Sunday, 10 May 2009
by Mama Monkey
I just couldn't help but share my opinion on this wonderful nursing tank. As a 'well endowed' woman, finding a nursing tank can be pretty near impossible. Most of them that are out there only have, what is referred to as, a shelf bra. For a large breasted woman, shelf bra is really just another word for useless. They don't really hold anything up and tend to just give a very unsupported uniboob look. I tried some of these with my last child 2 years ago and really wish I had never put my money into them.
Thus, when I found out I was pregnant again ... and due in late May ... I started a search for a better nursing tank. During the summer, all I wear is pants/capris and tank tops, as I do not wear shorts out of my house no matter how hot it is. So I need a few good nursing tanks to live in this summer. I went to a local boutique and, after trying on a few of the shelf bra type, the woman at the store recommended that I try the Bravado Nursing Tank as it actually has a full bra. I fell in love immediately!
Admittedly, I am still a bit large for this tank also (the largest size is 40 F/G) so I do get a bit of the uniboob look. But it is not nearly as bad and at least my boobs are supported instead of drooping near my belly button. The length is wonderful and has worked great for wearing under clothes while I am pregnant as it covers what my regular shirts no longer do - avoiding the peeking belly look. It is form fitting, but not clingy and doesn't ride up.
While it is great and I do love it, nothing is absolutely perfect. The clips for unhooking are pretty discreet (I think), but are definitely not the easiest to re-clip one handed. (I have been practicing.) Also, when you fold down the top to nurse, there is no under layer to help cover some of your chest while you nurse. I am not sure about this yet, as part of me thinks it will make it harder to be discreet but another part of me realizes that sometimes dealing with that underlayer and trying to get the hole to match up to where it should can be a hassle. I have not yet actually used this top for nursing as my baby is not due for 3 more weeks, so we shall see how that one settles out. The only other down fall I can think of it that it is a bit pricey at $40-$50 a pop. For me, it isn't that big a deal as even the nursing bras I can get to work for me are about the same price and with this it is like a 2-for-1 as it is a tank also. But that is a lot to spend on one item. I am really thinking it will get a lot of use and become priceless very quickly though.
And there you have it. My raving review of the Bravado Nursing Tank. The only store near me that sold them actually just closed, but they can be found on line at numerous sites. The best site I have found is breakoutbras.com . They have great prices, don't charge for standard shipping (mine took less than a week to get to me) and offer a discount for return shoppers. I totally recommend this nursing tank to any and every nursing mother. Happy Nursing!