July Special Offers

Each month we are going to highlight particular products and offer a discount on those items, so look out for your favourite styles and grab yourselves a bargain!

This month, we have a very special offer on the Loveyush Nursing Scarves.  With two new designs now in stock, we have reduced all designs to 10% off, but this is only valid until 12th July, so you need to be quick!!

Loveyush Nursing Scarf

Loveyush Nursing Scarf (Victoria)

 

These scarves allow you to breastfeed discreetly if you are out and about, but can then turn into stylish accessories when you are not breastfeeding.

 

 

Banana Parfait Nursing Bra

Banana Parfait Nursing Bra

We also love the Cake Lingerie Banana Parfait Nursing Bra.

This is a balconette style bra with A-frame support and is so comfortable, you won’t feel like you are wearing a bra! It is a gorgeous cream colour which is perfect for summer and has 100% cotton lined cups so if you find your nipples are sensitive from breastfeeding, this bra will not cause you any more discomfort.

It has a flexi-wire so for those of you who feel you need a bit more support than a soft cup bra gives, this is ideal – just make sure that the wires are not digging into any of your breast tissue.

Available from 32C to 40H, we have 10% off the bra this month, or we have also discounted the Banana Parfait Bra & Knickers if you like to have matching undies as well! :)

This bra is suitable for both pregnancy and breastfeeding.

We also have a selection of end of line bras and breastfeeding clothing available in our sale so you might find something else to treat yourself to this month!

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!

 

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!

When will my breasts get back to normal?

This is a question we hear frequently. It’s often when a woman has been breastfeeding, and wants to ‘get back to normal bras’. Is this something you’ve considered, or chatted about with girlfriends?

Well, firstly, what’s normal for you will be different to your friends or sisters. It depends on lots of factors, but it’s mainly our own DNA and hormones that affect what happens to our body. Whilst a bra may affect longevity of well shaped and toned breasts, it can’t affect what will naturally happen over time – gravity.

Depending how long you breastfeed for, and how often you’re feeding, is probably the most important factor in answering this question. If you’re feeding morning and night, and have been for the last month or so, and continue to do so for the next few months, then this ‘normal’ for you will allow your breasts to settle into a new pattern. When you stop breastfeeding altogether, it will still take a few months for your breasts to get used to not making milk. However, as they’ve only been used twice a day, this should be a relatively small change for you.

If, on the other hand, you’ve been breastfeeding fully and are now returning to work and expect to finish breastfeeding totally, your change in breast shape and size will be more dramatic. There will still be some months before things settle totally, but you’ve been making milk for your baby for the past 6 months, and now you’re not. Your body needs time to readjust.

The other question to think about is if you’re planning to lose weight. Weight gain and loss can make a big difference to your breast shape and size at any time in your life, not just after baby has been born.

Some women will keep their fuller breasts, others will lose the fullness they had before pregnancy, particularly at the top of the breast. Just be aware of what’s happened to you so you can adjust your bra styles accordingly.

HOTmilk Lingerie black nursing bra

HOTmilk Eclipse nursing bra

What can I do about it? Well, all you can do is wait really. However, you do need to make sure your breasts are properly supported throughout breastfeeding and the changes. Remembering bras last, in their fully supportive state, for about 6 months, treating yourself to good bras that will last through your changes are a good investment. Don’t leave it thinking “I’ll get bras once my breasts have settled”, and be without good support for the next 4 months! Get yourself a good, nursing bra that you’re comfortable wearing for work, and or pleasure, that will last through these final changes. There’s lots of lovely nursing bras out there, so you’ll feel ‘normal’ at any stage. Our sister site bras4all stocks ‘normal bras’, so our bra fitters are able to help you through this time of transition.

Any questions? If you have a question about bra fitting, please email it to info@bras4mums.co.uk, or tweet us @bras4mums and we’ll be happy to find the answer. With over 10 years of bra fitting pregnant and breastfeeding women, we’ve seen most things at least once!

What is the best time to get fitted for a nursing bra?

Nursing bras are bras made with nursing clips to make breastfeeding your baby easy and comfortable.

Most nursing bras use a simple nursing clip which you can unfasten one-handed, (with practice!), and sit flat against the body, so can also be worn during pregnancy.

If you’re comfortable in your bras during pregnancy, you may be best to leave buying a nursing bra when you’re about 35-36 weeks pregnant. This is when your ribs are at their biggest, and as bra fitters, we know that your ribs will get smaller and your breasts will increase in size when baby is born.

It’s also the time when most pregnant women are getting everything ready for the birth, and from 37 weeks baby appearing at any time is a possibility! If you leave buying your nursing bra until after baby is born, then you’ll either be sending someone else out to buy something, or, you’ll have your newborn with you and it may not be the easiest experience to get fitted for a bra!

At 36 weeks, there is often a gap between breasts and bump, so the bra fitter can ensure the bra is fitting firmly around your rib cage, and ensure that, with knowledge of your pre-pregnancy bra size, this important part of the bra fitting is done correctly. A lot of the nursing bra styles have 6 hooks across the band, so that you know you’ll still have space to make the bra smaller when baby is born. The alternative is a bra extender, which will ensure you don’t buy a bra that is too big in 2 weeks time!

So, get your bra fitting booked in your diary for about 35-36 weeks. bras4mums can help by phone, email, twitter or Google+ our new Google hangout chats every Tuesday 10.30am. Use our video guide to help get the fitting right before baby is born:
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiFYZMwgo8c)

The bras you buy now will be great for the first 12 weeks-ish of breastfeeding. At this stage your breasts will change again, so we advise a new fitting at this stage for the next 6 months of breastfeeding.