Tell me about your favourite breastfeeding bra

(41 Posts)
DyeInTheEar Thu 24-Jan-13 22:25:06

and breast feeding vest.

I've made some bloody terrible purchases so far so doing some MN market research before I waste any more money.

So far I've bought Mamas & Papas breast feeding vest tops and they are crap quality. It was a 3 for 2 offer and I still feel like I was completely robbed. I've also got the Anita bras. I had them last time and they were fine. This time round though they are agony and the underwire feels like a lump of concrete under my armpit. I have chaffing and given up wearing them.

So, your best bra please! Comfort is the most important thing but it wouldn't hurt if the bra actually looked like it belonged to someone who might actually have sex one day. My bras look like I went back in time and bought it in the 1940s and was approved by nuns.

I have a lovely breast feeding vest by Emma Jane - but it was pricey at £21 so anything supportive and cheaper?

Thank you!

Alohathursdaythe13th Thu 24-Jan-13 22:28:12

Bravado! Not sexy but sporty and fresh.
Soooo ridiculously comfortable, they come with special clips so you can turn them into normal bras when done feeding!
I have the leopard print one blush

Alohathursdaythe13th Thu 24-Jan-13 22:29:33

Haven't been on in a while - still sporting my Halloween name need to nip off and change

pnin Thu 24-Jan-13 22:30:15

anita underwired

PukeCatcher Thu 24-Jan-13 22:30:56

I've just got 2 new breastfeeding bras in the Next sale. I feel like a new woman! They are slightly padded, so no winter nips on show, and they look a lot nicer than my old ones.

DyeInTheEar Thu 24-Jan-13 22:39:02

Oh new bra can make all the difference can't it Puke ! That's the impact I want!

I'm off to google.

Leopard Print you say?

Thank you all!

PukeCatcher Thu 24-Jan-13 22:48:59

Think I may have a Google myself, I had a bit of an underwear addiction pre pregnancy and there ain't a hope in hell my boobs are going to fit back in those nice fancy bras for a while!

Ktay Fri 25-Jan-13 13:17:45

My faves are the amoralia nougatine - comfy and reasonably pretty. Think they may have been discontinued but you could prob track them down somewhere. I'm sure you've thought the vest thing through but I have found normal long-line vests (mine are from topshop and gap) easier than special BF ones as I don't get confused with multiple sets of clips!

MN044 Fri 25-Jan-13 13:19:48

Anita Underwired here too. Expensive but worth it imo, when you're breastfeeding the last thing you need is the useless granny bras that are all you seem to be able to get hold of on the highstreet. Gives you back a decent shape and extremely comfy. Wash well too, I've been wearing the same 3 for 9 months now.

leedy Fri 25-Jan-13 14:35:03

Freya do really nice ones. Sadly I cannot wear any of the ones I wore when feeding DS1 as the boob fairies seem to have granted me at least an extra cup size this time round and I'm still in stretchy sleep bra crop top things. sad Will keep an eye out for the Anita as well when I go and get measured.

Pootles2010 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:38:09

My 'hot milk' one. God-awful name but very pretty & comfy. They had about 20 sets of hooks & eyes, which helps.

Hot Milk. Really supportive (most of them) and look lovely too smile

Bravado seamless silk a thousand times over.

So comfy I wore it throughout pregnancy, wash well, last years, great support, sporty look and gorgeous colors. Did I say how comfy they are?

Crocodilio Fri 25-Jan-13 15:24:35

This Elle Macpherson bra is the comfiest bra ever!

nickelbabe Fri 25-Jan-13 15:28:14

i don't do vests, I just hoik up my teeshirt.

the bra i've got is brill:
[[ i think it's this one]

really good eleastic and fits really well.
it does look massive at first, but it's sculpting and moulding.

nickelbabe Fri 25-Jan-13 15:28:30

That one you linked to nickel is the one I meant, Bravado Seamless. I think it makes my boobs look quite shapely and certainly minimizes their size.

DoItToJulia Fri 25-Jan-13 19:57:33

I love my elomi bf bras. My boobs look amazing in them, a feat I didn't think possible after months of non supportive m and s ones.

nickelbabe Fri 25-Jan-13 19:58:55

•lastone• it does, doesn't it!

best one I've seen

DyeInTheEar Fri 25-Jan-13 20:06:11

Thank you for all of these. I'm tempted to get two now grin - very much liking pink Bravado. I've been swinging around in vest tops because I'm bigger than last time and been waiting for boobs / weight to settle down before I buy anything else new.

DrMcDreamysWife Fri 25-Jan-13 20:20:57

I love my panache nursing bras. Design is Sophie from bravissimo. Not cheap but insanely comfy and actually a wee bit sexy?! Well I have the pink one and the black lacy one. My boobs are mahoosive since pregnancy and so far not settling down (dd almost 5mo) but they feel normal in these bras.

Although mostly I just use normal vests and a baggy top pull up and down I also have a tie top from maman jojo bebe my sister bought me which has openings for feeding and is actually really flattering and easy to use. Again not cheap but I've worn it every week since she was born do def got wear out of it!!

zoobaby Fri 25-Jan-13 21:36:16

Bravado seamless silk every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Been wearing them 24/7 for 18 weeks now and holding up very nicely. Even started wearing them in daytime pre-delivery as the elastic underneath was causing extreme pain and they were absolute pure bliss. Ahhh... yeah!

Passthesaltdear Fri 25-Jan-13 21:40:00

I found any bra which had any sort of sex appeal or shape really uncomfortable, the only one that was comfy is quite unattractive but such a relief to find comfort...mothercare full support nursing bra, comes in the boxes rather than on hangers in the store.

Marks and Spencers!!
10 months of use in and they're still so comfortable. Support and rest so well on your body. Very soft.

Hot Milk are sexy and pretty but I found them too "big" in that they take up so much skin! Hard to describe what I mean....think elderly lady bra that covers loads of back and chest etc!

Gintonic Sat 26-Jan-13 10:40:27

A second vote for the Elle macpherson bra which someone linked to above!

I also had the bravado seamless silk which was fantastic at the start, but is too big for me now they have deflated a bit.

squidkid Sat 26-Jan-13 13:03:02

I couldn't get on with the bravado, not supportive enough (32F here! wail)
It was good for the first couple of weeks when you are mostly in bed, but i didn't like wearing it out

My favourite is definitely the Anita

M&S I didn't like, but they put me in the wrong size (36E hmm) so that didn't help

I have a Bravissimo one which I like and fits well - v pretty - have the matching undies too - boyfriend is a fan grin
However it's not underwired so the Anita wins!

poppy283 Mon 28-Jan-13 18:10:12

My favourite is a blooming marvelous (that's the brand name, but it is!) From mothercare. It's pretty, bra-sized, and doesn't go a weird shape once your breastpads get s bit wet. Perfect!

Nightmoves Mon 28-Jan-13 20:29:36

Jojo maman do good vest tops with feeding clips. Nice and supportive. I know not cheap but worth it I think.

ooievaar Tue 29-Jan-13 14:03:32

I treated myself to an Amoralia underwired bra from figleaves when I got fed up of the saggy cotton non-wired ones I'd bought in Mothercare before having DD. Considering I had to guess wildly at my new sizing, it fits pretty well... and it was so nice to be back in underwired finally.

Since then though I've discovered nursing bra conversion kits (on Ebay and elsewhere) and have 'made' several breastfeeding bras after raiding the clearance rail at TKMaxx for a fraction of the cost of the Amoralia one!

Goodkingwalkingslass Fri 01-Feb-13 21:49:57

No bra advice, I really must get some new ones (will be stealing ideas from this thread!) but re vests the ones I live in are the Primark stretchy vests blush. They are amazing, really stretchy so just pull down to feed, keep their shape, wash well and dry quickly. They cost about £2.50! I have loads of black, white and nude. Looking forward to getting more colourful ones when the summer stock is in store. They are way better than my expensive breast feeding vests.

FuriousRox Fri 01-Feb-13 21:51:26

Another massive vote for bravado seamless silk. SO comfortable.

Wrigglebum Sat 02-Feb-13 15:11:25

I love the Bravado ones- so comfy I'll be sad to get rid of them when I stop bf. the seamless silk one is so comfy but my new favourite is the bliss. It gives really great shape, doesn't show above low cut tops too much and feels pretty supportive.

Bodysilk Bravado leopard print! Makes you feel good smile

CruCru Sat 02-Feb-13 17:37:06

Check out Boob (google boob design or you will get a load of porn). I got loads from them, including a pregnancy / breastfeeding fleece. So good.

Isandri Tue 05-Feb-13 07:59:30

Panache Sophie in black/nude and in pink/white. For sleeping a carriwell seam free bra. I'm now a 30FF and both of those bras are lovely. The panache one is v sexy smile and supportive.

thing1andthing2 Wed 06-Feb-13 12:50:11

For vest tops. M and S do stretchy string strap vest tops in the lingerie department, 2 for £8. You can wear them under a normal top and they are stretchy enough to pull down comfortably for a feed. Less hassle also than undoing two sets of clips.
I second hot milk bras and I have also liked Royce bras in a style called Charlotte.

pookysarah Thu 07-Feb-13 09:53:31

I like the Breastvest:
Kind of expensive for half a vest, but I bought 3 and wear them every day. They keep the mummy tummy covered and warm, and you don't have to buy gross nursing tops - just keep wearing all your regualr tops over them.
The panache Sophie bra is really nice, and the Hot Milk ones are very comfy.

Wishiwasanheiress Thu 07-Feb-13 09:58:23

I've got mine from in their sale shop. The make is HotMilk. Pretty, lacy, nice colours so I don't feel too frumpy. Also well designed to be supportive on breasts changing size a bit.

Presently wearing over night as well as day as easier to bf and still very comfortable. I'm a 36dd so the design is important or I can't get a grip on them to feed well x

Weezie85 Thu 07-Feb-13 13:29:28

Got two, hotmilk and cake lingerie. Got them from local bra shop.

leedy Thu 07-Feb-13 13:59:47

Many thanks to all the tips on this thread - just got measured and bought an Anita underwired (really comfy and looks great) and have ordered a couple more Anitas and a Bravado Bliss online. Begone, old tatty stretched-out nursing bras!

spiritedaway Thu 07-Feb-13 14:14:05

la senza. . and their post pregnancy girdle is brilliant too

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