I was recently reminded of a story about a grandmother-to-be…
Sheila (not her real name) came into Mothering Touch looking for a gift for her grandchild-to-be. She was very excited at the prospect of becoming a grandmother. As she wandered around the store, cooing over the cute baby clothes, she noticed our extensive collection of nursing bras. She wondered if she could buy a nursing bra for her daughter Catherine who was 8 months pregnant. We asked her if she could bring her daughter in to be fitted. “No,” said Sheila, “she lives in Japan.” We started to think about how to help her find a nursing bra in Japan, but Sheila said that Catherine is 5 feet 10 inches tall and needs a very large cup size, and is unlikely to find anything to fit her in Japan. Sheila was going to visit Catherine in a week or so and would stay until after the baby came, and she would love to be able to bring Catherine a pretty and comfortable bra that fit properly.
So we got Catherine on the phone. In Japan it was already the morning of the next day! She was delighted to hear her mother’s voice and so happy to hear about the nursing bras. She had been looking online, but had no idea what to choose or how to measure herself. We explained how to do it: First around the top of her chest, above her breasts. Then around the fullest part of her bust (while wearing a bra). Finally around her rib cage just beneath her breasts. Catherine hung up and went off to measure herself and called us back a few minutes later.
From her measurements, and from Sheila’s description of her body type, we made a guess as to what size might work for her. We told her about the different styles and she chose three different bras and a tank top which she wanted to try. Sheila bought them and walked out the store proud as punch about solving this problem for her daughter.
Six weeks later, Sheila was back from Japan with beautiful pictures of her cute little grandson. She was so proud of him, but prouder still of her daughter who was breastfeeding. “She’s such a wonderful mother!” Sheila had experienced one of those high points of parenthood: when you witness your child moving competently on into the next stage of life.
Of the bras Sheila had taken to Japan, two fit Catherine perfectly. She brought the other two back and exchanged them for ones that would fit well. Then she said: “Can you help me to choose cloth diapers for them? Catherine would love to stop using disposables.” We were happy to help.
We are always happy to help women to become mothers, mothers to become grandmothers, men to become fathers or uncles or grandfathers. We love that our job involves helping families to welcome new babies, all around the world!