I've mostly used the MotherHood ones due to the convenience factor, but I've never been 100% satisfied or in love with them. And now, my favorite one has sprung an underwire. I've been looking at motherwear.com at the LaLeche League Snap Front. I also saw the Bravado Allure - is it really worth the price tag???? I'm a 34-D or DD (I've been losing weight, so the overall size has decreased some) so good support is an absolute necessity. Anyone have any recommendations? I plan to breastfeed for as long as she wants, so likely I'll have it for a good long time.
I'm a 34D and ended up just going with wire free regular bras at home. Of course up until last weekend I was living in Hell, aka the Land of No Shopping. Once I stopped being engorged I was able to squish the boob under the bra to BF. I had one nursing bra that didn't annoy the crap outta me - QT. Though I did need a pad to hide the "timers."
Once Aiden hit a year and slowed down his nursing, I've been using just regular wire bras. It's rare for us to nurse in public and at home I just unclasp it and BF. I feel much better about my "new boobs" now that I'm wearing a regular bra again.
I'm a working mommy and NIP a lot, including on the job. A nursing bra is kind of a must; I'm a teacher and DH brings in baby when he picks up our son from preschool and I nurse her quick then, and once in the morning. Then the after school functions. I really need the convenience and quick snap/unsnap of the nursing bra. Not to mention that all my non-nursing bras are C cup sized, and I am a super full D / DD while nursing.
Oh, I went through 10 nursing bras! I hated that I had to buy them online not knowing if they'd work (I was a B before pregnancy so obviously those will never be worn again). Only one worked. I wore it pretty much everyday for 6 months straight before I realized I could nurse in a wire free bra without drawing attention to myself. Just keep trying bras on in person if you can! Most of the bras people recommended to me this time last year when I was asking didn't work for me at all.
I hate the Motherhood ones too. Its like they were not designed to fit boobs. Or at least not my boobs. I'm a 36D while BFing, although lately they're more like a C+. The ones I've been using I got at Target. They're comfortable, they last long enough considering they cost very little, and they provide enough support for me. I recently bought a few well fitting nice non-nursing bras from Victoria Secret. I thought since I don't pump anymore that I could get away with it. Wrong. DD nurses the second I pick her up at daycare and she gets extra fidgety if I try to work around a regular bra. She turns it into her mission to expose me.
Nursing bras are a sore subject for me! Part of my problem was that I'm an A cup, even while nursing. My boobs never really grew, they just would get full and plump. I was *very* limited b/c of the size I needed. So, there are probably a lot of brands I didn't try b/c they didn't have my size but I can say that I hated pretty much all of them. I had a couple of the Bravados and they were okay. I had the ones that were just plain cotton, nothing special. I had to wear nursing pads to cover the nips (or "timers", LOL!). The most comfortable one I owned was A Pea in a Pod bra. It was soft and padded just enough so that nursing pads were not necessary. I liked that I was able to buy it in a store where I could try it on. Ordering bras online never worked for me and I returned a few and kept one that I never wore.
I guess I should have mentioned I'm in bush Alaska. There will be no going to the stores to try them on. I'm stuck with online shopping at this point. I did go to the MotherHood store over the summer and did get fitted, but they didn't have my size in stock anyhow. And I've lost 20 lbs since then as well, so that's not even accurate anymore. I think I'll try the laleche league one since it's $25, and if it really stinks, then I'll spring for one of the bravadas, or check out the pea in the pod store. Anyone else have suggestions?
As for the "timers" (cute, btw), totally necessary to have padded ones for them, but I wear breast pads all the time since I let down at random all the time. One of the many benefits of overproduction. :sigh:
Somehow, this is the first time that I've ever used a nursing bra (I was younger and dumber with my other babies I think lol), and I bought mine at Motherhood as well. I have to say the one that I got is extremely comfy and I have no complaints about it. Good luck in your search! And FYI, you might want to try just a regular sports bra with no underwire, I wear this at night and it's awesome!
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I went to breakoutbras.com and shopped around. She shows you how to properly measure to make sure you're wearing the correct size and describes all the bras and how they fit. I have an anita with underwire that I love. I'm a 34G, so I definitely need good underwire/support etc.