The story behind Milk Diapers® illustrates the old saying, "necessity is the mother of invention." Felicia Gowrylow is the mother of five children, ages sixteen to 32.
When nursing her firstborn, Felicia had trouble with milk leaking. Disposable nursing pads, as well as many washable ones, were unsatisfactory because of their nipple-mashing flat shape, unbreathable plastic moisture barrier, or inadequate moisture retention. After several cases of mastitis, Felicia designed and sewed her own washable cotton breast pads when her second child was born 34 years ago.
Based on independent market testing after her 22 year old was born. She'd heard of other women having the same problems, so she went into business producing and marketing her now-patented design for a softly-contoured, all-cotton milk pad.
Felicia has redesigned the pattern and improved it further over the past 30 years. She calls them "Milk Diapers," now a trademarked name, because they are made of non-treated cotton diaper fabrics.
Her unique design gives the milk a place to go and uses a cross-over dart to draw moisture into the rest of the pad.
"My interest," says Felicia, "is in having women feel more comfortable with nursing and in developing stronger mothering skills."
Her quality breast pads seem to be filling a need because many of her retailers report that Milk Diapers® quickly became their top-selling pad and customers often came back to repurchase. They are available in white, natural, white or cream lace, peachy pink or black front.
Felicia also makes a pad with a moisture guard layer backing, a 5-layer pad with a pretty lace front barrier.
The quality care and production of Milk Diapers® is tended by homebased mothers, all who share special memories with their children. Each nursing pad and any apparel item is handled individually and checked with concern for craftsmanship and comfort.