This is Anne. Anne is another awesome mama who took my baby class. You are all probably starting to see that I have the chance to interact with amazing women in my class, and for that I am very grateful. Anne is so sweet and has a great sense of humor. She is one of those people who can make anyone feel at ease right away when they are around her. She is also a domestic diva in many ways, and a fellow lover of the grocery outlet :). This week I had the chance to interview Anne and ask her more about her “Buttercup” nursing pad business that she started last year. (Check her website out here)
This week Anne, will be giving away 3 pairs of her nursing pads to a lucky reader. I had the chance to use the pads when I first started nursing Miriam, and they were awesome. I am one of those lucky ladies who only leaks a lot for the first month, so I no longer need them, but I have talked to many moms who wear nursing pads for the entire first year. Even if you aren’t currently a nursing mom, it would make an awesome gift for a baby shower (one that not a lot of people would think to give… but so essential) or to give to a friend in need. A good nursing pad may seem like a simple thing, but trust me, I’m sure that many of you have all leaked all over your clothes in public. Not so good for the self esteem of a mom who is already feeling frumpy. To enter the giveaway:
- Leave a comment (you may want to share your experiences with nursing/leaking and nursing pads if you happen to have any to share)
- Leave another comment for another chance to win if you are a follower of “Peas and Happiness”, or if you become one now. Go to the sidebar, and click on “Join this site.”
- Leave one more comment if you link this post to your facebook page or blog.
A random winner will be chosen on Thursday night, so leave your comments now mamas, and enjoy the interview!
Anne and her adorable 21 month old son Archer.
Anne being her adorable self.
Anne: Basically, I was desperate for a nursing pad that worked. Nursing was very difficult for me for the first few months due to a combination of things. In addition, I was leaking a ton; I was completely soaked at night, and my skin was really irritated.
As I dealt with the issue of leaking, I tried all of the different nursing pads that I could find in stores, and nothing seemed to work for me. So, I sat down at my sewing machine and cobbled together a pad of my own, tailored to the symptoms I suffered.
I didn’t consider selling the pads until I talked to other moms that had a similar problem, which was finding a nursing pad that worked well. I researched other nursing pad options, the pros and cons of each, and reviews online. In my search, I found that my pads are truly unique nursing pads due to the materials used and benefits they offer.
I started making and giving out my nursing pads to some mom friends to test them and give me feedback; often, I would make them promise to make a suggestion for improvement so they weren’t holding anything back. As a result, I made some design changes, but overall the feedback was very positive. I was so excited!
Kara: How did you design the Buttercup Nursing pad and what makes it unique?
Anne:After doing a lot of outdoor sports and owning different clothing to keep me dry while being active, I realized that I could apply the same idea to the nursing pads. I experimented with different technical fabrics until I found what worked best.
The layer closest to the skin is a moisture wicking fabric that draws milk from the skin to the next layer of the pad, which is bamboo terry cloth. Bamboo is a pretty awesome fabric – it’s antibacterial which will prevent odor, it’s much more absorbent than regular cotton, and it is a sustainable product. Between that and the outer layer, there is a waterproof breathable layer which greatly reduces the chance of leakage. On the very outside, there is a pretty white cotton print.
Kara: You have background in materials science and engineering, so how did your more scientific background help you in this process?
Anne: I feel like my background in engineering has given me a special understanding of the way materials perform. I also have a lot of lab work experience, and I enjoy setting up experiments at home.
For example, after doing a lot of research and deciding to try bamboo as the absorbent material on the inside of the pad, I wanted to test it to make sure what I was reading was true. So, I used single-sided terry in both cotton and bamboo, cut the fabrics in the exact same size, and used a dropper to make sure that the amount of liquid I was dispensing was exact. The bamboo really was more absorbent than the cotton.
Kara: Besides being in the business of keeping nursing moms happy and dry, what are some of your other passions and hobbies?
Anne: Maybe I’m old-school, but I love working with my hands and learning practical skills. Whether I’m in the veggie garden playing with different companion planting schematics or figuring out how to make the perfect loaf of bread – which I’m still working on – I gain a sense of connectivity to my food and things I make. Out in the garden, I am really excited that Archer able to “help” me more now and we can both enjoy being outside together.
As a family, we enjoy taking advantage of the great hiking trails nearby. We haven’t traveled as much since Archer has been born, but we really enjoy that as well and hope to take a trip abroad soon.
Kara: What are your favorite parts of parenting a one year old and parts that you find most challenging?
Anne: The thing that is the hardest for me is also the thing that I am learning to love the most. I just love how excited Archer gets over the simplest things. It gives me a new perspective on life and helps me stop and enjoy things at the level of a toddler.
Before having Archer, I always filled my daily schedule and thrived on being busy. I am still busy – especially with buttercupmom.com – but it is a different kind of busy. It has been an adjustment for me to enjoy life at a different pace, but I am grateful that Archer has helped me to slow down and enjoy life in a new way.
Kara: What brings you peace and happiness?
Anne: As cliche as it is, I would have to say my family. I love them, and they love me; for me, that’s the best feeling in the world. On a less philosophic level, hot fudge sundaes; a warm beach; fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes; and my fav podcasts, This American Life and Planet Money also make me happy!