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What makes breastfeeding swimwear different?

If bathing suits are stretchy wouldn't that make it easy to breastfeed in?  I thought so too until it came time to breastfeed and there were way more obstacles than I realized. Here are just a few hurdles I ran into: 1. Halter tops can't come undone without the other side also falling down. Loosening the top so I could pull the one side down was really uncomfortable and painful on my neck. 2. One-piece bathing suits basically mean you're going to halfway undress. The amount of movement felt like I drew so much attention and made me feel naked because my entire breast was out from top to bottom.  3. Swimsuits have a lot of structure that doesn't feel great...

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Why does breastfeeding representation matter?

Imagine growing up in a world that only shared the motherhood journey in one way? Now imagine trying to navigate breastfeeding on top of that? Now imagine being a plus size or woman of color on top of that? I knew when I started this business that I wanted to look more deeply at the things that impact our breastfeeding journeys. One thing that was painfully obvious to me was the lack of size and race representation. How much does that impact our journey and are we ready to step up for the mothers who need their voices to be heard? If we're truly going to create change, are we willing to take bold steps to make it so? There...

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Everything seems to be shutting down. Is Orolait shutting down, too?

Of the many reasons I worried that I would not be able to launch my business, I can definitely tell you that I never thought a global pandemic would be it. Yet, here we are. The great news is that we are not going anywhere. The bad news is that we're not going anywhere. My manufacturer is shut down and Colombia has closed its border.  I have the personal support to weather this storm even though this is turning out to be a very long storm. My husband and I have long tested living on one income for precisely this scenario. I have purposefully and patiently built this company so I am not in debt to anyone and have been...

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Helping Haitian mothers during covid-19

April 11th was International Day of Maternal Health and Rights Day. April 11 - 17 is Black Maternal Health Week. On April 13th I became aware that Gladys Thomas and her team were toiling away making masks and other ( Personal Protective Equipment) PPEs for herself and her staff. There are now 40 cases of Coronavirus in Haiti and the staff at Hope Hospital are preparing for the worst. Hope Hospital has endured earthquakes, political unrest, cholera, and now it's bracing itself for COVID - 19. This is a hospital near and dear to my heart. I had a chance to see this team in action shortly after the earthquake and cholera outbreak in 2012. Gladys is unwavering in her...

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Why a pre-sale versus a sale-sale?

I'd like to provide a little background information because, as a startup, this phase in my business is, well, awkward. We are new but not new new. We have come up with two banging designs but lack a whole collection. We are known but not known known. As a startup, we are in the infancy of what we believe the vision of our company is going to be. I am currently waiting for the COVID-19 storm to pass so I can secure investors so we can: 1) Finish the business, casual, and sports wear collections 2) Buy inventory so we can sell just like any other store would I have complete faith in my business but I don't have complete...

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