustainable and could be reused again and again, and were handmade.  Made from Organic Bamboo fabric, with its silky feel, breathable and naturally hypoallergenic benefits,  I make cloth fitted diapers and wipes, as well as Milk Leaf Nursing pads, and Her Leaf menses pads.  “Leaf” products were bred out of my love for nursing and the need for more options for products that are reusable, comfortable and multi-functional.  My personal lack of support during the history of breastfeeding 5 children and the experiences of other Moms led her to get involved in education and products meant to facilitate a new nursing experience for Mothers. I am very inspired by beautiful fabric, by vintage fashion and by my kids so I am always dreaming up new products.  I am also inspired by my friends and clients and their feedback regarding things they can’t seem to find on the market.  I love a challenge and I love to solve problems in my designs.  I also just love to have fun and dress up babies!

TLB: Did you always plan to breastfeed your children? What was the biggest breastfeeding challenge you’ve overcome?

Deniece: The recent attention to nursing by the US Legislature gives me a lot of hope that our society is maybe “growing up”, letting women know that this is okay and it’s not against the rules to breast feed. I feel that more support and education would inspire mothers who plan to formula feed to nurse and extend nurse. I was completely unsupported to breastfeed my first child and gave up after only a few days so when I met my husband and as we had our 4 children, breastfeeding was of utmost importance to both of us.  I weaned my second, third and forth children at about 12 months, not because I wanted to, but because I still felt influenced by some outside family and others around me that it was not appropriate to go past a year. With my youngest daughter, Lennon, I will nurse her as long as she wants to. My advise to other Moms is not to worry about what other people think, and to focus on your baby when nursing. Make it about you and the bond with your child, and not how others may react around you. I was recently involved in a “nurse-in” at Sweet Cheeks Baby Boutique in Wichita, Kansas where Moms could bring their infants and nurse with other nursing moms, getting support and education from all the others around them in a welcoming, comfortable setting. I would encourage other businesses to host similar events and even invite pregnant mothers so that they can see how beautiful the breastfeeding experience can be and also can connect with other breastfeeding mothers.

TLB: As a currently breastfeeding mom, how do you run your business with a nursling and find balance with work and your family?

Deniece: As a busy mom, home-business owner and breastfeeding mother, I would just encourage others to do the best they can every day and not worry if “everything” doesn’t get done.  I like to schedule my day’s activities for each week but I also don’t live around my schedule, rather I live around the activities of my family.  I call my business, family, life “organized chaos”.  If you see me on any given day, you will find some laundry undone, maybe dishes in the sink or fabric scraps and threads on the floor, waiting to get done.  I just do the best I can to manage my life, kids, marriage and work and not try to fight for perfection.  My idea of perfection is when the day is “perfectly imperfect”.  Those are the memories that are worth holding on to and somehow it all seems to work out.

TLB: What is one of your favorite breastfeeding tips?

Deniece: My favorite breastfeeding tip is to keep up with your oatmeal consumption (to boost your supply), nurse on demand and not on a schedule and for beginners, don’t assume your baby isn’t getting “enough”.  Take your time feeding them and let it be a special bonding moment with you and baby.  Nursing a baby takes a great deal of time and dedication but this labor of love is worth every second.  Reach out for help and support if you need it and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Immerse yourself in a great support group and lend your knowledge to others.  My favorite:  If you are nursing in public and get the “stare” either ignore it or just smile.

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This giveaway is now closed.

Just for The Leaky Boob readers, Deniece is giving away 2 prize packs valued at $162 each.  This means there will be 2 lucky winners of these boutique quality, handmade with sustainable materials stylish products!  They’d make great gifts too.

Each prize package includes:

  • Coddle Pod Nursing System (pod pillow, detachable nursing cover which is also used for tummy time) Value $55
  • 3 Multi packs of Milk Leaf Nursing Pads  (Washable, “milk-proof”, discreet and fashionable) Value $16 per pack
  • 2- 2pcks Night Time Milk Leaf Nursing Pads *new product*.  Larger and with Extra layers of bamboo fleece for more absorbency.  Value  $12 per pack
  • Bamboo Fleece swaddle blanket.  Perfectly sized to cuddle baby in luxury.  Value $35
  • Winners choice of “girl,” “boy,” or gender neutral fabrics.

To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post.  This entry is REQUIRED in order to be entered for a chance and the giveaway.

For 1 additional entry (limit 2 entries per person) go “like” Wee La Mode on Facebook, let her know TLB sent you and return to comment here stating you followed her on Facebook for your second entry.  If you already like Wee La Mode on Facebook just leave a second comment (must be a second comment to be counted) letting me know you already like them.

That’s it – two simple tasks and you’re entered twice for a chance at a great giveaway.  Thanks to Deniece for her generous giveaway and sponsorship of The Leaky Boob, providing support for breastfeeding moms everywhere.  This giveaway will remain open through June 1, 2011 and is open to international entries.  Good luck and have fun!

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Congratulations to our two winners!

Keshia:

“Awesome prize! This would be great for the new babe :)

Courtney Rogers:

“I am a breastfeeding mother and I have very little support. my boyfriend supports me but that’s about it. I want to breastfeed in public, but my family is against it. me and you have a lot in common. I have my only son 5 and a half months old little boy that I am breastfeeding. I plan on having more and breast feeding them as well. breast is best is what I always say. thank you for being a breastfeeding mother of all your children. your an inspiration to me as a first time mother and I want to be like you. thank you for your time and thank you for all that you going to do to help out with breastfeeding mothers here. I personally appreciate all the help I can get. thank you so much. Courtney.”

A huge thank you to Deniece Blasko for this wonderful giveaway and Wee La Mode’s sponsorship of TLB.