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Hello Women, does anyone have suggestions where I can get a bra that allows me to pump hands-free while at work? I had one with DS (we are expecting #2 next month) but it was from Motherwear and there's no longer anything like it in their catalog. I have a Medela Pump in Style and need a bra with the layers that allows you to sort of attach the pump so I can check my email or whatever while pumping. Anyone? I'm out of ideas! Thanks so much in advance...<br><br>
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If you don't mind me asking... what size are you? I have one that I used with my PIS, but I quit pumping after my employer wasn't really being that co-operative with my pumping. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing it (it's VERY gently used, I pumped once a day for about a month, and haven't touched it since then)<br><br>
It's not a layered bra though, It's a strapless zip up bra with two holes for the horns. I had to change from my regular bra, to this one when I used it.<br><br>
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I just bought a couple of $5 zip front sports bras from Target, cut slits in them big enough to fit the cones through, zigzag stitched the openings so they wouldn't stretch out, and used a safety pin to get a tighter fit while pumping. Worked like a charm over 2 1/2 years total of pumping.<br><br>
I just pulled up my shirt, unfastened the cups of my nursing bra and put this on over everything.<br><br>
I actually miss the three times a day when I pumped because I got sooo much done!
 

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subbing to this thread because I hope to need something like this soon... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had an old bra with stretchy cups. I cut two small slits in them & slid the "horns" through. It worked well for the full 14 months that I pumped. It was a pre-nursing bra so it fit a little snug in the cup parts - held the horns very securely. As a PP said, you can also use a sports bra. I was "too big" to fit in any cheap sports bras & didn't want to spend a lot of $ for a bigger one that I was gonna cut holes in. LOL!
 

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I tried 2 different hands free bras and was not able to get them to successfully hold the horns up. One was from Medela, the other one I don't remember. I'm pretty large breasted, and don't know if that had anything to do with it, or they weren't fitted properly or what. I ended up buying the pumping band from the babycenter.com. I LOVED it. It was worth every penny. Made pumping time SO much more productive.
 

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I just used my regular nursing bras & two (well 4, 2 for each side) rubber bands!! It worked GREAT for the 10 months I pumped!<br><br>
see here: <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/hands-free-pumping.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/h...e-pumping.html</a>
 

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The nursing bra I have from Medela is supposed to do that, but I have never used it that way, so I am not sure how it works. It looked like a cool option.<br><br>
Another angle would be a different pump....I used the Whisper Wear hands free pump with great success. I could pump at my desk b/c it just fit underneath my shirt. I loved it!<br><br>
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Awesome, awesome suggestions! You women are so smart and crafty! I love the idea of crafting my own thing instead of buying one.... honestly, I hated the pumping bra I had with DS because the layers made it sort of wrinkled and I always had a wrinkled breast that could be seen if you looked at my shirt... and now with #2 coming in April it will be warmer weather and I can't stand the idea of looking like that! So, instead, it's great to think about getting a couple of great normal nursing bras and doing my own thing with rubberbands or hairbands or whatever. I NEVER would have thought of it, thank you all so much!! I feel a great weight lifted!<br><br>
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Oops, Hailea, I didn't mean to not respond... I'm thinking that having to change won't work in my work situation, but thank you for the offer and I'll get back to ya if I don't figure something else out!<br>
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Sounds like you're all set, but for the record, I got the Medela hands-free kit to hook into their bras. I had the bras already because they fit me the best, so it was easy enough to adopt the hands-free thing.<br><br>
I eventually stopped using it to pump at work, though, for two reasons... first, it was nice to just stop and sit and pump and use the time to relax. I multitask almost all the time, and it was nice to not have to multi-task while pumping. Second - and perhaps related - I found that I could get more milk without the kit, probably partially because I was more relaxed, and partially because I could exert varying pressure.
 

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I bought the Easy Expressions Hands Free Nursing Bustier. It is essentially a tube top with a zipper down the front and two holes in the front. I wear my normal nursing bras (or my GM bra) zip the bustier over my bra, open my bra cups and insert the PIS horns under it and through the holes. I have used it every day since DD was born and it works perfectly! I bought a size down from what I normally wear due to some suggestions from other mamas.
 

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i use the bravado nursing bra (the crossover cup style). the cups snap up, so i just put the pump on and snap it into place. i know there are hands free pump holders out there<br><a href="http://www.everythingmom.com/nursingsupplies.html" target="_blank">http://www.everythingmom.com/nursingsupplies.html</a><br>
Look at the Made By Moms Hands Free Nursing Band on this site. I've never used it because the Bravado works for me, but you might want to try it!
 

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<a href="http://www.everythingmom.com/maternity.html" target="_blank">http://www.everythingmom.com/maternity.html</a><br>
here's a link to a page with the bravado bra for sale. its the only one i use!
 

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I just pulled up my shirt, unfastened the cups of my nursing bra and put this on over everything.<br><br>
I actually miss the three times a day when I pumped because I got sooo much done!</div>
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Oh wow, that is BRILLIANT!!! Why ddi I never think of any of this??? I was too busy trying to read and hold the book open with my elbows. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
The hospital I delivered at had a 'Women's Boutique' that sold pumping bras...I just didn't want to spend the $$$
 

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Holy cow, I didn't know this was possible!! I can't believe it! I have a great nursing bra that is sexy... not sure it would be a good hands free bra, but it's called the Melinda G bra. It has snaps. I was going to ask how you did this hands free... now I know!
 
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