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March 19, 2010

Meet our Guest: Breastmates

Let’s meet Frances, who is the busy owner of Breastmates:

Hi, I’m Frances from Breastmates. I live in Noo Zeelund with my two sons who are little lads now, and a very tolerant husband.

About your site…

I run Breastmates which is a specialty breastfeeding and maternity store. I was inspired to start this business in 2005 when my son was 6 months old. I went to a baby shop but none of the retail assistants seemed to know anything about the breast pumps they were selling. That was my light bulb moment. I was already making reusable breast pads and selling on Auction Sites, but it was then that I realized I could become a specialty breastfeeding store online. So I have slowly grown my website (all D.I.Y) and added products as the time has gone on, and am now a recognized brand in New Zealand. We have plans for Australia due to more customers coming from there.

Our Planet Matters!

Well this is a really good question. Before we started our family, I used to be an Environmental Engineer and worked at a consultancy. The thing that concerns me most for the environment, is the throw-away society that we are.

Where do we go first when visiting Breastmates?

1. The gorgeous maternity and breastfeeding lingerie. This is the main thing that draws people to our website. We also have a sizing guide with a demo video so you can learn how to measure yourself at home. We also have a nifty calculator so that you enter your size and then the website shows you all the bras that are in stock in that size, so you don’t have to go through everything.

2. Have a look at the Articles section that I’ve been growing, based on the hundreds of emails that I get sent each week asking me simple breastfeeding (and bottle feeding) questions. This indicated to me that there is a lack of information, or someone that will simple answer questions honestly, which is what I can do. (and welcome guest contributors if anyone would like to share their story).

3. Have a look at the sale section as we often have big clearances!

3 Sites Frances recommends you visit:

1. Breastmates – This is my Facebook page, and although I’m plugging my own page, its actually grown into a supportive community with thousands of mums.

2. Mums on Top – a great forum to belong to, and they also have a great section just for mumpreneurs.

3. Diaper Decisions

Meet Our Guests... Meet Our Guests
– This is a regular feature of My Green Nappy in which family friendly sites are invited to contribute a post about their website. You’ll discover a bit about their ideas, specialties, what motivated their passion and what concerns them about the environment at the moment.
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Let’s talk more!

What item of Maternity or breastfeeding fashion have you found the most helpful, and would recommend to other pregnant or new mothers?

4 Comments »

  1. Just wondering where do I get the reusable breast pads. I knew there had to be some being made/sold somewhere. I am in Australia.

    Comment by Keely — March 19, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  2. Hi Keely,
    A place to start is this directory: Reusable Women’s Cloth – it covers breastpads, cloth pads and more.

    Comment by Charndra — March 23, 2010 @ 7:28 am

  3. A sling was the most useful product I ever came across, and there are so many different ones available in many choices of fabric and colour, plus they are really easy to make if you have basic command of a sewing machine, I made myself one out of a stretchy denim fabric and it’s still in use 4 years later.

    I would recommend a sling in favour of a pram or pushchair for a newborn baby because it allows you to hold baby close to you where you can be in tune with baby’s needs, you can feed them with ease, and you don’t need to wriggle the buggy around a tight or cluttered shop or leave it outside.

    Comment by Gina — March 25, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  4. I agree Gina!

    I love babywearing – I still use my original too – 5 years later! Having a snuggled in freshie in a ring sling is my idea of newborn, kissable heaven…

    Comment by Charndra — March 26, 2010 @ 6:47 am

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