Tuesday, December 24, 2013

breastfeeding dress review

Graceful Maxi Dress  Rating: 5  Comment: Fabulous, it sits beautifully on my 5ft 8 frame, the length is long but just perfect, it is a gorgeous color! and the fabric is light yet forgiving and doesn't leave you with VPL (visible panty line) so pleased I picked this on impulse today just in time for Xmas. Thank you Franny!    

Monday, December 23, 2013

Pregnancy Shapewear

Sophia has given us her review of the:

Mumaskin Pregnancy Shapewear:

If you're anything like me and put on pregnancy weight around your butt, hips and thighs this is the product for you! Made of comfortable, light material this shapewear smoothed out all my lumps and bumps. Whenever I wear the product I get SO many compliments on how good I look! I thought wearing shapewear in Summer might be too hot but it's really lightweight and actually makes me feel cooler wearing dresses as the fabric is light, breathable and my skin doesn't go clammy and stick or rub together under my clothes.

Thanks so much for your great service,

Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Received this feedback from Rochelle, the poor lady who has terrible morning sickness.

I am so sorry not to have been back to you already. I am so unwell with  morning sickness that life has gone on hold really. However i can't thank  you enough for your awesome service. It is always so exciting to get  something in the post and you really do make the return process so easy i  don't hesitate to buy online.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Spotted on a Blog

Was very cool to see a mention of Breastmates on this cool blog!!   http://thewritingreader.blogspot.co.nz/


They said "If you will be breastfeeding, then please know this all you new or soon to be mamas.... it's very likely that most of your clothes will be useless during this time in your life. Yes, probably even all that maternity stuff you so excitedly bought. Crazy, I know....another range of clothing to be purchased. For me, tops and leggings have pretty much become the staple. Just normal tops though because breastfeeding ones have mostly not been to my taste. But this introduced another dilemma - the post-baby tummy dilemma... on top of huge milky boobies and the feeds that kind of have to take place outside of the home occasionally. Luckily, I stumbled across these beauties so that no one needs to stab their eyes out - the clip-on cami from BreastmatesAnd while you are there, grab some hydrogel pads for nips that want to commit suicide and these bust out beanies that are soooo wrong, they are right!"  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Maternity Breastfeeding tOP

Nice feedback from Sarah about this Viva Breastfeeding Top /Maternity top:

 I feel so nice wearing this top! Gorgeous material, colour & covers in all the right places!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Same on mobile

Breast Pump Parts

Jess just emailed me:
Thank you for the amazing service as well as the after care. 

I found your website easy to navigate round so was able to make my purchase quickly and with ease! 

Initially I set out to buy a new breast pump but once I realised the cost I googled for breast pump parts and your site came up as one of the first. I placed my order and I had the part the next day!

Keep up the good work I will be sure to use your site again as well as recommend you to my friends.

Many thanks


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Breastmates Review.

Stacey just emailed me:  " Just want to say a huge thanks for your maternity clothing range.  With my first pregnancy I was in a work uniform so just made do with what I had for weekends etc, this time I decided I'd get clothes that fit right from the start and they are amazing, everything fitted perfectly (from using the measurements on your site) and it was all at great prices. Three tops, two skirts, two dresses and a pair of shorts later I'm sure my husband thinks I'm well and truly sorted!





Monday, December 16, 2013

Onion soup to help with Thrush

A customer from The Netherlands recently shared with us a recipe that is very common in her country, as a little boost for the treatment of Thrush that baby's can experience.  This recipe is for a breastfeeding mum to drink.  It's just like onion soup, so don't let the ingredient list put you off.   Onion Soup to Help Thrush



Breastfeeding wrap

Just received this product review

 This breastfeeding wrap is seriously soft, offers good coverage if you need to feed discreetly and will last beyond breastfeeding as there are so many different ways to wear it :o)  It makes this tired mother of a 2 week old (and 4 year old) feel a little bit dressed up!  I had to buy a second!


Just doing a test for myself!



This morning I received this nice message from Alison, about our Clip-on-Cami (the nursing tank that attaches to your maternity bra)


"I LOVE my cami's! Such a great idea. I wish I'd known about these when I was breastfeeding my first 2 bubs. Will definitely be recommending them to all my friends, and i think I'm going to be wearing my maternity bras long past BF'ing so I can keep wearing the camis. lol"


Friday, December 13, 2013

Maternity Dress for Wedding

Another photo from a real customer!!!  She is rocking this dress and I can tell she has confidence wearing it!!!  Go Girl!!  


 Wearing the Swishable RaRa Dress 

She Writes:  "Just took this pic to send to you. Having a great time, fab wedding today.   I did have my brown wedges on earlier but I had a change to jandals!!


I'll be wearing this dress loads over the summer, I've had loads of positive comments all afternoon!"



awww a great message to start the day!


The "feeding top elegance" I ordered is just gorgeous - beautiful soft fabric that drapes so well, I know that I'll continue to get a lot of wear out of it postnatally too...so I couldn't resist ordering it in orange.  Thank you so much for providing such affordable and stylish clothing to New Zealand Mumma's and such a prompt, friendly service :-)


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Big Pregnant Undies

So not the most glamorous product to display on the blog today, but this is something that I frequently get asked for.  Full Pregnancy Knickers to go over bump, to support belly and back.


Quite huge compared to the other lingerie on my site!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thanks Oh Baby Magazine

Thanks Oh Baby magazine, I'm so stoked that you put this little clip about me in your magazine.  Also glad you used the photos of my models that I sent you, and that you didn't use the photo of me that I sent.  (Phew! - I'm a shorty pants!)


Breastfeeding Dress Love

I really love seeing humans wearing my designs. Makes me feel very proud.   Way better than mannequins and sketches that I color in with my children's colouring pencils and have on my planning wall for months.

Melissa has done a review of our Swishable Rara Dress and she has been kind enough to share photos.  Including a lovely shot of her breastfeeding her baby wearing our dress.  This is AWESOME!!  (Fist pump!)

I love it when Melissa's quote in regard to the breastfeeding access of this design " this dress is pretty ah-maze-ing.  I’m thinking summer weddings, Christmas and New Years parties, sunday markets……..."


You can read Melissa's review here:


@bka interactive; #umbraco

You don't see this very often on my website.  Actually, not ever in the past 9 years that I have been running it.  Offline until 5pm tonight.  And then what??!.....



The site has been plagued with problems since March, and today, I remain in hope, that @bka interactive will put a fix on.  I am 40% optimistic going on past track record.



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nursing Covers

Lucia just emailed me "I've been so happy with my feeding apron & am very glad I found it. It completely changed how I feel about breast feeding in public & it's given me the confidence to go anywhere, anytime!"


Monday, December 9, 2013

Another customer!

Received this lovely photo from another customer recently.  She had purchased our Glamour Dress to wear to her son's christening.  I love how she actually sent us a photo of the breastfeeding dress in action, as none of our modelled photographs have babies in them.


She said:  "That was the first clothing item, other than underwear that I have brought from you, I already have a wish list for the future, Conrad is only my first baby I can't wait to have more you have stunning gear ;)


Black Maternity Dress


Sally sent me this lovely feedback! 

My beautiful glamour dress bargain arrived today and its beautiful! I tried it on and My three year old daughter said mummy you look beautiful are you going to dance with the prince? I'm guessing that means its a winner ;) thanks so much for the fast delivery and looking forward to ordering again from you xx

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sophie's Review

So great to see photos of another customer!  Real people do exist!!!


Check out Sophie wearing our Swishable Rara Dress


Seems that Sophie love's this dress!  She has written a review for me too.  You can read it here: Sophie Blog





Breastfeeding Clothes

Kate recently sent me this nice message about Breastfeeding Clothes:
 It's so nice to wear tops that look great, fit comfortably and are flattering when breastfeeding. Probably one of the best investments I've made this pregnancy. So good to be able to support an NZ business too. 


Thursday, December 5, 2013


So great to see another customer wearing Breastmates design clothes!

Here's Jess wearing Grace Short Dress. 


And it's featured in her review here: http://justordinaryus.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/kiwi-mummy-blog-review-breastmates-dress.html


I like it when Jess said " The length is perfect - I can run around after my gaggle of children, get down on the floor to change a nappy and reach into the back seat to do up a seatbelt buckle, all without flashing my knickers" hehe




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

new Bras sizes 10B to 20H

YAY good news!  We have a gorgeous new style of bra in stock today.  It's called Dawn Black and features gorgeous embroidery detailing.  (Yes for those HOTmilk loyal fans, this is very similar to a previous style they named Her Tangled Web - good spotting!)




Over the past few seasons, HOTmilk had been launching new styles and colourways of bras, typically starting at size 10D to 20H.


So the good news for us smaller busted ladies, is that this style includes 10B, 10C, 12B, 12C, 14B, 14C cups!! YAY!


With each style of maternity bra - there is a lot of sizes just to have one colour.


In this colour today, I've unpacked:































































Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Product Alert!


We have these very cool Reusable Food Pouches in stock now.  Called the Sili Squeeze!


Available in large or small sizes, ideal for soft foods!!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nice Feedback From Kym

Received some nice feedback today from a customer that had shopped at my online store http://www.breastmates.co.nz


Thank you so much again for your prompt response.   I returned some products to you due to wrong sizing on Friday & had my new items by Wednesday the following week! WOW! You are truly super at your business & will be highly recommending you to all future & present mums in my circle! Your website is bang on with advice & help & you are very proficient in your business.  It has been wonderful to deal with you & I look forward to checking in (and out!) again with you soon!



Thursday, November 21, 2013

The day I was on Campbell Live.  Here's my 5 minutes of fame.


Though I'm not sure if it spoils the illusion of Breastmates. Now you can see my converted garage and where I work.


You can view here (starts at 9:30 time spot)




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

#umbraco @bka

argh got this today on live site!  Customers please tell me if this happens while you are shopping!


" Love your designs Franny, keep up the good work. It is soooo hard to find good feeding tops (or any feeding tops for that matter), that fit nicely and don't make you look still pregnant. You're doing an amazing job & you follow it up with AWESOME service"



Monday, November 18, 2013

#umbraco #bka

Customers: please tell me if you ever get error screens like this when browsing my site.












please come and join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/breastmates



Friday, November 15, 2013

Jody just sent us a review about our Black Maternity Dress (Glamorous)


ProductName: Glamorous Dress (V2)

Rating: 5

Comment: This dress is the best! I have purchased to wear to a wedding in Dec (8 months preg) and another wedding in Feb (breastfeeding a month old).

Its gorgeous and flowy and flattering such a great dress for the price!

Couldn't have found better anywhere else.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

meet the models

Here's a blog post to introduce you to the models on my website.




Dresses for Breastfeeding

Tara said " Ps I love your service. Dresses are so hard to find while breastfeeding infact yours are the only ones that work for me and I've looked everywhere, would love you to have more colors :)




 Just had this message from Sophie  "3 minutes into birthday date and have already had a gazillion compliments on my hot pink Breastmates RaRa dress!"





Newborn Logbook Review - by Belinda.


You can read what Belinda thought about it here:  http://bebybelinda.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/i-really-have-to-write-things-down.html




Newborn Logbook Online at Breastmates


Black Maternity Dress for Wedding

Received this lovely feedback from Laurie about the Black Maternity Dress she brought for a wedding.

Thank you so so much for the fast delivery of my gorgeous maternity dress! I very rarely buy online and to be honest didn't think it would even fit me (i'm not a small girl), but it is perfect and looks so lovely on. I'm so excited and can't wait for the wedding i'm going to to wear it (i very rarely wear a dress!). And the packaging and little note just topped it off.

I will definately write something on your page and promote it to all my friends, but am only 11 weeks pregnant and not many people know at this early stage, so will just wait a little while before i do that.

Once again, thanks so much. I will no doubt be a repeat customer!"    from Laurie

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baby Shots Photography

Being a WAHM I don't often go to meetings or staff events, so it was really nice to catch up with Bev from Baby Shots Photography this morning.  We had a natter about business, and work, and the help that we get from our husbands (sarcastic tone there darling!)  !  Thanks for the coffee!!


Check out Bev's awesome photography work.... 


You could plan a trip to Cambridge -


1.       visit my studio and check out some of my new maternity clothes;

2.       visit Bev's photography studio.  Bev also works from home, but she has a proper photography studio setup in a separate area to her house.  Complete with cool props and backdrops

3.       visit our lovely little town of Cambridge.  After doing step (1) I'll give you a voucher for a coffee at Rouge Cafe.




Received some feedback about the special breast pads that we sell online, for ladies that have Raynauds.

"Just wanted to say how great these Raynauds breast pads are.  I have raynauds and needed to use medication due to the pain for my first two babies, as well as using merino breast pads.  This time with number three (born at same time of year as number one, so weather is the same) I am using these pads and they are just wonderful.  I am not taking any medication, and have not had white and purple spots due to vasospasm on my nipples.  And no pain!  I really noticed the difference when I had to use my old merino pads while these ones were drying.  The only downside is that they are quite absorbent, so take a while to dry, but definitely worth buying a second pair to get around this."


Product Review

It was nice to read this product review from Kimberley this morning:


"When I first ordered these breast pads after having tried numerous cheaper ones I have to admit I was rather sceptical and loath to fork out this much money. But I was so surprised how much better they are than all the others I've tried! Totally worth the money, so comfy, dry super quick and saved me so much hassle that I ordered more and some as a gift for my friend, who then asked me to order her more. I only use these breast pads now. I am a 14ff these days so regular is the best size for me. Well done Franny, a brilliant product.  


Monday, November 11, 2013

Summer Launch!!

Summer launch!

Clothing styles designed by Franny of Breastmates.  For maternity, breastfeeding and beyond.  Check out the range - nothing over $100



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Customer Review:

 I just received my new breastfeeding top and I only ordered it yesterday and I live in a rural area! Such quick and personal service! I tried the top on straight away and love it. Fits well and can't wait to wear it out!

Customer Review:

Bloom Top : "Great shirt!  I love it.  Perfect amount of coverage and makes nursing easy! I also love that it's a great length…so many maternity/nursing shirts are just too short!  This one is perfect." Ashle

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013


Your website is great and your service is amazing, that's why everyone I know recommends you and why I do too.

Keep up the fabulous work, its such a pleasure to deal with your company.




(quote from Charlotte which just made my day!)


Moby Wraps

Kirsty says: I was looking to purchase a sling for our new baby so that I had my hands free for our very toddler.  A friend suggested the Moby wrap and several friends had founds their other brand slings uncomfortable.  I am so happy with this sling, especially if our baby is not settling in her bassinet, she will sleep in this and I can still get thing's done around the house.  The long piece of material does take a few goes to get used to but it soon becomes like second nature and there is so many options to use.  I recently used it at the Women's Expo and had at least a dozen people come up and comment on it as she slept the whole time I was there.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hotmilk Public Breastfeeding Revolution



Hotmilk are launching a great promotion for the month of November.  We need you to join the Hotmilk Public Breastfeeding Revolution! 

How does it work? You just need  to upload a picture of yourself breastfeeding in a public place wearing a Hotmilk bra to the Hotmilk Facebook page.  

You could win a great prize pack!  And the photos will be inspiring to other mums too!!  (and even the public!!)


Details for the promo are here http://woobox.com/oua7s8


So grab yourself a HOTmilk bra, perhaps you’ll buy one from Breastmates, and then take a photo and upload to Hotmilk’s page!

Baby Bib Wipeable

Wipeable Baby BibsKate says "Simply the best bibs ever for my messy toddler! Especially with finger foods which are caught in the pocket and don't end up squished down the front. No machine washing, just wipe them down in the sink and I hang to dry over the oven door handle. Has saved me so much washing. I love these bibs!  "

Zahra Maternity Nursing Dress

About the Zahra Applique Maternity Nursing Dress, Jo says " I have had comments on the dress from 3 people & so have passed your details onto these three but also another 3 friends that were present at the time that are also with new bubs, pregnant & trying to conceive. "

Maternity Shorts

Maternity Shorts (Zen), Claire says "I absolutely love mine too best maternity buy ever I'm 38 weeks and live in them even though I'm in Southland and it's not that warm yet. So comfy!"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A popular baby shower gift are our “Nursing Covers”.  They are just little privacy screens so a mum can easily breastfeed (and see her baby) while being covered so that she can feel a bit more confident when out & about.  (Don’t comment until you’ve been there, done that, and tried to breastfeed discretely without flashing everyone!  Yesterday over 600 people wanted to win one for themselves or to give to a friend!






please come and join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/breastmates



Wow this is nice feedback to start the day!  So encouraging!


Catherine says "Just bought some preggie tights ..and wanted to let you know how wonderful they are and how they have made the last month or so of my third pregnancy suddenly look bearable!!! These are what I've been imagining and wishing for since number 1! So wish I'd known about you then.   Thank you for making the effort to source ACTUALLY comfortable clothing.. I will be recommending you to every newly preggie person I meet!"

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Belly Belt feedback from customer:
Received the item, excellent purchase as I can now wear my normal clothes hopefully through most of my pregnancy.  I will be sure to recommend your site to any pregnant friends in the future and use it again myself.  Thanks again, Rebecca

So encouraging to get emails like this!


"Oh my goodness! Franny, I don't remember the last time my ladies were this comfortable!!!

   I couldn't afford proper maternity bras during my first pregnancy.So I made it through with one I was given, which was my bra size before getting pregs, and maternity singlets. All of which got me through but not in any manner that could be called comfy.    These bras are AH-MA-ZING! I'm so comfy, if it wasn't for the giant tummy sticking out the front I could almost forget I'm pregnant.  I also tried the shorts on yesterday when I received my parcel. I'm so stoked.  Thanks for the layby and super quick delivery. You're awesome :)



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Feedback on this new maternity bra,


Lisa:  "Mine arrived this morning, tried it on for fit and spot on, too comfortable to even take off again so I'm wearing it right now! Thanks Fran!"


Shop online for maternity bra

Monday, October 7, 2013

Clip-on-Cami review


Siobhan "I've found this Clip-on-Cami to be a much better alternative to singlets with built in bras as it allows me to wear my more supportive nursing bras (essential for those of us who have larger busts!), but still keep my belly covered when feeding. The loops stay on the bra strap really well, and the extra length and slightly stretchy fabric prevent it from riding up. It's also helped turn many of my non-nursing tops into nursing tops, so it's proved to be great value too!"

Friday, October 4, 2013

Maternity clothes Hamilton

If you are looking for maternity clothes in Hamilton, why not drive for an extra 10 minutes for a trip out to Cambridge? Then you could visit one of our nice cafes afterwards!

You can visit Breastmates studio and warehouse and purchase maternity clothes direct. We have a changing room and can offer sizing and styling advice. Plus it's one-on-one shopping with no crowds or parking troubles.

Do please contact us to make an appointment. Ph Franny on 07 827 8235

Our studio is located on Madison St, we'll give you the address when you make an appointment rather than publishing on the Internet.

Have a browse around our website to make a list of what you'd like to see


Franny - Owner

Our much loved "glamour" black maternity breastfeeding dress

Thursday, September 26, 2013