August is breastfeeding awareness month! To all breastfeeding moms, happy breastfeeding month and congratulations for giving your child the best milk! Here’s the continuation of my breastfeeding items review – I’m focusing on wearables on this installment. Hope you find it helpful!
Because I was a first-time mom when I had Mia, breastfeeding in public somehow made me feel uncomfortable (but I later realized I shouldn’t – BREASTFEEDING is NORMAL!). The thought of having parts of me exposed made me a bit queasy. So I shopped for nursing covers, ponchos, and other cover-ups but my precious Mia feels so uncomfortable feeding under ANY type of cover. She cries and sweats a lot if I attempt to feed her under a nursing cover – no matter how flimsy or breathable the fabric is. I could not blame her – I mean can you try putting a blanket over you while you eat your dinner? 🙂 I tried looking for alternatives and found out shops that offers nursing wear – Genius! Although the clothes are not really as cheap as we would hope it would be, their prices are not too steep either. Here are the shops where I get my nursing wear from:
They have very nice dresses and special occasion nursing clothes – so don’t worry if you have a party or a wedding to attend to. Their dresses are pretty, the fabric they use is high-quality and the “accesses” are not conspicuous! They have basic shirts which I love – and bought a few to wear for grocery shopping, or when we go on pedia visits. If you want to get discounts – sign up on their site and get a few percent off your first purchases. Elin would also have sales – so better visit their site every time to get those nursing clothes with marked down prices.
I first came across Latch-a-Babe in one of the stores in Robinson’s Galleria and bought a few nursing tops However, since that store closed already, I was only able to buy more from this brand when I was preparing for Mika’s arrival. Good thing, they now sell in Zalora – I was able to buy nice tops! Here’s one of my favorite finds – maternity top that can be used as a nursing top when the baby comes out:
Since I started breastfeeding Mia, I had to pack away my not-breastfeeding friendly underwear. I had to let go of them because, first, my breasts got an upgrade and second, I found out (painfully) that it causes my breasts to have plugged ducts. I have made the mistake of trying out one of my pre-pregnancy underwear and I had to endure the pain afterwards. I’ve bought a nursing bras from local and foreign brands and here are some of them:
My mother-in-law gave me these when I was breastfeeding Mia – these are cotton bras without padding and support. They are great for everyday use and durable. If you are not very much concerned with support and form (this is actually the least of my priorities the first few months of breastfeeding!) Avon’s underwear can be your go-to bra. The material is cotton, and the clasp is on the strap – which is very convenient when nursing. I’m not sure how much these cost, but I’m assuming it’s just under 500Php so it’s a good deal.
I bought these through my mommy-friend and online shopping buddy based in Malaysia. She swears by the brand, and I can understand why. I bought a few pieces and I loved it! Their sleep bras are very comfy, no clasps needed – you just need to slide the fabric to the side and feed your baby. Surprisingly, this sleep bra provide subtle support – even without underwire. I love the fabric because it’s soft and breathable. I use this not only during bed time but also during the day – I just put nursing pad for added coverage. I’ve ordered a few because this is one of my favorites. This just cost me less than 500Php including shipping cost.
H&M’s MAMA nursing bras has got to be my favorite nursing underwear. These are made of microfibre materials with memory foam padding which – based from their website- are shaped to fit the bust with the aid of body heat. These bras are soft, and comfy but at the same time stylish and provides support. I’ve bought a couple on our UK trip last year and I regret not buying more. They look and feel like normal bras, but they of course have a clasp on the straps to provide access to the breasts. They are good t-shirt bras too – they are seamless and can be worn under blouses without the obvious seams. I bought these at about £15 each which is about 900Php, good deal if you ask me!
I hope the local brands would have more options and styles for nursing bras – there’s a big market for it now that a lot of mothers are breastfeeding. Hopefully the local brands pick-up soon!
To complete this part 2 of breastfeeding items reviews – I’m reviewing breast pads. I’ve only had the chance to try disposables – sorry this is not a very environmental- friendly option – since it was very convenient. When I had Mia, we lived in a condo where doing the laundry is a struggle – I had to bring our laundry on a weekly basis to my parent’s house and using re-usable cloth breast pads would not really be practical. I’ve tried several and have settled with Pigeon’s breast pads as my preference – here are some of the brands I’ve tried:
Mothercare’s disposable breast pads are cheaper compared to other popular brands but I did not really like it because it does not really stay in place. The material is also not very absorbent and soft. These comes in a big box of 80’s and it took a while before I used everything up because I would prefer to use the other breast pads that I have.
Avent’s breast pads are of great quality – they are comfortable to wear, it also has adhesive that sticks to your bra and lets the pads stay in place. These are ultra absorbent and I didn’t need to change the pads even if I was out the whole day. These are a bit pricey though and if you are very blessed to have overflowing milk and breasts leak more than usual, you might just want to consider buying the re-usable Avent pads.
My favorite of all the breast pads I’ve tried is from Pigeon. I got a sample from attending a birthing class when I was pregnant with Mia. Pigeon’s pads are absorbent, and the material is soft and does not irritate the areola. The pads have two adhesive tapes that keep the pad in place and prevent it from bunching up
I’ve been breastfeeding for four years now (for both Mia and Mika combined) and I am not anymore as timid in breastfeeding in public anymore. With the help of breastfeeding moms support groups and the current awareness of breastfeeding – I’ve gained confidence that breast feeding is normal, and I should not be ashamed of feeding my children because it’s the most normal thing to do. With that being said, I do not anymore find the need to be always in nursing wear and shop lots of nursing-friendly clothes but of course, since nursing wear have become more fashionable, it is a good excuse to shop!
WHO infographic on Breastfeeding.
P.S. I’m extending my breastfeeding items give away till end of August since it’s breastfeeding month! If you want to join, please leave your name and email in the comment section.