My name is Marlena Wilding. I am an artist, a former art teacher for troubled youth, a former Special Ed Case manager, a breastfeeding mom and the founder and creator of La Mere Clothing. Before I had my first child, I was an independent woman, I was involved in many activities and organizations, had a full-time job, and loved the freedom. When I discovered that I was pregnant, I was so excited. I wanted to try a natural birth; not in my home though because my husband and I were literally living in our tiny house that we built together four months earlier. When I had my first child, I ended up delivering him 26 hours later in the hospital. I had not realized at that moment that motherhood would be one of the best things but also one of the most challenging.
I struggled with PPD and breastfeeding was not easy for me. I thought there had to be a solution that would help and that is when I decided to start my own clothing line called, La Mere Clothing, clothes for the mother during pregnancy, nursing and beyond that compliment our beautiful evolving bodies. Clothes for women, made by a woman. As an artist, I have always loved to create and make beautiful things.
There are many women who choose not to breastfeed simply because we live in a society that doesn’t make it easy to do. I want to change that. With the creation of this clothing line we can help take mothers one step closer to giving their child the gold nectar; one step closer to celebrating our beautiful changing bodies. We want to provide stylish affordable clothes for the down to earth mom. Women’s clothing should adjust to fit our bodies, not the other way around.