Posts Tagged ‘nursing bras’

Finding the Right Nursing Bra

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Finding a Nursing BraMy first visit to Mom’s Milk Boutique was to order nursing gear. I knew I needed different bras in my drawer as a non-nursing bra can hinder your breast if you lift it up and onto your breast during nursing. Nursing bras also often offer extra support and convenience during those nursing months.

For the best fit, consider contacting a lactation consultant and/or visit a local specialty lingerie shop and ask for a certified bra fitter. Your size may change during pregnancy, immediately after birth, and again a month or two after giving birth. Your needs may change as well as you become more active, return to work, or some other change in your routine. You might consider purchasing just a soft or highly adjustable bra or two to make it through those first few weeks. Later you can follow up with the purchase of more or styles not encouraged directly after birth, like underwire.

Think about what styles of bras will come in handy for you. A sleeping bra offers minimal support but extreme ease of use, especially for those first weeks and months. A soft cup is an all-around go-to; underwire offers additional support and stability for some. A nursing sports bra might prove helpful if you are very active. Tank tops are useful and comfortable, particularly if you love layering in cooler months or going minimal in warmer months. Last, if you anticipate you’ll pump very regularly, you may want a pumping bra to round out your options.

Also consider your personal preferences. After learning and getting comfortable with nursing, I found my preferred method for going out in public was a stretchy tank under another shirt. I pull the top shirt up and the tank down, providing me enough coverage and ease for my own personal comfort (and access for baby!). If you are more comfortable with more skin showing or if you’d prefer to nurse more under a cover, your ideal bra might deviate from mine.

If you love a cute, flirty, or sexy bra, consider brands like:

If you want a tank top, these brands are your friends:

If your mind goes straight to function and ease, consider:

If you are in need of significant support and extended sizing (DD/E+), look to:

  • Elomi
  • Elila
  • Panache
  • Freya
  • And some of the other brands mentioned above as well

If you need to watch your pennies, readily available options include:

  • Gillgan & O’Malley (Target)
  • Leading Lady and Spencer (JC Penny)
  • Loving Moments (Walmart)
  • Destination Motherhood and other Maternity stores
  • And scout out sales on some of the other awesome brands listed!

I personally found success with a combo of many of the listed above. I nabbed two Bravado Essential Nursing Tanks on sale and wore them almost every day for six months as well as throughout nursing both of my boys. I also scouted out some very inexpensive, light-support sleeping bras at Target. For out and about, I purchased two Elomi underwire bras. They were an investment, but my local lingerie store professionally fitted me and the bras offer fantastic comfort and support. Last, I purchased two non-nursing sports bra (Panache and Freya) as my cup size changed but did not convert them since I wore them for short amounts of time and never needed them in a nursing context.

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Sunday Funday Giveaway: La Leche League Pull Over Sleep Bra

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

La Leche League is one of my favorite organizations that provides breastfeeding information and support to women all around the globe! I have attended my local La Leche League group’s monthly meeting for almost 4 years now! I am filled with gratitude for the positive impact LLL has had on my journey as a mother. 🙂

Did you know that in addition to the wonderful support they provide women, LLL has created a line of nursing bras? And because this organization KNOWS the needs of nursing mamas, you can be assured their nursing bras are top notch! And now Mom’s Milk Boutique carries a variety of LLL Nursing Bras, including this Pull Over Sleep Bra.

The LLL Pull Over Sleep Bra is designed for easy access to mama’s milk with its with cross-over pull down opening. It’s perfect for night time nursing when comfort is a top priority and you are way to sleepy to mess with straps, hooks, and the like. The bra is made from a soft blend of cotton and spandex making it super comfy and with a little wiggle room to grow with changes that occur in breast size during nursing. The bra comes in sizes ranging from small to double extra large.

Would you like to win a FREE La Leche League Pull Over Sleep Bra? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway below! One winner will be selected at random on Sunday, April 7. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to reply within 48 hours of receiving email.

Good Luck All!

Sarah
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Sunday Funday Giveaway: Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Nursing bras are ON SALE this weekend at Mom’s Milk Boutique. If you are in the market for a new nursing bra NOW is a great time to take advantage of the awesome sale prices. They range in discount from 10% off to 75% off. When browsing your options be sure to check out the Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra by Cake Lingerie. It’s a truly awesome bra…in fact it might be my very favorite nursing bra. It’s soooo comfy, yet offers tons of support. Some bras aim to offer support simply by squishing your breasts leaving you lacking shape…blech! Not this bra! The Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra looks terrific under your clothes because it lifts and shapes. Plus it truly is perfectly smooth and seamless. Additionally it beautifully accomodates growing/changing breast shape/size during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Sometimes women are unsure what size nursing bra to purchase because of the various changes in breast size/shape that occur during the pregnancy and breastfeeding. However this bra will grow to accommodate your changing bust throughout!

Still not sure if this is the bra for you? Then check back here tomorrow for my video product review of the Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra where I will explain why this bra gets two big thumbs up. In the meantime if you would like to win a Cotton Candy Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra for yourself (or to gift to a pregnant friend…because honestly it would make a seriously awesome gift!!) then enter this week’s giveaway TODAY! The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 17, 2012.

 

 
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8 Reasons I Love Breastfeeding!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Nursing baby at the lake

1. It is convenient!
There is no preparation involved whatsoever to nurse a baby. Whenever or wherever baby is hungry, breast milk is readily available on demand. I find this especially appealing during night feedings; I can simply pull up my shirt and viola, baby can nurse and I can continue to ‘sleep’. Breastfeeding is also convenient when you have to go anywhere. There’s no extra planning or packing involved when taking a nursing baby somewhere for a few hours or even a few days. Breasts travel easily. 🙂

2. It is Free!
Even if you invest in a high-end pump, nursing bras, and nursing attire, you are STILL spending less than you would on the alternative. Especially considering all of those breast feeding accessories are reusable, so you can use them with multiple children or pass them on to a friend.

3. It is a Cure-all!
Shortly after the birth of my first baby I discovered the curative powers of breast milk. It seemed no matter what ailment he experienced, breast milk was the perfect solution. If he was fussy, needed to poop, uncomfortable, tired…you name it, breastfeeding resolved it.

Nursing baby during a hike

4. It is Odorless!
I remember when a friend who did not have children of her own, however was a nanny of newborn twins asked me in all seriousness why my baby’s diapers did not smell like the twin’s diapers. Of course when I asked if they were breastfed, she answered no. “That’s why; breast milk poop doesn’t stink” was my reply. It’s not until solids are introduced that diaper changes become a “stinky” task so enjoy those odor-free diapers while they last.

5. It induces sleep anywhere, anytime
This kind of goes along with being convenient and a cure-all, but is worthy enough to be mentioned separately. The ability to put baby asleep anywhere, anytime has been a life-saver for me so many times! Late evening events, air travel, long social outings…whatever the case may be, breastfeeding is an extremely helpful sleep aide when needed.

Nursing baby right after finishing a 10k race

6. It Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer!
For some reason the leading and most prevalent breast cancer awareness campaigns often don’t emphasize the benefits of breastfeeding. Studies have demonstrated up to a 50% decreased rate of breast cancer in women who breastfeed two or more years. It is wonderful knowing that something good for baby’s health is also beneficial to mama’s health.

7. It is a comfort only I can provide my baby!
While for some this might fall under a ‘con’ of breastfeeding, for me it’s definitely something I enjoy about nursing. I like that it is something special shared just between me and my baby. It gives me a connection to them and a responsibility for them that no one else can claim. I enjoy being the sole source of nutrition for my baby’s first 6 months of life. It provides a unique sense of purpose as well as a renewed confidence in my body.

8. It is multi-functional!
You thought breast milk was just for baby’s nourishment and comfort? Nope…it can serve many more functions. You can use breast milk to soothe diaper rash. You can use it to heal pink eye. You can squirt it in baby’s stuffy nose to help reduce inflammation and encourage drainage. You can use it to help heal an ear infection. You can use it to soothe sore and/or cracked nipples. It is like having your own free little pharmacy right at your disposal, open 24 hours a day.

Nursing baby in the desert

What do you love about breastfeeding? I would love to hear from you!

Tomorrow’s post will examine 5 reasons I love babywearing!

-Sarah