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.
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.
When did you establish your business?
In November 2013. We are brand new!
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.
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.
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.
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.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Tell yourself to be fearless and just go for it!
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