Smiling like Sunshine: Boobie Milk Giveaway

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Boobie Milk Giveaway

Please welcome my new sponsor Boobie Milk!
Boobie Milk is run by Karen. I had the pleasure of meeting her yesterday. Karen is passionate about breastfeeding and sells nursing bras, vests and other accessories at her online shop. Karen also provides In-Home Fitting Services in the Sevenoaks and  Tonbridge area of Kent.  Karen's website is very easy to navigate and she stocks a great selection of breastfeeding products.
I have asked her a few questions:
  • What inspired you to start your business?
In a previous life in the US, I managed a local government funded program providing food, nutrition and breastfeeding support to low income families.  We saw a lot of women breastfeeding in badly fitting bras because they couldn’t afford to buy nursing bras.  We saw this as a barrier to breastfeeding because a badly fitted bra can cause plugged ducts and pain when nursing, and many women stopped breastfeeding after only a short time because they lost their confidence when out in public in a bra that is many sizes too small and hard to access.  Nursing bras were an allowable expense for the government program, so we initiated a pilot scheme to provide free nursing bras for these women if they decided to exclusively breastfeed.  We would fit the bras and then provide a new one every three months they chose to not use formula until the baby turned one year (5 in total).  As the years went on we found ourselves issuing more and more number 5 bras, which was what we hoped to achieve, longer breastfeeding durations.  The same applies in the UK.  Feeling comfortable and confident from the inside out can go a long way to continuing the breastfeeding journey for as long as planned. Removing any barrier to breastfeeding can result in greater initiation and duration of breastfeeding.  I decided to utilise a skill I learned in the US to help local (and national women) as well as provide a source of income for my family that can work around my family commitments.  A good majority of people in the Sevenoaks area commute to London every day, returning pretty late at night and leaving early in the morning.  Both my husband and I being so far away from our children for such a length or time would just not allow us to spend much family time together, and nursery is so expensive, not to mention what happens when William goes to regular school and finishes at 3:15pm.  I really don’t know how everyone else manages it, but we have found that schools, nurseries and child care in general less flexible towards the working parents in the UK, it’s almost as if one parent is expected to stay at home, but who can afford to? So, in short.  A passion for breastfeeding, my family and the economy.

  • Please tell us about some of your favorite products.
I have decided to sell only my favourite products.  I have chosen a small but selective range of products that can provide a bit of everything.  I have thought about value for money and budgeting, so the Emma-Jane 361 is great because it is only £10 and a really versatile bra.  It is seamless and great to sleep in, and fits a small selection of cup sizes so that as your milk volume increases you can carry on wearing the same bra which is great for the bank balance.  The nursing vests are probably the most versatile breastfeeding accessory because they have so many uses.  They have shelf support and so can be worn without a nursing bra.  They can be worn any season, on their own in the Summer, under a shirt in the Winter to add an extra layer.  They can help cover stretch marks when nursing in public, or they can be worn under a cardigan or shirt to feed in public with some shoulder coverage.  I like to wear mine in bed for easy access at night. 

Hotmilk is a fairly new discovery for me.  I didn’t get to wear anything nearly as stunning as Hotmilk during my first few years of breastfeeding.  I was amazed at the comfort and detail that you get from Hotmilk when I moved back to the UK.  They come in ¾ and full cup styles so you never feel like your boobs will fall out during the rough and tumble of the day, and the comfort is phenomenal with the cotton lining.  I have been known to wear them in bed and I’m not complaining, they really put some thought into these bras, and the matching knickers just top it all off because they make me feel like a woman again.
  •  What is your favorite children's book?
I must admit that my husband does the majority of bedtime stories in our house right now, my son is a bit of a Daddy’s boy right now.  The one story that sticks in my mind from his first year is “Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy & Eve Tharlet”.  It’s a really cute book about a puppy finding out the differences between all the farm animals kisses and then discovering that the best kiss of all is his Mother’s.  Since coming back to the UK, I have discovered the Gruffalo, and my husband has discovered Usborne books which we all love to read to William at bed time.  William’s favourite story from Usborne is “Sinbad the Sailor”.


Boobie Milk has kindly offered an Emma Jane Deluxe Breastfeeding Vest. A very versatile top that can be worn on its own in the summer or can be used for layering in the winter. Available in black or white. RRP £20


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