The Milky Tee® company was founded by a mum-of-two who struggled to find practical, comfortable and stylish clothes to breastfeed in - so she decided to design her own!
With the help of her mum and mum-in-law, who’s a midwife, she created the Milky Tee - a T-shirt with hidden zips at the side to allow easy access for breastfeeding or expressing. All our T-shirts are made with 100% combed cotton which is OEKO-TEX® certified, meaning it has been tested to ensure it does not contain any harmful or irritating substances and is therefore safe for even sensitive skin. The T-shirts are 68cm in length which is longer than a standard T-shirt, meaning they won’t ride up while feeding and can also be worn over leggings or jeans. Our tees currently come in five different designs but we hope to expand our range in the future.
Founder, Lauren Hampshire: “Both of my children were what I would describe as grazers as they liked to feed little and often - very, very often!!! I sometimes felt like a human milking machine who wasconstantly feeding (and when I wasn’t feeding I was leaking milk!). I really struggled to find clothes I could wear while I was breastfeeding which weren’t either a faff to use, having to lift up or pull down different layers, or which looked quite frumpy and ‘mumsy'. So on the 16th February 2016, when my youngest daughter was two weeks old, I ordered myfirst T-shirt pattern, and with the help of my mum-in-law, who is a dab hand with a sewing machine, we created the first Milky Tee prototype.
Over the next year I worked on the design, trying the zips in different locations, extending the length and adding turned up sleeves.I wanted to make sure that our Milky Tees looked like a normal T-shirt and could be worneven after you’ve finished breastfeeding. I then set about finding the right material,settling on 100% combed cotton, which is soft and breathable. And finally I decided to addsomething a little extra to the front, so designed some slogans which relate to parenthood.
It has taken a couple of years to go from an idea to actually launching The Milky Tee Company but I truly believe the hard work was worth it and I truly believe in this product. I hope it will help lots of breastfeeding mums out there and I hope you love our Milky Tees as much as we loved creating them! LAUREN X