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Does this look familiar?

I stopped wearing jewelry when Molly was a baby - breastfeeding and carrying around a curious little person completely changed the way I accessorized. She yanked at my earrings, she broke necklaces, bracelets got in the way.

Don't get me wrong - she and I were good at breastfeeding. When she was small, I could do my shopping and breastfeeding at the same time. But by the time she was 4 months old, she really wanted to be seeing things and doing something while she was eating. In public she would happily eat for about 3 minutes and then reach up with her little arm and remove our privacy blanket in one large, dramatic swoop.

And then she would grin widely at her audience and go back to eating. She scandalized more than one elderly gentleman at church with that behavior. I never worried about it - we didn't have a mothers' room back then and I didn't feel like it was realistic to relegate breastfeeding moms to the changing bench in the back of the ladies room for half their time at church. So she ate in public and probably made lots of people uncomfortable.

I wonder if it would have been easier to remain private if she had had a pretty necklace to play with while she ate?

Jen over at bfbeads makes wonderful breastfeeding jewelry; Pendants for babies to play with and reminder bracelets that move easily from one wrist to the other so mom always remembers which side to start with next time. This is what she says about her products:

"Designed to keep baby happy at the breast, each necklace is also crafted with mom in mind. Baby can hold the pendant or slide the beads on the necklace cord itself. Since both necklace and pendant are made from one continuous length of cord, there's no chance of one part breaking off from the other. These necklaces are sturdy: I do not use any findings or clasps, because they are often the weakest part of a necklace, and each is secured with a double knot in the back. (If your necklace breaks during the first year of use, assuming normal wear and tear, I will restring your beads for free!) They are long enough for mom to put on over her head and for baby to comfortably play with while nursing, but they can easily be shortened all the way to choker length simply by sliding the adjustable bead at the back."

What a great concept. If you have a baby to feed, check this shop out. If you are done feeding babies, you might want to pop over anyway - her designs are well executed and affordable.


Jen said...

Thank you very much for this wonderful post -- you obviously understand where I'm coming from with my Baby Friendly Beads!!! I really appreciate your kind words. Best wishes to you and yours!

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