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Old 01-15-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
 
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Arrow I desperately need nursing bra recs

I'm embarrassed to be wearing these old hideous nursing bras. They're circa 1999 but the best I've found so far. I bought them at Motherhood Maternity and they're now starting to fall apart.

When I had Lilly, I went back to Motherhood Maternity and bought 3 bras at $18 each and I hate them. I don't like how they're cut. It's like my breasts are always spilling out of them.

Can anyone recommend a good nursing bra that gives great support?

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Old 01-15-2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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I haven't gotten this myself yet, but I went to a specialty store, and they had these really nice looking ones by Medela. The ones I liked (no underwire) were around $40. They had tons of other cute styles too, but most of them were underwire. The woman working there said the Medelas were their best sellers for nursing, and they held up really well and offered nice support.

I know what you mean about being disappointed by Motherhood. I loved the ones I got there back in 2000, but they don't have those anymore, and the ones they do have just don't seem quite as nice. I did get one, just to have on hand, and I wore it this weekend, just to see how it was. I think I'll be going to get the Medela soon.


I think this is the Medela one, but it's hard to tell because the picture is kind of small.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:50 PM   #3
 
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All of mine were Bravado. I was happy with them. A local place carried them.
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If I knew that I would have bought some! I gave up and wore regular bras. I would just slide down the strap and fold down the cup of the bra.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:29 PM   #5
 
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I want to avoid bras with underwire, so that rules out a lot of bras for me.

Internetchick, I'm lazy. I like the ease of using one hand to undo the cup. With a regular bra, there would be too much fusing.
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:59 PM   #6
 
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It's been awhile but I think this one is the same one that was my "favorite" nursing bra. I realize it's hideous, but it was one of the few I found without underwire that I could wear comfortably (I wore a 36D while nursing). ETA: Oh no, I just checked the link and the smallest band size is 36 (and I know you are really petite!)--I'm afraid this wasn't any help to you, sorry!

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Old 01-15-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
 
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I used the same Medela ones as jce posted. Pretty good support and shaping for a wireless bra, I could go to work and feel semi-professional and not like a hippie at a music festival.

I liked my Bravados for sleeping and lounging around the house but it was not enough support for going out in the world.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:30 PM   #8
 
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I agree. Bravados do not give a very nice silhouette for under regular clothes...kind of like wearing a sports bra under dress clothes. Not nice. They should only be worn around the house.

I really couldn't wait to be done with nursing bras. I was happy to get my underwire back and get the lift I like. I did wear nursing bras the entire time I nursed though...I needed the easy one-handed access and the no-wire support.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:44 PM   #9
 
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Thanks for the recommendations.

I'll let you know what I wind up getting.
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I bought them because I had TONS of gift cards to Gap, but I LOVE my Gap nursing bras. They're without wire and comfortable enough to wear day and night. I love them.
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I bought them because I had TONS of gift cards to Gap, but I LOVE my Gap nursing bras. They're without wire and comfortable enough to wear day and night. I love them.
Do they hold you up? I'm a 34C and I hate to sag through my clothes.

Guano: What do you think of your new pediatrician?
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I bought them because I had TONS of gift cards to Gap, but I LOVE my Gap nursing bras. They're without wire and comfortable enough to wear day and night. I love them.
Do they hold you up? I'm a 34C and I hate to sag through my clothes.

Guano: What do you think of your new pediatrician?
They seem to hold me up pretty well and I'm a 36c. Gap also has a great return policy, so if you order a few, try one and don't like it, they should be good about it.

We've been seeing Dr. Bonafede - LOVE HER! My husband loves her and that's saying a lot - he's picky about doctors!!!!
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I bought them because I had TONS of gift cards to Gap, but I LOVE my Gap nursing bras. They're without wire and comfortable enough to wear day and night. I love them.
Do they hold you up? I'm a 34C and I hate to sag through my clothes.

Guano: What do you think of your new pediatrician?
They seem to hold me up pretty well and I'm a 36c. Gap also has a great return policy, so if you order a few, try one and don't like it, they should be good about it.

We've been seeing Dr. Bonafede - LOVE HER! My husband loves her and that's saying a lot - he's picky about doctors!!!!
She's so nice. I think she has 4 kids and her husband is an ENT specialist. We went to see him when C was having recurrent ear infections. It's funny to think we might run into each other one day, in his office. I know what you look like, so it's totally possible.

About GAP bras, where did you find them? There's one at South Shore Mall, but I don't know if they have a maternity section. I doubt it, actually.
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Do they hold you up? I'm a 34C and I hate to sag through my clothes.

Guano: What do you think of your new pediatrician?
They seem to hold me up pretty well and I'm a 36c. Gap also has a great return policy, so if you order a few, try one and don't like it, they should be good about it.

We've been seeing Dr. Bonafede - LOVE HER! My husband loves her and that's saying a lot - he's picky about doctors!!!!
She's so nice. I think she has 4 kids and her husband is an ENT specialist. We went to see him when C was having recurrent ear infections. It's funny to think we might run into each other one day, in his office. I know what you look like, so it's totally possible.

About GAP bras, where did you find them? There's one at South Shore Mall, but I don't know if they have a maternity section. I doubt it, actually.
What we loved most was that she's like, "Call any time with questions, I'd rather you call than worry." I mean, that's just amazing to hear from a doctor. I was thinking the same thing about running into you there!!!

I ordered the Gap bras online. I don't think they have the nursing bras in the stores, but I snagged them online. They're great with returns though - even though you ordered online, you can return to any store. No fuss, no muss!
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:57 AM   #15
 
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Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:58 AM   #16
 
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I'm so glad you started this thread, medussa! I'm not happy with how big my breasts look and I think part of it is that as I have lost weight my bra size has changed and I'm not getting adequate support from my bras. I completely agree that Bravado is not enough support for me either. I'm going to look on-line for Medela or Gap. Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:32 AM   #17
 
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I purchased these based on a recommendation from another Mom and I LOVE them. They're very supportive and comfortable. They're also reasonably priced which is a plus.
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:57 AM   #18
 
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I don't know what I was thinking but if I had to have "splurged" on any one thing for this baby, it should have been nursing bras. I nurse my daughter every few hours, day in and day out and will be doing so for at least the first year of her life (possibly more, if history tells me anything).

I spent $60 on 3 nursing bras I won't use, when I could have spent that much on one or two bras that I could have used all the time.

Hindsight is 20/20.
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I have some nursing bras from Target (Gillian and O'Malley), without underwires, and they give me lots of support and make my chest look nice in clothes. They were cheap too, I think only $14 each.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:34 AM   #20
 
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I bought two bras I really like at Mimi Maternity. They are not underwire, but they still give me good support and I'm sportin' 36 E cups.
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