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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!


Featuring This Month's Bikini Mama's Model, Lauren!! October 12 2015

Real women, real swimwear!!  Every month we will feature our own #BikiniMamas in our swimwear.  We absolutely love this Mama, Lauren McCormack and love the photos she shared with us on social media.  How precious is the photo of her breastfeeding her little one in our nursing swimsuit?!?

Lauren is in our Aquarius Maternity to Nursing Bikini.  Wear our swimwear throughout pregnancy, while breastfeeding and beyond.  Adjustable straps around the neck and back adjust to the ever evolving pregnant and post pregnancy silhouette. Plus our one-handed nursing clips make it easy and convenient to breastfeed your baby either poolside or at the beach.

Lauren is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She now resides in Fort McMurray, Alberta with her husband of two years, Greg, since 2012. They had their first baby girl, Niamh, on August 20, 2014 and have been loving life as a family of three ever since. Lauren breastfed for 12 months, an achievement she is extremely proud of (and should be!). "It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, although I did find it to be convenient, rewarding, bond strengthening and comforting for the both of us." Lauren is back to working full time as a social worker in a personal care home and, of course, adjusting to the work/family life balance. "The slow cooker is our new best friend!" As a family, they love to spend time together with their dog and two cats, whether they're at home relaxing or traveling. Their daughter has, already, been across Canada three times and to Mexico once since she was born! They hope to plan many more family trips together in the future. For the moment they are enjoying Fall and looking forward to winter so they can start the snowboarding season!

Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your pics and allowing us to get to know you!!

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See what Mommy Bloggers are saying about Bikini Mama's Swimwear October 07 2015

We always love hearing from our customers and love it even more when they blog about us.  See what this adorable Mama-To-Be and Blogger, Camilla from Castle Avenue Blog, had to say about our maternity-to-nursing swimwear....

"This week has been anything but warm and I’m having trouble believing that summer is truly over. Although I do enjoy fall for the knit sweaters and cozy nights in, I miss summer already! Although I think poolside days are over, this awesome bikini will still be put to use. I am currently in the midst of planning our little baby moon and this number will definitely be joining us (no hot tubbing of course).

As soon as my body started expanding my ‘regular’ bathing suits just weren’t an option. I all of a sudden became very modest with the style of bathing suit I was comfortable wearing. I wanted (and needed) something that provided more coverage, was comfy to wear but was still fashionable. Thank goodness for the company Bikini Mamas! A company run by a mama named Terri (who is initially from Canada) providing fashionable, comfortable and versatile bikinis just for moms with either growing bumps or growing babies. Exactly what I was looking for! Don’t get me wrong, I do still adore my ‘regular’ suit options but just don’t feel comfortable in them with a body growing in all different places and directions (bosoms, butt and belly).

There are quite a few options in regards to design and pieces. I personally absolutely adore the Bikini Mamas cover wrap as it really brings an adorable girly touch to the suit but I actually immediately fell in love with the bottoms. I lived in these bottoms all… summer… long (I’m not joking, I should honestly have multiples). Not only did the bottoms provide the coverage this newly modest lady needed, but they were so comfortable! When I wasn’t wearing the top (which duals as a great support top for those growing bosoms during maternity as well as a nursing top for when baby is here) I swapped between bathing suit bandeaus I had (to keep the tan lines in check) but never went without the bottoms.

If you’re an expecting mama adjusting to a growing bump and needing more support, coverage and comfort while still feeling trendy you must check out Bikini Mamas. They always have amazing sales on and their shipping is so quick! They have quite a few designs available for the top and Terri always works hard to introduce new options. I know this bikini set will be used well into next summer as I plan to breastfeed for as long as possible (key word plan).

These photos were taken a few weeks ago when we got our last heat wave. I was 30 weeks."

 

Camilla is enjoying her two swimsuits in one, with our convertible teddy tankini wrap, which converts her Animal Print Maternity to Nursing Bikini into a Maternity Tankini, with one simple wrap.


Staying fashionable and trendy, throughout pregnancy! August 09 2015

When I stumbled upon Heritwine Maternity I was thrilled.  A boutique that offered a trendy, fun and fashionable maternity line, that you can wear throughout pregnancy and beyond.  Hand-picked by the owner, she has found dresses, tops, pants and shorts that can be worn as maternity or traditional, a motto we live by here at Bikini Mama's.  

A little about Heritwine...

Pronounced as Heri-Twine, where the heritage of two people intertwine as one. Here at Heritwine, we believe that being pregnant should not mean that your style should be compromised based on lack of choices and cost. If you haven’t noticed by now, a lot of the maternity clothes aren’t very stylish and the ones that are, are way too expensive. So, with style and cost in mind, it is important for us to find outfits that are both cute and affordable, whether it is exclusively maternity wear or just maternity friendly.

Some of our favorite picks are...(click on images to shop)

  

  

Go check'em out!! You can now find Bikini Mama's Swimwear there, as well.  

 


"In Bed With Lainne" Proving pregnant women can look hot at the beach! May 20 2015

This week Lainne gets comfortably uncomfortable with the gorgeous Terri-Lynne, owner and creator of Bikini Mama Swimwear, designed to make pregnant women feel their sexiest at the beach. “I actually came up with the line while I was pregnant because I was really disappointed when I went swimwear shopping and I couldn’t find anything that made me feel beautiful or sexy,” she explains. Bikini Mama's swimsuits are a patented design that offers the ultimate support to women’s best assets- lifting, sculpting, separating for maximum hotness! “We just wanted everyone, whether your pregnant or not, we wanted to make everybody feel beautiful in their own skin.” Terri Lynne tells Lainne how motherhood has made her feel much sexier and that’s it’s taught her to love her flaws, and embrace the aging process.

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

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