As a first time mom I avoided nursing in public as much as possible. It was awkward and anxiety provoking to say the least. I would constantly try to maneuver my body in a position that wouldn’t expose me while one hand was trying to hold my baby and the other hand was trying to adjust the nursing cover, pull up my shirt and pull down my nursing bra. Once I broke out into a sweat in just a few short minutes trying to get settled into a position that was comfortable for my baby without too many distractions. Once we finally made it into an acceptable position, my baby would continuously play with and pull on my nursing cover and half the time it would fall off my shoulder or get too close to her face and she would swat at it to go away instead of actually eating, which was the entire purpose. I was constantly worried what other people thought and if I would offend anyone. I had a few nursing bras but they never fit quite right. So unless I had to, I would only nurse her at home or in the car and wouldn’t use a nursing cover or even a nursing bra if I could help it.
As a second time mom I am much more comfortable in my own skin and I have breastfed in all sorts of public places with pride and confidence. I am better equip not only with a seasoned approach to motherhood, but also with new products like a new nursing cover from Covered Goods that covers my entire body including my back and sides instead of just my top portion and new nursing bras from Bravado Designs that are stylish and flattering, super comfortable, and easy to use.
Honestly, after years of breastfeeding two babies, I have tried a few different brands of nursing bras and none of them felt or looked quite right. They were made of thick, scratchy material or had no design or style that made me end up feeling frumpy. The cups typically wouldn’t fit right and the sides would dig into my skin or bulge out like wings and be too uncomfortable to wear longer than I had to. With my new Bravado Designs nursing bras, I wear them all day and forget I’m even wearing anything at all because they are so comfortable and fit so well. Comfort Never Looked So Good!
Bravado Designs generously sent me four nursing bras to try from their new spring Petal-Soft Collection and I love them all for different reasons. My absolute favorite is the new Ballet nursing bra. I have never had a more form fitting, comfortable to the point you forget you are wearing a bra, easy to nurse bra in my life. And the fabric is just thick enough to give the coverage and support you need without any type of padding. They call it Petal-Soft fabric and the name perfectly describes it better than I ever could. The one they sent me was in the color Bare, which is the best because you can wear a white t-shirt and you can’t see the nursing bra underneath. There is no back closure so nothing digs into you but it’s better than a sports bra because you can still adjust the straps on each side for the perfect fit. And when you are ready to nurse there is no snap to take apart, you just pull-away to the side and you are good to go, so it’s quick and efficient – perfect for a hungry baby! This nursing bra is especially comfortable to wear to sleep and is easy to use in the middle of the night when it’s dark and you are half asleep during nursing sessions. Its no fuss design will have you and your baby so happy! And if I’m being honest, I haven’t taken it off in about two days, since I haven’t left the house, and at one point I forgot I was even wearing it at all! And yet I still had sufficient support! That’s how magical this nursing bra is!
The next bra I tried was the new Buttercup nursing bra. This style looks like a regular bra and sizing is done by your actual cup size. The color I received was called Watercolor and it’s so feminine and pretty, just the way a mother should feel. It’s so pretty, in fact, my husband didn’t even know it was a nursing bra and had many compliments for it! It is a limited edition color that supports www.breasthealth.org. Proceeds from the bra’s sales will help support educating moms how breastfeeding reduces breast cancer risk. As a breast cancer survivor, this is very important to me and why breastfeeding my babies as long as possible is not just preference, but may help contribute to the prevention of the breast cancer from returning.
At first I was hesitant about this bra because the other nursing bras I have in this style are itchy, uncomfortable, and don’t fit well in the front since one side of me is bigger than the other. Typically, one side ends up digging into me and the other has a gap in it. However, I was more than pleasantly satisfied with this new Bravado Designs nursing bra because despite the way I am shaped, both sides fit perfectly and I could wear it for the entire day and it never became uncomfortable once. Just like all of my regular bras, this nursing bra doesn’t have an underwire, but it has ample support, coverage, and lift. It’s that Petal-Soft fabric that makes it feel so good on your skin! And the reason it fits so well is because of the soft foam cups and stretchy material that accommodates for changing shape, as we know us moms experience numerous times throughout pregnancy and postpartum. This nursing bra in particular is also great because the straps can be converted into a criss-cross shape and the company also provides you with bra extenders in the same color design as the bra itself.
I was also sent a bra accessory that is the most helpful for a mom on the go, like me. It is called the Clip and Pump bra and I received it in the color called Dove Heather. This masterpiece of a hands-free nursing bra is ideal to wear when you know you’ll have to pump or to keep in your purse, glove compartment, or diaper bag for use when needed. Since I work inside and outside the home I occasionally have to pump in the car, in the office, or at home while I am doing work late at night between feedings. This hands free bra allows me to multitask and drive with two hands on the wheel, write my clinical notes at the office, or type my blog at home while also pumping! How genius is that? Everything on your body is fully covered and there is no need to remove your blouse to use. The nursing bra stays put while you simply clip on the back strap and insert the pumping shields in place.
The last one I tried is called Body Silk Seamless nursing bra and it was given to me in my favorite color of all time; in this case it is called Sea Glass. This is also a limited edition nursing bra that comes in 8 different colors and pairs perfectly with the clip and pump bra. I call this nursing bra a glorified sports bra. It comes with removable foam inserts for extra padding and double layer fabric for nipple coverage and discretion. It also has 4-way stretch fabric that molds to your changing shape. It is super comfortable and has adjustable straps in the back and on both sides to make it a perfect fit. It gave me just the right amount of lift, too.
For more information and to buy your own nursing bras, please visit their website https://www.bravadodesigns.com/us/ and shop their new spring Petal-Soft collection here https://www.bravadodesigns.com/us/collections/nursing-bras-and-tanks You can sign up for their newsletter and receive 10% off your purchase, too!! And to find a Bravado Designs retailer near you, just type in your zip code via this link https://www.bravadodesigns.com/us/pages/find-a-store
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