By Ann Seacrest, Executive Director, MilkWorks
Thirty years ago I nursed my first baby. Memories of trying to find nursing clothes are etched in my brain. Who wanted to spend money on clothes that yelled "nursing mother"? The few I found had these big slits under your arm pits. They were either not in the right place and getting your breast out required a feat of dexterity, or you felt like you were going to be ticketed for indecent exposure at any moment when your breast “fell out” of your shirt. The other option was to lift your non-nursing shirt up, which means you had to bare your "just gave birth" belly to anyone around.
Breastfeeding has changed a lot since 1981. According to Heidi, who works at MilkWorks and is nursing baby Bennett, the "Undercover Mama" has made a huge difference for her. (Even the name is pretty cool!) The Undercover Mama looks like a strapless cami. What it actually does is hook into the snaps on your nursing bra and - Voila! an instant cami (but with your own great fitting bra for support). No more bare belly...and you can make any shirt a nursing top when you wear an Undercover Mama. If your bra size changes, no problem. Just switch the Undercover Mama to your new bra.
Some gadgets may be short lived. This one appears to deserve the great invention award! Even better, Undercover Mama was started for less than a thousand dollars by a stay-at-home mom on a tight budget who couldn't get a bigger loan simply because she had been out of the workforce so long. As a result the company is dedicated to helping mothers across the world start their own businesses.
Visit their web site (www.undercovermama.com) and get inspired! I have a feeling there are many more wonderful nursing gadgets yet to be discovered by some creative mom!
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