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
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!!
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)
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.
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.
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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