Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nursing Bras: brand & model recommendations

Updated: March 2012


A family, or .. ?



   Here are some reviews and recommendations of nursing bra brands & models that provide good support and are actually pretty. These descriptions are based on reviews from the Lobby Biusciastych. Some are incomplete, I will be adding more info as I find it !






NOTES and EXPLANATIONS:

  • Cups that are highly built up in the underarm area are uncomfortable for petites and women with breasts high on the chest.



Recommended Maternity Bras:



new!  EWA MICHALAK

   This brand very recently released two nursing models: Miso-pysio and Biszkopty, so I haven't read any reviews yet. But knowing Ewa Michalak's range I expect great support, fit and comfort; all while being very affordable. The colours are very basic, but the bras still manage to look cute and "normal". The bras are lightly padded, and have underwires. The bands from 30 and cups till KK, but Ewa makes custom sizes too! Remember that Ewa Michalak bras are snug in the band, so you should use their calculator before you order.


FREYA

Quite pretty models, unfortunately no model with underwires. Band sizes start at 30(65), cups till H (UK sizing).
Available nursing bras:
  • Rosalie: Big-cupped. Tight band. 

Pretty, triple closure, good support. Not a bad shape for a bra without underwires. Tight band.
Thick shoulder straps, highly built-up underneath the armpits (not good for high-breasted and petites). Breasts are not separated due to lack of underwires.
  • Emily

  • Dotty
    Does not offer much support.


ROYCE

Careful ! they have a different sizing system, which does not sue double letters like FF or GG. Here is their sizing table.

Available nursing bras:
  • Royce Emily Small-cupped (recommended to go up a cup size). Tight band. Very long straps (can be shortened by sewing)
Good quality straps, not thick. Pretty. Fantastically withstands washing: does not fade or stretch. Very supportive, even though no underwires.
-  Very built-up, pinches underarms on the high-breasted and petites. Makes rocket breasts. Lacks underwires, and so does not separate breasts.
  • Royce Jasmine Nursing Bra
-  Very built up, makes rocket breasts
Not too wide shoulder straps. Good support, even though without underwires. Comfortable cotton lining on the inside.
  • Royce Cherish
  • Royce Sadie cups DD to K, bands 28 to 40. Is rather plain looking.
  • Royce Amy Cups B to F, bands from 32


EMILY B

They have two sizing systems: British and European, so watch out during shopping ! Bands from British 30, cups till J. Most of the models seem to have stretchy bands !

Available nursing bras:
  • Daisy
  • Iris
  • Abbi
  • Sophia
  • Bella

PANACHE

A couple of  very pretty models. Cups D - J, bands 30 - 40. In the Sophie made for Bravissimo there is even band 28.


HOT MILK

Really gorgeous and elegant, offer good support and are comfortable. These have two kinds of cups: full cup (till cup H) and 3/4 cup (till cup G). Band sizes only from 70 up. Rather pricey.



new! CAKE LINGERIE

This new brand has pretty and colourful maternity bras with underwires  that are softer than standard. Cups go till cup G, but there is only one model in this cup. Prices are around 50€. Cake Lingerie is from Aus, but has online stores for CA, USA, UK, EUR and other countries.


ANITA

German brand. Some models till H cups, bands only from 75 up. Continental sizing !
Very comfortable
-  Band stretches out a lot over time. Gets ugly after washing. Bad support, bad shape

new!  MELISSA

This Polish brand has quite a big choice of moderately pretty nursing bras. Pretty, the pictures don't do them justice. Good support. Many models have underwires. The prices are very affordable. Careful: they have their own sizing system. Bands from 28, cups till their N.

AND A COUPLE OF NOT RECOMMENDED BRANDS:

  • Marks and Spencer (aka flat pancakes on chest)
  • Alles: extremely stretchy band, although the bras are gorgeous. The bendy underwires offer 0 support.
  • Triumph: pityful size range, no support.
  • Naturana: terribly stretchy, pityful size range, zero sex appeal... 
  • Mothercare: pancakes on chest, pityful size range.

Photo by Eternal*Voyageur






  This post is a part of a series on pregnancy and nursing bras. Other posts in this series are:

BREAK OUT OF THE MATERNITY BRA MATRIX
Why are they so ugly and uncomfortable, and how to find your right size.


GIVING THE BEST SUPPORT TO YOUR BREASTS:
Whether to invest in bras for pregnancy or for nursing, on measurements, fabrics and other maternity bra FAQ.

DEBUNKING PREGNANCY BRA MYTHS:
On underwires, wide straps, and “bras that grow with you”. 


WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PREGNANCY BRA:
You don't need a bra especially labeled “for pregnancy”, look for an everyday or sports bra with these characteristics.


WHERE TO BUY BRAS FOR PREGNANCY & NURSING:
Now that you know what you need, a guide to where to get it.


DIY: TRANSFORM A REGULAR BRA INTO A NURSING BRA:
Only very basic sewing skills required !





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