Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nursing in public update and émoi émoi Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

A number of months ago I shared with you that I was too scared to nurse Carina in public - ever. Instead, I would either cut my shopping trip short or retreat to a bathroom. If there was no chair in said restroom? I'd sit on a toilet and feel awful about myself for conforming to the {ridiculous} societal pressure to keep the simple act of feeding my child private.

I vowed to you that this time around I would grow a proverbial pair of balls.

Well? I'm proud to say that I have! So far I have nursed Aurelia in a number of public places, sometimes with a burp cloth over my shoulder and sometimes not. Also, instead of excusing myself and heading into another room to feed her when we have family over (like I did with Carina), I stay put and just feed her wherever I am.

What precipitated this change? To be blunt and honest, I just don't have the energy to care. I am so tired and frazzled and most of the time I am not only nursing Aurelia but watching Carina as well - there's just no way I can do both AND worry about whether or not those surrounding me might see a 1 second flash of nipple.

Your encouragement and support has really helped as well. Many of your comments on the aforementioned post convinced me I needed to get over this fear of mine. I'm so happy that I have; it's been freeing.

I've eliminated the need for covers much of the time by choosing tops/outfits that provide me with easy and discreet breastfeeding access (note: I certainly don't think that everyone needs to or should wear a cover or cover up somehow - this is just my personal comfort level). I'll be sharing a couple of my favorites with you over the course of the next few weeks! Here's the first - from émoi émoi.

More about émoi émoi:
émoi émoi is a French online boutique that specializes in maternity and nursing fashion, lingerie, beauty products and accessories. Responding to the interest of their international fans, they have just launched the English version of our website! From now on, maternity fashion with a ‘French touch’ is only a few clicks away.

Nursing opening
I was sent the butterfly nursing top by Mamaka (above, and at left) to try out. Made of 92% viscose and 8% elastane, this top is stretchy and comfortable - perfect for pregnancy (even the last few ginormous weeks!) and well beyond. I love the color, the V-neckline in both the front and back, and the feminine, draped look of this top. It has an integrated tank top containing a vertical opening in the front, allowing for easy nursing (shown in the photo at left). When I first put it on, I was a little confused as to how it worked but when it came time to nurse Aurelia, I figured it out quickly. The top is machine wash and line dry.

Other nursing wear styles I love from émoi émoi include the pink long-sleeved nursing top, black 2 in 1 nursing turtle neck, and the navy blue nursing nightdress. And for when I get pregnant again in the future (haha not anytime soon!) I will likely drool over the maternity tops.

Side bump-view
At émoi émoi you'll find nursing and maternity fashion, lingerie, beauty products and accessories. They offer over 40 French and international designer brands - and of which 12 are only available at émoi émoi. Their exclusive collection will enable you to dress with style throughout pregnancy and beyond!

The folks at émoi émoi are generously offering one of my readers a Mamaka top - just like mine! If green isn't your favorite, you can also choose from blue, black, coral, and silver. See the other colors here.

How to Enter:
This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. Click "Read More" below and then follow the instructions on the widget. Make sure to click "Enter!" after you complete each entry. All currents count! The giveaway is open to residents of the US, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Israel, Brazil, China, South Korea, and Laos and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, October 28th.

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