Can anyone recommend a camisole for nursing (so when you pull your shirt up, your whole stomach doesn't show)? Also, is there a nursing bra built into it? I was going to go to a breastfeeding center and be fitted for a bra soon, so I don't know how many I would buy if I got camisoles as well.
I love my Bravado nursing tank. http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/the-essential-nursing-tank
I am tall, and I love how long it is.
I only have 2 bras- but a ton of tanks! I love the bravado ones as well- they give a nice shape under clothes. But I have some glamourmom ones as well that are great LONG tanks (the regular is really short). Not quite as nice shape- but still awesome. Sometimes I will wear a regular tank and just pull it down- but that isn't nearly as convienent for me. breakoutbras.com or diapers.com will sometimes have them on sale.
Do you want a nursing tank for support (like a bra) or simply for more coverage? That would affect what you look for.
I have one Glamourmom tank and honestly I find it has way too much fabric to "support" so it gets in the way of my nursling latching on. But that may just be me; I don't wear a bra 90% of the time and only in the early days of breastfeeding to keep nursing pads in place. Their sizing also seems bizarre to me - I have an extra-large and am in NO way an extra-large woman (normally wear small or medium). I started wearing Target's nursing tanks with this baby and like them better because when you unclip there's nothing around the breast to interfere w/ your nursling. They also don't feel as hot (again, less fabric). I have some really stretchy tanks w/ a built-in bra (not nursing) that work just as well and are MUCH cheaper. I got them at Costco & they came in 2-packs for less than I paid for one of the Target tanks, which itself is less than 1/2 the cost of the glamourmoms.
With my twins, I "made" some undershirts by cutting vertical slits in old teeshirts or turtlenecks to wear underneath my regular clothes. Those worked fine for covering my tummy. If you're going to wear a bra anyhow, you could try that instead of a tank.
I went to the nursing boutique at our hospital to be fitted by a IBCLC today, and I bought a Bravado regular bra but she discouraged me from buying any of the tanks/camisoles until the baby was out - said it was harder to gauge what my size would be in those once milk came in and they are tight around the tummy which wouldn't work well w/ my 38 week belly. They carry Medela and Bravado only. I liked the Bravado much better. So if I like Bravado, will I like glamourmom? I'm not a naked arm kinda person, so I wasn't going to just wear them as a shirt but more like a layered thing that would make nursing in public easier.
I love the Bravado nursing tanks much more than the Glamourmom ones. I also really like the newer Target ones... the ones that support your breasts a bit more than the shelf bra ones..the full sling ones rather than the side slings.