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How to make the most of Monochrome

When we shop we tend to buy things in the colours that we like most or that we have been complemented in. For some of us this means that our wardrobe can look pretty samey- with lots of different items in the same colour, tones and hues.

I’m going to show you how to swap those, ‘I have nothing to wear’ mornings or, ‘I’ll look silly if I wear all yellow’ days.

It’s pretty simple, I promise and soon you’ll be be able to mix and match regardless of colours.

TEXTURE IS KEY!

When wearing any monochromatic outfit, or wearing one colour in different tones or shades, I’d always always recommend mixing up textures.

Texture is an important element when putting together monochromatic looks otherwise if your monochromatic outfit consisted of just one fabric it would most likely look pretty dull.

This beauty here has paired her plum breastfeeding top with a faux fur gilet in the same colour.

It’s a simple combination but it looks chic because of the different textures.

TRY IT YOURSELF!

My suggestions: try mixing cotton with leather for a cool look, wool and canvas (shoes) for a casual look or satin and velvet for a more formal look.

Don’t head out and buy more if you don’t need to, fast fashion is fast becoming a thing of the past! Why not shop your wardrobe and see what you can come up with.

Be sure to send in photos or tag us in your posts – @chicanddiscreet

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3 Ways To Style The Beige Breastfeeding Top.

Classy

Wearing similar colours together can make any outfit look well put together and chic. Always pair with the different items later for a completely different look. But it’s Christmas add some gold glitz or sequins for a festive look.

Neutral

Pair this top with more neutral colours for a more formal ensemble. If your headed back to work try pairing it with a khaki or camel colour blazer set. If your work allows for it you could swap the blazer for a cardigan.

Casual

If there’s no occasion in particular pairing this top with simple denim jeans means you can take this look anywhere from a quick school run, then to play group and a coffee catch up with some friends.

The best thing about all of these looks is that they’re breastfeeding friendly with the Chic and Discreet Long Sleeve Breastfeeding Top – Beige.

I love to see how you style our clothes, be sure to tag us in your photos.

Happy Styling.

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How to Style … Chic and Discreet Basics

Chic and Discreet Basics is a collection of clothes that are very versatile therefore very cost effective. You’ll wear these pieces again and again and again for years and seasons to come.

We’ll give you some styling tips on how to get the most out of these basics. You’ll be ready to go, in style, whether you’re headed out for a school run, a coffee catch up, play group, a Christmas dinner or a day at work.

Each item in the collection features a simple design or pattern which means it can be mixed and matched for a range breastfeeding friendly outfits throughout the year.

We love seeing how you style our clothes so make sure to send over and tag us in all photos.

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We’re Coming Back

I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately, still working hard in the background to create beautiful and helpful breastfeeding clothes for you mamas. But the time has come that I get a little bit louder on here.

I’ll be joining the tandem feeding mamas soon (yay!), which means my time will be shared out even more than it is already. I’m so excited for all the newy newness and I’ve been planning on how I can make this work best for all of us.

I am working with designers and manufacturers to help me with my work load. For a little while stock availability will be reduced but still so chic and discreet.

I’m excited to introduced you to our Chic and Discreet basics range and our signature Leopard Print Breastfeeding Clothes.

I’ll be working more closely with you beautiful mamas because you have some of the most amazing suggestions for what you’d like to add to your wardrobe.

I’m currently looking for London based Mamas who are interested in trying out some of our new designs, so if you’re interested or know a mama who might be I’d love to hear from you. Please send them my details or DM me theirs.

I’m so excited for all that is to come and I hope that you are too. After all, this is Chic and Discreet breastfeeding for you stylish mamas.

-C x

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Breastfeeding: What is it?

Breastfeeding is the natural way of providing infants, toddlers and young children with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. This method of feeding offspring has been prominent since the beginning of time.

Mamas use the milk produced by their own breasts or the breasts of another human mother to feed their babies. This can be done through direct breastfeeding or through pumping the milk and then feeding their babies.

At first, colostrum, which is the sticky, yellow, breast milk, is produced at the end of pregnancy. This is recommended by the World Health Organisation as the perfect food for the newborn. It’s not much, it won’t fill up bottles and bottles, but it is the perfect amount for your newborn. Then mother’s milk comes in at around day 3 – 5.

Breastfeeding is a supply and demand process, meaning that the more stimulation and ‘demand’ there is for milk to be produced, the more milk will flow. This is true for both breasts in their own right” if you continually stimulate one breast only that breast will produce a constant flow of milk. This is why it is recommended that you feed or pump from both breasts.

According to the WHO, virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.