The Mom-preneur: Jaydee Cheng Tan (mom to Allyssa, 10 months old)
Why she loves being a mom: I love seeing Ally, my bundle of joy, smile when she wakes up. As the days go by, I can see that she's growing up to be a wonderful child of God.
Her Business: Mamaway (Mama means “mom” and way means “feeding” in Mandarin or when read in Chinese)
The Idea: I read about using nursing wear as a convenient way to breastfeed my baby in The Baby Book by Dr. William Sears. I looked for nursing wear in the local market but the designs were so limited. I did some research online and I happened to find Mamaway's UK website. I mentioned this to my sister and we thought of making Mamaway available in the Philippines. The response has been very positive since there are a lot of mothers and mothers-to-be who are looking for fashionable nursing wear. Mamaway has been able to meet their needs.
Why it’s unique: Mamaway helps moms nurse with style, comfort, and discretion. We offer nursing wear, bras, maternity clothes, slings, and diaper bags. Even non-nursing moms can wear our nursing clothes. Mamaway has also made available dual purpose clothes which function both as maternity and nursing wear. So if you purchase these clothes, you can wear them during your pregnancy, after you give birth, while breastfeeding, or even until after you're not breastfeeding anymore.
Tips for Nursing Moms: Continue to nurse until your baby self weans. If you're a first-time mom, don't fret if supply is low. You have to build the demand in order for you to have the supply. Let your baby latch often and pump every two hours when you’re away from your baby in the early months.
On Sharing Milk: Breastfeeding is very beneficial so I share my extra milk with those who need it. I’ve already shared with several babies, such as Lance, a baby referred by my pedia. He was born almost three months premature because his mother had to go through an emergency appendectomy. I have a freezer full of milk at home and I'm so blessed to have it. For nursing moms, please do share your blessings as well.
Where to Buy: Log on to www.mamaway.multiply.com or www.mamaway.com.ph . Mamaway Baby Sling is available at Rustan's Department Store. We also do meet ups or fit at home (with charge) unless same vicinity as ours. Contact us ahead of time through cellphone (0923-5249909), e-mail (email@example.com), or Yahoo Messenger (YM ID: joniedycheng).