June 2019 interview with Anne Dimond co-founder of Bella Materna.
As a designer, my focus has been on:
Thoughtful. Environmentally Safe. Practical. Pretty. in other words; Sustainable products that are worth making.
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."
"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!"
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?
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!
Soothing Your Stomach
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!