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! ;)
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.
- 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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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.