Moulded Nursing Bras

Many of the pregnant ladies and new mums we meet are used to wearing moulded underwired bras and worry about moving to soft cups bras that may not give them the shape they are used to. They are then very surprised when we show them the range of moulded nursing bras we have available.

We are highlighting three of our favourites here, although the full range can be seen on our website.

Cake Mousse Nursing Bra

Cake Mousse Nursing Bra

First up is the very popular Cake Lingerie Mousse Nursing Bra.  This is a great bra for those of you with smaller backs and cups.  Starting at a 30A up to a 38DD, we have found this gives a great shape and with the plunge front, it is perfect for under lower cut tops.  Available in the gorgeous rose pink, or fig if you prefer a darker colour and now, it also comes in maple (skintone).  Matching briefs make this set perfect to make you still feel good about yourself during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.

Next we have the absolutely gorgeous Royce Poppy Nursing Bra.  New this summer from Royce, it has been an instant hit for our customers.

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

Soft and simple with the lovely vintage floral design, it really feels like you are not wearing a bra when you put it on, but it still offers fantastic support.

Sizes available from 32D – 40FF.

 

 

 

Finally, we know that some of you still want an underwired option, so we have the Cake Lingerie Croissant Nursing Bra.

Cake Lingerie Croissant Nursing Bra

Cake Lingerie Croissant Nursing Bra

Now, we don’t recommend that you wear an underwired nursing bra until baby is at least 12 weeks old, but many of our ladies who are feeding beyond 6 months really like this style as it gives them the support of an underwired bra and the fabric gives a smooth line under your tops.  As with the Cake Mousse Nursing Bra, this also has a lower front making it look like an ‘ordinary’ underwired bra, and is suitable for lower cup tops, even in the larger sizes.

Available in 3 colours, dark, light and the new raisin (purple), this is one of our bestselling underwired nursing bras in 32C – 40H.

 

So, these are three of our favourite moulded nursing bras, and we have just added to the website the new Royce Pollyanna Nursing Bra, another skintone moulded nursing bra.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a favourite moulded nursing bra.

Bras for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – what you need to know!

Bras! Where do you start? Some women when they get pregnant ignore the changes in their breasts and just carry on as usual and then finally when it all gets too uncomfortable buy new bras. But at that stage they then realise that they could have been comfy all along!

So, we suggest that you get new bras when you start to feel that the ones you’ve got don’t fit any more. Makes sense really doesn’t it? That’s what we do with our other clothing (unless we’re in denial about dress sizes!), so why not our bras?

Anita Maternity BustierOur breasts start to get ready for breastfeeding baby (even if you don’t plan to breastfeed, your breasts don’t know that!), when you first conceive. So we usually expect women to need a new bra during the first trimester. We suggest a simple soft bra, usually a bustier type bra, is a good buy at this stage. Women often get tender and sore breasts in the first 12-16 weeks, so a soft bra that you can sleep in is a good investment.

If you get more structured bras (that do up at the back, with a bit more support in them), I’d suggest you get them towards the end of the first trimester. Maybe after your first scan so you don’t mind too much about spending money now you know it’s really true that you’re pregnant! A rule of thumb for buying a maternity bra at this stage, is to increase the band size, and keep the same cup size, or increase it. You’ll know what’s best for you, and our specialist bra fitters can always advise you on what’s likely to last to the end of pregnancy.

There are a few unlucky ladies whose breasts continue to grow during pregnancy, but this is rare. So, the bra that you get at the end of your first trimester should last you to the end of your pregnancy, AS LONG AS YOU’VE FITTED IT ON IT’S TIGHTEST SETTING WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT, to allow for the band to grow with your rib cage during pregnancy.

HOTmilk Show Off nursing bra

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra

The best time to get fitted for nursing bras, is at about 35-36 weeks, when your ribs are at their biggest. This way we know that your ribs will get smaller, but your breasts will get bigger – yes, again! You fit this bra on it’s loosest setting as you would a normal bra. So, the starting point at this stage is your pre-pregnancy band size, and 2-3 cup sizes bigger than you were before you got pregnant.

Always make sure the bra covers your whole breast as anything pressing on the breast can cause blocked ducts, and potentially lead to mastitis, which you really do not want. Sometimes you need to change the style of the bra, rather than just change the size. Ask our specialist fitters for advice on different styles you can try.

Bra fitting is not easy at the best of times, with all styles and manufacturers fitting differently. It’s even more complicated with an ever changing body and breast shape. But, it’s so important to be comfortable. Yes, comfort above style during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some would disagree, but if you’re not comfy, it can affect your milk let down when feeding, and can also make you feel grumpy about being uncomfortable.

There is so much selection out there of maternity and nursing bras (and you can wear nursing bras during pregnancy if they’re the right style for you.) Some of you will have more limited choice with your size. But there may still be a choice if you use a specialist bra shop, like bras4mums.

The bras4mums range caters for the many changes your body will undergo during pregnancy and breast feeding, with your complete comfort in mind. With bras4mums, you can be a loving mother and an attractive woman, presenting a stunning cleavage and curvaceous silhouette to be proud of! In a perfectly fitting, functional yet feminine bra you will feel beautiful inside and out! Happy, confident Mums produce happy babies – you and your baby deserve the best!

 

When should I be fitted for a maternity bra?

One of the first questions we get asked by women once they find out that they are pregnant is ‘When should I get fitted for a maternity bra?’

Recently we have had a lot of ladies a few weeks into pregnancy who have come to us as they are just so uncomfortable in their ‘normal’ bras that they need something softer.  Changes in their body will mean that the bras that they are used to wearing are no longer the right size or shape to give them the support they need.

As soon as you discover you’re pregnant, you’ll probably notice a change in your breasts. For some ladies, this change is what first alerts them to the fact that they may be pregnant! Breasts can be tender, tingly, sore and they can feel bigger from the very early stages of pregnancy.

Anita maternity bra

Anita maternity bra

We recommend you get a comfy maternity bra for this very early stage, particularly if you have sore breasts. Something like the Anita maternity bra, or Emma Jane maternity bra are ideal at this time. For larger breasted ladies, the Royce Sadie Maternity bra is an ideal solution.

You may find that wearing a bra at night helps with the tenderness, but we’re all different. What works for your sister or friend may not work for you!

Your first bra fitting for a maternity bra should be towards the end of your first trimester. This can be from week 10 – 14.  Anything pressing on your breast tissue can cause discomfort and blocked ducts, even at this early stage!  Depending on your height, the bras you get at this stage should last you until the end of your pregnancy.

bra fitting on tightest hookWhen you try bras on at end of the first trimester, make sure they’re fitting firmly when fitted on their tightest setting i.e. you can’t see any other hooks on the back of the bra. This way, the bra will last you during your pregnancy when your ribs grow during the rest of your pregnancy.

The only time this doesn’t always work, is if you’re on the shorter side! Your ribs will grow more than a taller lady during your pregnancy. You may be able to get away with using bra extenders, but as you can see from this photo, a bra extender may make the bra too wide for your shoulders & a new size bra may be the best option for you.

HOTmilk Show Off nursing bra

HOTmilk Show Off

You can choose any bras that are comfy and support your whole breast. These can be with or without nursing clips as they don’t show through clothing and you have more choice from suppliers like Cake, Bravado and HOTmilk. You may notice that one breast is bigger than the other – this is totally normal, and is often a more noticeable difference during pregnancy.

 

Underwires or no wires?

We suggest you avoid bras with wires in during your pregnancy, mainly for comfort, but mainly because they can be very structured and not flexible enough to move around your growing breasts and body. If you do want to wear wired bras, then we’d suggest the Anita underwired bras as they use more flexible wires and the fabric is more suitable for pregnancy.

If all goes well, your maternity bra will last until 35-36 weeks when it’ll be time to get your nursing bras fitted. This way, you get the best value out of all your bras during your pregancy and breastfeeding. We’ll cover nursing bra fitting another day.

We hope this helps give an overview of when to get fitted for a maternity bra during your pregnancy. We’re here to help answer your queries, and offer personal advice by phone, email, twitter or Facebook – whichever suits you!

Royce Blossom Nursing Bra

When Royce first introduced the Blossom Nursing Bra, I was still breastfeeding my youngest son, so decided to try this new style out for myself.

Since writing the post, the bra is also now available in an animal print, or Spring Blossom, ideal for lighter coloured tops with a gorgeous pink strap!

We currently have the bra in our January sale, so grab yourselves a bargain! 😉

Here is the review I wrote of it at the time (first published July 2013).

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Royce introduced this new style of nursing bra earlier in the year and I have been very impressed with it.

Royce Blossom nursing bra

It is very comfy to wear, very supportive and I like that it is simple but pretty at the same time.

It has an innovative feature of a drawstring in the centre of the bra so that you can change it from a crop top style to a lower plunge style for lower cut tops.  I have also found this design useful as I have been losing weight as I have been able to pull the bra into the plunge style which has still given me support as my breasts have become smaller.  In a normal cup sized bra, I would have had to go down a cup size but not in this style, just yet!

Because of the design, the bra covers three different cup sizes (C/D/DD, E/F/FF, G/GG/H) which is great for both pregnancy and those early days of feeding when your breasts can change size quite significantly.  I also like the side support slings which give soft but firm support.

Currently it is only available in the black with white spots, but a new pattern is going to be introduced later in the year!

Pregnancy and your body

Hotmilk chic nursing bra

Hotmilk chic bra black & pink

During pregnancy your body goes through such a drastic change, it may not seem such a big deal, however, the reality is – you’ve created and are growing a human being, see what we mean?  There are so many tips and advice thrown around, we’re sure you’ve been inundated with advice, but here’s our own experiences and findings we wanted to share. Continue reading

Pregnancy- making it easier

Pregnancy lasts a full 9 months (hopefully) for us ladies, our expanding bellies can cause a whole host of bother, swollen ankles, aches and pains, piles (sorry, but it’s inevitable) and heartburn to name a few.

There are a few tips that can ease your baby bearing days, as we know it can be a very long 9 months!

Take pictures of your expanding tum – We know you may not feel your svelte best, but believe us when we say, you will regret not having pictures of your pregnant belly. Why not stand in the same spot and hold a sign with how many weeks/months you are. It’s amazing looking back and seeing the development.

Each iron rich food, keep yourself and your baby healthy. You really are what you eat these days. More spinach and less chocolate (sorry ladies) the saying “eating for two” doesn’t apply when it comes to the unnecessary treats – some are compulsory of course.

Put your feet up occasionally – slow down! You’ll wear yourself out and it really isn’t good for either of you. You may have to remind yourself to take it easy, but it really is advisable.

Have snacks with you at all times – Eating little and often can really take the edge off morning sickness and nausea. A breakfast bar in your bag is a must, as is a bottle of water.

Try to go for a wee before you go out – even if you think you don’t need to go, it’s more than likely you will as soon as you go anywhere. Your bladder becomes your worst enemy as it shrinks as your belly expands.

Most of all, enjoy it. It doesn’t last forever and soon enough you’ll be run off your feet with nappies, sick and tears. It’s worth every second of discomfort and sleepless nights.

 

Bras for pregnancy and breastfeeding – a starting point

Bras! Where do you start? Some women when they get pregnant ignore the changes in their breasts and just carry on as usual and then finally when it all gets too uncomfortable buy new bras. But at that stage they then realise that they could have been comfy all along!

So, we suggest that you get new bras when you start to feel that the ones you’ve got don’t fit any more. Makes sense really doesn’t it? That’s what we do with our other clothing (unless we’re in denial about dress sizes!), so why not our bras?

5100-whiteOur breasts start to get ready for breastfeeding baby (even if you don’t plan to breastfeed, your breasts don’t know that!), when you first conceive. So we usually expect women to need a new bra during the first trimester. We suggest a simple soft bra, usually a bustier type bra, is a good buy at this stage. Women often get tender and sore breasts in the first 12-16 weeks, so a soft bra that you can sleep in is a good investment.

If you get more structured bras (that do up at the back, with a bit more support in them), I’d suggest you get them towards the end of the first trimester. Maybe after your first scan so you don’t mind too much about spending money now you know it’s really true that you’re pregnant! A rule of thumb for buying a maternity bra at this stage, is to increase the band size, and keep the same cup size, or increase it. You’ll know what’s best for you, and our specialist bra fitters can always advise you on what’s likely to last to the end of pregnancy.

There are a few unlucky ladies whose breasts continue to grow during pregnancy, but this is rare. So, the bra that you get at the end of your first trimester should last you to the end of your pregnancy, AS LONG AS YOU’VE FITTED IT ON IT’S TIGHTEST SETTING WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT, to allow for the band to grow with your rib cage during pregnancy.

Lorna Drew Alexa nursing bra

Lorna Drew Alexa bra

The best time to get fitted for nursing bras, is at about 35-36 weeks, when your ribs are at their biggest. This way we know that your ribs will get smaller, but your breasts will get bigger – yes, again! You fit this bra on it’s loosest setting as you would a normal bra. So, the starting point at this stage is your pre-pregnancy band size, and 2-3 cup sizes bigger than you were before you got pregnant.

Always make sure the bra covers your whole breast as anything pressing on the breast can cause blocked ducts, and potentially lead to mastitis, which you really do not want. Sometimes you need to change the style of the bra, rather than just change the size. Ask our specialist fitters for advice on different styles you can try.

Bra fitting is not easy at the best of times, with all styles and manufacturers fitting differently. It’s even more complicated with an ever changing body and breast shape. But, it’s so important to be comfortable. Yes, comfort above style during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some would disagree, but if you’re not comfy, it can affect your milk let down when feeding, and can also make you feel grumpy about being uncomfortable.

There is so much selection out there of maternity and nursing bras (and you can wear nursing bras during pregnancy if they’re the right style for you.) Some of you will have more limited choice with your size. But there may still be a choice if you use a specialist bra shop, like bras4mums.

The bras4mums range caters for the many changes your body will undergo during pregnancy and breast feeding, with your complete comfort in mind. With bras4mums, you can be a loving mother and an attractive woman, presenting a stunning cleavage and curvaceous silhouette to be proud of! In a perfectly fitting, functional yet feminine bra you will feel beautiful inside and out! Happy, confident Mums produce happy babies – you and your baby deserve the best!