Anyone who’s nursed a baby knows it can sometimes be as frustrating as it is rewarding.
Add pumping to the mix and it can become pretty overwhelming.
Melissa Holland, a mother of four, is hoping to ease the stress of it all with BeliBea, a maternity bra company she’s started out of her Durham home.
“To me, a maternity bra is one that a mom who is a nursing mother (can use) to be able to provide for their baby,” Holland said. “Our maternity bra is different because it’s for nursing and pumping.”
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Holland has a background in textile design, and came up with the idea for the bra after she struggled with breastfeeding her first child, who was born in 2008, when she went back to work.
By the time she had her third baby in 2012, she had created prototypes that she wore to nurse and pump.
BeliBea bras, made from nylon and spandex, have two flaps, one that unsnaps to allow for pumping, and another that opens for nursing.
The pumping flap allows women to fit two pump shields inside the bra and pump hands free. The bras work with most pump brands such as Medela and Ameda, and can be used with both separating and non-separating shields, Holland said.
“We’ve had a lot of response that it’s a very comfortable bra,” she said.
Bras can be purchased through BeliBea’s website, and Holland is in the midst of getting the products stocked at Rex Hospital’s Lactation Station, a retail shop inside the hospital that carries breastfeeding materials such as pumps, nursing pillows and educational materials. She also hopes to eventually work with other retailers and hospitals.
Right now, the bras come in one color – nude – and a single, seamless, soft-cup style, but Holland says she is in product development to expand the selection to include a camisole version and larger sizes.
Sizes range from 32B to 44DD, but come sized as small, medium, large and extra large and stretch to larger sizes. All bras are $49.95, and have a 30-day return policy.
“With our bra we want to make sure we want to provide nursing and pumping functionality – along with comfort – so you can enjoy your baby and lessen your stress,” Holland said.
BeliBea bras are available at belibea.com.
Restaurant Tom+Chee is bringing its grilled cheese to Carrboro May 15.
The fast-casual franchise serves salads and tomato soups, along with grilled cheese sandwiches such as the bacon+blue with bacon, blue cheese and mozzarella; the hippy+chee with hummus, cucumber, mixed greens, tomato, cheddar and wheat berry; the Italian with salt and vinegar chips, pepperoni, ham and mozzarella; and the grilled mac+cheese with macaroni and cheese and cheddar.
Tom+Chee also offers doughnuts grilled with different cheeses then topped with foods such as compotes, fruits and candies.
Doughnuts include the mint summer’s night that has chocolate mint candy, chocolate marscapone, strawberries and mozzarella; the blueberry blue with blueberry compote, blue cheese and lemon marscapone; and the bananarama that has caramelized banana and gouda.
The Cincinnati-based restaurant will be at 370 E. Main St., Suite 140.
Another Ohio-based restaurant chain, City Barbeque, is opening its second Triangle location June 13 at White Oak Crossing in Garner.
The place’s menu offers meats such as beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked sausage and St. Louis-cut ribs, along with sides of mac and cheese, green beans and bacon, corn pudding, hushpuppies, cornbread and gumbo.
City Barbeque’s grand opening will include music, entertainment and a barbecue sauce competition. Deadline to enter a recipe is May 25. For details and contest rules, go to http://bit.ly/1F6eYvB.
City Barbeque will be at 110 Cabela Drive, near Cabela’s.
For those of you who want a taste what’s on Cousins Maine Lobster food truck, you’re in luck.
According to owner Deb Keller, you’ll be able to find Cousins and its lobster rolls, tater tots and ice cream May 17 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo.
Due to high demand, she recommends getting in line “on the early side.”
After that, you can find Cousins at two events in North Raleigh: first at Wakefield Plantation’s Rex Hospital Open golf tournament, which starts May 25, and then at the 919 Music Fest on Glenwood Avenue on May 31.
Keller said she’s also applied to be a vendor at downtown Raleigh’s two rotating concert series, Oak City 7, which starts May 28, and Pickin’ in the Plaza, which starts June 4. The list of vendors for those events has not been finalized, she said.