Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra from Baby on the Breast: Review and Giveaway! (Closed)


Along with unmedicated birth, another natural family practice that's uber-important to me is breastfeeding. I experienced moderate challenges here with both my children (early latch issues with S and sore nipples / low-ish supply with CJ) but was able to overcome them all with determination, assistance and (in some cases) the right gear!

On this note, I'm excited to introduce y'all to Baby on the Breast, a new online shop located in Brampton, Ontario, which sells top-of-the-line nursing wear & accessories as well as name-brand slings, wraps and other carriers. The owner is a mother of two boys (3.5 years and 18 months old) who believes strongly in attachment parenting. Before her second child was born, she knew she'd need a way to carry her baby at all times and nurse comfortably in public in order to get out and about with both her baby and toddler. During her research and material gathering, however, she noted the lack of local resources for babywearing and breastfeeding and was inspired to do something about it. Shortly thereafter, Baby on the Breast was born! In addition to its online store, the BotB website also includes information on breastfeeding and babywearing to help out those in need of a little support (no pun intended! ;)

I'm happy to be partnering with Baby on the Breast to review and give away two different products. The first I'll be covering here, and is for an item I already know and absolutely love - the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra. This was by far my favourite nursing bra while breastfeeding S, so I was naturally super-pumped (no pun intended again - I'm on fire!) to receive another one from Baby on the Breast and sing its praises for all of you! ;)


Product Information:

The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra was designed to melt onto her body, and give her amazing comfort. This molded foam cup bra offers a seamless silhouette, lovely shape and great support.


Features:
  • Easy to fit - the body silk sizing system makes sizing your customers a breeze! The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra’s ability to gently grow and contract to constantly support her changing shape makes this bra ideal for any stage of pregnancy or nursing.
  • Removable foam inserts - removable foam cups molded to her shape provide great versatility and the ability to hide nipples and breast pads.
  • Seamless support - this bra melts onto her body, supporting every breast shape beautifully while the seamless buttery-soft fabric provides comfort and a seamless silhouette that is virtually invisible under clothing.
  • Signature Bravado B-clips - designed by Bravado because no other nursing clip met our stringent quality requirements! B-clips are a proprietary functional design, and will stay closed with her every move. B-clips are easy to open and close with one hand and are discreet under clothing.
  • Full nursing access - cups that drop fully away from the breast 

Sizing chart:



My Review:

Baby on the Breast sent me a small, black Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra to review.



All too often, I find that many of the features listed in a product's description aren't too notable in practice. This isn't the case with the Bravado Body Silk. It is One Fantastic Nursing Bra, for exactly those reasons laid out above which I'll illustrate further for you here.

Easy to fit

First of all, the sizing chart indeed did make it super-easy to select the correct size - without even trying it on! (Certainly nice for online shopping.) I'm right in the middle of Small territory myself, but I'd guess that someone borderline between two sizes should be fine with either one because the bra is so "forgiving"!

The material is super-soft and stretchy over the entire bra. This truly does result in an ultra-comfortable, seamless and dynamic fit and guards against issues such as blocked ducts. (I only had these a couple times with S, and each time followed a period of pronounced engorgement!) For those mamas who experience night-time leakage, the bra can be safely worn overnight to keep things comfy and dry.


In addition to the stretchy fabric, a full four sets of 3-hook closures are built in for even more flexibility achieving that perfect fit.


A nursing mama's breasts can change in size immensely over the course of a single day. I can certainly attest that The Bravado Body Silk adjusts to these fluctuations perfectly - from engorgement following an unexpected 7-hour overnight stretch to tapped out post-cluster feed pancakes. ;)

Removable foam inserts

I love these and wear mine in all the time. They help create a flattering, natural look and completely hide nursing pads. Or, if you're like me and don't have significant leakage issues, it's not a huge deal if you forget (or opt not to) wear pads at all as the inserts do an admirable job themselves preventing the flow from sneaking its way out!


The inserts are tucked in via a pocket opening in each cup. I find it's much easier to position them properly while wearing the bra.


Seamless support

You be the judge - can you spot any seams? (Note - foam inserts are in.)



Signature Bravado B-clips

These clips are definitely easier to unclasp and reclasp than other nursing bras I've tried. Both can be done one-handed, which is very helpful when manuevering a famished or floppy, "mik drunk" baby! ;)


Full nursing access
 
I love that this bra allows the entire cup to drop down for nursing. This is a jillion times more effective than the "little window" design which is, for some reason, all-too-common on nursing bras. Nothing worse than your little one gumming down onto a big mouthful of material!


Finally, another big reason why I love this bra that's not listed in the description (but should be!) It's extremely durable! As I mentioned earlier, the first one I bought was my go-to nursing bra over the 14-ish months I nursed S, and it's still in excellent condition. I fully expect it to last through nursing CJ and still have some good life in it!

I truly do feel that the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is perfect in every way. It's ultra-comfortable, seamless, flexible, durable and makes nursing a breeze. No question - every nursing mama should own one. Or several. Y'know, to have one in each colour. :)

One more neat-o thing - Bravado has recently launched a Bra Conversion Kit (BCK) which can turn a Bravado nursing bra into a regular bra, once nursing is finished. I believe a BCK is included with every Bravado bra sold now. I haven't tried a conversion yet (still need the nursing element, obviously) but great to see Bravado's thought of this!



Buy It:

You can purchase your own Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra and other great nursing and baby gear directly from Baby on the Breast! Shipping is free on Canadian orders over $50 and US orders over $100! Use the special discount code m2mbotb and receive 10% off your order!


Win It:

One lucky Manager to Mom reader will win a Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra of their own, from Baby on the Breast! Winner chooses from among available colours and sizes. Open to Canada.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Please follow all instructions within each entry option to ensure your entries are valid.

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Disclosure:  The prize is being provided and shipped to the winner by Baby on the Breast.  I received no financial compensation for writing my review or offering this giveaway, although I did receive the sample item free of charge.  This is my completely honest opinion above and may be different from yours.  

42 comments:

  1. I really like the "I make milk" Tshirt: http://www.babyonthebreast.com/momzelle-breastfeeding-tops/21-momzelle-round-neck-breastfeeding-top.html

    Thanks for the giveaway - the bra looks great!

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  2. the Boob Design B-Warmer Nursing Hoodie looks kinda neat! I love to wear hoodies, but they are NOT nursing friendly!!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  3. The colors are fabulous too...the purple has my vote...and I'm glad I can convert them, who knew a nursing bra could be this comfortable?

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  4. I love the bravado nursing tank tops- I lived in them for the first 6 months with my son. And the store even has one in a colour I don't have!

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  5. I love the Maya Ring Slings-so hard to pick one, they are so gorgeous! I think one of these will be my splurge when (fingers crossed) #2 comes along. I bought a Cuddly Wrap and Beco (both used) when my son was born, but I coveted the apparent ease of using the ring sling when I saw other moms using them. Thanks for another great giveaway :)

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  6. Love the maya wrap sling - just ordered one!

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  7. I like the Momzelle Original Breastfeeding Tank Top, it looks cute :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. BOBA carries, I would love to try one!

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  9. I love the Maya ring slings. We have one and absolutely love it. It is my go to carrier

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  10. the Dimpleskins Sweet Cheeks Balm caught my eye as I was looking though their website.
    I also love the Boba carriers!

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  11. I have always wanted to try the earth mama angel baby nursing cream

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  12. I would pick the Boba Air Baby Carrier

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  13. The Moby Wraps caught my eye! I would love to have a stretchy wrap!
    Alessandra Peterson

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  14. Another product that caught my eye is Mama's Nipple Butter by Earth Mama Angel Baby.

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  15. Boba Air Baby Carrier would be great to try

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  16. The nursing hoodie looks really cute. :)

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  17. Just about any of their nursing tops.. I only have one, so I often end up practically disrobing to get my son his lunch. I'd also like to try the Carriwell seamless nursing bra, because it looks like it'd be good to use as a sleep bra. The two I use are too loose, don't provide enough coverage, and are always causing my nursing pads to slip during the night so that I end up covered in milk. Ick!

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  18. This bra looks so awesome! I've always hated all of mine especially with my 1st since it was summer and boiling hot but my nipples would be peaking through all the time lol...Ok so anyways I also really love the nursing bra tank :)

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  19. Maya Wrap Ring Slings these are nice

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  20. I like the practicle nursing tops

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  21. I'd love a Bravado Allure underwire nursing bra too.

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  22. The Boba Air Baby Carrier looks very interesting!

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  23. The Boba Air Baby Carrier looks very interesting!
    Tracey MacPhee

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  24. The Boob Design Long Sleeve Nursing Top looks cute and comfortable.

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  25. I like the Chestnut - Organic Boba 3G Baby Carrier

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  26. I like the CARRIWELL - SEAMLESS ORGANIC COTTON NURSING BRA.

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  27. The Bravado Essential Nursing Bra Tank looks wonderful as well!!

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  28. Earth Mama Angel Baby - Mama's Nipple Butter

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  29. I love the Glamourmom Nursing Bra Long Tank

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  30. I would really love to wear the Momzelle Warm V-Neck Breastfeeding Top!

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  31. I like the criss cross nursing top...I need more of those!

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  32. I also like the Boba Air Baby Carrier: http://www.babyonthebreast.com/boba-3g-baby-carriers/154-boba-air-baby-carrier.html

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  33. I also like the Bravado Essential Nursing Bra Tank

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  34. Love Bravado nursing tanks!! but also LOVE the EMA baby lotion - need another bottle for G soon.

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  35. the boba air definitely caught my eye would love to try it. we have a boba 3g and love it

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  36. I'd gained weight and had trouble finding comfortable bras that didn't result in "pop-out." This bra is great, and a decent price. It's incredibly comfortable.

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