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We Tried It: Specialized Nursing Bras

08/18/2014 at 10:19 AM ET

Simple Wishes B3 Bra
Courtesy Simple Wishes

We Tried It: Simple Wishes B3 All-in-One Bra

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why she did it: As a nursing and pumping mom, I’m always looking for products to make the multi-tasking easier. Plus, it’s National Breastfeeding Awareness month, so what better time?

Pros: This bra can be used for pumping and/or nursing, which makes it a great choice for working moms who would otherwise wear a nursing bra plus a pumping bustier to express milk away from home. And it could be the perfect solution for moms who nurse on one side and pump on the other. Wrangling a baby and pump parts can easily result in spilled milk, but this unique combo can hold a flange securely in place on one side while it fully clips down on the other. It’s also got plenty of closure options to accommodate a breastfeeding mom’s changing shape, and has a flattering fit. Plus the straps convert to racerback and halter styles.

Cons: The material on the B3 is meant to be more like a “regular” bra, so it’s not quite as soft as the nursing bras I’ve come to wear daily. (Regular bras are reserved for baby-free nights out these days!)

The verdict: For a mom who pumps on one side while nursing on the other, the B3 bra can’t be beat. For the average working and pumping mom, it saves you the bustier step.

Cost: $59.00 and available at Simplewishes.com

Le Mystere Mama Mia Bra
Courtesy Le Mystere

We Tried This, Too: Le Mystere Mama Mia

Who tried it: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why she did it: When I received a pitch for a nursing bra from a lingerie brand I wore in my pre-baby days, I had to find out if the worlds could combine.

Pros: This is one good-looking bra. The mesh and memory foam Mama Mia looks more like lingerie than postpartum wear–a welcome aesthetic change after a year of wearing shapeless (albeit very comfortable) nursing bras. It’s got one-handed, pull-down clips and the wide band is flattering. The memory foam feels like it would prevent any kind of leak-through and you can easily tuck in disposable nursing pads. If you want to feel supported and sexy on a night out but have the convenience of a clip-down for nursing as well, this is a great choice.

Cons: In my experience, there’s a reason most nursing bras are on the formless side: because it’s easy to pull them down and out of the way while you’re dealing with babies and boobs. Since the Mama Mia has molded cups, it’s significantly harder to wedge them out of the way for feedings. This isn’t a bra I’d wear every day.

The verdict: For the average mom looking for a nursing bra, I wouldn’t suggest such a souped-up model. When it comes to breastfeeding mileage, go for the reliable sedan, rather than the sports car. However, if you’ve got a wedding or other formal event while you’re nursing, or if you just want to treat yourself to something special to feel sexy, the Mama Mia is a sleek and chic multitasker.

Cost: $62.00 and available at Lemystere.com.

Breastmilk, the Movie: What Ricki Lake Hopes You’ll Take Away

08/12/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Ricki Lake
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Breasts on display in pop culture: socially acceptable.

Breasts used to nurse babies in public: controversial.

Why the divide? Ricki Lake, executive producer of the new documentary Breastmilk, has some thoughts on the matter.

“There are so many forces in our culture that make breastfeeding a huge challenge — not the least of which is a bizarre public anxiety around exposed breasts!” Lake, who also co-produced 2008’s The Business of Being Born, tells PEOPLE.

Timed with National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the movie is newly available on iTunes and Lake believes it will “definitely make waves with the general public, simply due the fact that breastfeeding has become such a lightening rod topic.”
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Dita Von Teese Launches Maternity Lingerie Line

07/28/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Tori Spelling Stella Saved My Life
Courtesy Destination Maternity

Let’s face it: From sleepless nights to crying babies, the initiation into motherhood can be a little less than glamorous.

Or at least that was the case before Dita Von Teese waved her stylish wand.

The iconic fashion star has partnered with Destination Maternity to launch a limited edition capsule collection, Von Follies by Dita Von Teese, that aims to embrace a new mom’s sexy side.

“Elegant underpinnings are a simple way to create everyday moments of luxury and beauty, and why wouldn’t a new mother enjoy beautiful lingerie, too?” Von Teese says.

“The collection I created with Destination Maternity is designed to capture the spirit of retro glamour, while inspiring confidence and meeting the practical requirements and everyday needs of a new mother.”

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Aww! Gwen Stefani Nurses Son Apollo in Switzerland

07/25/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

It’s a (meal) ticket to paradise!

While spending time in Switzerland, Gwen Stefani gave her Instagram followers a gorgeous glimpse into her life when she stopped to nurse her youngest son — 5-month-old Apollo Bowie Flynn — in front of a breathtaking backdrop.

Looking casual in a white tee and skinny jeans, the new Voice judge is surrounded by the country’s famous mountains as she breastfeeds her baby boy.

And although Stefani, 44, smiles for the candid snapshot, she keeps her son covered in aden + anais Radiant Red Classic Swaddle ($22).

Gwen Stefani Instagram Switzerland Breastfeeding
Courtesy Gwen Stefani

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Giveaway: An Itzy Ritzy Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf (a $25 Value!)

05/19/2014 at 12:00 AM ET

Itzy Ritzy recently launched their new breastfeeding infinity scarf ($25) — and it’s really cool. Made of soft, breathable jersey knit, it allows moms the opportunity for skin-to-skin bonding with their baby while discreetly nursing in public.

Plus, it’s super stylish! Made in the U.S.A., the chic wrap comes in five beautiful prints including the charcoal gray Chevron pattern below.

Want one? The company, which counts celeb moms Pink, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicole Richie and Tori Spelling as fans — is giving one away to three lucky Moms & Babies readers.

Itzy Ritzy Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf Giveaway Courtesy Itzy Ritzy

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Giveaway: A Gift Card to Belabumbum (a $200 Value!)

05/05/2014 at 12:00 AM ET

Belabumbum‘s luxe mom-to-be intimates, loungewear and nursing bras are designed to keep women feeling pretty, pampered and comfortable. And that’s why they’re a favorite of lactation experts and celeb moms including Jessica Simpson, Molly Sims, Lily Allen and more.

Want to add some of the company’s pretty pieces to your wardrobe? They’re giving a lucky Moms & Babies reader a $200 shopping spree on their site.

Belabumbum Gift Card GiveawayCourtesy Belabumbum

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Giveaway: Bébe au Lait’s Muslin Collection (a $94 Value!)

03/17/2014 at 12:00 AM ET

Bébe au Lait‘s ultra-soft and breathable muslin collection is a new mommy must-have. Everything is made with premium-grade muslin, plus the Blankies are double-layered and double-sided so they’re more cuddle-worthy for your tot.

Want to try them out? The company is giving away a full set — two Swaddle Blankets ($32), two Blankies ($24) and one nursing cover ($38) — to three lucky Moms & Babies readers.

Want it for your little tyke? Hurry up and enter for your chance to win here! Online entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 3/17/14 and 11:59 p.m. (ET) on 3/23/14. See Official Rules.

Bebe au Lait Muslin Collection GiveawayCourtesy Bébe au Lait

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