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Sexy Nursing Bras

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Yes, that’s right! Nursing bras do not need to be white or beige or cream.  You can have hot pink. Or rhinestones.  Check out this awesome story by Catherine Saint Louis in the New York Times.

MATERNITY and nursing bras have long been the ugly stepsisters to gorgeously constructed lingerie. If you became pregnant or nursed your child, scratchy, unadorned, matronly bras — probably colored inconspicuously “nude” or white — were your lot. Elisabeth Dale, the founder of the Web site The Breast Life, which has bra reviews and health information, says she thinks this was because functionality and sex appeal can seem incompatible.

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A number of designers have lately added flair to undergarments for a group long ignored in fashion: nursing mothers.

When your breasts “are in work mode, they don’t get to wear nice fabrics,” she said wryly, adding that you’re “sterilizing” your breasts “by putting them in a boring white milk curtain.”

But perhaps not anymore. Some of today’s maternity and nursing bras boast lace in conspicuous hues like coral or purple, with added features like rhinestones, and coy nicknames like Awakened by Her Desire and She Craved a Little Decadence. This, of course, along with convenient hooks that allow each cup to drop for easy access to hungry newborns, extra fastenings to accommodate diaphragm growth and comfortable linings…

Heidi Rauch, a 42-year-old founder of Belabumbum, a sleek but understated lingerie brand that started selling nursing-bras in 2003, said of the new crop: “They speak to the stereotypical end of what is sexy. It’s pushing the edge with rhinestones.” By contrast, she said, “Our stuff will make you feel better in your skin at a time when everything is feeling different, but it’s not like it’s overtly too sexy”…

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Breastfeeding and Working

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Here’s my latest post on the giggle GAB blog.  It’s about how to continue breastfeeding when you have to go back to work.  Here’s an excerpt:

First of all, being pregnant is work. Giving birth is work.  And raising kids is work. You may not get paid for it, but it does require physical and mental exertion and long hours.

Now that we got that out there, let’s put it aside and focus on what happens when you’ve got to get back to the office. How are you going to handle those meetings, conference calls and work trips while continuing to breastfeed?  With multi-tasking of course. Spend your maternity leave establishing a good breastfeeding routine. Feed your baby on demand, whenever she shows signs of hunger. Make sure she’s latching on well for each feeding and gaining weight. And if you are having any discomfort or problems, get help as soon as possible from a lactation consultant. It will be harder to take the time to get advice once you’ve gone back to the office…

For the rest of the blog post, continue reading here at the giggle GAB site.