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Summer is a sociable time. There are usually a fair few family gatherings and lovely events to go to with friends. You’d probably like to dress up and feel stylish. If you’re nursing then it can sometimes be that little bit harder to find a dress that works for breastfeeding and keeps up in the style stakes too!

If you’ve come to Milk & Mummy then you’re in the right place – we have something for every summer occasion.

The Christening

Katerina – dark magenta

Katerina

We get almost as many requests for nursing dresses for christenings as we do for weddings. Katerina is a great shape on so many mums who’ve just given birth as the stunning waterfall front will skim over your post baby body whilst the rest of the dress is slightly fitted to your body to give you some definition and keeps it really feminine.

The Funeral

Josie – navy

Josie navy. If red accessories are too much go for nude ones.

Sadly we get requests for nursing dresses for funerals too. Josie is suitably understated in dark navy with a little colour in the sash to give a point of interest.

The Family Summer BBQ

Mimi – harbour blue

Mimi is great with coral accessories

We love Mimi because it’s made of organic cotton with a bit of stretch so it washes and wears like a dream. This is a gorgeous shade of blue and goes with so many different accessories.

The Wedding

Pippa in soft blue

Pippa – equally show-stopping in black

Nothing is quite as glamorous as lace for giving that luxe look at a wedding, and lace is really on trend this season. We think you’ll be the envy of all the other guests in one of these lovelies and no-one would ever guess they are breastfeeding dresses. Why compromise on style just because you are feeding?

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Who knows what today is?? Don’t all shout at once!

So did anyone realise it’s the start of National Breastfeeding Week?? Probably not, as there’s not much mention of it these days. Although this event is set by the Department of National Health I can’t seem to find any mention of government funding for it. In fact I missed it last year. This is indicative of the fact that funding for breastfeeding support has been reduced or withdrawn across the country and it’s so sad as the breastfeeding rates in the UK are amongst the lowest in the world.

Without the breastfeeding support I had been lucky enough to receive with both of my children (in 2011 and then again in 2014) I doubt I would have continued to breastfeed.

It seems ironic that I have a business centred on breastfeeding when I myself found breastfeeding so difficult!

When I was pregnant, like a lot of mums I thought I’d give breastfeeding a go. I didn’t think too much more about it.

One of our the “lessons” at our NCT ante natal course was all about breastfeeding but the teacher barely mentioned the negative side of breastfeeding. If they’d told me that for some mums it could be toe-curlingly painful for several weeks and you may often think of giving up, but that it was likely to get better with time and when it did it could be a wonderful thing, then I’m sure I would have been better prepared. If they’d mentioned tongue tie and nipple shields things would have been so different.

Both my children had tongue-ties – something very rarely diagnosed on the NHS. I wrote about it in this post here back in 2014.

The lowest point on my breastfeeding journey with my second child happened in hospital. We had to return there when he was three days old as he’d developed jaundice and this coincided with my milk was coming in, so I already had the baby blues. Whilst feeding him in A&E the pain was worse than “normal” and I looked down and saw he’d managed to pull a blood clot out of one nipple. He then threw the blood up over my husband’s shoulder. We were both in tears! Thankfully a wonderful volunteer worked in the hospital on Paediatrics to support parents with whatever emotions they were trying to cope with and she was so patient and kind and re-introduced me to nipple shields again. It seems crazy and irrational looking back as there were some very sick children in Paediatrics and there I was crying my heart out over something really small.

Don’t be fooled by the smile – I was gritting my teeth!

Luckily for me though, as I’ve already mentioned, I had several local Children’s Centres that offered fantastic free breastfeeding support drop-ins with the kindest, most patient breastfeeding support volunteers who gave you all the time you wanted to check your latch, tell you that you were doing a great job and even provide a shoulder to cry on. They suggested new positions to feed in to ease the pain. They suggested nipple shields, something I’d never heard of before. Nipple shields were my saviour! Without those I’d have given up.

They also noticed that both my babies were tongue-tied and recommended lactation consultants who could come to my home and snip the tie.

At these drop-ins surrounded by other mums also trying to do the best for their little newborn, who was totally reliant on them, there was also a real sense of camaraderie and a feeling that finally you’re not the only one finding this entirely natural activity sheer bloody hard work!

Sadly the two Children’s Centres where I went to these breastfeeding drop-ins have now closed due to lack of government funding. Some of the breastfeeding supporters in my area have formed a charity called Cambridge Breastfeeding Alliance at a new location and have managed to gain a lottery grant and donations to keep them going for the short term. It urgently needs more donations to fund itself for the long term, to pay for rents and other running costs. You can read about it here.

When breastfeeding support is not a priority for our government is it any wonder that breastfeeding rates are so low in our country?

On a lighter note, Milk & Mummy are celebrating National Breastfeeding Week by giving you amazing nursing mums a little treat in the form of 15% off EVERYTHING on the site until Wednesday 26th June. This even applies to sale items, but not postage. Simply type in code NBFW15 at the basket stage.

I’d love to hear your thoughts or comments on this. Did you get the breastfeeding support you needed? Perhaps you’re a breastfeeding supporter yourself and can give some struggling mums a few words of advice.

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If you know you’ll be breastfeeding at a wedding, christening or equally dressed-up event this summer then you deserve to look just as good as everyone else! We believe that nursing is a really special time of a mum’s life and even if the guests are cooing over your gorgeous baba, you deserve some attention too! You’ll be sure to get many compliments in a Milk & Mummy dress. We specialise in nursing dresses for special occasions and here is our pick of the range for this summer:

Prettiest prints

We’ve got some gorgeous ones this summer. From playful mermaid prints that will have you dreaming of coral reefs to subtle watermelon and blooming blossoms!

Jenny – mermaid print

Audrey – watermelon print

Kate – blossom print

Vibrant jewel shades

Choose from emerald, sapphire blue and amethyst shades. So easy to accessorize with metallic or nude tones. Be prepared to be admired!

Daria – blue

Josie – emerald

Katerina – dark magenta

Luxe lace

Nothing quite spells out luxury, all-out-glam like lace. We’ve grown our range this spring/summer and we think you will love it!

Ivy – juniper green

Pippa – black

Zissi – dark teal

Breastfeeding bridesmaids

We’ve come to the rescue of many a breastfeeding bridesmaid who’s given birth just weeks before their best friend’s wedding and was desperate for something beautiful to wear whilst still feeding. These dresses are just so perfect for this very special occasion!

Pippa – soft blue

Pippa – soft blue

Charlotte – sapphire

Of course this is just a small selection. For the full range please visit our website. Happy browsing!

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Over the years I’ve written many a blog post giving a behind the scenes insight into one of our bi-annual photo shoots. So after just completing another successful summer shoot of our new breastfeeding fashion range, I really didn’t think you needed to read about it again! No, this time I thought I could go out of my comfort zone a little and take you one stage further.

I did something we have never done before. I took lots of video footage at the shoot and for the first time I put my “videographer” hat on and made a short video. It wasn’t easy! I normally hand the tech side of things over to my techy-expert husband. But this time, with a little help from You Tube tutorials, a bit of patience and a lot of huffing and puffing I managed to come up with this 2.5 minute video. Please have a look for yourself:

Milk & Mummy Spring Summer 18 Photoshoot - YouTube

I’d love to know what you think. Have you ever done a shoot before? Have you ever made a video? Any tips or feedback would be much appreciated. Please comment below if you have a moment.

This shoot epitomises how we work at Milk & Mummy. We’re a reasonably small, home-run business, keeping pretty much everything we do in-house. There are clear advantages when you have control over everything. The shoot was no different. It was in my home. The studio was my kids’ playroom minus all the toys! My husband is the photographer, a friend was the make-up artist and I am the stylist. The model is one of our regular models who has now become a friend.

Preparing for a shoot is one of the most stressful parts of my job – mainly because I am trying to co-ordinate some very busy people’s availability along with the stock arrival date and getting babysitters for my kids. However on the actual shoot day, seeing all my hard work finally come together, I am in my element and I remember how much I love my job and that really is quite special!

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