5000 happy customers and counting….

I don’t normally do blogs that are so personal or so trumpety (? I’m sure that’s an actual word), but we realised this week that we have shipped over 5000 orders since we started back in 2006….In all that time we have had complaints -I remember both of them like they were yesterday, and I should add, neither of them were our fault, but we still bent over backwards to sort them out…..we have had disappointments (lost stock, price rises and the recession), but mostly it has just been a steady stream of very happy customers…..

We don’t stock anything we wouldn’t be happy to wear ourselves, and after 7 years in business quite a large proportion of our mutual wardrobes are stocked with designs that we have loved and continued to wear long after the babies have finished breastfeeding. My youngest is 5 so there has been no booby going on here for a while now (*boo*), but I still wore my favourite Mummy Looks Fab work dress to work this week and will be wearing another one to my son’s school event this weekend. I am happy to be proof positive that the designs we stock have great longevity.

My personal favourite has always been the tunic dress. On the days when I am feeling dress-down, they look fabulous with jeans and pumps, for those unpredictable days they are a safe bet with leggings and chunky boots, and finally (and more recently), if you feel like getting your legs out and enjoying a well-earned hit of Vitamin D, they work just as well with bare legs.

I can’t tell you how many customers have ordered one style and then come back a few weeks later to buy a duplicate so they have one to wear when the other is in the wash.

We love helping new mummies and mummies to be feel every bit gorgeous – goodness knows they have enough on their plates with all the demands life places on us. Whether you are heading out to work, looking after the children, or (hopefully)relaxing at home with your new baby, we like to think if you have invested in a couple of pieces from Mummy Looks Fab over the years at least you won’t have to work too hard to leave the house feeling “made”.

If you had asked me in 2006 what the future held, I could never have predicted that we would still be in business 7 years later, with 5000 happy customers under my belt (belly band). …

Here’s to the next 7 and I’m already looking forward to cracking out my favourite tunic dress to wear to the office party in 2020…..

Top Five Breastfeeding Tips

27th June 2013

To recognise National Breastfeeding Week 2013 we have pulled together the Top Five breastfeeding tips as suggested by our loyal breastfeeding customers…..Remember, every mother and baby are unique, so what works for one person may not work for another, but hopefully there is something here that will help anyone who is currently struggling –

1) Its so easy to say, and so hard to do, but you have to consciously RELAX. Breathe deeply, pick a comfy spot and get settled, loosen your shoulders, and turn the clocks face down. For the first few weeks at least, do not time feeds, do not try and multi task and be kind to yourself. You and the baby need time and calm to figure this all out.

2) Wear a properly fitted bra. You have to look after your breasts and keep them safe from injury and illness. They will change dramatically as your milk comes in and feeding becomes established so make sure you have a properly fitted nursing bra and if necessary, a night time bra as well. Mastitis, blocked ducts and soreness can all be caused and exacerbated by a bra that is too tight or too loose. If you haven’t been measured for a while, things WILL have changed – contact T-J at bras4mums for some help and “support”. Another way of safe-guarding your nipples that seems to work for a lot of new mums is to rub Lanolin cream in after each feed. This helps them to heal, is completely safe for baby and provides a degree of protection during the feed as well. Anything you can do to keep your nipples crack free is worth trying!

3) Be Kind to Yourself – There is no “proper” way to breastfeed, only what works for you and your unique baby. Don’t worry about the perfect schedule, or the appropriate hold. If you are comfortable cluster feeding in the afternoons, or feeding in a sling as you walk a long, or co-sleeping and feeding on demand, then as long as your baby is happy to as well, then go with it.

4) Eat and drink as well as you possibly can. You are making the milk for your precious baby so put the best quality ingredients in and pass that along. This will also help keep your energy levels up and your hormones in balance. Life can be daunting after the birth and you need to make sure you give yourself every chance at resilience and well-being.

5) Get help if you need it. If your nipples are still sore after a week, if your breasts feel lumpy and painful, if the baby seems to be feeding constantly, get some help and advice. You can try your local breastfeeding support groups – these can be independent or run by health visitors, or you can try organisations such as the NCT or La Leche League. But do not struggle on and do not suffer in silence. The sooner you get some help from a supportive expert, the easier the problems are to solve.

Breastfeeding can be so special and rewarding and it really is the best way to give your baby a fantastic start in life. It’s free, easy and when it’s all working well, such a happy experience to have shared with your little one.

Don’t let solvable problems stop you from doing it for as long as you and the baby want to!

 

to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week 2013, Mummy Looks Fab is offering 15% off all orders