Initially, I had thoughts of boring ‘mommy’ bras and I dreaded the idea. I’ve always liked a bit of flair in my underclothes and I didn’t think I needed any further window dressing to make me feel dumpier (body image post-pregnancy can be a challenge).
Happily, I found a number of nursing bras that had a little extra pizzazz:
Mimi Holliday – maternity line: You can pick these up online (Figleaves.com has a great selection) or in person at Selfridges. Out of all of my bras, I like my Dotty L’Amour Mimi Holliday bra the best. It makes me feel fantastic when I have it on. I love the gold clip detailing which looks lovely should it be showing on the shoulder, I love the modesty the bra provides (it has a lace panel that covers the chest area while the cup is open) while still being elegant and chic. Mimi Holiday’s maternity line is supportive yet extremely comfortable (you can easily sleep in it). The next one I get will be the Bisou Bisou style, it’s stunning.
Triumph Mamabel Romance: I also really like my Mamabel Romance bra by Triumph. It has lacy edging that is pretty if it’s visible in the neckline. At the same time it is very comfortable and the material is slippery so my clothes don’t stick to it. This is another one that I could sleep in.
As an aside: Sleeping in a bra was a relatively new experience for me (since early to mid pregnancy), but because I had an over-supply of milk and leaked like a faucet, I needed to hold breast pads in my bra, lest I soak the bed.
Hot milk: these bras are gorgeous and sexy. They remind me of my pre-pregnancy bras, and I liked the lift they gave me.
In the early days when your boobs are sore, I found it was a good idea to wear bras without too much support. If you’re like me and produce a lot of milk, bras with too much support will just lead to rock hard milk ducts that need to be massaged under running water to alleviate the pressure. But once your milk production calms down (I was late at around 4-5 months), any bra is fine, so bring on the underwire.
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