Disclaimer: The products reviewed in this post were purchased and an additional item was gifted for the purpose of review. A further product has been made available by the brand for a giveaway.
During pregnancy and post birth our bodies change a lot and one of the most noticeable changes can be our boobs; they get bigger, heavier, if you choose breastfeed then they take on a life of their own filling up with milk and getting even bigger. It can make it really difficult to find underwear that fits well when your body is constantly changing.
I knew I wanted to give breast feeding a really good try with Taya and when my ordinary bras became too tight during my pregnancy I bought myself two bras from Mumba Bra. They were nursing friendly so I knew I wouldn’t have to buy again and the material was so soft and stretchy it didn’t matter how big they grew once my milk came in.
I started wearing the bras from about half way through my pregnancy and a part of me felt like I would never ever wear a wired bra again, they were so comfortable but still really supportive that you couldn’t tell I didn’t have a fully wired bra on.
A few months later, shortly before Taya arrived, Liz from Mumba Bra got in touch and asked if I would like to review one of her bras? Of course I said yes because I was already wearing the ones I had bought but she kindly sent a gorgeous purple one to me for the purposes of this review.
So, let me tell you what I think of these bras…they just might be the best nursing purchase I’ve ever made!
I know that sounds like a bold claim but honestly I love everything about them:
- The material is so soft that they have fitted perfectly during pregnancy and post birth, during those tough few hours between feeds when your boobs feel like rocks and every movement hurts, the bra is still super comfy and it stretches with you.
- They’re perfect to wear at night too, I’ve been wearing mine to sleep in because they provide great support and help to keep breast pads in place regardless of your sleeping position so no waking up in a puddle of milk.
- The monochrome patterned inlay has two handy uses, firstly it helps to keep the majority of your boob covered whilst you feed so you don’t feel completely exposed and secondly it provides focus and stimulation for your baby to help hold their attention whilst they feed. This can encourage them to feed for longer and prevent them from becoming distracted and unlatching to look around the room.
- The nursing clip has a numbered system to remind you to feed evenly from both breasts. Start each day on the black numbers, once you feed you close the hook on a white number which will prompt you to use the other side next time. Once you are on your next round, you open on the white and close on the black and so on. The idea is that if you feed evenly from both breasts you will encourage your body to create an even milk supply across both sides. As well as this handy feature the clips are actually really strong; the nursing bras I used with Amelia were hopeless, the hooks would become detached just by walking around and I would be constantly doing them up again. Something I’ve never had to do with the Mumba Bra.
When I attempted to breast feed Amelia I was so self conscious and didn’t know what to do with my arms or how to hold her so that I wasn’t completely exposed which meant I never once had the courage to attempt to feed her in public. With Taya, I’ve felt completely at ease to feed her in the supermarket, on a park bench, even walking around town. Whenever she’s needed it I felt I could pop her on and keep going because I knew that with the modesty inlay no one could see anything even if they were looking at us.
I always feel that when I review a product I should talk about the negatives, the things I don’t like about it and I’ve tried really hard to come up with something for the sake of balance but I can’t. There’s nothing I don’t like about these bras and even when my breast feeding journey is finishing I know I’ll keep wearing them.
Breastfeeding is hard work, it’s a huge commitment and in order to do it successfully you need to have the right tools to help and support you. There’s a huge market of support items out there; some are gimmicks and some are complete life savers.
I’m going to end this review with another really bold claim; I’m pretty sure I would not have been so successful feeding Taya this time and I know I wouldn’t have felt so confident to feed her in public without these bras.
Win a Mumba Bra
As previously mentioned, I’ve been lucky enough to be working with Mumba Bra recently, I had purchased two bras before Liz got in touch with me so I already knew how good they were and that I loved wearing them. I was kindly sent anther bra as a gift and now we have a bra to giveaway to another mama.
If you want to find out more about the Mumba Bra, check out their website here.
The prize will be a Maya Freedom bra which is available in either White or Purple, for your chance to win you need to:
- Follow me on Instagram @mylifeasmamma
- Follow Mumba Bra on Instagram @mumba_bra
- Like my photo relating to this post and tag a friend in the comments. More comments, more tags = more entries.
The giveaway will close at midnight on Friday 26th April and the winner will be drawn and announced on Saturday 27th April.
Good luck and happy feeding mamas!