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!

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 😉

Welcome Danni, a new Bras4mums ambassador

Hi *waves*
I’m Danni and I blog over on itstartedwithasquish.com. I started blogging a couple of years ago as a bit of a hobby when my son (AKA Squish) was about 2 years old, although I must admit it’s now become more of a religion (in a good way!).
Just a couple of months ago we welcomed into the world my dinky little daughter Eleanor which is why my blog may have been a bit quieter than usual recently. I’ve had such a different experience with my second baby, mainly through blogging I have found I am more well informed and level headed. I had goals this time around and one of those goals was to breastfeed. I was in a lot of pain when I tried to breastfeed Squish and with the shock of becoming a first time mum sinking me into a darker place I made the decision to give up fairly early. I promised myself that this time I would do everything within my power to make things different and I am happy to say I’m now 8 weeks on and still breastfeeding. Not that it has been at all easy… (my journey has been well documented on my blog if you want to have a read!).
As I have breastfed longer this time I’ve grown to appreciate the importance of having a well fitting bra. They are worn around the clock when you’re breastfeeding, so I realise how important it is to have ones that fit properly and allow a good level of support whilst still being comfortable.This is where Bras4mums have helped me as I hadn’t a clue about how they should fit… nor did I know at what points I needed remeasuring. These things are best left to the experts in my opinion and the bonus for me was that she was able to come to my home.
I will soon be blogging about the experience very soon, I promise!…. so watch this space!
Danni xxdanni bras blog

Hospital bag – What should you pack?

With an ever expanding belly and time flying like there’s no tomorrow, the question “have you packed your hospital bag” is one that has some pregnant mums to be crying with sheer frustration. What to pack? What will we need? They aren’t silly questions, after all – you’ve not had a baby before so it’s moving into the unknown. Continue reading

Introducing our Breastfeeding Diaries

Our pregnancy diary seems to be a draw for you lovely lot and we think it’s a fabulous read too so we decided to look for a diary from a mama on the other side of the bump. Kara writes a blog over at Chelsea Mama and has agreed to share her experience of breastfeeding for the next few months.

Welcome Kara! Continue reading

Breastfeeding my four children

Grab a cuppa & put your feet up:Natalie from www.sophie4sophie.com shared her breastfeeding stories. As a mum of four who has breastfed each one she shares her different experiences. First published June 2011.

HOTmilk Lingerie black nursing bra

HOTmilk Eclipse nursing bra

When I found out I was pregnant with my 1st son 10 years ago, I was adamant that I would breastfeed.

I hadn’t ever been around anyone who had breastfed & none of my friends had had babies at this point, but for some reason I just KNEW I wanted to breastfeed.
The midwives I saw where all really supportive, but I honestly had no clue…
When my son was born, he latched on straight away at birth and it was a magical experience, I was helped to feed him and he was a natural!
We went home after 3 days and he breastfed perfectly, we slept together in my bed (following all the guidelines of course) and feeding him whilst laying down was the best thing ever… sometimes I didnt even wake up, he would just latch himself on and i’d wake up to him chomping away happily!

Breastfeeding is possible after a breast reduction

Sarah is a Mum who kindly offered had her arm twisted to write something for us a while ago. We hope it will, again, offer massive support to other women who’ve had some form of breast surgery (breast enlargement & mastectomy can have similar issues, but it’s not always clear cut whether breastfeeding will be affected). First published June 2010.

I had only a 50/50 chance of being able to breastfeed as I had a breast reduction operation in 1996.  When I was first being referred to a consultant, at the age of 21, I met with an extremely unsympathetic male doctor who suggested I had a baby and breastfed so that my breasts could be put to their real use  This was extremely unhelpful as I was in the middle of a teacher training course at the time.  And, to be honest, having children, let alone breastfeeding, was the last thing on my mind at the time.

A few years later, I found myself married and pregnant.  We attended NCT antenatal classes where I had the opportunity to talk to a breastfeeding counsellor.  She was empathetic but admitted not knowing much about my unusual situation.  She referred me to a website but I found the tone of the site patronising and not very helpful – the only real bit of advice it gave was to supplement feeding using a tube going over one shoulder and attached to the nipple with tape!

So, we went into parenthood not knowing if I was going to be able to feed our child.  I thought I was quite pragmatic about it but the pride I have felt in successfully breastfeeding my children has made me realise that I would have been disappointed if it had been impossible.

That is not to say it wasn’t without problems.  My first child, despite feeding for an hour each time, did not put enough weight on to keep to his line on the magic chart.  I received a great deal of conflicting advice – feed on both sides; only on one side; express to increase milk production; don’t express as that would deny my child the milk when he wanted it…the contradictions went on.  I also had blocked milk ducts twice – I have never known pain like it, trying to breastfeed a baby when it feels like he is sucking razor blades.  Luckily they cleared up quickly.  In the end we did what was right for our family – we did alternate breast and bottle feeds until he was 7 months old, when he decided formula was the way for him.

My second child was totally different and was a professional breastfeeder.  I’m not sure why or how.  It could be that having fed one child semi-successfully, the tissues and ducts that had been damaged during surgery rejoined themselves, or maybe I knew what I was doing second time round and had more confidence, or it could have been second child syndrome – with an older brother demanding attention, he had to learn to feed in 10 minutes or he would go hungry!

I learned quickly how to breastfeed discreetly, wearing loose tops and having the ever-present baby muslin to hand to drape over us.  This meant that I could be much more spontaneous and able to travel so much easier than having to make sure I had boiled water and sterilized bottles with us.  I became an expert at feeding on the move, even during a Cancer Research Race for Life! (walking, not running!)  Other people thought he was just sleeping or having a cuddle.

So why am I writing this? I think my main aim is that if someone is unsure about breastfeeding, or how to face any problems or difficulties they may encounter, they will read this and get some hope, help, or just the realisation that they are not alone.  Although not always easy, breastfeeding is a wonderful, free, hormonally beneficial method of feeding a baby.

If you need help or advice with the bras you need to wear after breast surgery, our Bra Lady team are here to help. We can get pockets put in nursing bras, or adapt bras to suit all requirements. If you just need someone to talk to, give us a shout – 0845 373 3875, or support@bralady.co.uk

Can you be too honest about breastfeeding?

After I volunteered to write a guest post for Breastfeeding Awareness Week (2010), I developed mastitis, so the last thing I wanted to do was write a post about breastfeeding and how I’d recommend it.

However, I realised this is exactly when I should be writing it, because even when it’s successful breastfeeding has its’ challenges and if we were more honest about these, perhaps many women wouldn’t feel they were failing and would carry on longer.

Before I had MM I was desperate to breastfeed until he was at least a year old, but no-one I knew had successfully fed for more than a few weeks. As a result I armed myself with as much knowledge as possible and was prepared for the experience to be more complicated than I originally expected.

He was exclusively breastfed for six months and since then I’ve continued to feed him on demand, now just feeding morning, evening and once during the night.

Many friends have commented how lucky I’ve been to have breastfed so successfully and in many ways I do feel luck played a part. He picked it up quickly and was always an efficient feeder, never taking more than 20 minutes, even in the early days.

Nonetheless we’ve had to come through some difficult times, which I like to refer to as my ‘breastfeeding walls’ and it has taken more than luck to persevere.

He was always a snacker, so frequent feeds were required. In the first few weeks I had a blocked duct, which I cleared by holding him upside down to feed, after calling the NCT helpline. We spent many evenings, with him alternating between feeding and sleeping. At six, nine and twelve months, after some nasty bouts of teething, feeding was so painful I would hum the theme to ‘The A-Team’ to stop me crying out. Finally, I have mastitis to add to the list.

So, it was a lot more than luck that prevented us from giving up, such as great support from some friends and my partner, great advice from breastfeeding forums, websites and helplines, the information that I had armed myself with before I even started and my sheer determination to make it work.

It’s hard to know how honest to be with women that expresses a desire to breastfeed. The last thing I would want to do is put them off, but my instinct and dreadful habit of being a bit too honest, tells me that the more reality they can be exposed to the more prepared they can be and the more likely they will carry on when they hit a problem.

Would more women stick with it if they knew that spending the evening feeding doesn’t mean their milk isn’t up to the job, but simply baby’s way of putting in their order? Or that blocked ducts and mastitis don’t mean you have to stop and will usually go away if you just feed, feed and feed some more?

There are so many benefits to breastfeeding that I wish more women could feed for longer. It is a great way for both of you to relax, a chance to sit down for a few minutes, a good excuse to eat cake and it is a great tool to have in your pocket when all else fails. MM has had lots of nasty tooth pains this week and I have been so relieved that a few extra feeds have given him comfort.

So, do you agree that forewarned is forearmed or do you think it’s possible to be too honest about the ups and downs of breastfeeding?

Post written June 2010 by Emily is a Stay-at-Home Mum to Mini Mck (MM) who was 14 months at the time. She blogs at Mummy Limited.

Breastfeeding Awareness

There are a lot of events happening over the next week 23-29th June, supported by Royal College of Midwives & local breastfeeding groups.

Free_to_FeedBreastfeeding is still seen as some sort of a mystery, with strong opinions expressed by women, men and the media about its normality in our society.

From our perspective, bras4mums was developed 9 years ago, when T-J was breastfeeding no.2 baby & couldn’t easily get nursing bras with a toddler in tow! Her experiences showed that despite all the negative information she received, (neither Mother had breastfed & didn’t understand how you can ‘measure’ what food baby was getting!), she could do what was best for her and both babies. She returned to work when no.1 was 5 months old and continued to express and feed no.1 until 9 months old. Second time around, T-J had to suddenly stop feeding when she went to care for her sick mother for a few weeks 200 miles away from baby.

This week, we’d like to share some stories our customers have shared over the years about their experiences. They’re not unique, but certainly show the diverse situations and feelings we have as mothers, (and fathers), when breastfeeding our children. Please feel free to add your comments, or if you’d like to share your story, we’d love to hear from you. Send your story to info@bras4mums.co.uk.

If you’re part of breastfeeding group, please do share your events on our facebook page, and we’ll do our best to share what we can. We do know that some women can’t breastfeed for all sorts of reasons. We hope you can join in with your experiences this week as well, as it’s all about breastfeeding awareness!

We look forward to continuing to Supporting You over the next 9 years, (imagine, an 18 year old baby!), Through Pregnancy and Beyond

Breastfeeding Support Groups, (not exhaustive):

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers , Breastfeeding Network, National Childbirth Trust (NCT), La Leche League

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