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Nursing Bra Tips and Tricks

Happy Swimwear and Lingerie Thursday everyone!

Okay, by now, you’re probably really sick of hearing about just how sick I feel, so I promise not to mention it today…except for that brief nod to it back there.

Today’s Fitting Tip Thursday post is all about buying yourself a bra when you’re breastfeeding.

Nursing bras are one of those things that are almost impossible to figure out ahead of time. Unfortunately, your breasts won’t really expand and reach their true nursing size until you are actually nursing. Which means you just have to buy one on best guess ahead of time.

{great advice so far, right?}

Basically, you will want to measure yourself during your last month of pregnancy and purchase a nursing bra in this size as well as one a cup size larger for the initial period when your body is figuring everything out. Those women with larger chests may find that they cannot find nursing bras in their size at their local stores and may need to go online to find the proper fit and style.

Here is a helpful video from HOTmilk Lingerie, makers of a fabulous line of maternity lingerie and nursing fashions.

That was fun wasn’t it? Back to serious stuff now. It sometimes helps to understand what changes are happening to understand the new needs of your boobs. The lovely designers of Cake Lingerie have created a handy dandy little posting for Belly Beyond that explains all of this nicely.

There is a whole world of debate when it comes to underwire or no underwire.

Basically, you will just need to read up on the research and decide that one for yourself. I didn’t use an underwire and I still got mastitis {which hurt like a MOFO}. I don’t think there is a magic, cross the board recipe that will protect everyone, so best of luck to ya!

Some bras like the Bravissimo Nursing Bras have snaps and flaps for easy access to the boobies

And others like the Japanese Weekend “Hug” Bra have soft cups and stretchy fabric that can be pulled aside for convenient nursing.

“Our hug™ Nursing Bra is designed to hug your shape with wonderfully soft fabric that embraces you for that barely-there feeling. Features include: one handed quick and easy nursing access, move cup to the side of breast by moving lower band, wide double banded front, adjustable straps, comfortable three position back hooks, one bra per pack.”

Sounds kinda cozy now doesn’t it? Frankly, I’m thinking of sewing up some lovely soft stretchy sleep bras ’cause I miss my old nursing ones… that and it would be funny to watch the hubby freak out!

No matter where you find yourself on the great nursing bra debate, remember you will be wearing these for over 12 hours a day and most likely through the night too, don’t cheap out or torture yourself by wearing ones that are too small.

Your boobs deserve to be cared for properly… trust me avoiding some of the infections and unfortunate issues that go along with improperly fit bras are definitely worth your time!!!




Morning Swimwear and Lingerie types!

After posting about Curvy Kate’s model competition for their next “Star in a Bra” and thinking about other lingerie commercials and marketing campaigns, it reminded me of all the hype surrounding the Lane Bryant, Cacique Intimates television spot.

Do you remember all the hullabaloo about this? If not, let me remind you… if you answered ‘yes’, then you can skip the tutorial and read ahead.

Okay, for every one else… basically Lane Bryant shot a 30 second lingerie commercial with gorgeous model Ashley Graham wearing the new Cacique collection and featured plenty of cleavage.

Basically Fox and ABC censored the commercials and ABC “restricted [Lane Bryant’s] airtime” and refused to air the spot during Dancing With the Stars, while Fox “demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of American Idol, but only after (Lane Bryant) threatened to pull the ad buy.”

According to Verena Von Pfetten of “StyleITE“, “there’s a reason magazines generally feature plus-size models in the buff — and it goes back to what Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers calls the “old trope of the voluptuous woman as sexually salacious.”

“So, yeah, Fox and ABC probably thought that the god-given cleavage a larger model has is that much more scandalous than the toned and self-contained figure of a Victoria’s Secret Angel.”

Wait, that’s a really great point! How was the Lane Bryant commercial any different than any of the commercials that Victoria’s Secret has put out over the years?

And there, right THERE is the whole thing. This blogger nails the issue “they show skinny chicks with supple racks ALL the time in Victoria Secret ads on television but a chick over a size 8 gets on television with her buxom bosom and it’s treated as though it was pornographic?”


And now that you are all up to speed on the issues you can proceed to the video!

So… to wrap this all up with a pretty bow… when we see a company like Curvy Kate or HOTmilk about to showcase a beautifully curvy and voluptuous woman in an ad campaign… should we be worried about the backlash from the major networks and industries? How entrenched is this weird bias?

Should the plus size or large cup size lingerie industry be wary of trying to be too mainstream? How do we get the message out to huge corporations like Fox and ABC that we don’t agree with their policies?

Stuff to think on and debate. Tell me what you think… I’m curious to know if I’m the only one who is worried and irritated by the whole concept?




HOTmilk Nursing Lingerie, http://www.hotmilklingerie.co.nz

When I was pregnant with my first little one, the options for lingerie were limited by both my mind and my wallet.

You see, I had this ridiculous perception that my newly expanding figure was something to be hidden and down played. I was embarrassed by the overt fertility that I thought I would be flaunting. I believed my body should be celebrated only for it’s ability to create children and not for it’s innate sexiness. Absolute balderdash, I know?

Letting It All Hang Out With Pride

Mom to be Wear, Letting It All Hang Out With Pride

I bought bra’s of the industrial, granny genre rather than items that would allow me to showcase my blossoming curves. The old lady panties that I paired those-over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders were hideous. High waist-ed, made to sit at the belly button and with a stretchy lace band that left cruel indents on my little bump of a tummy. My body was changing and felt completely alien to me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it anymore, or if it was solely mine anymore. I had always been a fashionable woman and was vastly dismayed by what the retailers were offering as “stylish” pregnancy wear.

Looking in the mirror at my visible belly and engorged breasts encased in that nasty off white all cotton, full coverage, clip up cup bra and super large panties, I felt completely de-sexualized. My husband was kind, but his solution to the problem (just stay home and be naked all the time… that is waaaay more sexy) really didn’t help one iota.

Now who wouldn’t feel powerful and glamorous schlepping around in those underclothes? No me for one. To be honest, it is amazing that we ever had a second child!

After my little one was born, I bought the same hideously constructed nursing bras and continued to wear my stretchy panties all the while bemoaning the fact the cute lingerie didn’t come in a nursing variety or the size of my nursing bosom.

Standard Old Lady-esque Gear for the Bosoms, Anti- Sex Device

Triumph-lace-maternity-bra, Standard Old Lady-esque Gear for the Bosoms, Anti- Sex Device

I began to wonder…. why the heck wasn’t there a better option? Something that isn’t meant to look like a medieval torture device. Something that would help to show off my lovely assets and keep them supported and well decorated at the same time?

Apparently I wasn’t the only one wondering these things; There are several absolutely fabulous brands of maternity specific lingerie available for all the expectant mums to choose from. Today I would like to look at HOTmilk

The design team behind HOTmilk had much the same epiphany as I did, however, Lisa actually followed through with it;

“The inspiration came when I was pregnant with my first child. I have three girls aged 4, 3 and 10 months. After a lifetime of wearing beautiful lingerie I was horrified with the maternity lingerie I was faced with. I was pregnant – not 90!” – Lisa

“Having been friends with Lisa for 12 years, I was thrilled when she shared her inspiration with me. I came on board with her to help bring this brilliant concept to fruition and what a fantastic journey we are on together!” – Ange

HOTmilk Lingerie is a New Zealand based company which has grown rapidly to become a global leader in only three years. Along this remarkable and eventful journey – which we sometimes like to the excitement of a pregnancy! – we have both had children and know the benefits of wearing HOtmilk firsthand. It has certainly not been easy but it has been challenging and rewarding – just like motherhood! – Lisa and Ange

HOTmilk Lingerie: http://www.hotmilklingerie.co.nz/lingerie-1-10/#

HOTmilk_hero- Her Midnight Charm was Striking Nursing Set, http://www.hotmilklingerie.co.nz/lingerie-1-10/#

Their fabulous collection of Bra and Panty sets, Camisoles and Night Wear are stunning enough, to make me wish I was expecting again. The lingerie is styled for comfort and also to maximize the beauty of the pregnant figure. Both luxurious and commandingly functional, the lingerie is intended to help you reconnect with stylish and sexy woman you have always been.

Pregnant Models, modeling maternity clothes! Genuis!

HOTmilk_Silhouette of a Secret Nursing Bra, Pregnant Models, modeling maternity clothes! Genuis!

Their blog is written in the style of that knowledgeable best friend that refuses to let you cop out and feel down.

They have a section devoted to helping men buy lingerie for their expectant partners (Why oh why doesn’t every other retailer’s site do this too?), which is pure genius!

All in all, they are a company hell bent on making pregnancy and breastfeeding a little more sensual and a lot less repressed.

I can only say, on behalf of all women, everywhere, “Thank you Hot Milk, Thank you sooooo much!”