It was two years that I had the BreastRest™ Company up and running. We conducted focus groups and researched who the consumers were for the product. There were studies and questionnaires and we thought we covered all areas of business. Heck, I made this product to prevent wrinkles when I slept, how did we miss it being used as a maternity sleep bra? I can tell you we did because I had to experience it firsthand.
I was almost 3 months along in my pregnancy when I took the test. My Mother-in-Law was dying from Cancer. Our family was devastated, stressed out and the BreastRest™ Company was costing us a lot of money and not evolving the way I had planned. I had a huge dream to provide this product that would help women feel comfortable and I was determined to make that happen. However, the minute I found out I was having a girl my priorities changed. All of a sudden, I wanted to devote myself and my body to taking care of my daughter. I immediately closed the BreastRest™ Company and prepared to nurture my baby girl inside of my body.
Although I had a challenging time healing my ego from the decision to close the company, I am so grateful for that choice. It turned out my daughter really needed me and more importantly, I needed her. It wasn’t until I was 6 months pregnant that I began wearing the BreastRest™ as a maternity sleep bra. I remember being hesitant to pull out the BreastRest™ because I thought it would bring about disappointment and failure. But what superseded that reluctance was the real discomfort trying to sleep while pregnant. Sleeping while pregnant was the most challenging for me even with my first child.
For me, pregnancy was not uncomfortable at all. At times it was the challenge of the activity that had to be accomplished while pregnant. However, the body changes like the heavy tender breasts and the growing belly were the physical changes that I enjoyed. It reminded me that I was nurturing a being inside. The only time this experience got in the way was when it was time to rest, so that was every day. A couple times a day. Being a side sleeper and a belly sleeper, the BreastRest™ was the best aid to keep me comfortable while I slept. The foam tubes were like pillows for my breasts keeping my skin dry and my breasts immobile and not squished.
I continued to wear the BreastRest through my pregnancy and carried on using it while I breast fed Maci. I recall the day so vividly when I decided to restart the BreastRest™ company. It was International Womens’ Day March 8, 2012. I was holding Maci in my arms just before her morning nap while nursing her. She was content and I was comfortable. I knew it was time to relaunch.