From Nursing Bras To Breastfeeding Fashion

How the idea for the Top Secret design came about...

My interest in breastfeeding began when I finished studying Nutrition at University. I was employed as a research scientist while I studied my Masters in Public Health.  My main area of research was obesity, and I looked at the relationship between breastfeeding and childhood obesity.

Research indicates that babies who are breastfed are less likely to become obese children.

  • Babies who are breastfed are able to self-regulate their energy intake. Quite often, when babies are bottle fed we expect them to drink the amount that is in the bottle. This is never an issue for breastfed babies; when they have had enough, they stop feeding.
  • Babies who are breastfed are usually exposed to different flavours in the breast milk depending on what foods the mother has eaten. Bottle fed babies are constantly exposed to the same flavour and in turn this may affect their acceptance of different flavoured solid foods when they are being introduced.

I worked on many projects related to obesity, and what was continually obvious was that, in general, people haven’t changed, but our habits have changed because our environment has changed.  I realised that if I wanted to increase breastfeeding rates, I should create an environment that makes breastfeeding socially acceptable; and Top Secret Maternity was born.

Although I am a nutritional scientist and have a profound interest in breastfeeding, the best advice about breastfeeding is available from the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Top Secret Maternity ... Australia's number ONE nursing wear with built in nursing bras!