We are so excited to (finally) launch 1 Hip Mom! It’s been a longer road than expected and since the goal of this Blog is to provide information and support for breastfeeding, I won’t spend too long on our backstory. But here’s the short version: I had a beautiful baby boy in May of 2012 and was very committed to breastfeeding him for at least a year. I bought a couple of nursing shirts and a nursing cover and thought surely they’d work since they were all I could find. When he was about 4 months old, we were traveling back east to see family and I found myself needing to nurse him in the Charlotte airport. While my husband went in search of water, I got all set up and started to nurse the baby. The baby thought it would be fun to kick off the nursing cover and he also would unlatch and re-latch repeatedly. So I sat there wrestling my baby boy, exposed to the passing public and to the somewhat creepy older man sitting nearby. And I thought, there must be a better shirt out there…
Then, I was reading a favorite blog (Nurshable) and the owner was looking for ways to raise some money to cover her server costs and looked into printing some baby one-piece bodysuits with her logo on them to sell. And I thought it would make more sense to have a blank nursing shirt she could print her logo on (since the blog was about her breast feeding journey). And those didn’t seem to exist.
So, long story short, after researching the competition and trying and failing to find a decent quality nursing t-shirt that was also affordable, I decided to do it myself. My key criteria were (and still are): good quality fabric that had some spandex in it so it wouldn’t get stretched out after repeated nursing sessions in a day, a shirt that looked like a regular t-shirt instead of a special breastfeeding shirt, the ability to wash and dry repeatedly (my baby had reflux so I did a lot of laundry in the first 9 months of his life), make it in the USA and keep the price point as affordable as possible.
We’d love to hear your feedback about the shirts and about your breastfeeding experiences. Thanks for your support!