Breastfeeding has become such a hot button topic lately. It can be baffling to see some of the arguments against breastfeeding. Women, luckily, have the choice to decide what they feel is best for their child. As a extended breastfeeding mom, I have witnessed and experienced the amazing benefits of breastfeeding for my youngest child. I have friends who chose to breastfeed and friends who have made the choice to bottle feed. The reality with motherhood is that everyone will have an opinion on how you should be a mom, but ultimately as a woman it is just my job to support my fellow sisters in any decision they make that benefits their child. Whether they breastfeed or bottle feed, if they're doing right by their little one, that is what matters.
Another key issue moms face when breastfeeding, especially in public, is the stigma surrounding breasts. An excerpt from The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding highlights, " In American culture, breasts have often been regarded primarily as sexual objects, while their nurturing function has been downplayed. Although focusing on the sexuality of female breasts is common in the mass media, visual images of breastfeeding are rare, and a mother may never have seen a woman breastfeeding. As shown in both quantitative and qualitative studies, the perception of breasts as sexual objects may lead women to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public. As a result, women may feel the need to conceal breastfeeding, but they have difficulty finding comfortable and accessible breastfeeding facilities in public places."
The Leche Libre line is zeroing in on this key issue and has designed garments that allow a mom to discreetly breastfeed in public. The zippers on the front of the dresses and tops allow mom to quickly unzip and have her little one latch on. Andrea Newberry also highlights that instead of sexualizing breasts, she really wants to inform women that breastfeeding is a natural habit as old as time and that women should embrace their opportunity to connect and nourish their child.
I have designed my collection with versatility in mind. All dresses have pockets large enough to hold big phones. The LBBD can be styled to be dressed up or down depending on your need. If a LBD is a must have for every woman then an LBBD is a must have for every breastfeeding woman! The zipper tunic has a hip pocket designed to hold phones as well as a small inset pocket for credit cards and ID’s so you don’t have to keep your valuables in your diaper bag where they can easily be stolen when out and about. The sweatshirt is designed so it can be styled to be feminine or gender neutral, depending on taste. It is the first gender neutral breastfeeding garment ever!