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Post  kat on Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:16 pm

So do you have favourite BF bras/clothes?

I have a ton since that's all I've pretty much worn since February 2007. I don't miss underwire all that much.

I started off with the Australia Bonds Baby Bump maternity tank tops. I bought four and they get a lot of use to this day.

I also bought a bunch of nursing bras while in Australia since they don't really carry my size in Japan. I bought a bunch from Target etc and most of them are pretty good, but I mostly love my Bravado tank tops. I have three and wear them to bed every single night. They fit well, come in a lot of different sizes, are supportive and comfortable EXCEPT I hate the type of closure it has where you undo the cup part. I have the ones with the hole rather than the hook and since I do most of my nursing lying down - this part pokes into my face - very uncomfortable...but that's my only gripe. Oh and they are a little thick for summer days if wearing another top over the tank...I can't bear to wear just the tank out since it is VERY revealing!!!

I didn't buy a lot of specific nursing clothes - I just bought a lot of stretchy clothes. I did buy a BOOB nursing top and a BOOB nursing dress and I love both. Of course the Swedish came up with super simple yet stylish and functional nursing wear.

I wish I had the feeding B Warmer Hoodie in the beginning when J was born. It looks so comfortable and warm when you are up throughout the night feeding in the wintertime!! Ah it's making me nostalgic!!
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Post  metalmom on Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:54 pm

I also have a BOOB top and totally wish I had a dress too. the only thing I don't like about the top is it's a bit tight around the tummy area which reveals the "mummy bump".

When I was pregnant with Lucy in Japan I bought some Muji nursing tanks which only come in one size (luckily mine), and I've worn those things TO DEATH with both pregnancies and all throughout the nursing months - in fact I'm wearing one right now. It's not too hot here on Vancouver Island in the summertime so I can wear tanks under regular shirts. I always wear one (or my BOOB top) when I know I'll be nursing in public, because I hate revealing flesh when I'm just wearing a bra and have to yank up my shirt. The worst is on public transport when you're sitting next to some old dude.

Do any of you wear nursing pads on a daily basis? I only wore them daily up until when I started both girls on solids when my milk supply went down a bit and I wouldn't leak as much.
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Post  kat on Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:14 pm

I had to feed Jake on the Shink(ansen) next to some old man - it was SO uncomfortable!

The BOOB top I bought is the squared neck tunic in black and it totally accounts for the 'mummy bump' - thank god!! I put on so much weight when pregnant, but now that it is FINALLY coming off - the top is now flowy. I wear it to work A LOT because I still have to pump twice a day and easy access is still an issue.

I NEVER used breast pads - in the beginning since I was sitting at home all the time, I would just stuff those little Japanese gauze cloths down there!! I had a problem with leaking on one side when Jake would latch on to the other the my milk would let down, so I would have to 'ring the doorbell' if you know what I mean (I have to say that's my fav breastfeeding phrase!!). I did leak every now and again so I've pretty much worn black tops exclusively since J was born....until recently!
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Post  metalmom on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:01 pm

OK, never heard the term "ring the doorbell" Laughing I was told by a Japanese nurse when Lucy was born never to do that as it could cause mastitis, so I never have - just let the flood gates release, hence the breast pads.
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Post  kat on Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:40 am

interesting!!! i do it ALL the time and have never had a problem - knock on wood!! I must say though I tried to use lilypadz once overnight (which apparently work using the ring your doorbell concept) and i got pretty sick - fever etc...but it was ok the next day day - weird! luckily bravado tops are super absorbent!!
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Post  floatingworld on Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:17 am

I wore the Bonds singlets too, they were great, especially for the first few weeks. Since then the best thing has been a couple of crop tops that I bought from an Australian website called Queenbee - http://www.queenbee.com.au/product.aspx?id=794&catid=75 - the funny thing is, when they arrived all the packaging was Japanese, which made me wonder if they were a Japanese maternity or sport bra or something. Anyway, they have been great - I wear a lot of v-neck tops, and with one of these underneath I can just push the fabric aside to feed. Very discrete, and not so draughty now that it's winter here.
I have some more traditional Berlei nursing bras too, but I prefer the crop tops.
Also... I used to do the doorbell thing all the time, and haven't had any trouble with mastitis yet... touch wood.
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Post  kat on Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:10 pm

Suzy, I totally bet that top was from Japan. Those sport type crossover crop tops are the most popular type of nursing bras here. I also have a couple and love them and they were the only thing I could wear when my milk first came in - my bonds tanks were too tight!! They are more for wearing to bed for me because I'm blessed/cursed with a larger bust area now - totally wouldn't be enough support for wearing out the house. Good to know they are available in Australia though. They are about half that price in Japan, but I figure a lot of stuff might actually be cheaper in Japan. I hope we can afford to live in Australia when we move!!!! ha!
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Post  pixiepurls on Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:45 am

I had a victoria secret nursing bra that I adored, but they stopped carrying them (I think it was a test) and it broke in my mothers awful washing machine when I visited. So I got some platex ones that worked pretty good but not as pretty as the VS.

Now I only nurse at morning and night so I wanted to get some normal bra's but it's been a struggle.. I am not happy with anything. I am like inbetween a B and C and nothing fits right.. too tight or too big.

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