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A collection of thoughts, by moms, for moms. We're all in this together.

Chic (and Easy!) Halloween Costumes That Are Breastfeeding-Friendly

Chic (and Easy!) Halloween Costumes That Are Breastfeeding-Friendly

I think this is my favorite 2022 Halloween costume yet! To recreate it, you'll need a black dress, a feathered cap shall (I borrowed mine from an actor friend who has a collection of vintage costumes) and, of course, the horns. Don't forget red lipstick, black eyeliner and black boots to finish off your costume. Depending on where you live, you might also need a black cloak to keep you warm and provide additional coverage if you plan to breastfeed while trick or treating. 

National Breastfeeding Month, Back To School And My Goals For The Brand

Hey Mamas, I hope you had a wonderful summer! As some of you may know, I took six weeks off from work to visit my family in Poland—for the first time... Read More
National Breastfeeding Month, Back To School And My Goals For The Brand
Slow Summer Reflections + Brand Update

Slow Summer Reflections + Brand Update

I'm proud of myself for saying no, or at least saying "please hold until August" on any new projects for the summer to give myself space to actually step away from my business. (Not my typical habit, LOL.) And hopefully, it will help mitigate feelings of guilt a bit while I'm away so I can just BE PRESENT. As such, I likely won't be sharing many posts on my business page, but if you'd like to see a glimpse of my summer travels, you can follow along on Instagram @magdalasota_

 

What does this mean for my small brand? We’re actually almost out of stock for most styles and the next restock will happen later this summer in August/September, so the timing couldn't be more perfect! If you’re eyeing a dress, I encourage you to use the discount code this week to receive 15% off your order.

Power Pumping 101: What It Is and What You Need to Know

Have you ever heard the term power pumping and wondered what it is, and if it’s right for you? Power pumping is a great way to increase your supply without having to make any crazy lifestyle changes or buy new products. It is similar to cluster feeding, but for pumping - instead of directly breastfeeding. Oftentimes new moms struggling with keeping up their milk supply try this as a way to increase production. 
Power Pumping 101: What It Is and What You Need to Know
The Use of CBD Products During Pregnancy Or While Breastfeeding

The Use of CBD Products During Pregnancy Or While Breastfeeding

The CBD retail industry is flourishing. CBD can seemingly be found everywhere — from CBD-infused creams to CBD-infused oils, coffees, teas, gummies, juices, cookies, and lollipops. According to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, it is expected that U.S. consumer sales of cannabidiol (CBD) will reach around 1.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. Sales of legal cannabis in the U.S. are projected to hit 23 billion U.S. dollars in 2025.

 

But if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you might have even more questions about whether these products are safe for you.

 

The short answer is: we don’t know enough about it. Presently, FDA advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Our Favorite Products to Make Breastfeeding a Little Easier

As many of us know, and have experienced firsthand, breastfeeding can be a challenge. And as demanding as it can be physically, the emotional and mental toll on mothers can be even more difficult to manage.  So today we’re sharing a few of our soon-to-be favorite gizmos and gadgets to help make breastfeeding your little one just a little bit easier. From the latest apps, to products made for leaky boobs, to tried and true staples to make you and baby a little big more comfortable as you embark on your breastfeeding journey, read on to see our list of favorites. 
Our Favorite Products to Make Breastfeeding a Little Easier
Sustainability and Price Transparency Go Hand-In-Hand

Sustainability and Price Transparency Go Hand-In-Hand

As a brand owner, transparency is very important to me. I want our customers to know exactly what they pay for and where their money goes when they decide to purchase a $55 dress. I’m proud of how and where we make our garments, and I often share the behind-the-scenes process with our customers on social media. Our customers love to see the behind the scenes because they feel like their purchase truly makes a difference. It makes them feel like they are a part of the solution.

 

Small batch production, low waste, organic sustainable fabrics, local manufacturing, minimal and compostable packaging are all ways we try to minimize our environmental impact at MLM Brand. Sustainability and price transparency are internal parts of MLM Brand's efforts to offer elevated basics to breastfeeding mamas at an accessible price point. 

 

xoxo,

Magda

Happy National Working Parents Day, From One Working Mom To Another

Dear Working Mom,


This is tough...and beautiful, and challenging, and fun, and exhausting and fulfilling. Trust me, I get it. 


I’m a mom to three little ones - Ethan, 7, Bennett, 3 and Kendall, 1.5 -  and I’m the founder of Ready Pretty, a web design and digital marketing agency that supports independent brands and businesses. In addition, I just launched a spin-off of that business, The Stylish Co., a membership-based virtual styling service that connects personal stylists to women in need of style support, while also showcasing several of our fashion based clients. So yes, working mom here. I get it, and I’m in it. Like all the way in it. 

Happy National Working Parents Day, From One Working Mom To Another
What I've Been Up To + This Month's Bestseller

What I've Been Up To + This Month's Bestseller

Our factory in Chicago is working hard on producing the next small batch of our bestselling LBD in black. Slow fashion is slow, but it's even slower during the pandemic. I truly appreciate your patience and I hope to have this beauty back in stock by mid-April. Meanwhile, our LBD in navy has been a bestseller this month! We're down to a handful of dresses in each size. Thank you so much for your support! We would not be here if it wasn’t for you, mamas. 

What's In Store for MLM in 2021 + Business Changes

2020 has been our first full year in business. When the world shut down in March of 2020 I worried whether this early stage bootstrapped start-up of mine would survive the pandemic. People were staying home wearing lounge wear, not dresses! Nine months later and I'm so proud of the growth we experienced! Our LBD is sold out at the moment in most sizes and I get messages about our next restock daily! While 2020 is a strange benchmark to use (that's all the data we have at the moment!), my goal is to exceed this year's accomplishments in 2021! 
What's In Store for MLM in 2021 + Business Changes