Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. You see the photographs of the mother and her baby gazing into one another's eyes, drowning in a sea of oxytocin. While I was pregnant with my son, I looked forward to breastfeeding. I had a goal of at least a year (we are almost there!). When I would daydream about nursing, I always imagined laying in bed and cuddling my little boy. My daydreams became a reality on Valentine's Day of 2015. Ezra latched for the first time around 8:45 pm, it was a little latch and it definitely didn't last as long as I was expecting. As the next couple months went on, we had our fair share of struggles but for the most part, breastfeeding was bliss.. until he was around 4 months.
For the first four months of Ezra's life, we stayed home. He was born in the winter, so it was easy to stay inside nestled in my robe. When Ezra was four months old, we took a trip to Michigan for a family wedding. It was then that I realized how uncomfortable my nursing bra was. Up until this point I had rarely worn it, I was content wearing a nursing tank every shirt or just a nursing tank by itself. While I was visiting family, I wrestled with my bra trying to get easy access to nurse my impatient baby. I shopped at six different stores while I was in Michigan (even maternity stores) and couldn't find a bra that fit right and was comfortable-- let alone cute. I finally gave up after a couple days and decided not to wear one at all.
As time went on I would only wear my nursing bra (also the only bra that I had that fit me) if all of my nursing tanks were dirty. Not only was every bra I had tried uncomfortable but completely and totally unflattering. For those of you who don't know, after a woman has a baby, she doesn't always feel so sexy. While a woman is nursing, often times her libido is much lower as well. Long gone were the days of feeling sexy in a bra. Sure, I was content with my body. I had lost my baby weight, but my bras just were uncomfortable and unflattering! I felt like the "fun" in bra shopping was gone.. gone forever-- or until I was done nursing.
Enter.. Bella Materna ...
I came across Bella Materna on Instagram a couple months ago. I was floored when I searched their store! The cute little online store had beautiful bras that actually looked sexy but also looked like they would serve the purpose of a nursing bra. To be honest, I didn't have much hope.. I got the bra thinking, "Well at least it is kinda sexy. It probably won't even be comfortable."
Was I ever wrong! I ordered my bra and it showed up on my doorstep 4 days later. I opened the box and my bra was wrapped in pink tissue paper-- completely adorable. It came with a translucent racerback accessory-- perfect for tank tops in the summer time (I was never a fan of showing bra straps). I quickly put the bra on and threw a t shirt over my head and was out the door to go grocery shopping with my husband.
Ezra asked to nurse about a half hour into our grocery trip. I was wearing him in my ergo and quickly unsnapped the bra and let him nurse. Hmm.. that was simple and discrete. We shopped for about three hours (we do big shopping once a month) and I was so comfortable in the bra that I actually forgot I was wearing one.. That hasn't happened to me since I was about ten weeks pregnant. I mentioned to my husband that the new bra I bought was pretty comfortable.. we joked that he might not have to be embarrassed when his friends came around because his wife refused to wear a bra... (yeah it was that bad.. no shame!)
Later that night when I was getting undressed my husband glanced over at me and then took a double take... "Hey there... is that your new bra?" I blushed.. yup first time I've blushed in a long time. I turned and looked at myself in the mirror-- whoa I thought to myself.. The bra fit perfectly. No discomfort. It was easy to nurse in and it even looked just fine under my clothes!
I have to admit I love this bra so much, that I'm probably going to buy a couple more... Oh and one other thing that is so awesome about this bra?? They expect this bra to last you all the way through nursing! See those little hoops in the center?? Those are to convert the nursing bra into a standard bra once you are done nursing! How cool right??
As I looked a little further on their site I saw that they even offer bras for even bigger sizes (up to J)! I know quite a few moms who had difficulty finding nursing bras that were big enough for them-- look no further ladies... bella materna has you covered!
I plan to buy their Anytime Nursing Gowns to wear around the house and in the summer time when I watch Ezra play in our backyard!
Seriously ladies- BEST BRA EVER! Go order yourselves one!!
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My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!