Bravado Nursing Bras Review

I’m expecting baby number two to arrive any day now, and I’m excited about so many things.

I’m looking forward to having a tiny newborn to cuddle, to smelling that brand-new-baby smell and to seeing my daughter step into a new role as big sister. I’m also looking forward to nursing another baby, with the hope that I’ll be able to avoid some of the struggles and obstacles I faced with my first nursling.

One trial and error process I won’t have to go through this time is the all-important search for the perfect nursing bra!

I’ve always had a hard time finding the right bra size. I’m typically a 32 DD when not pregnant or nursing, which makes me feel like a freak of nature in all the department stores. Imagine my distress when my cup size increased to an H/I with my milk fully in… and my band size promptly returned to a 32 a couple weeks after giving birth! Let me tell you, settling for the wrong size is not a compromise you want to make. I squeezed my poor, hard-working breasts into too-small cups and let them droop sadly in ill-fitting, non-supportive bras for far too long before I got serious in my search. My discomfort only exacerbated the already considerable discomfort of getting used to nursing, and it also worsened the love-hate relationship I had with my postpartum figure.

Well, I finally wised up and took the advice of some other mamas to visit a local shop where the owner (a La Leche League leader and experienced nursing mama) would help me find the perfect fit. Gloria, owner of the motherhood boutique ‘For Mom and Keiki,’ happily took the time to help me find the perfect size and model of Bravado bra for me. And for the first time in a long time, I felt like my breasts had adequate support, coverage, and comfort!

What a relief to finally feel like I looked good in some of my pre-pregnancy shirts.

The Bravado Bliss is the bra I eventually went home with. It’s not the cheapest nursing bra on the market, but let me tell you, if you have a hard time finding the right size like I do, it will be worth every single penny. And even if you can easily find your size at a department store, in my experience, Bravado bras will outlast a lot of the cheaper brands by a mile.

I had the nerve to make that first Bliss that I bought my ONLY nursing bra for several months while I saved up to order a couple more. And you know what? When baby number two is born, that first one will still be in my rotation with the newbies. It’s still supportive, comfortable, and in great shape. My cheaper nursing bras will be reserved only to be worn to the playground or grocery store in a total emergency, because the few I’ve kept have been reduced to sad, saggy shells of their former selves after fourteen months of occasional wear.

Although the Bliss is my favorite, Bravado has several different styles to choose from, including the fabulously sexy Sublime, and even an underwire bra specifically designed for lactating women which promises not to cause painful plugged ducts like many underwire bras will. I thought that I would never be able to find adequate support for my full figure without an underwire, but so far the wireless Bliss has given me all the support I need!

Quality nursing bras eliminate some of the stress, and ease some of the discomforts that go with nursing and pumping. So take care of yourself, and be sure to invest a little time into searching for your perfect fit!

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