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Featuring This Month's Bikini Mama's Model, Nicole!! June 22 2016

Real women, real swimwear! Every month we like to feature real women in our traditional or maternity swimwear.  This month we want to introduce you to Nicole.  Nicole has been so sweet to share her story with us on the struggles of getting pregnant, to the challenges of breastfeeding. She has also been so kind as to share photos with us on our Instagram page, like the ones below, of her breastfeeding her son and just having fun family beach time, all in our nursing swimwear.

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I'm Nicole! I am 26 years old and I live in Upstate NY with my husband and 18 month old son, Jackson. They are the lights of my world and I am completely blessed and over the moon to have them as my family. I am a photographer and I specialize in photographing maternity-baby's first year and am a huge advocate of breastfeeding photography!

I knew that I always wanted to be a mommy! I always daydreamed about the small house with a white picket fence and wrap around porch. My kitchen sink/window would overlook the yard so I could wash dishes and watch my children. Yes, it was a very specific dream. Haha. Flash forward to 2013, when I married the love of my life, Nick. We thought we would wait awhile to try to have a baby and just enjoy married life but truth be told we couldn't wait. We had been together 5 years already! Before we began trying, we knew I had a couple of health conditions that could make it difficult but we didn't know to what extent. It took us 9 months to get pregnant with our little man and many tests, ultrasounds, bloodwork, etc. But I am so very lucky! I knew as soon as I got pregnant I wanted to nurse my son. I wanted that bond and for him to get all the nutritional benefits and protection I could give him! Everyone I knew never had any trouble so I thought it would come easy for me, but it didn't. I suffered from very low supply. On my best days I could produce or pump 5oz combined every 4-5 hours. But I refused to give up and I never supplemented. I just kept going and trying. I gained a lot of weight, eating lactation cookies and fattier foods and I swore by Euphoric Herbal supplements! Everything I did helped keep us going! He may not have gotten chubby or had those adorable thunder thighs but he was fed and happy and that made me so proud. My favorite moments were when he would play with my fingers or unlatch and look up at me with a big smile. Those will forever stay vivid in my memory. We were able to nurse for 14 months and I am amazed and so proud of our journey. I was sad when it came to an end and was scared our bond would fade but it's only gotten stronger! I am truly amazed at what breastfeeding has done for us as a mother and son and I am grateful. If you struggle with it, know that you're not alone and that I have been there, too. 
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I stumbled across Bikini Mamas on Instagram from the hashtag, breastfeeding. And oh my I fell in love! First of all, she is the kindest, sweetest and most giving woman I have met. And she was quick to help me figure out sizing, but she's also just a doll to talk to, about anything! And her talent is amazing. The maternity bathing suit was top quality and so flattering. With the bottoms sitting low on my hips and full coverage butt, it made me appear a little thinner (which I mean we all want!). The top has removable thin padding and is sexy while being modest. I know that seems impossible but it's true! The clips durable and easy, making nursing on demand, on the beach or while lounging in my yard, a breeze! I still wear my suit 18 months post partum, not nursing! It's my go-to!

 

Nicole is not only an amazing Mama but a very talented photographer.  If you're ever looking for a maternity, baby or even wedding photographer, please check her out at...

http://www.nicolemaddalonephotography.com
http://www.facebook.com/NicoleMaddalonePhotography


Facebook-Breastfeeding Double Standard March 18 2016

After reading an article from the Huffington Post, on Facebook, about a Mom using a Victoria's Secret photo to highlight the absurd double standard in regards to breastfeeding, I was like "hallelujah", I'm not the only one in this boat.  For three years now I have been trying to build a business catered to the pregnant and nursing Mom, offering a swimwear (and now dress) line that Mama's can feel confident and comfortable in, all while staying up-to-date with the latest trends (basically offering fashion that doesn't look maternity).  After reading this article and being denied, numerous times, by Facebook on posting ads and selling my products, I decided it was time to do something about it.  

The Bikini Mama's line offers nursing bikinis with a drop down of cup and inner frame for support, while breastfeeding.  Because I'm the only person out there offering this type of product, I obviously have to demonstrate how the top works.  Otherwise women are going to think it's just a traditional push-up bikini top (seriously, you can't tell!). So I posted product pictures like this to my Facebook Store...

When I was first denied from Facebook I thought the same thing Corry (from the Huffington Post article) did.  How is this picture more racy than the Victoria's Secret posts/ads and page???  How is this racy at all?  This is a top that offers the breastfeeding Mom the access and convenience to breastfeed their little ones, anywhere at anytime.  When did breastfeeding "anywhere at anytime" become looked down upon?  And why are breastfeeding pics that are posted on social media being flagged or reported?  

It also brought me back to a segment I had seen on Wendy Williams (seen here on cnn.com) of Alyssa Milano (love her) discussing the subject of breastfeeding in public and I was completely shocked when Wendy Williams (a Mom herself), said "I don't want to see you breastfeeding!".  I think my jaw literally dropped to the floor.  What has happened to society?  This is a natural thing, it's a beautiful thing! You are feeding your baby!! When did it become sexual?  Alyssa brought up so many good points during that interview.  Why is it okay to show photos of Miley with suspenders over her breasts but it's not okay to show photos of a mother nursing? 

Anyway, back to my issue with Facebook.  How is it I am receiving rejections to my ad requests and the rejection of selling my products through Facebook, when Victoria's Secret ads with topless women don't seem to be an issue?  They are posted all over Facebook, in the mall, on bus stops, etc. 

My images and posts do not, and never have, contained nudity or depicted people in explicit or suggestive positions.  Yet, are you checking out the Victoria's Secret image? Correct me if I'm wrong, but is she not topless? With just a hand over her nipple?  All I have to say is DOUBLE STANDARD!!

I am going to take action and fight Facebook on this and I have to commemorate all the breastfeeding advocates out there, including Corry and Alyssa Milano. Keep on fighting Mama's!!! #normalizebreastfeeding


Now Offering Maternity to Nursing Dresses!!! January 26 2016

Love the ease of our Maternity-to-Nursing Bikini Tops but wished we had a dress that offered the same breastfeeding convenience, adjusted to your pregnant and post-pregnant silhouette and still offered push up and support?? Well the wait is finally over.  We now offer maternity dresses that have plenty of room for your growing bump but are completey adjustable with back and neck ties to adjust to your post-pregnant silhouette.  The top potion of our dresses have a built in nursing bra.  What?!! The nursing top offers an inner frame, easy drop down of cups and sturdy nursing clips, making it easy to breastfeed your little one anywhere at any time.  We offer fun, trendy designs.  You can't even tell its a nursing dress...wear as a traditional dress. Wear with a cute jacket or shawl for all year long wear.  Or, dress up our maxi with some fancy jewelery for an evening look. Our babydoll dresses can even be worn as a maternity swimsuit as the material can be worn in the pool.  Moms, you're going to love these dresses.  Take a look at some of our new designs...


Rock it Moms! Be Beautiful!


Bikini Mama's Swimsuit Giveaway Alert!! January 06 2015

IG ‪#‎Giveaway‬ alert!! Want the chance to win this swimsuit seen here? We've teamed up with blogger @bonjourblissblog to give you all a chance to win a ‪Bikini Mama's‬ swimsuit (maternity, nursing or traditional) and tankini wrap.
To Enter...Find @bikinimamas on Instagram and look for this picture (below)
1/ FOLLOW @bikinimamas & @bonjourblissblog
2/ TAG 3 FRIENDS in the comment section below this picture
It's that easy! Winner to be announced 1/11

The ultimate push up maternity bikini and sexy nursing swimwear December 30 2014

Didn't think sexy existed in nursing swimwear or maternity bikinis?  Check out Bikini Mama's swimsuits.  Our nursing tops are designed with sexy in mind, making breastfeeding fashionable. The construction and careful design of our swimwear provides not only comfort, but enhancement, in all the right places.  It's the inner frame of our nursing tops that grabs onto the outer side of the breasts and pushes everything in and up. With convenience also in mind, our one-handed nursing clips and easy drop down of cups, allow you to discreetly breastfeed baby in an instant.  Don't let pregnancy or breastfeeding stop you from feeling sexy.  

Our maternity and traditional line, without the nursing ability, also provide max enhancement with special design and excellent padding. Wink, Wink! With adjustable straps and strings, you control the amount of cleavage, too.

With tops and bottoms and even our tankini wrap being completely adjustable, our maternity swimsuits will adjust to weight gain and weight loss, for long term wear.

Check out some of the features of our swimwear....

-Trendy maternity swimsuit that adjusts to your evolving pregnant body
-Made of comfortable, quick drying and high quality material for long term wear
-Adjustable cups support and flatter the breasts; in fact, many non-pregnant women choose to wear Bikini Mama's suits for their comfort, support and good looks 
-Convenience of a nursing bra: strong clips can be fastened and unfastened with an easy one hand operation, for discreet nursing
-Nursing bikini tops are super supportive and easily accessible to nurse your baby
-Nursing swim tops never bunch when re-clipped after breastfeeding
-Shoulder straps offer a wide range of adjustment to make prolonged use comfortable
-Reshapes to your post-pregnancy silhouette, and can be worn as a traditional bathing suit
-To complement our maternity swimwear line, we offer a Tankini wrap that acts as a totally adjustable skirt to cover your belly or stretch marks when you might want some modesty - wear the tankini wrap as a skirt or nursing cover

 


The Maternity Bikini - To show off the bump or not show off the bump... December 23 2014

We say show it off!  Pregnancy is a beautiful and magical thing, why not show that off?  Why is there such a limited selection of maternity bikinis out there?  These are the questions we asked ourselves when Bikini Mama's was born.  Did the industry just assume because we were pregnant, we belonged in one-piece swimwear, that looked out-dated and ill fitting. Even the two-piece tankinis didn't offer much in the feel-sexy department. Why weren't we to look and feel sexy, just because we were pregnant?  Pregnancy is still sexy, ladies.

While preggers, I went to many, many maternity stores and looked online for the perfect maternity bikini that would offer more support for my ever-growing belly and breasts, but also looked trendy and sexy.  I was hugely disappointed by the selection out there.  I was even more disappointed to find there was absolutely no selection of nursing bikinis...anywhere. Why couldn't I find a bikini that would adjust to my ever-evolving pregnant body and post-pregnant silhouette? Something I could wear throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding.  I ended up settling for regular string bikinis, which offered no support and dug into my neck and back, only allowing me to wear for an hour or two. I tried on a couple nursing tankinis and found the lift-cup-up system, from the bottom of the breast to top, offered very little support and made my breasts look quite droopy. 

I wanted to offer everything I had be searching for, but never found.  Our maternity & nursing bikinis will take you throughout pregnancy and beyond.  With adjustable straps and strings on both the bikini tops and bottoms, they will adjust to weight gain and loss.  Thicker straps around the neck and back allow you to wear our maternity swimsuits for hours and hours, no digging!

We made breastfeeding not only fashionable, but functional. With one-handed nursing clips and easy drop-down of cups on our nursing tops, you can breastfeed your little one conveniently and discreetly.  Plus the inner frame not only supports the breast but also pushes up your cleavage.  The band under the cups also offer incredible support.

So go ahead Mama's, show off that beautiful baby bump!

  

Check out some of the Mama's who are embracing their new figures and showing it off, on our IG and FB pages...

www.instagram.com/bikinimamas

www.facebook.com/bikinimamas

 


Look who's featured on Love MomStyle Christmas Holiday Guide... December 11 2014

Get into the Christmas spirit and find all your favorite Mommy items on one Holiday Guide.  

Check us out on page 24, to receive discounts on maternity bikinis, nursing swimwear and tankini swimsuits.  Discount code given to LoveMomStyle Fans, to be used at checkout.  

Our nursing bikinis allow you to breastfeed baby with no mess, no stress.  

Get two swimsuits in one with our tankini wrap. Convert any one of our bikinis into a tankini with one simple tie, under the bikini top

Use the tankini wrap as a skirt or a nursing cover, for the breastfeeding Moms

Maternity swimsuits are completely adjustable - adjusts to the ever evolving pregnant body and post-pregnant silhouette 

http://lovemomstyle.com/holiday-shopping-guide/4585107621 

 


Summer Giveaway Win over $600 in prizes! July 15 2014

16 Minute Club Summer Giveaway
Win over $600 in prizes!

This summer we've partnered with 16 Minute Club, bringing you the 16 Minute Club Great Summer Giveaway!

One lucky mom will win over $600 in prizes (from one of our Bikini Mama's nursing swimsuits, to herbs and teas, and even goats milk skin care) from some pretty amazing brands all listed below.

Score three bonus points for sharing with your Facebook friends!

Better still, after the promotion is over, everyone who entered will receive an exclusive coupon from the some of the brands who participated.

ENTER NOW though July 27th to win! And don't forget to share, share, share to better your chance in winning!!



Brand Partners

Motherlove - Jar of Nipple Cream and a bottle of Birth and Baby Oil

Bikini Mamas - Swimsuit

Birds & Beas Teas - Bulk Bag of Our Lady of La Leche Tea

Little Toader - Pineapple No Pain Teether

Nuzzlemom - NuzzleHUG and NuzzleNIPs

Milk Charm - Three pack of milk charms


BambinOz - Porta Chair or Gel Pad

Juno Blu - Breast Pump Bag

Hemming Birds Boutique - 3-pack of bibs

Parker's Potions - Three Bottles of Potion

Haley & The Hound Boutique - $75 Gift Certificate for Women's or Children's Clothing

Dairy Fairy - One Arden Bra

Goodie Tins - Two goodie tins, one for mom, one for baby

Dancin' Goat Skin Care - Goats Milks Soap, Lotion, Lip Balm & Lip Scrub

 

For more information, please visit http://blog.16minuteclub.com/cms/blog/posts/summer-giveaway-win-over-600-in-prizes


Introducing the Teddy Tankini June 23 2014

Linerie plus Bikini equals SEXY!!

Lingerie looking swimwear has taken the beachwear industry by storm.  Bikini Mama's has incorporated that look into our Tankini Wrap.  Introducing the Teddy Tankini Wrap. Add a little modesty while also adding a whole lot of SEXY.  

Our Teddy Tankini Wrap converts a bikini into a sexy tankini by simply tying it around the front or back of rib cage, under one of our bikini tops (traditional or maternity or nursing).  You now get two swimsuits in one.

Want the peek-a-boo effect, just tie it around the front.

The options don't stops there.  You can use our tankini wrap as a skirt.

Our solid tankini wrap can also be used as a nursing cover for the breastfeeding mama's out there.

See all the options you get with our tankini wrap with the following video…

Rock it Ladies.  Be Beautiful!!


Breastfeeding and Swimsuits from Bikini Mama's June 09 2014

Breastfeeding and Swimsuits

Summer time can be tricky for breastfeeding moms. The warmer weather means fewer layers and while cooler fabrics may sound like a like a great solution, it may put some breastfeeding moms in uncomfortable situations when using a traditional nursing pad.

Sadly nursing pads are not meant for swimming; you might get out of the pool with half of the water in your nursing pads! However, going sans nursing pads at the beach or pool can also be a bad idea. Thankfully, there is an easy solution to this common mama problem – LilyPadz®.

LilyPadz is the only nursing pad that can be worn in the water and is subtle enough not to show through bathing suits and tank tops. Yup, it's a waterproof nursing pad!

Unlike other nursing pads, LilyPadz don’t absorb. Instead they are made from 100% silicone and attach to the breast directly. That’s right, no bra required. The pads gently apply pressure to the nipple so that milk does not leak out or collect.

And while not worn here, they also look great under any swimsuit. We're especially fond of Bikini Mama's Pink Push Up Nursing Top Swimsuit, swimwear made especially for pregnant moms.

LilyPadz are very thin and clear, which means you can rock your bathing suit or strapless sundress without worry. When your little one gets hungry, all you have to do is peel off the LilyPadz, nurse, then reattach.

Since they can be reused for two months with proper care, you can be carefree all summer long. They are also small enough to throw into your beach bag or purse.

For most moms, a trip to the beach or pool means a whole lot of scurrying as you try to remember to pack all of the swimsuits, sunscreen, and snacks. LilyPadz are just one little thing to make life simpler and easier.

Bathing suit season is stressful enough for new mamas, so be sure to go into summer with these silicone nursing pads in hand. You can hang out by the pool in just a tank top or dive right into the water. These might even help you feel reconnected to your pre-breastfeeding days. Consider it your lactation vacation!

If you're interested in trying LilyPadz, you'll find an exclusive 16 Minute Club coupon inside Box 1 of our breastfeeding subscription box. Bikini Mama's is also offering a 15% off discount simply visiting their website.