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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...
Anne Dimond in her Tukwila garden, around the corner from Bella Materna

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

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

The ACA requires new private health insurance plans, including those available in the new health insurance marketplaces, to provide coverage for specified women’s preventive health services with no cost sharing (e.g., copayment, coinsurance, or deductible). Breastfeeding support, supplies and lactation counseling are one of these specified preventive services.

I appreciate that it is covered under 'preventive services', because breastfeeding prevents disease! Why NOT breastfeed or use breastmilk banks?

exerpt from National Confrence for State Legislators:

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

February 2014; material added June 30, 2014

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special focus on providing newly required coverage for a wide range of health preventive and screening services.  In particular, the 63 distinct preventive services listed below must be covered without the enrollee having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet a deductible. This coverage began back in September 2010 for some newly issued health plans; effective January 1, 2014, it applies much more broadly, to plans offered in the individual, small, and some large group markets.  There are and can be exceptions for some grandfathered employer plans and policies bought by persons who are exempt from the individual coverage mandate. For commercial health insurance, both inside and outside of health exchanges, this no-cost feature applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.  The material and service-specific links below includes material posted online by HHS at www.healthfinder.gov/prevention.  

 

Also, I found this link Getting Ready to Breastfeed on Health Finder and this link with helpful planning answers on Womens Health to be a good tool for pregant moms planning to breastfeed (yeah!!). 

New goal for USA is 82% of all babies breastfed by 2020.

 

pregnancy is beautiful at bellamaterna.com

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are beautiful!

For more information:

Hopefully this has been helpful to you, finding resources to help make the transition to breastfeeding an easier one!  

If you need help finding the best maternity bras or breastfeeding bras, please contact us.  We are experts in ascertaining which nursing bras will work for you in the long run, and estimating your size and product needs. We love supporting our breastfeeding moms, with full bust nursing bras wirefree or underwire, with nursing accessories and nursing clothing to suit your specific needs.

Take care - get plenty of rest and water, 

Anne

Bella Materna|President|Mom

New Mom: Each Amazing Baby Event

New Mother Kate Middleton walking her baby to Christining - I am sure; a cherished image for her family, many years to come. #inspiringmom #bellamaterna #breastfeedingmoms #bfrocks #breastfeedingrocks #dowhatyoucan  #fullbustnursingbra # #fullbustwirefreebra #maternitylingerie #nursing #pregnancy #breastfeedingmoms