I know some people that wouldn't dream of wearing a newly purchased garment before washing it first and yet others that couldn't possibly wait that long and don the new piece immediately. When prompted, the "have to wash it" crowd explain that they feel the garment is dirty until they wash it themselves. I can understand that. But there is another equally important reason to wash your garments before wearing them...
Have you ever had a piece of clothing "fall apart" the first time you washed it or even before you washed it? An open seam; a hem that has let go; a loose button? Yes? Chances are you wore it without washing it first. When you wash a garment, the threads that make up the stitching swell and their fibers "lock" together. This makes the stitching more resilient to wear and tear and less likely to "slip" undone and open that seam or let that hem down.
So if having to mend brand new purchases annoys you as it does me, then wash before you wear!
This goes for your PumpEase™ too! Your hands-free pumping support has bar tacks at opposite ends of the horn openings to reinforce the area of your PumpEase™ that will sustain the most wear and tear (from insertion and removal of your breast pump horns). We want this stitching to be locked into place to give you the best performance possible from your purchase, therefore...
please wash your PumpEase™ before you "Pump Without the Frump!™"
So tell us what side of the fence you're on - the "wash before you wear" crowd or the "I can't wait" crowd!
I think today's moms and moms-to-be are aware that benefits exist for themselves and their babies when they choose to breastfeed, however, I stumbled across this post from The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog (one of my faves) which has an excerpt from a 2007 US Department of Health and Human Services meta-analysis with actual percentages - très cool (and I'm not even French!)
Breastfeeding reduces babies' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 36%
Type 1 Diabetes: 19-27%
Type 2 Diabetes: 39%
Leukemia (acute lymphocytic): 19%
Leukemia (acute myelogenous): 15%
Gastrointestinal infections: 64%
Lower respiratory tract diseases: 72%
Atopic dermatitis: 42%
Acute otitis media: 50%
Breastfeeding reduces mothers' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Type 2 Diabetes: 4-12%
Ovarian Cancer: 21%
Breast Cancer: 28%
OR if you want to see the flip side...it seems to have more impact:
Artificial feeding increases babies' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): 56%
Type 1 Diabetes: 23-37%
Type 2 Diabetes: 64%
Leukemia (acute lymphocytic) : 23%
Leukemia (acute myelogenous): 18%
Gastrointestinal infections: 178%
Lower respiratory tract diseases: 257%
Atopic dermatitis: 72%
Acute otitis media: 100%
Artificial feeding increases mothers' risk of the following diseases as noted below:
Type 2 Diabetes: 4-14%
Ovarian cancer: 27%
Breast cancer: 39%
You should be aware of the fact that this is NOT a complete list. Breastfeeding protects against many more diseases and scientists continue to do research around this topic. Enough said - BREAST IS BEST - always has been, always will be!
Do these numbers surprise you? alarm you? make you even happier that you are/did/plan to breastfeed(ing)? Tell me what you think.
If you ever find little black dots on your PumpEase™, don't fret! These little black dots would be found near the horn openings - they are not dirt and they are not holes! "Well then... what are they?" you ask.
During production, our manufacturer uses a felt pen to mark the location of the horn openings. Normally drillholes (small holes in the fabric) are used for this type of marking in the factory, however we have opted for the felt pen to preserve the integrity of the fabric in light of the fact that the horn openings are one of the most important areas of our product. This felt pen washes out in an instant! If you touch it with water, it will "bleed" immediately and change to a purple color. Dabbing it with (I use cold) water a few times, front and back, and then tamping with a paper towel removes the dot in its entirety. Or you can just let your washing machine do all the work for you.
Just thought you'd like to know! I will try to post some pictures of the infamous black dots soon!
I am thrilled to announce that my newest niece arrived safely on December 23rd at 1:04 am! She tipped the scale at 7 lbs, 4 oz and measured 21" long.
My sister Denise, who was induced for her first daughter's delivery (Olivia is now 5 years old), laboured at home for about 20 hours. I was the DD as the lower mainland of British Columbia has been unusually blanketed in more than a foot of snow for over a week now and I am the only one who has a 4x4! When we arrived at the hospital, she was fully dilated and delivered the baby in about 20 minutes and 3 pushes! Way to go Denise! Dr C, our amazing family doctor, didn't quite make it in time, but the nurses as Royal Columbian Hospital were fantastic.
Oh and I should mention that Dixie has a really good latch, has been feeding beautifully and Mom Denise will be pumping in 4-6 weeks with her PumpEase™.
Dixie, named after my Dad Richard, who almost always went by "Dick", is a truly beautiful baby. What an amazing Christmas present! Drop a comment below if you are a Christmas baby or if one of your children are.
Happy Holidays to all of our customers, readers, friends and family! To celebrate Dixie's arrival, we are offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders until New Year's. Use coupon code 'FREESHIP' at check-out. No worries if we're out of stock in your preferred size/print, order anyways as we are expecting production to arrive from our factory any day now.
On November 17, 2008, 'A' TV did a 4 hour live morning show from one of our retailers, Mothering Touch, in Victoria, BC. Well, apparently the (male) host liked our product! I think we should give him a job! Check out the 50 second clip and tell us what you think.