I looked in my wardrobe
It was actually a morning like every other when I looked in my wardrobe, turned to my husband and said:
“What am I going to wear?”
I know, this is often an everyday problem for us women. But as a breastfeeding mother, this dilemma takes on an even greater dimension.
Every woman should be proud of her body and what it is achieving every day. But after the birth of my third child, I must confess that I did not feel comfortable presenting my belly full of scars to the public. Feelings justified by my recent misadventure.
I got first operated at 33 weeks of pregnancy on an appendicitis, I then had an emergency C- section on January 31, 2018.
We stayed more than two weeks in the hospital because I had to have surgery again after Lou’s birth. My health situation, medical treatments and painkillers were not compatible with breastfeeding.
Therefore Lou was fed formula milk in the maternity ward.
The last bottle
On Saturday, 17 th of February 2018, the last bottle was given to my baby boy. We were finally allowed to go home.
At home everything was ready and only waiting for us: bottles, milk powder… Daddy took care of everything. But I really wanted to breastfeed, and after more than 2 weeks it was of course not easy.
I put Lou to my breast, he cried, rejected. But I did not want to give up, put him on again and again. Until we finally found to each other and could completely live without the milk powder.
So I asked further: “Why are there no stylish and practical breastfeeding shirts? Then my husband replied: “Why don’t you design some yourself?”
The idea seemed crazy. I am a nursing assistant by profession. I know how to take care of my patients, my 3 children, and maybe bake a cake. But design clothes?
But somehow, I couldn’t get my husband’s answer out of my head and so 10 days later a first design was made in a small tailor’s shop in La Rochelle, just a few metres from the sea. A few phone calls, emails and appointments later I suddenly sat with Lou on the plane on the way to Portugal, where our shirts are produced. We chose a small factory, with a female boss who is a future mother on top of that, helping me to bring my project to life.
And that’s how our living room became our office from one day to the next. Parcels everywhere, and I asked myself over and over again: “What are we actually doing here?”
The actual plan was that as this point in time I would go back to work in the hospital. And my
brother, who was visiting us for a few days at that time, probably never thought that our guest room would more or less become his future home. In fact, he’s been part of Tajinebanane ever since and I didn't return to the hospital either. In the beginning I didn’t even have a laptop, no real plan. I had ideas, but none of us could imagine 8 months ago where this trip would take us. Thanks to you we work every day, supported by our family, on one goal only: to give mothers around the world the opportunity, whenever and wherever, to breastfeed their babies, to be free, and to enjoy this intimate relationship in every situation.
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