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.

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!

 

Win Tickets to the Sandown Park Baby & Toddler Show 17-19 April

We are very excited about the new Baby & Toddler Show in April which is being held at Sandown Park.

We will be there on stand B38 to give advice and free fittings for pregnant ladies and new mums and we have 5 pairs of tickets worth £20 each to giveaway :)

Along with our usual popular styles from HOTmilk, Bravado, Cake Lingerie, Emma-Jane & Carriwell, we will be launching a new style from Cake Lingerie…. more details will be here soon.

We will also have a range of breastfeeding clothing and accessories, so we look forward to seeing and supporting you on your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey.

Simply enter the prize draw below, which closes on 12th April 2015.

All tickets have to be booked through the Baby and Toddler Show website by 16th April to be valid.

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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 😉

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.


We apologise

We’ve had a tough couple of months, and unfortunately, our service levels have not been up to our usual standards. It has affected some of you, more than others, for which we apologise.

We’ve had long-term staff illness at the same time as staff holidays, and the office has had many periods when it has been un-manned. We’re not excusing it. It’s just what’s happened, and we’re sorry if you’ve been affected.

Staff are now on the road to recovery, and holidays are almost over, so we’re hoping to start geting back on track in the next week. It will take some time to get totally up to date, but we’ll be starting to make progress when the office re-opens after Bank Holiday Monday.

We’ll also be making plans so this doesn’t ever happen again.

Please accept our apology, and a discount code for 10% off your next order – b4mums11

T-J & the bras4mums team

Looking forward to 2013

fireworksWe’re very much looking forward to 2013 for all sorts of reasons.

2012 has been a difficult time for us. As a small business, when things happen in staff’s personal lives, it has a knock on effect on the business. Unfortunately this has occurred during 2012 and our customer service has suffered.We apologise if you’ve been affected. We’re still getting everything up to date for a new start in 2013.

We’ve now got a new member in the office team, Maggie Robinson, who will be  processing orders and answering queries most days of the week. Maggie is a Mum of 2 and is excited about joining the team and doing something new in between school runs! T-J will remain the main bra fitter to answer your queries, although the growing Bra Lady team will be called upon as they all have different specialisms.

The home bra fitting service is expected to extend across more areas, (currently Preston & Central Lancashire, Wigan and Manchester, Surrey and West Sussex, Brighton & Shoreham by Sea, Cambridge, and coming soon, West Midlands), as more franchisees are trained and start their own business. We’re also very excited to be supporting breastfeeding support groups in Preston and Leyland and Wakefield and our own bra fitters in Grantham via the BreastMates breastfeeding group.

We’re looking forward to some new styles from our suppliers, with a new innovation from Royce which we’re looking forward to fitting with (February), and new styles from Lorna Drew and HOTmilk Lingerie which we’re sure you’ll love this year.

We’re looking at increasing our ranges, as always, to support more women during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and beyond. If there are styles, or products you’d like to see us stock, please let us know.

We’re excited about re-introducing our pregnancy and breastfeeding diaries which we know many women found so helpful. If you’d like to write about your experiences for us to share with others please email info@bras4mums.co.uk, or tweet us @bras4mums

We wish you and your family a happy, and more importantly a healthy year ahead. We’re committed to Supporting You…through pregnancy and beyond.

If you’d like to know more, the Support4Women blog addresses the issues of Priorities in a person’s life, and the nightmare a small business can be part of whilst continuing to trade. We welcome your comments on personal and business issues via the blogs or emails.