Milk & Love: Ethical and Affordable Maternity Essentials

February 18, 2016

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wearing wrap 3/4 sleeve maternity and breastfeeding dress | Aviary teal suede heels (on sale + extra 10% off with code ‘alifeunstyled’) 

As well as being critical of what we’re buying for baby and the quantity of things we’re accumulating I’ve also been quite discerning about what I’ve bought myself. For the most part I’ve made my existing wardrobe work for me during my pregnancy. The biggest compromise being the need to swap skinny jeans out for leggings and wearing more dresses then I truly care for. With the impending birth of our first child I’ve also had to start thinking about nursing. If possible, and it should be possible, I want to exclusively breastfeed. And while part of the preparation is psychological and involves talking to Patrick, there was also a practical aspect to it. My wardrobe isn’t at all nursing-friendly. I don’t own tank tops, my camisoles are silk, my blouses are silk and fairly nicely fitted. I decided that I needed to invest in a few initial pieces to help in the first few weeks of breastfeeding while I got a handle of the reality of it all.

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I started looking for a few basics. I wanted clothing that was ethically made and using organic and natural fibres where possible. I think what discourages consumers from buying ethical and organic products is the hefty price tag. I’m not saying the prices are unfounded, it is difficult and more costly to manufacture within these boundaries but this post isn’t about why ethically produced clothing costs what it does. While I have certain criteria when purchasing clothing, I try to be reasonable about what I pay for the pieces. I struggled to find maternity and nursing pieces that were affordable, until I came across Milk and Love – on Instagram of all places! Milk and Love is a store and a resource haven for “a beautiful motherhood, naturally”. I clicked through to their website and was immediately impressed by the information they have available on their products, their manufacturers as well as things a new mum might want to know.

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I picked out three pieces: a 3/4 sleeve maternity and breastfeeding black wrap dress and two organic breastfeeding singlets (in black and white, of course!). The singlets are currently 3 for the price of 2 as well. All the clothes I purchased are made by Mothers En Vogue, a brand committed to environmentally friendly and socially responsible practices. They use recycled paper tags, coconut shell buttons, the factory workers have regular hours as well as regular and flexi-hours for the office and warehouse staff. The workrooms are ventilated and because they use natural and eco-friendly fabric, factory staff aren’t exposed to harmful chemicals and toxins. These details make me feel so comfortable about the purchases I make and the Milk and Love boutique are able to keep prices down for consumers by ordering their clothes 12 months in advance. This helps the factory keep their costs down and ultimately the costs remain affordable for consumers who want to make environmentally and socially responsible clothing choices. Ordering 12 months in advance I find also means that the consumer ends up with a store that has a well-curated stock of clothing that are practical and stylish without yielding to fast-fashion trends.

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learn more about Lenzing Modal and other ecological fibres 

I’m so thrilled to have found a store and resource centre in one, and one that makes it easy and affordable to own ethical and environmentally and socially responsible clothing. You can shop the Milk and Love collection here, you might particularly enjoy their sale items or if you’re just after information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood have a look at the Milk and Love Village.

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