Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Actually I've just checked my stock database, and there are 569 items listed. The large number is because of all the different sizes and colour combinations of things, but still heaps.
At the show, I will just be selling Hot Milk PJs and Hotmilk Nighties at a heavily heavily heavily reduced price. (SUCH A BARGAIN<>) And hemp breast pads will be on sale too.
Everything else is available online at Breastmates or you can come over for a visit at my little "shop"
Well, I see on the metro news UK that another shop selling hotmilk lingerie for pregnant women has been forced to withdraw a mannequin – complete with baby bump – from its window after sparking complaints.
The shop owner Amanda Bere says " I was trying to advertise that maternity wear has got a bit sexier but some women of 50-plus thought it wasn't appropriate for the town and told me to my face". This was at a shop in North Yorkshire.
Its great that Hot Milk gets publicity like this, but again I am surprised by people's attitudes surrounding the gorgeous images. Nothing different to what you see in a normal junk mail catalogue.
I wonder how my city will cope when I get my car signwritten, as I was thinking of using a Hotmilk image!!
Photo courtesy of Metro
Nursing covers like this give you an alternative option to purchasing special breastfeeding clothes or nursing tops. But I do also sell breastfeeding tops online if that is what you wanted to purchase.
You can check out these nursing covers on our website and read more about their great design and uses. http://www.breastmates.co.nz/hideaway_nursing_covers.html
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Breastmates will be showcasing the newest range of HOTmilk Maternity Lingerie at their stand M2. These include four new styles of nursing bra and matching knickers. With full figure nursing cup sizes up to 20G, and small figure nursing bra sizes down to 8A. They will also have the new styles of breastfeeding sleepwear by Hot Milk on display during the show.
During the show, Breastmates will be offering bra fitting advice, and would like to let visitors know they have a new home-based studio store in Royal Oak where you are welcome to have a private bra fitting or view all their breastfeeding products after the show.
Plus SHOW SPECIALS for the weekend only at the show.
PLUS enter our prize pack for a $750 Bumper Prize! Blog readers can also enter this prize pack by signing up online here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/join_newsletter.html
Visit Stand M2.
Friday 31 October, Saturday 1 November, Sunday 2 November 2008
10am to 5pm.
Breastmates will be at stand M2
Season 1 2007 (Discontinued)
Hotmilk Silver Sass Kitten
Hot milk Baby Doll Delicious
HOTmilk Sinfully Sweet Seductress
HOT milk Cherry Bomb Chic
Season 2 - 1 - 2008 Phasing Out
Hotmilk Lingerie Love in the Mist
Hot milk Lingerie Whisper Sweet Wickedness
HOTmilk Lingerie Ablaze with Azure
HOT Milk Lingerie Delicate and Dangerous
Hotmilk Sleepwear Ruffle My Feathers Camisole Set
Hot Milk Sleepwear Slip into Seduction Nightie
HOTmilk Sleepwear Sugar Coated Comfort PJs
Season 2 - 2 - 2008 Current New Range
Hotmilk Maternity Lingerie Age of Allure
Hot milk Maternity Lingerie Confidence is Radiance
HOTmilk Maternity Lingerie Silhouette of a Secret
HOT milk Maternity Lingerie Midnight Mystique
Hotmilk Breastfeeding Nightwear - Indulge in a Moment PJs
Hot milk Breastfeeding Nighties - Portrait of Desire
HOTmilk Underwear - Sweet Reminisce Camisole Set
Buy HOTmilk online and we can send worldwide.
View our website if you would like to see our current styles available here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/lingerie.htm
My favourite Hot milk bra (for this week anyway), out of the entire Hot milk lingerie range, is the purple and black nursing bra. The style name is Midnight Mystique.
This Hot Milk bra is a moulded cup maternity bra, with drop down clips for breastfeeding. The moulded cup gives a nice shape and lift. It is a deep purple colour, with black lace. I love it!
The Hot Milk Photo that is used in the marketing campaign, doesnt fully do this bra justice.
So you can view our webstore for better images and to order your Hot Milk Lingerie online. YES we do send worldwide. YES it is cheap for customers outside of NZ to purchase using today's exchange rate.
View Hotmilk here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/hot_milk_lingerie_midnight_mystique.html
He has a wife that loves him to pieces. And he is the Best Friend of both his children that just adore him and want to be like him when they grow up. Their faces light up when he comes into the room.
(He is my best friend too)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Making my own baby food makes me feel like a good mother. Its a very "homely" feeling.
In these photos, I have cooked up some pumpkin, mashed it, and poured into those Silicone baking trays. Freeze over night. The baking tray are so easy to use and get the frozen cubes out, just bend them out. No mess. Then I just store the little pumpkin blocks in the freezer.
Baby Lochie is 6 months old already. He has taken well to starting solids, I think it was what he needed. He is still on booby juice for all his fluid feeds :-)
For some more tips on Starting Solids view our website article here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/art_starting_solids.html
PS taking inspiration from Sarah Bean and taking photos of normal daily stuff http://thebeanbag.wordpress.com/
Anyway, it was a nice chocolate cake underneath all that icing and we had a great birthday celebration with his Cousin's Sarah and Esther my sister Kath's kids. And a party at Nana's house with Aunty La, Paul and Poppa.
Actually, my MIL put on a lovely little party for the children at her house. That way we could still see Aunty La on Angus' birthday, and she got to see the cake and sing happy birthday. She was not well enough to come to our house, or the picnic-party that I had originally thought of.
Love you Aunty La
Friday, October 24, 2008
We have received this for Jan-March, April -June, and now July-Sept!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My son loves taking photos, he is getting a kids camera for his birthday on Sunday. I just have to leave the house and buy it.
I don't know why he took photos of these Hot Milk Lingerie bras - these are the Ablaze with Azure nursing style bras. On sale at the moment for $50 click here to see: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/hot_milk_lingerie_blue_satin.html
My two sons are going to know a lot about bras!
One of the tasks to organise is childcare for Mr 4 and baby 6 months. Hubby wont be able to do it, as he will be with me at the show doing pamphlets and running around etc. No he wont be directly selling lingerie and breast pumps hahah i don't think people would want to buy them from big bad Bruce!)
So anyway, my darling parents are coming up from down country to look after my children for four days. My Dad was recently diagnosed with Prostate Cancer but we wont know any more news until 4 November. So they are still coming up , and we will just pretend that we don't know anything about this cancer and that everything is fine. They will really enjoy spending this time with the kids it will distract their minds a little. Angus will be fine, he will help and he knows what to do and when. But I am a bit worried about baby.
I have been expressing breast milk for a while now and have a huge stack of breast milk stored in freezer. One of the perks about having a breastfeeding business is the products I get to use (albeit only while I have a baby in the baby age).
But this is a smart baby, he is not having the bottle. I'm trying to give him the bottle at lunch time, but you should see his sad face and he wont swallow it. I think I will need hubby to give him the bottle for me. He had a few bottles when he was a baby, but then I got lazy and just breast fed him. Its so much easier just getting out the boob - less work. Remember I am a lazy mum. With boob there is no heating, checking temperature, mixing, washing, storing, cleaning etc!!
At least I have a few different type of baby bottles to choose from, I have high hopes for the Adiri bottle as it has been designed for fussy babies...... but if it all goes wrong.... then at the Parent and Child show..... would it be okay to have a "breastfeeding demonstration with real baby"... perhaps I could market it like that....it could be a real feature.... only when baby is so distressed and hungry that someone will have to drive him to me at the show.... (only 5 minutes down the road).... It could work I suppose...... but its not something i really want to do.....oh deary me.
My son calls it the Olympics. (this word sounds very similar to athletics which is where the confusion started, plus he was a big olympics watcher when it was in Beijing earlier in the year).
I'm not correcting his pro-nouce-i-ation. I like that he calls it Olympics. Does this fit with the laws of positive attraction and optimistic thinking. Yes.
You see I wrap, pack and send so many orders and never hear back from people. I assume they are happy.
This is what "Mary P" wrote:
Good morning Frances Just to let you know that I did receive my package last Saturday, thank you very much. And not a moment too soon as I think I am in the early stages of labour this morning. The <Hotmilk> bras are great, very comfortable. And the packaging was lovely along with the magazine - a special treat that I was not expecting. What a great magazine, so thank you very much for that too.I have already passed your website onto a friend and expect to do so again. Have a great day Mary P - a very satisfied customer"
Yay! Go Me!!
This lady had purchased a Hotmilk Maternity Bra in size 14FF - a size that is hard to find for fuller figure maternity bras
To everyone else that I have sent orders to this week: your silence must mean that you are happy too :-) Thanks for your orders and supporting Breastmates
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
First Ten Minutes of my Day: Check emails. Check forums. Check Sarah Beans blog. Then carry on with rest of normal work.
Sarah Beans blog is the greatest, this lady has such a way with words and a real talent for her writing and humour. I dont know if she knows that her blog posts are humourous, but she has a talent. You see, I really lack the words to describe. If this was her blog she would have done something witty and charming, and then taken a creative photo too.
Not only is she my blog hero, but her business is an inspiration. I think she has been running a business about the same time as me too. Her's is http://www.greenbeans.co.nz/
Today I found out that my blog hero is going through something similar with her family at the moment. I feel kind of a strength in this.
This is quite a large nursing cushion, it has a soft comfortable polar fleece cover (very quick to wash and dry if you have lot of milk squirts or baby spills). The inner of the pillow is thick firm pillow. Oh this is so comfortable!
A lot of mothers find that they get a sore back and neck, and arm, from supporting baby while they are breastfeeding.
If this is happening to you, you really should try a breast feeding pillow to prevent long term damage to your body.
You can attach baby and latch for breast-feeding, the nursing cushion rests on your legs and this is what baby lays on and supports their weight. Then you just need a hand there to "back up" but your hand does not old any weight.
These new styles of breast feeding cushions have a nice cover too.
You can collect these from our shop for breastfeeding pillows in Auckland, or we can send nationwide if you want to buy nursing pillow online.
Monday, October 20, 2008
It was supposed to be like this:
Son #1 gets married (to me), buys house, gets a good job, has two children Angus and Lochie.
Daughter (my SIL) returns to NZ after doing her OE. Settles down, gets a good job, buys a house, finds a man, gets married, has children. Who would be cousins to the two children mentioned above.
We now know that this is not going to happen.
I HATE CANCER
The following information is written for male viewers of our blog and website. We often get enquiries from men wanting to purchase something special for their wife, to celebrate their new pregnancy. Congratulations by the way!
I think it is so nice of a guy to want to buy something nice for his partner, to celebrate this pregnancy.
The popular products that guy's purchase are our Hot Milk Lingerie - the Hot Milk sleepwear styles. These are easier for guys to get the size right - as they are sold in Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. (we have the size specifications on the product pages). So if you don't know your partners bra size, then the Hot Milk Sleepwear is easier to get in the right size.
The Hot Milk sleepwear all have inner shelf support bra - so is less restricting in size than actual bras, as this one is a shelf bra. Plus the garments have pleats on the front to allow for growing bellies!
These Hot Milk Sleepwear are great to wear throughout her pregnancy, and also for breast feeding as they all have clips for access during breastfeeding.
And Mr Google - I am happy to gift wrap, write a card for you, and send directly to your partner as a surprise.
Or if you are not sure - you could always get a gift voucher.
View our webstore for more details. Feel free to contact me if you want some gift advice! http://www.breastmates.co.nz
Everything was fine when baby was latched onto my breast, but if he took his mouth off my milk would SQUIRT. It would spray out from all these tiny nozzles on my nipple, in all directions. It seems to go a long way! We have a leather couch and I would find all these white milk squirts on the cushions. If I pushed my breast while it was squirting, I get get a longer distance - at least 2 metres! That was not relevant to anything, its just something that I could do if I ever needed to!!?!!!!?
But then after about 3 or 4 weeks I think, this stopped happened. My breast milk supply was just becoming regulated.
I stopped squirting milk.
Now after 6 months of breast feeding, my breasts dont even leak breast milk anymore in between feeds. My breast just have the Supply and Demand of my baby's requirements sorted. I dont produce extra that leaks out, baby just drinks what he needs.
So although the date is on 20th October, we already have Christmas tunes playing. Angus loves them and was really boogying. I am not sure how long he will enjoy listen to this, hopefully the novelty will wear off soon.
But this son of mine tends to have an obsessive characteristics, I think the CD will be in the player for at least another 4 months. I'm sure the neighbours are going to enjoy it too!!
Friday, October 17, 2008
As at today's exchange rate for 17 October 2008:
1 NZD = 0.617130 USD
1 USD = 1.62041 NZD
So something that costs $50 on our shopping cart equates to around $30 USD!
Our shipping charge to the United States is $16 NZ ( $9.87 US)
This is great news for any American customers that want to order any of our products. The Hotmilk Lingerie is very popular!! We send orders of Hotmilk Lingerie to the States on a daily basis. So you could expect to receive your items in about 10 days after ordering and paying.
To work out the current exchange rate go to http://www.xe.com it is a currency converter based on daily rates.
So if there is a mistake with your order - it will be my fault. Can we put it down to nappy brain.
I have had a few enquiries this week, and from the gist of the message it seems like customers think we have a whole team of people here, available to take calls 24 hours per day and answer emails in minutes. But no, its just me working at this home based business. This is your personal service and help
My children and husband are around me, but I'm doing the work for you.
I hope you like my service, I always try and treat customers just the way I like to be treated myself. :-)
Thanks for shopping here!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Quote "Just thought I'd drop you a quick note. I've just weaned my second baby and wanted to pass on some feedback about the two breast feeding tops I brought through your web site. One was a black Muu breastfeeding t-shirt and the other a black Glamourmum breast feeding tank. Well they are now almost thread bare!! I purchased these two items and although they weren't cheap, when they arrived in the post I literally just wore and wore them everyday through summer. The feeding tank top was particularly useful, I would wash it and literally watch it dry before I could go out again...really high quality, cool and soooooo damn comfortable and practical. I really would recommend the outlay to any summertime breast feeding mums. Thank you for providing such high quality stylish gear to breast feeding mums - so much nicer than those very practical but oh so drab maternity bras out there! " /endquote
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Kevin Costner’s wife Christine is wearing Hot Milk lingerie for her first baby with the charming actor.
In Christine’s words: “thank you so much for creating such beautiful lingerie. Our anniversary is tomorrow - perfect timing!”
BUT WAIT there’s more... samples have been sent to the Oprah show and PR companies are working with other celebrities who are expecting... so stay tuned.
YOU can feel like a star yourself when you slip on a HOT Milk lingerie set.
View our full lingerie collection here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/lingerie.htm
YES we send this hot milk lingerie worldwide. So if you are in USA or anywhere just order online and we can send the hot milk lingerie to you :-)
SMITH syndrome stands for Sick Man In The House. You know how when a man is sick, the world is ending, he is in extreme pain and agony, he cant move, all he can do is sleep and watch tv? And wipe his little dribbley nose?
My husband came home from work yesterday sick. I think it was one of the first times he sees how much work I have to do in a day with Breastmates and looking after the kids. This doesnt include housework because I didnt do any yesterday. Or for quite a while in fact.
Just eat, and run outside. Leave the tidy up for when it is dark.
Angus was wearing his full spider man costume including the mask. He kicks the ball straighter than me! And he gets annoyed when I dont kick the ball directly to him - but that is an honest mistake on my part, I can never kick straight.
This can make it really hard when you start expressing breast milk - to know how much milk baby will need for a feed, and how much milk to feed baby (and you don't want to waste any milk after you have gone to all that effort pumping it!!)
Based on a information specified on a baby formula tin, this is the volume of milk and number of feeds per day that they recommend. This will be the same for breastmilk, so I think it is fair to use this guide so you know how much expressed breast milk to give your baby.
1 week: 50mL feed for 6-7 times per day.
up to 2 weeks old: 100mL feed for 5-6 times per day.
up to 1 month old: 100mL feed for 6 times per day.
up to 2 months old: 150mL feed for 5 times per day.
up to 4 months old: 200mL feed for 5 times per day.
up to 6 months old: 200mL feed for 4-5 times per day
over 6 months: 200mL feed for 3-4 times per day.
This is a guide. your baby may need more or less than this.
I would also like to suggest that you view our website, we have other articles online which give you guidance on expressing, and storing breast milk. Go here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/Articles_Breastfeeding_Nursing.html
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We have this HUGE $750 prize, because this is the prize that we are offering for the Auckland Parent and Child Show (held during 31 October to 2 November).
People can enter this draw during the show, but we are also opening up the prize for people to enter online. Subscribing to our newsletter will enable you an entry for the draw.
This competition is also open to our existing email subscribers who are already receiving our
newsletters (you do not have to rejoin).
For more information on our prize, and to enter the competition go to : http://www.breastmates.co.nz/join_newsletter.html
Hope you are well. I've got some new products in the pipeline, would you like me to tell you about them so that you can get them in too for your business?
If we have the item in stock, if we receive your order and credit card payment before 2pm, then the order will be sent that day. The courier will deliver to your house overnight.
if the item is not in stock, we will email you to confirm your payment has been received, and also advise you on the expected delivery date.
If your order is received after 2pm, then it will be sent out the following day.
Within New Zealand delivery is overnight. If we are sending your order to an address outside of New Zealand we use Airmail delivery, and most orders would be received by the customer within 10 days depending on the country destination.
We will always email you back to confirm your order and that it has been sent.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I wonder if she does tandem feeding for the twins? I wonder if they have an au pair to do the night feeds!
The poster that Mrs McInnes was hoping to display was that of a mother breastfeeding her newborn baby, and cradling him in her arms. The posters did have text promoting Mrs McInnes business known as “Breastmates” which is an online store specializing in breastfeeding products. The web address is http://www.breastmates.co.nz/
Frances was initially approached by a Plunket staff member who asked her to submit samples of promotional material which if accepted could then be distributed to nationwide centres. A Plunket Business Manager then wrote a letter declining Frances’ request to display her Breastmates company posters, stating that “our current policy is not to allow display of any materials related to breastfeeding.”
When asked how she felt about this decision, Mrs McInnes replied “At first I thought it was because they didn’t like the photo. Sure it might not be to everyone’s taste and most mothers I know don’t feed their baby when they are both naked -but it does clearly depict a breastfeeding mother and child in a gentle moment.”
Frances said that she could understand Plunket not wanting to promote any material related to bottle feeding and formula, as the World Health Organization code has very stringent conditions for marketing of infant formula products. However the Breastmates business that Frances operates does not sell any infant formula, the product range is entirely made up of products related to breastfeeding and breast milk such as breast pumps, breastfeeding clothing, maternity lingerie and breast pads.
Mrs McInnes admits that displaying her posters throughout Plunket would have been very good advertising for her website breastmates.co.nz, however suggests that the products and service she offers can help mothers to enjoy breastfeeding, and often breastfeed their baby for longer.
After making some enquiries, it turns out that the Plunket Business Manager does not want to display any marketing material related to any retail breastfeeding products, it is not solely due to Breastmates or the breastfeeding image used by Breastmates.
This week is Plunket’s annual fundraising appeal – but don’t expect your Plunket nurse to give you any advice when you need some special breastfeeding products or service.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Breastfeeding is the safest way to feed your baby.
Go the Boobie!!
View our full range of breastfeeding products at our webstore http://www.breastmates.co.nz
Try and only put baby on your breast when they have a full open mouth. The midwife will probably be 'shoving' your baby's head right up to your breast.
If it is not comfortable, break baby's mouth seal with your finger and try again.
Cracked nipples, crazed nipples, or sore nipples are so common.
I suggest you use Purelan nipple cream after every feed, so pack this in your hospital bag.
I know it sounds rude, but try and let the air circulate your nipples as that can help.
And work on your latching. Get a midwife to help you every time you latch baby to your breast when in the hospital.
If it still hurts 1 or 2 days when you get home, speak to your midwife or doctor.
Occassionally a baby may have trouble latching due to tongue tie - they cant lift up their tongue and get the sucking motion working as well. This can be cut by doctor.
If you still have very painful nipples (like with blood) you may want to look at getting some silicone nipple protectors. They go over your nipple while baby is sucking. Made from very thin silicone, and baby can still get the skin-to-skin contact with you. Though some midwives will not recommend these because they don't like anything that inhibits or restricts the amount of skin contact. But if these can reduce your pain and still help you to breastfeed then they are something that i would personally recommend!
Available in sizes 10 12 14 16 18 and 20.
Grab a bargain while the sale is on.
These are really handy for summer, and can help you to breastfeed in public without showing tummy or boob. *really handy if you have an older child and you have to breast feed your new baby when you take the older child to the park - such as I did this morning!*
View more information about these breastfeeding tshirts on our website page here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/Breastfeeding_Tee_Shirt.html
Or to view all breastfeeding tops available online, go to here: http://www.breastmates.co.nz/clothing.htm
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Crazy huh?! I'm not entirely sure why this is, it might have something to do with the World Health Organisation code of marketing breast milk substitutes - with this code you can't advertise teats (or bottle nipples as some call them).
But if a mother is going to all the effort of expressing breast milk, she'll need a teat inorder to feed it to her baby.
Here at our webstore, I have finally found some great bottle nipples that will fit onto the Medela range of breast pumping products. These are free of BPA chemicals etc, so are very safe to use.