Buying Nursing Bras this Christmas

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It’s so easy to forget about our own needs at this time of year, but even more so if you are pregnant and expecting a baby in the run up to Christmas. Not only are you buying gifts for loved ones, but you are probably also decorating a nursery, buying clothes, nappies, cots, pushchairs, car seats and everything else you will need for baby’s arrival!

But what about what you need?  Have you thought about buying your nursing bras? 

HOTmilk Eclipse Nursing BraIf you are planning to breastfeed, I always recommend that you buy your nursing bras before baby arrives. This means that you will have a bra ready to wear as soon as you have the baby, so you won’t need to be shopping during those first few days when your breasts are sore and tender and you realise that the bras you have do not fit. 

Honestly, the last thing you need in the haze of having a new baby is trying to find a bra that fits!

I see so many ladies in the first few days post birth who have not planned ahead and call me desperate for good supportive bras because their milk has come in, their breasts are engorged and tender and their bras no longer fit them.

One common reason for not buying nursing bras before the baby arrives is that ladies do not know what size nursing bra they will need but that is where I can help!

The following is just a guide, but it does give you a starting point as to what size you are likely to need.  This is specifically for anyone in the last few weeks of pregnancy (36 weeks onwards) who need nursing bras. If you are at another stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding, then please get in touch and I’ll guide you with how to find the right size.

downloadFirstly, take a measurement under your bust, making sure the tape measure is firm against your rib cage.  This will give you your band size. If the number is an odd number, round up to the next even number.

Secondly, take a measurement around the fullest part of your bust, again making sure the tape measure is firm around your body.  The difference between your band size measurement and this measurement will give you the cup size.

For example, if your under bust measurement is 32 and your bust measurement is 37, you have 5 inches difference between those two measurements, so I’d suggest that you are around a 32DD in size.

Cup Size Difference in inches
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B 2
C 3
D 4
DD 5
E 6
F 7
FF 8
G 9
GG 10

However, there are a couple of other important things that you need to be consider:

If you are around 36-37 weeks pregnant, then your rib cage is probably at the largest it will be, so you need to fit the bra on the loosest set of hooks to allow you to be able to tighten the band after you’ve had the baby to give your breasts the support they will need.

Also, your cup size is likely to increase by a cup size when your milk comes in, so I would always get a cup size bigger than you are now to allow for this growth in your breasts.

You will also need to the check the sizes the bra you choose comes in. Some styles don’t have double cup sizes, so this affects how you work out the cup size. Instead of a DD, you might need an E cup instead.

As for styles, I would always recommend a soft stretchy bra for the early few days when your breasts are sore and engorged and to sleep in. Styles like the Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra for up to an F cup and the Cake Lingerie Sugar Candy Nursing Bra for and F cup and above.

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra

Sugar Candy Fuller Bust Seamless Nursing Bra

Sugar Candy Seamless Nursing Bra

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or if you are looking for something a bit prettier, then the HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra is a gorgeous design but again very supportive, right up to a H cup.

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HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra Blue

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HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra Ivory

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now you know how to measure yourself, there is no excuse not to buy yourself some new nursing bras!

You will get free postage on orders over £75 and I offer free returns and unlimited exchanges. So if you are not sure that the bra you ordered is quite right, please get in touch with me and I’ll do a fit check for you. We can work out if you need a different size or style and make sure that you are comfortable and supported in your new bras!

If you are local to Cambridge, then I also offer a home fitting service, so please email me if you would like to book a fitting.

Happy shopping!

Emma x

Breastfeeding in style this Christmas with Milk & Mummy

Milk & Mummy is run by my lovely friend Emma Downie and they stock everything from everyday nursing dresses to chic nursing tops and glamourous party dresses.  Emma has very kindly written a guest blog post for me as she has some beautiful dresses that are perfect for the Christmas party season!

As a special early Christmas present, get 10% off your Milk & Mummy order by using B4M10 at the checkout. This offer is exclusive to bras4mums customers and is valid till 30.03.18.

Merry Christmas!

Emma xx

 

Christmas has always been an occasion when I’ve loved to dress up. There’s usually some big social gathering during the festive period which means I see friends and relatives I haven’t seen for ages and everyone likes to make a bit of an effort to look good.

However, when I was breastfeeding, Christmas just seemed to present me with more occasions to breastfeed in public, and more pressure to look vaguely presentable at the same time. I really love wearing a dress and there aren’t many high street dresses which are breastfeeding friendly. Lifting the hem up above your boobs in public is just not an option and pulling the collar down would pull it out of shape. I had a couple of button front dresses but either the buttons didn’t button down far enough to get a boob out or undoing the buttons with one hand was almost impossible.

Here at Milk & Mummy we don’t believe that breastfeeding mums should have to compromise on their wardrobe just because they’re doing something as natural as feeding their baby.

This is where a Milk & Mummy breastfeeding dress can come to the rescue! So why should you buy from us this Christmas?

  • Style
    We sell beautiful dresses that you’d want to wear even if you weren’t feeding. In fact we think that many of the non-breastfeeding friends will be asking you where you got THAT dress from. We specialise in nursing dresses for dressed-up occasions.Whether it be elegant Zenobi with its on-trend lace overlay, in three stunning jewel colours or striking Tiffany in two-tone black and red, you’ll be sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.
Tiffany - black/red nursing dress

Tiffany – black/red nursing dress

Zenobi - burgundy lace breastfeeding dress

Zenobi – burgundy lace breastfeeding dress

Zenobi - blue lace breastfeeding dress

Zenobi – blue lace breastfeeding dress

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Zenobi – black lace breastfeeding dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha - purple nursing dress

Martha – purple nursing dress

      • Easy-peasy breastfeeding
        All our dresses have really discrete and super-simple nursing openings. We don’t believe in some complicated strap mechanism. You don’t need five hands and a chin to hold the nursing opening up, just one hand will do, leaving you free to hold your baby, baste the turkey, drink more mulled wine….

 

  • None of those awkward “she’s wearing the same dress” moments
    Our pieces are all from very small production runs in Europe and sometimes further afield so it’s highly unlikely that another mum will be wearing the same dress as you, meaning you can keep your individual style all to yourself!
  • A really personal & efficient service
    We’re small enough to care and treat every customer as an individual and often go out of our way to answer customer queries. We can usually offer same day dispatch on orders received by lunchtime, and as all orders are sent via Royal Mail first class signed for post, they often arrive the next working day. Important when you’re a busy new mum and everything is last minute!
  • Free returns
    Yep that’s right. Free returns on all orders because we know how difficult it is to gauge your post baby body size and shape and you’ll probably want to try on a few styles in the comfort of your own home to make sure you get the perfect one.

Let’s face it – it’s not as if Christmas is exactly a stress-free event for most mums so if breastfeeding mums can look good while being able to nurse their babies then we believe that’s halfway to feeling good!

Merry Christmas and happy shopping!

Emma (Owner & Director of Milk & Mummy)

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Give A Gift That Cares with Forever’s Aloe Vera Beauty Ranges

Christmas is nearly upon us!! Are you running out of gift ideas? Why not treat someone to premium makeup and luxury skincare, all specifically designed to encourage radiant skin.

Give a gift that cares as much as you do!

Forever provides you with a choice of high quality, aloe-inspired products that are ideal for a variety of people.

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The Aromatherapy Spa products include Relaxation Bath Salts, Relaxation Shower Gel and Relaxation Massage Lotion. Used alone or together, someone special can enjoy the benefits of an Aromatherapy Spa experience right in the comfort of their own home!

 

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The Flawless By Sonya make up range is infused with the goodness of aloe and the latest innovations that nature and science offer.

 

 

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Or what about the Sonya Skincare range? There are five signature products which combine the importance of cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturising to leave you with beautiful, healthy skin. The collection includes Aloe Purifying Cleanser, Aloe Deep-Cleansing Exfoliator, Aloe Refreshing Toner, Aloe Balancing Cream and Aloe Nourishing Serum. These can be bought individually or all together for that extra special gift.

 

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The Fleur du Jouvence range is definitely is an all-round care package for your skin. These superbly matched products are presented in a decorative box and contain pure aloe vera gel, special plant extracts, pH-balanced fruit acids with jojoba and apricot kernel oil, plus fat-soluble vitamins. As well as containing collagen and elastin, it offers your skin everything it needs to appear healthy and radiant, from deep pore cleansing to nutrient-rich moisturising care. The name given to this exclusive facial care collection – The Flower of Youth – speaks for itself.

 

Or take a look at the special Festive Section to find some great offers, including the Forever Essentials Tri-Pack and not forgetting the men in your life, there is the Gentleman’s Pride After Shave.

If you are still stuck for what to choose, give us a budget and we will put together a gift for you, with gift wrapping available for a small additional fee.

For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, please email all orders to info@bras4mums.co.uk by Wednesday 16th December. Orders placed directly via my website http://tinyurl.com/EmmaLForever need to be placed by 1pm on Monday 21st December for Christmas delivery.

#GiveAGiftThatCares

bras4mums Christmas Offers

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We’ve got something special for you this Christmas. We’ve got some lovely offers for you, your friends and colleagues.  Including half prices bras and briefs, free breastpads and money off some of our favourite bras and nightwear!  And don’t forget you can always buy gift vouchers instead of a bra.

We’re looking forward to Supporting You and your family during 2016 and beyond, and hope you will share your stories with us and all our friends.

Happy preparation for Christmas, and we’re here to help you get the right bras during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Any items purchased as gifts can be exchanged free of charge. Let us know by email if your order is for a gift and we’ll add in a special returns form with the delivery.

Last posting dates:

10th December – Australia & New Zealand

15th December – Canada, Eastern Europe and USA

18th December – Western Europe

20th December – UK first class mail

22nd December – UK, Special Delivery

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra & Nightwear Christmas Offers

The HOTmilk Show Off Nursing bra is one of our most popular nursing bra styles and we are delighted with the Christmas limited edition in the Vintage Floral design.

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra Vintage Floral

HOTmilk Show Off Vintage Floral

As a special offer we have the bra & briefs available for just £37 (RRP £49).

Even better news is that HOTmilk have widened the range of sizes the Show Off Nursing Bra is available in, in the Vintage Floral design, so this style covers sizes 32B – 42H.

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra Vintage Floral

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra Vintage Floral

So if you are looking for a new nursing bra set, this is perfect for a Christmas look! Don’t forget that you can wear breastfeeding bras during pregnancy too, so treat yourself and feel good during the party season 😉

 

Or if you have enough bras, what about the new nightwear, also in the Vintage Floral Design?

You can choose between the long sleeve top and trousers if you like to keep warm, or the shorts and vest top if you find you are finding you are a bit warm through pregnancy!

Vintage Floral Long PJ Set

Vintage Floral Long PJ Set

Vintage Floral Short PJ Set

Vintage Floral Short PJ Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have both of these sets also on special offer so maybe drop a few hints about what you would like this Christmas!!

We would love to hear what you think of the Vintage Floral ranges, so please leave your comments below 😉

5 best buys for Christmas

We have some great offers for you this Christmas, whether you are looking to buy a gift for a loved one or treat yourself to something special!

Here is our pick of the top 5 best buys, including the limited edition HOTmilk Vintage Floral Show Off Nursing Bra and the Vintage Nightwear collections.


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Advent countdown is on it's wayWe’ve got something special for you this Christmas. We’ve got some lovely offers for you, your baby, your friends and colleagues.

Starting at 9.30am Saturday 1st December, on our bras4mums Facebook page, with an exclusive range of offers, from up to 70% off bras and nightwear, to free briefs and breastpads there’ll be something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a stocking filler for a friend, or getting your partner to buy a treat for you within your family budget, we hope we’ve got it covered. There’s only 24 days until the big day, so enjoy!

We’d like to thank our suppliers and friends for the offers they’ve sharing with you this Christmas. We couldn’t Support You without them!

We’re looking forward to Supporting You and your family during 2013 and beyond, and hope you will share your stories with us and all our friends.

Happy preparation for Christmas, and we’re here to help you get the right bras during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Any items purchased as gifts can be exchanged free of charge. Let us know by email if your order is for a gift and we’ll add in a special returns form with the delivery.

Last posting dates: 5th December – Australia, New Zealand & Asia

7th December – Africa, Middle East, Central America

10th December – Canada, Eastern Europe and USA

12th December – Western Europe

20th December – UK first class mail

22nd December – UK, Special Delivery