If you’ve been here before, you probably know that breastfeeding is a topic I’m passionate about. My mom was one of the original lactivists back in the 80s, when she breastfed me & my siblings. I grew up hearing awesome stories about how she would encourage women who were nursing nervously in a public restroom to come out and sit beside her in a proper seat instead. As a family doctor and mom, she had a deep understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding. She is assertive and tough, and she wasn’t going to hide in a bathroom for anyone!
Like my mom, I feel an instant connection when I see other moms out and about feeding their babies. (I’ve been the bottle feeding mom — we’re all in this together, yes?) When it comes to nursing, there is a special bond. Our boobs are out. We had to get used to that. Easier for some than others. Most of us faced challenges in the early days of breastfeeding. (Some are still facing those challenges.) But still, we power through. And when we encounter each other in the ladies’ lounge at Nordstrom (a fabulously comfortable place to nurse, by the way) or on a park bench, we recognize each other.
Ninety percent of the time, the other mom notices the Silverette sitting on the nursing pad I took out, and asks, “What’s that?” I am more than happy to explain what they are, how they work, and how much I adore them. You can read the whole story here. My baby just turned 10 months, and I am still wearing them daily. (I don’t wear them at night anymore, though that was crucial in the early weeks.) He is cutting some sharp little teeth, but I’m protected from the occasional scrape by the excellent condition I’m in, thanks to the ideal environment that Silverettes create. I cannot imagine not having them. I know I would have never gotten to this point without them.
And so, I try to spread the word as much as I can. I’m giddy when I hear that someone read my blog post, tried them out, and is enjoying the wonderful results. Silverette USA found me singing their praises, and I am delighted to partner with them to give you a personal coupon code — $5 off on silveretteusa.com with code PS5. I’m pretty much a Silverette evangelist. (You can follow them on social media @silveretteusa.)
Every mom who wants to breastfeed should have these on her baby registry. You don’t need a high chair, or fancy French animal teethers with dark, soulless eyes, or two thirds of that other stuff for your newborn. If you want to breastfeed, you need Silverettes — from day 1, ideally. They’re natural, non-invasive, non-topical (nothing ingested by baby), and simply work to prevent nipple soreness and infection, and heal damage. They keep you in top condition to get through those early weeks of nursing, when you & baby are learning and figuring it all out — and beyond.
I can’t think of a better gift for a new mom than the gift of less suffering. We have enough pain in early motherhood, trust me. Give her the Silverettes in a pretty wrapped box, and a printout or link to my blog posts. And a bottle of champagne for after baby comes. Chocolates don’t hurt, either.
If you or your group are interested in hearing my story and learning more about Silverettes — online, or here in the NYC metro area — please leave a comment, or email me at hello @ patriciashepard.com, and I’ll get in touch! (You can also DM me on @psshepard.) I am delighted to speak to anyone & everyone about these amazing products, for which I am forever grateful.
In Silverettes We Trust!!!