I am Frances McInnes, the founder and manager of Breastmates.
Breastmates was created in 2004 when I developed some reusable
breast pads after I had my first baby. I made a simple one
page website and had $50 for some materials and a domain name.
(Read some early Press)
As a mum, I soon realised that there were no other maternity clothing stores that focused on
breastfeeding in New Zealand. Some of the advice I received from
baby stores was really bad, and there were no maternity shops that
had breastfeeding support so I have slowly expanded by business to
cater for this.
When my second baby came along, things didn't go as planned and
he was fed a mixture of boobie juice and formula. At that time I
was struck by the struggle and judgement that bottle feeding
mothers go through - and their Guilt Trip!
My business has evolved to support all mothers entering
motherhood, regardless of how they feed their baby. And over
the years I have won business awards and customer service awards including
winning Top Shop Online!
My website includes a comprehensive section with maternity
advice and shared experiences. This is continually
growing based on the common questions that I have get asked, and
from the mothers that share their stories. I also have maternity
experts that come and help answer the tricky questions too, and
these are made into articles for others to read.
Even if you don't buy anything, we'll still answer your
questions and provide FREE encouragement in a non-judgemental
and balanced way. You need someone to answer your questions
honestly, and that's what we can do.
me if there is anything I can help you with.
P.S make sure you check out our Facebook
Page with over 10,000 women going through the same things as