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.

 

 

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 

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

#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 — Anne Dimond

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 — Anne Dimond