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Can we dish on nursing bras....

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

So, when I was pregnant with DD, I fell in love with belly bands. Just having that tight elastic on my belly felt so great. I loved it, of course, for making layering and dressing my big belly easier....but I ended up wearing it for many months PP, everyday, to help with that "guts falling out of your stomach" feeling. It just felt good. The only thing that didn't feel good to me in those PP months, was wearing nursing bras. I tried so many and I couldn't stand ANY of them. Plus, I had to wear the belly band for abdomen comfort, the nursing bra for nursing...and a tank top to "hold everything together" - I don't even really know what that means, I just felt sort of weird and naked when I nursed in public if I wasn't pulling down a tank top to do so.

 

So, when I found out I was pregnant with my son, I was like "yeah, I will wear a belly band again" - but I instantly thought to myself "I should check out a nursing tank....I wanted to find that belly band, nursing bra, tank top combo ALL ROLLED INTO ONE.

 

I tried the Target brand. A disaster. Being long wasted, it barely came down far enough, the bra part was crappy for support in actual daytime use and it was boxy. Not tight enough. Tried one from (puke) wal-mart....same deal. Was there a nursing tank in the whole world that could meet my needs??

 

 

Yes. There was. The Glamour Mom, size medium, Long, nursing tank. Now, I generally don't buy things new. I buy them used at awesome thrift stores or the AWWEESSSUUUMMMM mother&child consignment store in my area. But I couldn't find this used...so I sprung for it on Amazon.

 

It came. I put it on. The clouds parted. The angels sang....and I swear to the heavens, I didn't take that thing off for two solid years. I wore it every day. I washed it CONSTANTLY....I NEEDED it. Nice and snug on my waist...I abandoned my belly bands for the remainder of my pregnancy with my son. As my breasts ballooned when my milk came in, there was no need to go for a different size. I got SUPER support and wore it IN LIEU OF a nursing bra every day. It was so long in the waste that it more than covered me while pregnant and after and layered beautifully.

 

My son stopped nursing a few weeks ago, just before his second birthday. (sniff sniff). I have decided to retire the Glamour Mom nursing bra that took me through the second half of my pregnancy with him and two years of nursing. It is finally falling apart....faded, not tight on my stomach anymore, tearing in little spots on the edges....the clasps still work like the day I first saw them, but the rest of it is in really rough shape. I would say I wore it at least 700+ days (night AND day) over the last 2.5 years and washed it more times than I could even say.  I lived in it. If it was in the laundry and I had some place to be...I would wait for the load to finish drying so I could put it back on!  While I originally balked at the price tag (forty FREAKING dollars+)....I think the thing more than paid for itself.

 

This thing was a work horse and a true lifesaver and I will be buying another one soon. Maybe as a birthday treat for myself!

 

But before I do, I would like to hear about your favorite nursing tank. The only thing I don't like about Glamour Mom, is that they are made in china in what I think is a less than ethical situation. Many of you may have read some of my reallllllly obnoxious rambling posts about ethical buying practices, etc...it's a really big issue for me.

 

If any of you knows of a nursing tank that is made by a bit crunchier company, even if it costs a bit more....that is long, tight in the mid section like a belly band and has a good, built in nursing bra....tell me about it. I would love to explore another option and see if it could work!

post #2 of 18

wow, that tank sounds like a dream... mind if I ask what size bra you are?

 

I don't think I've ever had a nursing tank but I have some handed down Target ones that look too small for this time. I need all new nursing bras and I don't know where to start. I loved my Bravado ones but they weren't good for support.

post #3 of 18

That was super long post, I read it all.  And my suggestions won't be much help.  :)  I love the Target tanks and pretty much live in them.  Even though my breasts get HUGE, like size 38G.  I don't mind if I don't have great support, I hate wearing bras. 

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Haha, hey ladies...sorry for the long post, it's a problem I struggle with on the internets!!

 

My normal cup size is a full C....my peak size while nursing is a DD (my chest is a 36). I really like that it always feels the same, no matter how I fluctuate. The fabric is a very stretchy, but mostly cotton, mix. It's the soft, brushed cotton and it breathes so well...but it has just enough stretch to it that it keeps its shape marvelously and hugs you no matter how large or shrinky your boobs are!

post #5 of 18

I second the Glamour mom tanks, but I also love Bravada .... And they don't give you uni-boob. Word to the wise ..... Just avoid the cheap tanks all together. Save your money and get a few of the nicer ones.  

 

post #6 of 18

I used to wear the glamourmom tanks but tried the bravado with ds and I am hooked! He is 2.5 and I still wear them to bed every night. I am curvy and wouldn't wear them out of the house but for lounging and bedtime they are perfect. I also absolutely love the bravado nursing bras--esp. the seamless one. so soft and pretty supportive considering there's no underwire.


Edited by sraplayas - 11/15/11 at 8:03am
post #7 of 18

I've got no input on this - never even used a nursing bra, just my regular old bras - but I like the idea of an all-in-one, so I think I'll have to check out Glamour Mom and Bravada products. Thanks!

post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Oooooo, I've heard about Bravada....but you all seem to be saying that I couldn't wear it out of the house, like as an actual day time bra?? Hhhmmm, that may not work...but am I also hearing it has some sort of separation, like, boob wise?? I'm going to have to check this out, I'm liking the word "seamless"!!

post #9 of 18

Yes, there is separation with the Bravado (see my hyperlink). They're not cheap, but I bought two Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bras and two Nursing Bra Tanks and have worn them since DS was born daily--he'll be 3 in January. The nice thing about buying from their site is if you get the wrong size they will do exchanges. Also, I was able to use some online coupons with my last purchase (a gift) and it saved me some $. :)

 

You might be able to wear the tank out of the house depending on your bra size and how much support you need. The Nursing Bras are what I change into for going out and about.

post #10 of 18

I loved my bravado nursing tank but I prefer way more support for going out (38DDD)  I went with a Jeunique bra that is super supportive and easy to nurse in. However for at home and for the early days my bravado tank was the best of all the ones I tried. 

post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 

Well, so are the nursing tanks LONG?? I'm really liking the looks of them on the site and while they aren't as clingy as the GlamourMom tank, if they were long enough I think it would be alright. They have some really nice stuff on there! My breasts are small enough that I think this nursing tank might offer enough support...hmmmm

post #12 of 18
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Ummmm, so I just went on Amazon to read some reviews of bravado nursing tanks and to see what they had there for better prices and look at what I found:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Glamourmom-Nursing-Full-Bust-Long/dp/B003YZ2GG4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

Oh man, I think I'm sold on this one....the length of the glamour mom (so important for me, being long wasted) with the individually supported cups and the ability to adjust the straps...yowza! I didn't know they made this!

post #13 of 18

Wow, Bravado has come a long way since I last bought nursing bras! I only had the "original" which is super comfy but not good for work. I wish I could predict what size I will need!  I bought one "cheapo" bra (I think a 36DD) on the clearance rack at JCPenney but it's a underwire, work appropriate kind... not the important comfortable kind! I am sold on the tanks, I'll definitely invest in one after baby comes.

post #14 of 18

My biggest issue with the glamourmom tank I got was that it wasn't compatible with my pump's hands-free attachment.  For work/pumping I would wear a nursing bra with compatible clips under a regular fitted tank top from target.  Then when I pumped I would just pull the tank straps down below the bra and go from there. 

post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by kjourdan View Post

My biggest issue with the glamourmom tank I got was that it wasn't compatible with my pump's hands-free attachment.  For work/pumping I would wear a nursing bra with compatible clips under a regular fitted tank top from target.  Then when I pumped I would just pull the tank straps down below the bra and go from there. 



Oooh, yeah, I could see how non-compatibility with the pumping could be a real deal breaker!

post #16 of 18

i only use nursing bras until my supply regulates and i dont feel engorged anymore. after that my boobs will flop right out of a regular bra :/  i never had any luck with nursing tanks either. but being due in summer i think i will look into the glamourmom long ones. the ones i had never covered my belly all the way and they were too thick of a material. hello it is for summer. duh. that and my cloth nursing pads look funny in a tank. 

post #17 of 18

I lived in the glamour mom tank my dd's first two years and loved it! After a very short retirement period of a couple months, I'm back in it, probably for at least the next 2 years!

post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by kateber View Post

I lived in the glamour mom tank my dd's first two years and loved it! After a very short retirement period of a couple months, I'm back in it, probably for at least the next 2 years!



I really should post a picture of mine...it looks so old and crazy!! It's torn in weird places and faded...I can't believe how it's held up. The washing ALONE must have been torture on this poor garment! But there she stands....aching for more spilled breast milk and baby yanking and warm night snuggling. I'll wear her sometimes....but I'm definitely going to need to get a new one because she is absolutely SHOT for support at this point! I can't wait to get my hands on the new style, with the individual booby support. Man, that is going to be SWEET!

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