I was recently sent their Velvet Delight set of nursing bra and briefs (as pictured above) to sample, and i love it! I have been wearing the bra all weekend, it is so comfy and looks stunning. The briefs match the bra perfectly with cute lace detail on the front and back, they are also super comfy with tanga sides. The bra has detachable straps that simply clip on and off allowing for ease when breastfeeding. What i love about this element of the bra is that the clips are neatly hidden behind a pretty lace bow, so you do not even notice they are there. I am looking forward to using the bra when nursing,read my full review here - http://mumzy-not.com/2011/05/03/cake-lingerie/ I am so happy i do not have to resort to boring, plain nursing bras from the likes of Mothercare.
When you are thinking about the baby's arrival it is an exciting time but if you are like me i wasnt sure how necesary maternity bras were and why they were so important - after my son was born i sent my husband to buy more!!There are some vital things about maternity bras namely they are easy to unclip for feeding - even if you are too shy and have absolutely no intention of feeding in public they save you getting undressed and cold when feeding. They are also important as they are not underwired which can hinder milk production. I found i needed about 6 at the start until i got the hang of breast pads - incidentally i found Tommee Closed to nature ones the best. Wait until about week 38 to buy them as that will be the size you will be as you will have stopped growing then.
I needed a new bra the day I found out I was pregnant. My bra had been feeling tight but assumed it was as I was due on. Once I found out I wasn't going to bed having a period any time soon I knew I needed a bigger size.
I was advised to not to wear and underwire bra. I was already quite large bobbed anyway but I had gone up a cup size within 6 weeks of my pregnancy.
I went up several cup sizes through pregnancy. Although I had to be measured and buy bigger sizes throughout pregnancy it was nursing bras that gave me the difficulty.
I was told on the Monday I was going to be induced on the Tuesday so rushed to mother care. The lady who measured me didn't seem to know what she was doing as she measured what size I currently was , when I queried this she got me to purchase the same size but bigger cup size and I bought a couple of bras in the size she advised.
I gave birth in the early hours of Wednesday morning and my milk came in on the Friday and by then my bras did not fit.
When the midwife came round she recommended that I was fitted by the breast feeding adviser at the hospital.
She was brilliant. She said that I should have the measurement of my bra size that I was prior to getting pregnancy then looked at the cup size.
I ended up been fitted as a 36J which meant supplier of bras was extremely limited. I found that the only high street shop that stock bras of this size is Bramissimo.
I was able to order some over the phone from Royce.
When you are full of milk your breasts are so heavy that you really need a supportive bra. I didn't find any with a particularly attractive design but then my breasts felt like milk machines and not anything sexual.
As I have lost weight and reduced the amount of milk I am producing I have been back to Bramissimo. They don't actually measure you there but look at how the size you are in is fitting and look at what size you need. I had reduced to a 34H but still found that there wasn't any wider choice at this size.
I was shocked that somewhere as parent based as Mothercare were so inadequate at measuring for post pregnancy.
A well fitting bra is essential throughout pregnancy and nursing.
Once I discovered I was pregnant, I soon discovered my chest was growing. I knew that you are advised not to wear underwired bras in pregnancy and so as soon as I was up a size, I reluctantly put my trusty underwireds to one side and went shopping. I am very keen on good support, and though I wasn't going to go running and jumping, I knew I wanted to stay active throughout my pregnancy.
I went and tried on maternity bras in Marks and Spencer and Mothercare. After a morning of frustrated shopping, I abandoned my quest. My size 32 back in early pregnancy was deemed too small for maternity bras. I grabbed a couple of non-wired sports bras instead as these seemed to fit and support and waited to grow larger.
Once my frame had grown to a size 34 I went out shopping again and finally got to try on the maternity bras I'd looked at last time. They came in a range which included more patterned pretty designs and more plain designs. I tried one on, it was simple to fit with a regular rear hook fastening. It felt comfortable and didn't chafe. Being a thorough tester, I jiggled about a bit in the changing room, like I was walking for a bus fast, or doing a few dance steps. To my horror I found my boobs felt completely unsupported. With tender, larger than normal, heavy boobs I couldn't imagine going the remaining 5 months with this little support. So I bought another couple of sports bras - comfy, supportive and good fit for a comparable price. They may not be the prettiest or sexiest things ever, but it's only for a few months!
Whilst pregnant I wanted to avoid spending a lot of money on clothes that I wasn't going to wear for along time, as tight as this may sound I knew that once the baby came along we were going to need every penny we could save to spend on essential items. I cut back by buying budget clothes from places like Primark, I just bought a much larger size to fit over my bump!!
One thing that I couldn't cut back on though was a maternity bra. From about 15 weeks of being pregnant my breasts started to grow and I found that my normal, under wired bras were making me feel very uncomfortable and restricted. You are also advised not to wear bras with wires in throughout your pregnancy as this can lead to damaged milk ducts.
I decided to pay a visit to Mothercare to purchase a maternity bra as I knew they offered a free fitting service there and would measure me to find out what size bra I now required. The staff at Mothercare were very helpful and discreet, they showed me into a cubicle and then measured me, and I was astonished to discover I had increased by 2 cup sizes!! The Mothercare staff then brought me a few different styles of bras in my size for me to try on.
My first thought when I think about maternity bras was that they would look really unattractive, rather like big hammocks, but I was mistaken as they do some very nice looking, feminine maternity bras. Gone are the days when pregnant women are made to feel and look unattractive.
The maternity bras in Mothercare varied in price from around ¬£12 - ¬£50, the bras at the higher end of the range were designer bras, I wasn't interested in paying this much for a bra so I stuck with the lower priced bras. I purchased two of Mothercare's own bras for ¬£20. They were quite simple in design, they had lacey cups and thin straps and looked very pretty on.
I have to say that the feeling of relief when I started wearing correct fitting maternity bras was beyond belief!! I had been squeezing myself into the wrong size bra for 15 weeks and the new bras I had purchased were sooo comfortable, it was like I wasn't wearing a bra at all. I have to say that they also provided very good support, I was worried that as they weren't under wired that they wouldn't support me as well as my old bras but they did. They also lasted very well, the first two that I purchased lasted me for 15 weeks until I needed to go up to a bigger size. They still look as good as new and are being kept with all my maternity clothes for when I have my next baby!
Throughout my pregnancy I had to purchase two more bras as my bust size increased even further, but unfortunately this is something that happens to every pregnant woman and is unavoidable!!! My advise would be to every pregnant woman, go get yourself measured and fitted as soon as you can feel your breast starting to get bigger, you will save yourself a lot of pain and discomfort!!
There are many different views on wearing maternity and breastfeeding bras, and as many diferent products to match. So, what do you look for? price, quality, pretty, comfortable etc. Here are my tips - Do you NEED a bra? well obviously most women do, it helps to support, it holds breast pads in place, it keeps your shape etc.- but if you are one of the few people who don't normally need or wear a bra, then you might not need one here. You will get a lot of people saying 'well this one time that you do',and a lot of people who don't normally wear one will benefit, but there is a downside if you don't need to - you might contrict breast tissue. This will normally apply to small breasted women only. - so consider first if you need one (even if it is just to keep breast pads in place and to support the extra weight it might be useful). Next - what type? Well ideally one without underwiring - because this can dig into your changing rib and beast size and constrict breast tissue causing block ducts for example. Cotton - because this will allow a good air circulation and the natural fibers are better for your skin, if you leak then man made fibers are not so hygenic and can encourage bateria growth. Shape - ideally with seamless cups - seams can rub and iritate and cause pressure on the changing breast size, also with potential to block ducts. Comfort - Obvious it's got to fit, and have plenty of adjustment for changing breast size, perhaps with wider than usual straps to take the extra weight and not dig into your shoulders. Ease of use - can you open the cups one handed? because you'll need to with the baby in your other hand, so have a go a opening with you less dominent hand - although you might need to practice this a few times. So a lot of issues to consider, that's apart from 'do yo want a granny style white one, or a sexy leopard skin job' for example. When would you buy one - wel
l in my opinion you should buy a breastfeeding bra 2 weeks after delivery, by then your breast will have settled down into a less explosive state, and your ribs will have returned to their pre pregnant state, so you are more likely to get one that fits for the rest of your breastfeeding time. You could buy one in the later stages of pregnancy, but make sure that when you try it on you have the back hooks in the loosest position, that way when your ribs shrink you can use the tighter hooks. If you decide to buy before delivery only get one or two and get another one or two after delivery (2 weeks) then you are sure that you've got good fitting ones. It's unlikely that you will find a bra that suits on absolutely every score - i.e. no wires,cotton, no seams, easily adjustable, easy to open, and sexy - but at least aim for about three of the options. Perhaps consider whether your 'old' bras would be any use, or that even if you breastfeed for 2...3...4.. years whatever - you won't necessarily need a breastfeeding bra for this amount of time - you will probably want to get back into your 'normal' bras from about 6 - 9 months, so not so long then!! - Have a think about it first and the options
There are a whole range of surprising and sometimes unpleasant things that can happen to you durning pregancy, and it pays to be prepaired. One of the ares of your body that is likely to be particularly affected is your breasts. Looking after your breasts can make a lot of difference to your general wellbeing, and to the shape you end up with at the other end of the process. Breasts can swell up from very early on in pregnancy. As your baby grows, your breasts are gearing up ready to handle milk production. Not only do they get bigger, but they also get more sensitive, and your old bras won't fit and won't be comfortable. The first thing to do is give up your underwired bras - these don't tend to be all that secure, and if your breast have swollen, you will get flesh poking out of the top - it doesn't look good and it doesn't feel good either. Lacey bras may look sexy, but your sensitive breasts and nipples wil be a lot more comfortable if encased in a soft, untextured fabric. If you haven't swollen too badly, then in the short term switching over to a good supportive sports bra can keep you going, although eventually you are going to need something more suited to the job. I would strongly recomend finding a shop that can measure and fit you - its worth having a bra you can expand into, and an assistant will be able to help with this. Mothercare are really good I've found - their staff are kindly, informed and really nice to deal with. They have a good range of bras in many sizes. Try not to be too shocked if you find out you've become a D cup! When you get your maternity bra, you will notice that it has far more of those little hooks than normal - you should be fitted to the smallest fitting, that way you have a bit of room to expand. Only buy a couple of bras initially - in a couple of months time you may find you need something bigger. You should make sure that where the bra goes across your back
, it sits below your shoulder blades, as this is much more supportive and you are less likely to suffer damage to the muscles supporting your breasts. If you suffer very badly from sore uncomfortable breasts then you might want to try keeping your bra on over night - apparently this can really help. (not had to resort to that yet.) bear in mind that with larger, more sensitive breasts, some of your tighter clothing might not fit, and you might not feel so comfortable in it anyway. baggy and loose clothing will be far more pleasant to wear. If you make sure you get proper breast support from early on, the odds are good that after your preganancy, your breasts will still look quite presentable. Most women find their breasts stay larger, but otherwise there's no reason why they shouldn't still be firm. Not wearing a decent bra will get you saggy breasts - not only does this not look all that good, it feels dreadful (can even be painful)and it doesn't do the muscles round there any good at all. If at any time you aren't comfortable in your bra, get yourself to a suitable shop, get some advice and buy something new. It can get a bit costly, but this is one of those times when you do need to give some priority to your own needs - if you are physically comfortable durning your pregancy, you will cope far better and not get all stressed.
This is my 3rd pregnancy and my 7th attempt at finding a nursing/maternity bra that is comfortable and well I have FINALLY done it. The Active bra is admittedly expensive (around ¬£30) but it is worth every penny. It looks very like a sports bra in that you pull it over your head but it has additional hooks (placed on a wide elastic band) to get a tighter and better fit. As you get it on and the day goes on you actually can actually at times forget you are wearing it (something I have never managed before) I am a DD cup so normally I need to wear the larger sizes so it was a pleasant surprice for me to discover I actually only needed a medium.. I ordered 3 bra's via active birth webpage. (they had a special offer on so I got them cheaper and also for free the most ridiculous expensive bottle of post natal bath oils - NO WAY would I ever have send ¬£23 on that - sorry sideline) they arrived 6 days later (said 7 day delivery so can't complain about that) and they come with a guaranty that if they do not fit at ANY point you can return then for you a exchange. Also they do not charge you for 28 days so you can have a fit of the bra and decide if it is for you. Well personally I have not had it off and I have thrown what other maternity bra's that I had, I am NOT swapping for any other bra.. It goes in the washing machine (Thankfully) and washes lovely without loosing any shape. I have not yet used it as a nursing bra (due Christmas 01) but I have had a go at the drop cups to check that they where like. Very standard opening/closing possible to open one handed (not sure about closing I think I would want a little help with a second hand but perhaps as I get more used to it?) watch around January and I will try to update on what it is like as a nursing bra ;o) Very high quality bra and I just wish I had known about it with my other 2 pregnancies.
When you get pregnant your boobs get bigger, then you start breastfeeding and they get even bigger still. 'Great', some women say... 'Fantastic', their husbands grin... 'hmmmm', I was thinking... What about those women, who, like me, already have large breasts? Before I got pregnant I was a 32 F and went up to a G cup during my pregnancy. Most high street stores such as M & S, Mothercare and Boots don't make bras in these sizes but luckily larger department stores do, so I went along, got measured and bought myself a couple of enormous, unnattractive but practical and comfortable nursing bras a couple of weeks before my baby was due, like they tell you to. Baby was born, milk came in and my bras no longer fit. The cups are way too small but the bras are much too big around the back thanks to the assisstant who measured me not taking the fact that my bump was going to disappear into account. So yesterday I went down to John Lewis to get measured properly and get myself some more enormous, unnatractive but practical and comfortable nursing bras. The assistant measured me and went to get a bra for me to try on... She came back with the biggest thing you've ever seen in your life, I looked at the label, 34 J, yes that says J! I didn't even know they did bras in that size... I tried it on... Too small!!! My boobs were still popping out the top and sides! I told the assistant and she broke the bad news... that's as big as they get. None of the companies that make nursing bras have started making a K cup yet, there's just no demand for it... Yes there is! I'm demanding it! Surely I can't be the only woman in Britain who has a small frame (hence can't go bigger than 34) but huge boobs!?! There must be many women walking around wearing bras that are too small for them which when you're breastfeeding is neither c
omfortable nor good for your milk supply. I bought the 34 J bra anyway, it's better than nothing, but if anyone knows of a place that makes bigger bras than that, let me know please!! Shame on the bra companies for not catering for the women who really need their products the most, the ones with the biggest boobs!
I have breastfed both my daughters and have always got the drop cup variety but I feel that I should warn people of the Zip variety. I brought one from a shop last week and I admit it was reduced in price so I thought I would try it. While the fitting is comfortable and straps wide and the material soft,Im always catching myself in the zip! Ouch ouch. The only way I can do it up without risking a fatality is to pull the two pieces away from my skin and do it up.Not very descreet!! I only wear it a home and wear my drop cups in public as they are more discreet.I prefer the drop cup nursing bras as they are more accessable and you dont need anything to cover you up,but I found that I needed that extra cover with these zip bras. So you have been warned watch your necessities or you could find the zipped up for good!
For the birth of my second daughter, I rang my local NCT Bra Fitting Expert (who also happened to be my midwife) and asked her to measure me for feeding bras. I'd been measured previously at Mothercare, but as they got it wrong with my first daughter, I wasn't sure they'd measured me right this time. After she had measured me, she gave me a selection of bras to look at and try on before I finally chose the ones I wanted. They aren't cheap at ¬£19 a bra, but it's worth paying the extra for. The ones I chose were made of a really soft material, and can be undone with one hand, definetly a bonus. They fit really well and are really comfortable to wear. Plus you get to be measured and fitted in the comfort of your own home - another bonus when your 8 months pregnant and the size of a house! It means no more wandering around shops to be fitted and measured. Give them a try