Posted on January 22, 2014

New Business Mum – Martine Zoer

Mum in Business

The lovely Martine from Baby Loves Milk is on the blog this morning. With a business that I am sure many of you will just LOVE!

Who are you?
My name is Martine Zoer and I am the proud mother of two boys: Tyler (age 5) and Tristan (age 3). While I set out to breastfeed each of my boys, the results are like night and day. Tyler was on formula by the time we left the hospital and I stopped nursing him when he was four weeks old. Tristan, on the other hand, is all about the boobies and I am nursing him well into toddlerhood.

The Zoer Family by La Luz photography

The Zoer Family by La Luz photography

What do you do?
I just launched Baby Loves Milk, a project that celebrates the unique bond between mom and their babies whether breast- or bottle feeding. Baby Loves Milk proposes a truce in the breast versus bottle debate and suggests that moms support rather than nudge each other knowing that every mom has her child’s best interest at heart.

With the help of some talented photographers and supportive moms, I created a collection of encouragement cards to support new moms by showing them that both breast- and bottle feeding is sweet, and loving, and intimate, and ultimately beautiful.

Baby Scarlett and her mom Lori were lovingly photographed by Melanie Leighton. To view Melanie’s beautiful work, please visit www.melanieleighton.com.

Baby Scarlett and her mom Lori were lovingly photographed by Melanie Leighton. To view Melanie’s beautiful work, please visit www.melanieleighton.com

When did you establish your business?
In November 2013. We are brand new!

Baby West and his mom Lindsay were lovingly photographed by Alicia Thurston. To view Alicia beautiful work, please visit www.aliciathurston.com.

Baby West and his mom Lindsay were lovingly photographed by Alicia Thurston. To view Alicia beautiful work, please visit www.aliciathurston.com

What made you start your own business?
It was after reading one too many articles pitching breast- and bottle feeding moms against each other that I decided to do something positive for new moms.

As a mom, it’s easy to second guess yourself. It’s easy to feel judged. I certainly have. With Tyler, I felt looked down upon. I felt that people thought I was a lazy and maybe even a lesser mom for giving my child formula. With Tristan, I feel judged for a different reason. Now that he is a toddler, I feel self-conscious about nursing him in public. I feel that people don’t understand why I am still nursing him.

Baby Eva and her mom Jessica were lovingly photographed by April Newman. To view April’s beautiful work, please visit www.aprilnewmanphoto.com

Baby Eva and her mom Jessica were lovingly photographed by April Newman. To view April’s beautiful work, please visit www.aprilnewmanphoto.com

What do you love about working for yourself?
I love that I am able to set my own hours and decide what I am working on each day.   And, of course, it’s nice to work from the comfort of my own home.

Baby Callie and her dad Josh were lovingly photographed by Amber Holritz. To view Amber’s beautiful work, please visit www.holritzphotography.com

Baby Callie and her dad Josh were lovingly photographed by Amber Holritz. To view Amber’s beautiful work, please visit www.holritzphotography.com

Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Working from home means that you’re always at work. It’s hard to ignore emails and phone calls and it can feel like I am always on call. 

Baby Elvie and her mom Mary were lovingly photographed by Brooke Bryand. To view Brooke’s beautiful work, please visit http://brookebryand.com

Baby Elvie and her mom Mary were lovingly photographed by Brooke Bryand. To view Brooke’s beautiful work, please visit http://brookebryand.com

Is there anything you would go back and do differently if you could? 
Probably, but you’ll have to check back in with me in a few months.

Baby Arlo and his mom Ashley were lovingly photographed by Carolyn Kipper. To view Carolyn’s beautiful work, please visit http://carolynkipper.com

Baby Arlo and his mom Ashley were lovingly photographed by Carolyn Kipper. To view Carolyn’s beautiful work, please visit http://carolynkipper.com

What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business? 
Tell yourself to be fearless and just go for it!

Baby Sadhbh and her mom Kate were lovingly photographed by Philippa Smoker. To view Philly’s beautiful work, please visit http://sweetchilliphillyphotography.com.au

Baby Sadhbh and her mom Kate were lovingly photographed by Philippa Smoker. To view Philly’s beautiful work, please visit http://sweetchilliphillyphotography.com.au

Thanks so much for your time and sharing your new business venture with us Martine. I wish you all the very best with it x

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