FAQ's for Maternity + Nursing Wardrobe

What size maternity bra should I buy? Most women buy maternity nursing bras during their second trimester. You will most likely need to buy a bra that is one band size larger and 1-3 cup sizes larger than your "regular" bras. Does wearing the wrong bra decrease milk supply? Yes! Wearing a poorly fitting bra or the wron...
July 06, 2019

Motherhood: A Meaningful Journey how it ties to our Mission

June 2019 interview with Anne Dimond co-founder of Bella Materna.

My mission for the last 20 years with Bella Materna has been to make useful products that significantly help new moms have a better start of motherhood.  In its essence serving women with intentionally: at a critical point in their lives.

As a designer, my focus has been on:

Thoughtful. Environmentally Safe. Practical. Pretty. in other words; Sustainable products that are worth making.

Take a moment to realize you are living the most marvelous and interesting journey called #motherhood  In this journey, YOU alone carry out the most important mission of your life.  In the nearest future, you will give/have given a new life and a new generation to humanity. TODAY -EVERYDAY YOU can love yourself and enjoy your status like never before. 
It's not just for your sake.
Not only the emotions of your baby at any given moment -- depend on your mood, your smile, tranquility, and happiness (no pressure -- but really it is a big job).  Also baby’s personality traits are formed in these earliest days including their sense of confidence and kindness. Your healing presence through love means that your baby will make the future world a better place. Really a giant mission, it sounds heavy handed here - but what I am trying to get at is. Our work, in turn at Bella Materna is to help YOU in this mission.
Bella Materna; the makers and outfitters  (think gold miners; needed tools and clothing).  We give you Supportive Bras (we can fit anysize up to a 50L!) Clothes and Baby tools to help you have the best journey possible. 
Welcome to the world of motherhood. YOU are a Bella Materna = Beautiful Mother!
Please stay in touch to make sure we are serving your needs, we exist to assist from bump to babe.
Take Care - hydrate! 
Anne Dimond
Director
Bella Materna
June 29, 2019

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

This article suggests it could be valuable to breastfeed; even if you are formula feeding. The act of breastfeeding or ‪#‎allattateli‬ garners healthy response in newborns. There is more to it than just the milk!

"Breastfeeding mothers show a greater level of [brain] responses to baby's cry compared with formula-feeding mothers in the first month postpartum," Kim said. "It's just really interesting. We don't know if it's the act of breastfeeding or the oxytocin or any other factor."

See whole article from The Atlantic here.

 

 

January 15, 2015

Bella Materna has saved my breastfeeding life...

This is a letter from one of our customers...our mission for each new mom - help make your new-mom experience the best possible!  We work each day to offer the best in customer service and product for you! We hope this letter is as inspiring to you as it was to us! - Anne

 

"Bella Materna has saved my breastfeeding life. After being "fitted" at 3 very reputable maternity bra retailers; I had a collection of underwire and non-underwire nursing bras that gave minimal support, "dug-in" somewhere by the end of the day, and looked institutional to say the least.  I was also told by several medical providers and other maternity retailers that I could not wear an underwire due to multiple bouts of mastitis, "underwire bras can cause mastitis".

Well, Bella Materna proved all of that wrong, and gave me a new view on maternity bra design/construction, maternity bra fitting, and maternity bra beauty. They understand that a woman with a DD chest prior to having a baby needed support, not just a bra that covers and gives nursing access. They understand that fitting in a bra is not just covering everything with a standard cup size on a standard band size; they know classic bra design and fit. They understand that maternity bras can be beautiful and functional at the same time. They understand that breastfeeding is one of the most important developmental aspects of a child & mothers life. They helped me continue to breastfeed by keeping my breasts supported, separated, and accessible (in an underwire & non-underwire) while taking any of my question or concern calls or showroom visits with a professional and empathetic ear.

That is why I will always recommend Bella Materna to any breastfeeding mother. That is why I only thought of Bella Materna when I gave birth to my second child 7 weeks ago. Even though I now live on the opposite coast of the US, they have been equally as helpful and supportive with fit, product, shipping and return questions and concerns. You can tell this business is run by passionate, empathetic, professional women! Thank you for keeping me comfortable & perfectly positioned to give my children the best nutritional start in life!

P.S. I even wear the bras when I am done breastfeeding, and I plan to continue to wear them even when I am no longer having children. They are high quality, beautiful and worth every penny!"

--Jaami 

December 12, 2014

The Cost of NOT Breastfeeding?

Easy ways to find a Lactation consultant in your area:

- YELP - I like it because I can see reviews and it is really localized.  

 

 - ILCA The International Lactation Consultant Association has a great lookup tool and lists certified consultants in your area.

 

Here below is a copy of a great article on this blog: BreastfeedingLasVegas because it helps to get multiple perspectives during this important, exciting AND challenging time of your life - new motherhood!  (and each baby is unique!)

The Cost of NOT Breastfeeding?

Yes, there is a cost of not breastfeeding. It comes in many forms from the cost of formula, to the cost of sickness to the baby and to the mom, to the cost to your company or the medicaid system for the illnesses caused by not providing what your baby needs through breastmilk,  to the cost of emotionally feeling like you did not achieve your desired path.

First, the cost of formula.
1. The cost of a consult without insurance can be anywhere from $80-400 depending on where you live and the standard cost of a consult with an IBCLC in the area where you live. The cost of formula at 3 months of age for one week with a standard formula (not a high cost organic formula or one with special antifussiness pricetags) can be calculated by using a site like babycenter.Formula Calculator or on theKellymom calculator 

Or you can do the math yourself. At about $25-27 for one formula container which should yield about 150 ounces of formula (8.7 grams powder yields one 2 ounce bottle, 657 grams in a container) your 3 month old who is consuming probably 30-40 ounces a day will eat their way through at least 2 of these a week. So in a matter of 1.5 weeks you have paid for at least one consultation by an IBCLC to solve your breastfeeding challenge.

At $50 a week for formula (or probably more) you could have rented at least 3 hospital grade pumps for that month to maintain your supply for a baby who is not latching well. (general cost of hospital grade pump rentals for supply maintenance for the exclusive pumper or full time working mom is between 45-80 a month) .

Second, the cost of healthcare for a formula fed infant with no formula intolerance reaches far beyond the cost of a consult. First one must consider health risk to the infant. Infant's who are not breastfed are at risk for multiple childhood illnesses that include obesity, diabetes, autism, and ear infections to just name a few. Third one must consider the health risk to mom by not breastfeeding. By breastfeeding mom reduces her risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.  A more indepth list can be found in these articles. Reviews in Obstetrics and Gynecology    and From Canada,   WIC easy to read article and  A great review of the res .

I could also review the risks to mom separately but I think they are laid out pretty well in the articles mentioned above. Overall, I think anyone can clearly see the value in a lactation consultation either prenatally, within a few days postpartum, or when trouble arises. I also think it is pretty clear what the cost of not asking for help or searching out your local breastfeeding resources is both short term and long term to both your wallet, your health, and more importantly your infant's health. Yes, there are some who can not breastfeed whether for physical, anatomica, or psycho-social reasons, but in general almost everyone can make the attempt and have some level of success even if it is only for the first few weeks or months.

Get out, get help, and don't hide behind your front door, think of it as an act of parenting, you are now MOM - this is a step forward in your motherhood!! (at least that is what I had to do when faced with a difficulty in breastfeeding!)

Your local IBCLC or La Leche League is waiting for your call and is more than willing to help you overcome your challenges!
For more breastfeeding information in the Seattle area please contact Sarah at Babe N You!  
For more info in the Las Vegas area please contact Lisa at Breastfeeding and Babies, Yeah! or your local Breastfeeding Coalition or your local La Leche League at llli.org
September 05, 2014

Stomach Soothing Pregnancy Smoothies from Wholefoods

HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Pregnancy is the perfect time to move toward a healthier lifestyle. We're here to support you with tips for soothing your stomachselecting prenatal supplements, and caring for your skin. Plus, we've got the widest selection of trusted products without artificial colors, flavors, fragrances or preservatives. Let us help you discover some wonderful, worry-free alternatives for you and your baby!

Soothing Your Stomach

Small but frequent meals and snacks can help keep queasiness at bay. Whether or not you’re feeling nauseated, easy-to-swallow smoothies are a great way to slurp up vital nutrients.
Drink - Stomach Soothing Pregnancy Smoothies from Wholefoods

SMOOTHIE TIPS

Add just enough liquid to get things moving in the blender. Then add a bit more if you like! If you prefer your smoothie icy cold, try using frozen fruit or add ice cubes. Mix and match ingredients for your own custom stomach soother.
April 16, 2014

A must watch youtube video

My husband sent me this you tube link... I was not expecting the outcome...

#worldstoughestjob

 

What did you think?

 

Anne | Bella Materna

April 16, 2014

#Unicef it is not just #Breastfeed it is #Breastmilkfed the Milk is the key!

#Unicef it is not just #Breastfeed it is #Breastmilkfed the Milk is the key!
March 25, 2014

From a customers partner...what sweet words!

Text - From a customers partner...what sweet words!
January 18, 2014

Slightly Steady Nursing Bra review

If you're looking for the perfect gift for the nursing mama on your list (or yourself), check out this Bella Materna nursing bra review!
Home Decor - Slightly Steady Nursing Bra review
Nursing moms definitely know the meaning of the words “awkward” and “frumpy.” “Awkward” is trying to get a baby latched on while you’re also trying to feed a toddler macaroni, and “frumpy” is usually the nursing bra you’re trying to shove out of the way with one hand.
My first introduction to nursing bras was pretty dismal. We picked up a few at a big box retailer. The colors were white and gray. There was no lining, because every mom wants her nursing pads to be obvious, even under a sweater. The straps were granny-wide, and the cups came up so high that I had to either wear a turtleneck, or just keep worrying that they would show at the neckline – and even boat neck tees weren’t safe, because while they kept the cups covered, the width showed the enormous straps. And support? Nonexistent. They didn’t really do much other than keep my nursing pads in place. I felt pretty frumpy wearing those bras, and for good reason. Wearing them made me feel as if I’d never get to feel pretty, dainty, or sexy again – at least not while I was nursing.
Odd, because nursing is an essentially feminine act – I had imagined I’d feel MORE feminine, not less.
I do feel more like a woman-warrior when I’m nursing now, because I’ve since learned that it’s not the act of nursing that is the problem. It’s the ugly, ungainly, unflattering nursing bras!
That’s why I was pretty much stalking my mailbox from the moment Anne Dimond, owner ofBella Materna, agreed to let me review one of her bras. I love these bras! I got one soon after Baby A was born, and now that I’ve lost over thirty pounds (yay THM and T-Tapp!) my bra was getting pretty loose. I couldn’t wait to get my new (smaller) bra!
I should clarify that Bella Materna bras do grow and shrink with mama pretty well. The first bra I got fit me through the last month of my pregnancy and the first pounds I lost after Baby A was born – it’s only been getting loose the last ten or so pounds (meaning that, all pounds totaled up, it fit me very well for a span of about forty pounds). The band has a huge amount of adjust-ability to account for how a mom’s rib cage expands and shrinks back+18, which is a big reason I was able to wear it so long.
Strap - Slightly Steady Nursing Bra review

Look at all those rows! Inches upon inches of adjustable width.

This bra also features “infinity rings,” that convert the nursing bra into a regular bra when nursing ends (*sniff,* it’s a sad thought), and nursing-safe Flexy wires to keep everything in place.
Clothing - Slightly Steady Nursing Bra review

The infinity rings pose as decorative accents until you need them.

I always feel supported and, you know, “lifted” in this bra – a far cry from the loosey-goosey feel of the off-the-rack nursing bras I used to have!
These are wonderful nursing bras – and a fabulous gift idea for any mommy or mommy-to-be!

Link to Slightly Steady Review



http://www.slightlysteady.com/bella-materna-nursing-bras-review/ 
November 26, 2013