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Leche Libre Is Giving Women Reasons And Tools To Breastfeed In Public Because It’s Natural

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot of laws out there about what women can and can’t do with their bodies – many more laws than there are for men. The Free The Nipple campaign has been crucial in normalizing the natural act of breastfeeding in public. One company, Leche Libre, wants to make sure there are fewer things in the way for women to be who they need to be naturally. It’s more than just the principle, too. The women who decide to become mothers now have an even trickier social stigma to navigate every time their baby gets hungry.

Meet the solution…

Here you have: Zippers for your nipples.

CREDIT: “Leche Libre empowers women to confidently breastfeed whenever they want, wherever they go in effortless style!” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

That’s right mamas, Leche Libre offers apparel with fashionable (or invisible) features that make it easier for you to feed your baby, wherever you are, whenever you want.

Many of us grew up in the overlap of our mamas’ fearless Latinidad attitude and the pressures of American culture as it’s evolved. Zips on nips is the product of that overlap, no doubt.

Founder Andrea Newberry felt “resentful that [her] personal style had to change just to breastfeed easily.”

CREDIT: @leche_libre / Instagram

In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Andrea found herself to be a new mom with the only options available to her being “really frumpy and unflattering” nursing clothes. The whole point is that the line is both stylish and functional. Until now, you could only have one.

So she posted a survey on Facebook and found out she wasn’t alone.

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Within three days, she had over 500 responses from women around the country. “Women everywhere were struggling with breastfeeding in public and getting harassed for doing what they needed to do to take care of their children.”

So she dropped $5k of her own money on zippers for nipples.

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According to the brand, “Zippers down the bust make for easy and discreet nursing access so you can confidently breastfeed in public shame-free.”

Andrea had zero experience and taught herself to sew while watching Project Runway.

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Then, she took to Kickstarter to launch a fundraising campaign. Of course, she ended up pulling in technical designers who could take meticulous measurements and place precise orders for the full collection.

But she had a strong passion and mission to normalize public breastfeeding.

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She told Forbes, “If we can break down the cultural barriers to public breastfeeding we can empower women in general to reclaim ownership of our own bodies. This passion has helped me push through the fear and insecurities of starting a business in a field where I had no experience.”

Now, you can breastfeed in a meadow and look damn good while doing it.

CREDIT: @leche_libre / Instagram

Yes, I want to be wearing a snakeskin, form fitting dress if I ever enter mom-status. Please, sit back, relax, and enjoy the small collection that Andrea has developed in her third year of business.

The Zipper Tunic is the original look for Leche Libre’s launch.

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Her goal is to make her apparel as accessible as possible, which means that she had to give up her dream of using only organic materials to keep the price point below $100.

Anything beyond this sweatshirt would be overachieving AF.

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If you have any new mom friends, you better expect them to be rocking this sweater before a dress or tunic any day. This one just seems like the realistic purchase for the new mom.

It’s a Little Black Breastfeeding Dress.

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Seriously, I have never looked that good. She clearly knows her market.

And they come in a variety of colors and patterns!

CREDIT: @leche_libre / Instagram

While the goal here is to maintain your pre-motherhood sense of style, Leche Libre wants moms to feel like they never have to ask for permission to breastfeed again. You don’t have to wear frumpy nursing blouses or stretch your tops out anymore.

Leche Libre wants to make it easier for mothers to pump in professional settings.

CREDIT: “IMG_5425.jpg” Digital Image. Leche Libre. 19 July 2018.

Newberry herself is a single mom, and when her industry collapsed while she was four months pregnant, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start a company.

The garments are also made in the USA.

CREDIT: “Red Dress.jpg” Digital Image. Leche Libre. 19 July 2018.

And she’s coming out with new designs for every season. While she doesn’t have a fashion background, she clearly knows whats up.

As a bonus, some of these dresses also come with spacious pockets.

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They also have a slip for a credit card, because no mama is walking out with a baby bag and a bag bag. We carry our sh*t on our hips, Latina style.

Best of all, Leche Libre is fiercely body positive.

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In an interview with Ravishly, Newberry opened up and said, “  

Plus, they have an adorable Leche Libre onsie.

CREDIT: “Yes, that baby is nursing in this picture.” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

On it’s Kickstarter page, it explains:

    The name Leche Libre is a play off of Lucha Libre, the Mexican wrestling league. What better mascot for Leche Libre then a wrestling baby? Watch out, this kid means business.

Leche Libre is ultimately activism for Newberry.

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“I want Leche Libre and this collection to speak to plus size mamas and tell them they are powerful, and they deserve to celebrate the power and beauty of their life giving bodies with something that truly works for them,” she told ravishly.

Women everywhere are rocking the apparel and changing our culture.

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All it takes is one woman to change the conversation from, “Why are you doing that here?” to “Wow, you look awesome! Where’d you get that?”

Leche Libre aims to empower a diverse range of women.

CREDIT: “Breastfeed in effortless style” Digital Image. Kickstarter. 19 July 2018.

To follow up this women empowerment, all of the materials are sourced by women.

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Yup, she only works with women – from Chicago to Milwaukee – women lead the charge.

Thank you Leche Libre for liberating us all.????✨

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I can cheers to a sustainably made and ethically sourced company that supports Latina culture.


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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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Fans Think This Photo Of Barbie Is Proof She’s An Out And Proud Lesbian

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The fact that the early days of Barbie were not quite so inclusive to all of us comes as no surprise. The blonde, impossibly figured doll with a penchant for similar-looking friends is a far cry away from the Barbie of today who has friends of all shapes, races, sizes, sexual identities, and abilities. Even better, today’s Barbie crew includes dolls who give queer children a broader playgound for their imagination.

Recently, Barbie has added a new addition to her friend group whose bringing more power to her LGTBQ fans.

Social media has dubbed the LGBTQ positive Aimee Song doll Barbie‘s girlfriend.

Twitter’s latest excitement is about a theory that Barbie and Aimee Song are dating. Photos of Mattel’s doll Aimee Song doll show her wearing a “Love Wins” T-shirt that supports LGBTQ+ rights. The Mattel doll was inspired by fashion blogger Aimee Song and recently caught renewed attention in a viral post shared to Twitter.

The “Love Wins” photos are only now going viral but were actually released in November 2017.

The photos of Barbie and the Aimee doll were shared to Twitter last Monday by user @kissevermore and now has Twitter debating whether the two are dating.

The pictures of Barbie and Aimee show the two dolls eating avocado toast. petting a dog, and smiling at each other. The images have fans questioning when Barbie came out and how she managed to nail a hot girlfriend before they did.

Even REAL Aimee Song weighed in on the images to confirm the relationship.

“I am the girlfriend,” she tweeted with a photo of herself and the Aimee Song doll. 

While Mattel has yet to officially identify Barbie as a lesbian, the original Instagram posts related to the Love Wins Barbies are proof that she is at least an ally.

Confirmed or not, true or not, one of the best parts of Barbie is that she is meant to be whoever her fans want her to be.

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Christina Haswood Wore Traditional Navajo Clothing Made By Her Bisabuela To Her Swearing-In Ceremony And It Was The Most Powerful Look Of 2021 So Far

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Newly elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Christina Haswood, paid tribute to her heritage on the day of her swearing-in ceremony with the ultimate power look. Dressed in traditional Navajo attire, the 26-year-old made history on Monday when she became the  youngest member of the Kansas legislature, and only its second Native American member. 

Haswood took her oath of office wearing traditional Diné regalia which she made with the help of her mother, and partner.

Wearing moccasins, a velveteen skirt, and a red blouse embellished with silver string made a point to highlight her heritage and identity. Speaking to Vogue in an interview about her clothing, Haswood explained that she “wanted to honor my ancestors and all their sacrifices for me to be here and in this job. I wanted to honor my family, who has taught me how to be a strong, young, Diné woman while growing up in Lawrence, Kansas.” 

In addition to her dress, Haswood wore heirlooms given to her by family members which included a squash blossom necklace, a belt given to her by her uncle, and an additional belt given to her by her shimá sání (grandmother). Her great grandmother also gave her the earrings she wore. In addition, she wore a tsiiyéé (a Navajo-style hair tie) that she made with her shimá sání.

“The significance of these pieces are priceless,” Haswood explained to Vogue. “Many of the pieces I wore that day only come out on special occasions, because of how old they are. I don’t have the funds to be a collector, so many of my pieces have been passed down to my mother, who lets me borrow them.”

Haswood gave a behind-the-scenes look of her swearing-in attire on a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 500,000 views.

In the video, Haswood readies her hair and does her makeup before eventually getting help from her mother and grandmother to get dressed.

Haswood won the Democratic primary after running unopposed for a seat in the Kansas state legislature that represents District 10.

With degrees in public health from Haskell Indian Nations University and Arizona State University, Haswood also received a master’s degree in public health management from the Kansas University Medical Center.

At the moment, she also serves as a research assistant with the National Council of Urban Indian Health and the Center for American Indian Community Health. There she studies nicotine addiction in tribal youth and researches the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous groups.

“Just two years ago I was in graduate school, and my greatest worries were about getting a job and student loans,” Haswood said in an interview with the Daily Kansan. “Today, the world has changed.”

According to Esquire, four Native candidates ran for office in Kansas. This week, each of them won their primary elections.

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