I discovered Bravado during my third pregnancy when a friend recommended getting the Bodysilk Seamless Nursing Bra. Until then, it had never crossed my mind to wear a nursing bra in pregnancy, but I loved it as soon as I tried it on. It was a perfect fit; the material was breathable and its removable padding meant it was the ideal bra to wear under any outfit. I wore it under T-shirts, work shirt, dresses, silk tops… It was like a second skin, and I found it so comfortable I even ended up wearing it at night towards the end of my pregnancy. It also turned out to be my favourite bra when I was breastfeeding Jumpy.
When I was choosing what to review from the Bravado range, I felt tempted to go for that staple wardrobe essential, but decided I should try something new just to check whether other items in the Bravado range were as good as the bra.
After breastfeeding three babies, I had tried quite a few nursing tanks, but was disappointed every time as they were badly designed, uncomfortable and unflattering. They were invariably way too large or too tight and I always ended up getting rid of the feeding tanks and wearing a low-cut tank top with one of my feeding bras. I did not have really high hopes when I asked to be sent a black Essential Nursing Bra Tank Top, but I have to say giving a bra size rather than a top size when ordering it aroused my interest.
The people at Bravado were kind enough to send me the tank top in two cup sizes the week before my due date. Until I received them, I did not realise the nursing vest was designed to double as a pregnancy one. I started wearing the smaller one the next day, and I have to say I was won over straight away. In fact, I have not worn anything other than my two essential nursing bra tanks since then, and it has been nearly four weeks!
I like wearing vests and having my tummy covered. I wore support vests for the whole length of my pregnancy. I liked feeling that my bump was nice and secure when it was tightly wrapped around comfortable fabric. I wore my essential nursing bra tank under my work outfits just before I went on maternity leave. It felt like wearing a decent bra with a good fit, not just a flimsy vest with a tiny bit of support. I liked the material of the vest as well as the fact I did not need an extra layer and it felt nice and snug against the bump. It was not however tight around the bump and I missed the comforting support for the bump. I was impressed that wearing it in pregnancy did not stretch the fabric but keep in mind I only wore it for a few days before I gave birth.
I have been living in those two vests since Wriggly was born. I am so grateful I was sent two as when one is in the wash, I can wear the other one. Both cup sizes have been ideal, even though I am more comfortable in the larger one now I am breastfeeding. It can be a bit of a struggle to get the vest on, but once it is on, it is so comfortable I quite simply do not want to take it off and I wear it day and night.
I have now been wearing the vests for almost a month, and even though I had bought myself a new Bodysilk Seamless Nursing Bra, since receiving the vests, I have not worn anything else. It is much more comfortable than a bra whilst providing the support you need. It is easy to clip open with one hand, which means my hungry newborn does not have to wait. It hides my stomach so I can just wear my normal tops and pull them up when Wriggly needs a feed. I am glad I did not have to buy expensive or unflattering nursing tops.
•I was sent two Bravado Essential Nursing Bra Tank Tops for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.