When I was still pregnant I posted this blog post about nursingwear I was excited to try this time around. Now that Tommy is almost two months old I thought I’d update you with how some of those things have been working for me.
First up is the Hotmilk nursing Lingerie, overall I have been very pleased with this purchase. I bought the set when it was on sale over at Zulily (If you aren’t a member go over there NOW to sign up-the deals are amazing if you can be patient!!) My only “con” to this nursing bra is that is not the plunge style I’m used to so I found that it was unwearable under a lot of my summer tanks and dresses due to the higher neckline. Now that fall is here I don’t anticipate that being a problem.
Next is the Belabumbum nursing chemise and robe set. This was an “investment” piece for me due to the cost and I loved it when I was pregnant and when I was in the hospital. The top of the chemise is modest enough, the lace details are beautiful, and the robe is comfortable and attractive. However, I’ll admit that since I’ve been home I’m not wearing this as much as I had thought I would. First, baby spit up has not done me any favors in the laundry department so I find that this chemise spends most of its time waiting for me to get a moment to wash it (must be washed by hand or on the gentle cycle, so it stays in the laundry rotation a bit longer than other clothes.) Given that, I end up wearing regular old nursing tanks and my husband’s boxers to bed a bit more than I’d like to admit! One criticism I will mention is that this is also a maternity chemise and I’ve found that since I’ve started to slim down from having the baby, the front is now longer than the back which I don’t love. Overall I like this set but I’m not sure it was worth the investment for me.
I also purchased some Bravado nursing tanks and other than having a hard time with the clasps (which are different than any other nursing tanks I have tried previously) I really like them. They are supportive and attractively designed. The gather at the bustline is very flattering.
I also bought a Bravado nursing bra and have no complaint on that either.
I was pretty excited to try Glamourmom tanks this time around as they seem to be very popular. I bought two of the regular sized tanks and honestly, I have already sold them on eBay. I found the regular sized tanks very short waisted (I assume that is why they now offer a long length as well) and the clasps were finicky to deal with, not what I was looking for while juggling a newborn. I also didn’t think they were very flattering with the three layers at the bust. As I understand it, the extra layer is to hold nurisng pads but they didn’t lay flat without a lot of manipulation so it wasn’t smooth under my clothes. That probably wouldn’t be as big of an issue in the winter but I found it more trouble than they were worth. I’d love to hear if it was just me who had these issues with Glamourmom tanks-I had high hopes for these and was disappointed.
To be completely honest, I have to say that my favorite nursing bras and tanks at the moment are Gilligan and O’Malley I purchased from Target. I bought the navy blue nursing tank above with the lace trim and it is my favorite. The clasps are very easy to use, it had enough stretch to wear when I was pregnant and it still fits slimly now that my belly is shrinking back to normal. It washes easily and can be dried without issue. I also purchased some Gilligan and O’Malley nursing bras at Target (and recently saw them on clearance so go check!) and they are great. The soft cup bras are my favorite. The light lining provides enough coverage to high nursing pads, the clasps are again very easy to use, and the slightly molded cups keep their shape. I wash mine on gentle and lay flat to dry.
Overall I have come to the conclusion that more expensive doesn’t always mean better when it comes to nursingwear. I was open to splurging on higher priced items with my third baby but when it came down to it each morning I reach into my closet and what I find myself searching for are the more basic and affordable items. I’m glad I bought the HotMilk set, and I will probably buy more of those as they come available on Zulily….it’s nice to feel sexy sometimes despite nursing, but day-to-day it seems to be Gilligan and O’Malley for me!