Pumping used to be just a part of my morning routine and I never really thought of it as an annoyance, especially since I would average 6-7 oz at a time. My husband, the first week we were home, went out and bought a hands-free bra for me so that I could occupy myself during those twenty minute sessions. And it was fine. But it was a pain, because I had to remove my nursing bra, zip myself into the hands-free one and then remove it and put the nursing bra back on when I was done. I didn’t use it as much as I thought.
When Bravado Designs asked me to review their brand new Clip and Pump nursing bra accessory that launched earlier this month, as well as a few of their other nursing bras… yeah. I got really excited. The company was started by two women, ones who actually wear bras, so they seem to know what moms really want.
*Discloser: I was given a Bravado Clip and Pump nursing bra accessory, Body Silk Seamless nursing bras and Body Silk Seamless nursing cami mentioned in this post for free in exchange for an honest review.
Clip and Pump nursing accessory
Bravado Designs, makers of those incredibly soft nursing bras, actually conducted a survey of nursing moms and found that 23% of pumping moms use a hands-free pumping bra, and that number is increasing. The survey also found that many moms aren’t happy with the current hands-free options. Think about it: sure it works fine to just hold on to the bottles when pumping. But I’ll tell you now, if I had to pump every two hours back in the day, whether I was at work or home, I would NEED my hands free, even to just hold a book in my hands to pass the time. (I may also have been known to eat Chick-Fil-A.)
Full disclosure: I don’t look this good pumping breast milk. But I do have a big smile on my face while doing it, because this attachment is amazing. It may have taken a few tries and an over-eager husband willing to help me finagle into it, because I was a dummy and didn’t really look at the instructions first. Don’t be like me; take the 30 seconds and read the instructions.
When wearing one of their nursing bras or camis, all you have to do is undo the clips as you would when you will nurse. Put the Clip and Pump on and attach those clips onto your Bravado bra. Then wiggle your cups down underneath (as in image 7 above) and insert your breast shields with a sort of circular motion through the slits: There is no need to ever detach the shield from the bottle AND no exposing your breasts in the process.
That was the best part of this bra: it was so easy to insert the breast shields. I decided against giving you my own demonstration of this because this video does a much better job at not whipping nipples at the camera.
It held up the shields and bottles so much better than I thought. I then removed the Clip and Pump after reattaching my nursing bra, but you could leave it on over your bra until the next pumping session (which makes more sense, if you pump frequently).
Whether you pump at home, at the office, or in the car, this bra is a game-changer. How many of us would continue to pump, or pump longer if we had something like this that actually worked to leave our hands free?
Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra and Body Silk Seamless Nursing Cami
I wore two of these nursing bras, one in Ivory and one in Sea Glass, which is this pretty teal color. Gorgeous. Especially flattering when you want to flash the old guy at the mall while nursing a toddler. True story. To be fair, I was given three hand me down nursing bras when I had Olivia and in addition to becoming threadbare, they had no lift whatsoever to speak of. These Body Silk Seamless bras, along with being super soft, actually made me feel 20 years old again (with big post-pregnancy boobs). The stretchy material is safe for both mamas and babies and fits women 32B—46G in sizes S, M, L, and XL.
They were easy to unclip to nurse and since they are perfectly paired with the Clip and Pump nursing accessory, it went smoothly when I pumped. And thanks to the removable foam inserts in their bras, I didn’t have those pesky nipples showing through. Because how awkward is that? My nipples always used to show through on my old nursing bras. My apologies to friends and family.
The Body Silk Seamless nursing cami was so comfortable (and also works perfectly with the Clip and Pump as well!). I always needed to wear a tank top under my clothes to help with covering while nursing, but this takes the place of wearing both a nursing bra and tank.
These bras and camis are so soft, that you may want to continue wearing them after you’re done nursing or pumping. Each of Bravado’s bras come with a conversion kit that converts them into a normal bra!
I have another review and giveaway coming up from Bravado Designs later in the month as they launch some fabulous new bras and you don’t want to miss out!
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If you would like to win a nursing wardrobe of the Clip and Pump nursing bra accessory ($30) along with a Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra ($49), and Body Silk Seamless cami ($55) enter via the Rafflecopter link below! Winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday morning!