I found this bravado bra on sale on diapers.com http://www.diapers.com/buy?freetext=bravado%20nursing%20bra%20blue%20ice has anyone ever tried it? It seems like a good deal, and I heard a lot of moms talking about bravados. Any thoughts?
Anybody ever try this nursing bra?
I've never tried that particular bra, but I think all my nursing bras are Bravado and I've been quite pleased with all but one. The one I'm not super happy with has snaps at the top of the cup instead of the regular nursing bra clasp and it wore out way faster than the others. Other than that, they've been good quality, reasonably supportive (more or less so depending on the cut - the sports bra-like ones I had for early days were great when I was still dealing with lots of engorgement, but didn't do much to give the girls a boost, my 1 underwire one is awesome and probably my most supportive bra, nursing or not.)
Mind you, I'm small to average sized and not particularly difficult to fit, so depending on your needs they may or may not work for you. My impression from other moms is that Bravado work really well in your more typical sizes, but aren't always as good if you need one of the bigger cup sizes, or an unusual combination of cup/band size. I'm about a 34C/D when nursing so pretty middle of the road.
I did a lot of reading reviews and things before buying two of those same bras (different color) a couple weeks ago . . . they arrive (when my mom comes to visit she's bringing them) this weekend and I'd be happy to do a preliminary review once they're here :)
The reasons I went for them above others:
- sized with S M L etc instead of cups & bands for more flexibility for the first few weeks/months and ease of internet shopping
- looks like you could fall asleep in them without a problem
- got excellent reviews compared to other bras of same style and material
- clips to open cups got good reviews for ease of one-handed use and durability
- reviews on amazon and other sites basically said long lasting, comfortable, supportive enough, decent looking - - - for average type busts, I didn't see any A-cups who had purchased it, and DD+ some said it wasn't enough support. B-D cups usually were happy.
- some people didn't like the foam liner, said that it wrinkled up or was visible under clothing - they're removable so I think if it's a problem I'll take them out
- could be kind of an at home and running errands bra - not something super shaping and uplifting for work or church or going out
- synthetic material - I'll be using wool & flannel nursing pads at first so hoping this won't be a problem, positive thing about synthetic is that it drys fast and doesn't get stretched out like cotton
I bought them on amazon for $44.10, free shipping.
Ahh BTW, it appears that they sell them at Target (for $49) so you could try them out there if there's a Target nearby. I can't promise they'd have at your store, but I saw them at Target online.
I have this one. Its great for the first few weeks of engorgement. Though, for long term use, I wouldnt use it except for at night. It fits and looks a like like a sports bra, at least it does on me. Very comfortable, easy to pump in as well. Washes easily. Oh, Im small chested. I think I got to a C last time when I was engorged, went down to a B after a few weeks, and when not nursing or pregnant, Im an A cup. I think it would work well for large chested women, though dont take my word for it because I obviously have no experience in that area. Its very stretchy and comfortable, though not particularly stylish.
Thanks Ladies! That's super helpful. I think I'll try one and then go from there :-) I mostly just look for bras that don't have the triangle outline under the front flap (if that makes sense?) so that when you pull down to nurse, you pull down the whole cup, and there's not a little piece of bra you have to manuver around. I pull my shirts down too, so that style of bra works best for me. We'll see how it goes. And MirandaM, I'd love to hear your preliminary evaluation as well!
Ok 5boysplus, my bra has arrived and here is the preliminary eval :)
Quality: appears excellent but for almost $50, the quality should be good! Colors match website perfectly (I bought light pink, and black)
Size: I think the M was the perfect fit for me, it's snug but not too tight around the ribs. I have it on nearly the loosest hook. I am wearing 36C and 36D bras now, but on the loosest hook. If I gained 10lbs or happened to carry my weight in my upper-torso (I'm more of a belly, hips and booty type) I would go for the L.
Support: More than supportive enough for my current snug 36C/Ds and I usually always wear underwire because I need the support. Can easily leave the house in this bra.
Straps: are thick, lots of room to adjust length.
Nursing aspect: this is my first nursing bra, so the snap thing is a little fiddly for me, but I think it'll become easier. The whole cup snaps open and folds down, there is a thin piece of elastic that runs down my side and keeps the snap nearby. All odd to me, but aren't they all kind of strange in this way??
I just wore it to brunch, a walk, grocery shopping, and a nice long nap - no red marks or sore spots, everything still seems in order.
Downside: Foam inserts are wrinkle and folding prone. I tried taking them out, it's less coverage, but the cups are double thick material anyway so you can't see any color of the nipple through the very light pink, it's just that you can see a little impression of the nipple. For now it's ok with them in, but I think when folding the bra down to nurse it will be irritating that they move around. If you were sewing inclined at all, I think you could sew or snap them in somehow, but they'd still wrinkle. They're just like the lining in a bikini top.