How does Milk Nursingwear work?

April 16th, 2015

1843_11-710socialMilk Nursingwear enables women to breastfeed conveniently and discreetly wherever they go.

How is nursing in a “regular” top different than breastfeeding in a Milk Nursingwear “nursing” top?

When you breastfeed in a regular top, you have to lift your shirt above your breast to nurse, inevitably exposing parts of your stomach, sides, back and breasts.

Nursing in a regular dress is even more difficult because you have to lift the dress up over your breast. Some moms feel uncomfortable with the attention that this will draw and the reactions they will get.

Milk Nursingwear enables you to nurse discreetly, without showing any skin or needing to wrestle with your clothes.

BUT, HOW DOES IT WORK?

All of Milk Nursingwear’s styles feature hidden nursing openings to enable you to breastfeed discreetly and pump conveniently wherever you go. From the outside no one can tell that these are not “regular” trendy fashions!

We have three different types of nursing openings:

1. Lift up nursing access: Simply lift up the empire layer and push down the inner layer to access the breast.empire scoop neck nursing top by Milk Nurisngwear

2. Pull down nursing access: Pull down on the cowl neckline and then lift up the inner nursing panel to access the breast.cowl neck nursing top by Milk Nursingwear

3. Move aside nursing access: Move the front fabric to the right or left to access your breast for feeding.gathered loop nursing top by milk nursingwear

The advantage of Milk’s nursing openings is that they are well-placed, and well-sized to enable you to latch on and nurse easily while remaining covered. Our nursing openings also work well when nursing in a sling.

When you are breastfeeding while wearing Milk’s stylish nursing tops and nursing dresses, it is likely that people will just think that your baby is sleeping in your arms.

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Milk Entrepreneur Spotlight

April 9th, 2015

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Milk Nursingwear continues our Mom Entrepreneur interview series by highlighting Elena Petzold, creator of Mama’s Milk Box. Elena is married with two children (ages one and three), and says “I have three children when you factor in my round-the-clock business.” She is originally from New York, and currently resides in Pittsburgh where she not only owns and runs Mama’s MilkBox but also publishes a blog – “Pregnant in Pittsburgh.”

PrintWere you working outside the home before becoming a mother? If so, what is your background?

elena petzold familyI have lived many professional lives. In my early youth, I was a clown and had an entertainment business for children’s parties. I was taking classes in college for marketing and accounting when a fluke legal class ignited another passion – the law. I worked for some law firms for a few years – first as a paralegal and then in legal administration.

I’ve always had a passion for children and families and did a lot of pro-bono work with Guardian ad Litems. I planned to attend law school and focus on family law until I realized that I wanted a family sooner than I wanted a career prefaced by three years of law school. At that point, I decided to continue my work in legal administration and give up the idea of going to law school. Not long after, I became pregnant with my first child.

PrintPlease tell us about Mama’s MilkBox and how it works.

elena petzold familyMama’s MilkBox is a nursing apparel subscription service which brings breastfeeding style right to the doors of nursing Moms. Our starter box (a “Whole Milk Box”) comes with a mix of 5-7 items. Subsequent boxes  (“Skim Milk Boxes”) are delivered to your door every six weeks.  They include 3-5 new items each, and pieces are selected by a stylist based on your fashion preferences and needs.

PrintHow did you come up with the idea of Mama’s MilkBox? Did it fill a need?

elena petzold familyI sell maternity and nursing clothes in Pittsburgh via private appointment. My nursing clients were so in love with the products I stock that they couldn’t stop raving to their friends – many of whom didn’t even live in Pennsylvania. I offered to put together a box for a few of them. Each time I did, I would receive one phone call from the customer to thank me, and three more from friends of theirs asking me if they could get a box too.

I think that many Moms don’t realize that there IS nursing apparel, let alone that they can still be fashionable while being a breastfeeding Mom. My styling tips also help Moms think of new ways to wear the same pieces they already own – and/or how to incorporate their new breastfeeding clothing with their current wardrobe.

PrintWhat made you want to start your own business?  Is this something you had always wanted to do and just needed the idea?

elena petzold familyI have had my own business for as long as I can remember – first as a babysitter, then as a party host/entertainer for childrens’ events, etc. This current business is the culmination of all my skills, experience and passion for families and Moms.

PrintHow do you juggle motherhood and entrepreneurship?

elena petzold familyI work when the kids are sleeping, and I get a lot of support from my husband, my Mom and some trusted and loved babysitters. It can be challenging at times, but I also think that it gives my children an understanding that work doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

PrintWhat has been the biggest challenge you have faced?

elena petzold familyFine tuning my time management skills. I dropped some things (including watching “The Housewives Bravo” franchise shows) to make more time for work, but there are still not enough hours in the day to be able to complete my check lists by the time I need to.

PrintDo you have any advice for future mom entrepreneurs?

elena petzold familyThink about the type of support you will need and set it up before you take on whatever endeavor you pursue. All new things take a lot of time and they can be all-consuming when you factor in children. Unless you have support in place before things hit the ground, it can become very overwhelming very quickly.

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Milk Nursingwear April Style Guide

April 2nd, 2015

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April showers bring…great spring fashions from Milk NursingwearGathered loop nursing top Milk NursingwearMilk Nursingwear’s Gathered Loop nursing top in Coral is a fantastic way to brighten your wardrobe. Nurse easily and discreetly by moving aside the front fabric for breastfeeding access. A broken-in pair of boyfriend jeans and lace-up espadrilles make this outfit fashionable and comfortable at the same time. Add some pops of color with jewelry and this fun, floral bag.  Don’t forget your trench coat for those rainy days.

Trendy lace-sleeved nursing top Milk NursingwearThe Trendy lace-sleeved nursing top will be your go to basic this spring.  This stylish nursing top allows for easy breastfeeding by simply lifting the empire layer to access nursing openings on either side.  Make sure you stay dry but still look hip in a burst of bright yellow Wellies, a Duckhead umbrella and a large, leather tote.

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Milk Nursingwear on Instagram

March 26th, 2015

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Did you know that you can now find Milk Nursingwear on Instagram?

We love sharing photos of our customers wearing Milk Nursingwear nursing tops and nursing dressesas well as posting our freshmilk fashion boards. Follow us for style inspiration, exclusive coupons, contests, and even behind-the-scenes pictures of our photo shoots.

Come visit us!

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Doggone Cute!

March 19th, 2015

For most of us animal lovers, our pets were our first babies.  As pseudo-siblings to our own children, they provide companionship, comfort and love.

We hope that you enjoy these amazing moments captured between a child and his furry friend.

For more adorable photos of children and pets, check out Milk Nursingwear on Pinterest.  These pictures can be found on our Doggone cute! Pinterest board.

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New Spring Nursingwear Styles Have Arrived at Milk Nursingwear!

March 12th, 2015

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Even though it’s still winter, Milk Nursingwear offers you a ray of sunshine with the launch of our new Spring 2015 line of fashionable nursing tops and nursing dresses.

It’s time to clean out your closets and start thinking about warmer weather and spring fashion. Our new designs include trendy details such as layering, lace sleeves, trendy stripes, and of course styling that’s fit-to-flatter.

It’s not too soon to start building your spring nursing wardrobe. Shop our entire new line at Milk Nursingwear today.milk nursingwear

 

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Milk Nursingwear March Style Guide

March 5th, 2015

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Dress up your Milk Nursingwear styles for a day at the office or a night out…

gathered loop nursing top milk nursingwearIt’s perfect weather for Milk Nursingwear’s Gathered-loop nursing top in long sleeves. The fashionable, gathered front is not only figure-flattering, but it also allows you to nurse with ease by simply moving aside the front fabric for breastfeeding access. This stylish nursing top, a great pair of gray slacks, navy buckled pumps, and a plaid tote make for a perfect workday look.

radiant nursing dress milk nursingwearYour evening out is complete with Milk Nursingwear’s Radiant nursing dress in long sleeves. Not only is this a beautifully simple nursing dress, but it allows you to breastfeed discreetly by pulling aside the front panel. This stylish party dress, a warm wrap, a nude clutch, pumps, and turquoise jewelry will have you going out in style.

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Milk Nursingwear Entrepreneur Spotlight

February 26th, 2015

We at Milk Nursingwear love hearing about new businesses started by female entrepreneurs.  Establishing and operating your own business is a challenge – combine that with raising a family and you have quite an undertaking.cozy gozy collage

This week we are highlighting Michele Ostahowski and her business, Cozy Gozy® Travel Capes. Michele is a mother to three children – Harper (4), Hudson (2), and Ledger (one month) and wife to Brandon.  The Ostahowski family is from Midland, Michigan.

PrintWere you working outside the home before becoming a mother? If so, what is your background?

MilkI am an ER Registered Nurse and worked in a busy trauma center before becoming a stay at home mom. Working 12-hour midnight shifts without breaks is easier than persuading toddlers to eat their dinner.

PrintPlease tell us about Cozy Gozy® Travel Capes and how they work.

MilkCozy Gozy® Travel Capes are a safe, convenient and cute alternative to the bulky winter coats in car seats.  Our capes are made of high quality double layered fleece that lay over the child in the car seat and do not interfere with the safety harness. Once outside of the car, the cape wraps around the child and secures in back for easy walking. Pre-walkers can be easily carried while wrapped in the cape. Cozy Gozy® Travel Capes are not only safe to use in car seats but our cute prints get a lot of attention.

PrintHow did you come up with the idea of the Cozy Gozy® Travel Capes? Did it fill a need?

MilkAs a first time mom, I paid close attention to child safety recommendations, especially the risk of heavy coats in the car seats. There weren’t many other options available, and I dreaded the idea of taking my daughter’s coat off every time I buckled her into her seat. I created a customized car seat cape for my daughter so her hands were free to hold onto her toys while I easily wrapped her up for the cold Michigan weather. Once in the car seat, I throw the back of the cape over the back of the car seat and safely buckle the harness so I’m reassured nothing is interfering with the straps. Originally I had the cape just wrap around the child to easily carry them, but I later attached Velcro so the child could walk with the cape on as well. Cozy Gozy® Travel Capes definitely support the car seat manufacturers’ recommendations for properly fitting harness straps and safety in the event of an accident.

PrintWhat made you want to start your own business?  Is this something you had always wanted to do and just needed the idea?

MilkI have always wanted to be a mom, not necessarily a business owner. Immediately after making the  cape for my daughter, we had an overwhelming response from moms stopping us in public asking us where we got our cute cape. As I began to explain it’s implications as a car seat cape, I realized that a majority of people were not well educated on car seat safety. People were intrigued and I felt an obligation to help educate other moms.

PrintHow do you juggle motherhood and entrepreneurship?

MilkDoing simple everyday tasks with kids can be tough, and starting a business with young children can be especially challenging. I’ve learned to multitask and take advantage of every free nap time minute. I’ve also found creative ways to allow them to ‘help’ Mommy (and some times a little bribery to get me through an important phone call :) More importantly, having a supportive and encouraging husband is indispensable.

PrintWhat has been the biggest challenge you have faced?

MilkThe biggest challenge so far has been making a high quality, American-made product that is also affordable. Business expenses add up quickly, but car seat safety is so important we would like everyone to be able to purchase a Cozy Gozy® Travel Cape. We are proud supporters of “Made in USA” and we refuse to compromise the quality of our product.

PrintDo you have any advice for future mom entrepreneurs?

MilkBelieve in your passion and don’t get discouraged. I recall at least three occasions where it seemed impossible to continue our business venture. My husband and I would spend days coming up with new plans to overcome each obstacle and each time the result was to make our product even better. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” -Theodore Roosevelt

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Milk Nursingwear’s Love Notes

February 20th, 2015

Thank you for your rave reviews, feedback, and comments about Milk Nursingwear during our Share the Love Valentine’s Day giveaway. We took each of your entries to heart and love hearing how our stylish nursing designs make a difference to you and your nursling.  We also enjoyed seeing the beautiful faces of our Milk Nursingwear customers.  Now, we want to share the love with you!

Here is a sampling of the submissions and photos we received.  Read why nursing moms love Milk Nursingwear!

I love Milk Nursingwear because…of the fabulous quality and styling of the nursing clothing and their outstanding customer service. I have nursed three babies (including twins!) with Milk. Joanna 

I love Milk Nursingwear because…they have super cute clothing with an inventive way of keeping feeding discreet! Charlene

I love Milk Nursingwear because…I feel comfortable and confident in their clothing all day long! Laura

I love Milk Nursingwear because…it makes breastfeeding feel normal, easy, and beautiful! ~ Lauren

I love Milk Nursingwear because…it is affordable and stylish! It let’s me feel comfortable and beautiful while doing something awesome! ~ Flower

I love Milk Nursingwear because…the tops allow me to nurse discreetly without pulling my shirt above my belly.  ~ Amy

I love Milk Nursingwear because…I N.I.P. [nurse in public] and I love when people finally notice what I’m doing. They are always blown away by how cool my shirts are! ~ Heather

 Thank you for sharing your love for Milk Nursingwear fashionable nursing tops and nursing dresses!

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Milk Nursingwear’s “Share the Love” giveaway winners are…

February 16th, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day from Milk Nursingwear!

Thank you for your submissions to our Share the Love Valentine’s Day giveaway. We’ve enjoyed hearing why you love Milk Nursingwear and seeing the beautiful pictures of you in Milk Nursingwear nursing tops and nursing dresses!

The winners of a $100 Milk Nursingwear gift card are…

Janine Schmedding Bartley10689464_10102086960082364_8462946760309437489_n

“I love Milk Nursingwear because…most people don’t realize they are nursing shirts and dresses. The shirts are not frumpy. Love it! It makes it easy to nurse my littles when I’m babywearing!”

 

Lauren Iwen10991303_10205559488847640_1217984180254032619_n

“I love Milk Nursingwear because…I wore the radiant nursing dress to my sister’s wedding so I could nurse while I mingled. Success!”

 

Tristan Cromer Muse10710440_820532684685501_7461795387774561127_o

“I love Milk Nursingwear because…they offer clothing of the same style that I wear when I’m not nursing, but they offer the functionality that I need when I am nursing! FINALLY, nursingwear that’s actually flattering to the figure I’ve worked so hard to get back!”

Thanks again for Sharing the Love!

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