I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions and small-chested insecurities remain my own.
When I was fourteen, you would’ve been hard pressed to convince me that I’d one day be grateful to be president of the Itty Bitty Titty Commitee. I can now confidently console scrawny, awkward, flat-chested me with the fact that not only is more than a handful a waste, it’s also seems rather cumbersome should you birth children.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding has brought me to the brink of average bust-size, and certainly has meant I can’t trot around without a bra anymore. I even sleep in a bra to keep my nursing pads in place (rather than waking in a pool of milk).
I won’t go near an underwire with a ten-foot pole though. (I will admit that in high school I insisted on a completely unnecessary underwire so I could be like my more developed peers.) If I need support—and now that this is my second time at the rodeo—I definitely do, it better be comfy. The Cloth Diaper Source sent me an Ingrid & Isabel Nursing Cami and Nursing Bra to try out. Sarah used her experience as a former manager at La Senza (the place I used to dig around in vain for pretty 34 A-cup boulder holders) to make sure I was choosing the right size. Both the cami and bra come with a light layer of removable padding. which I haven’t used. (Although Cub found them and used one as a hat…) When the bra and tank arrived, I wondered if I really should have sized up, as Sarah had tentatively suggested. After wearing both now for a couple of weeks, I figure I could have gone with a medium, but sooner rather than later the ladies will be shrinking back down to size anyway!
I’ve blogged often about how I am awfully lazy in many aspects of my life. The Ingrid & Isabel bra doesn’t have clasps: that’s one step less when getting dressed!
I love that both the tank and bra feature a drop cup. With Cub, I bought department store-brand nursing bras from the now-defunct and sorely missed Zellers, and they had a triangle of fabric around each breast. These pieces of fabric would get drenched with leaked milk and also inhibited nice skin to skin contact.
Another issue with my first nursing bras was that they were plain old cotton. They stretched out quickly and were too loose once I started making less milk. They also offered almost no support.
Both the tank and bra are made of super stretchy 92% spandex and 8% nylon. Spandex is amazing. I remember my busty friends in high school lamenting the pain of going up and down stairs or jogging and I would just pretend I knew what they were talking about. Wearing my Ingrid & Isabel skivvies, my breasts don’t jiggle about, so, even full of milk, I’m not clutching my chest as I trot down the stairs.
I love pairing the nursing tank with my button-down shirts for a practical nursing solution that isn’t too revealing when I forget to button back up again (which happens specifically on days when I have to open the door for the mailman). The tank is nice and long, and perfect tummy-tucking coverage. This plaid shirt is my absolute favourite, and I always wear it with my Ingrid & Isabel cami and Iron Mom mask. Shop & Connect:
Central Alberta’s The Cloth Diaper Source carries more than cloth diapers: they’ve got lots of maternity accessories, too! They offer free shipping in Canada over $99 and a low flat-rate of $6.99. They also offer free delivery in Red Deer, Lacombe, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, Ponoka and Innisfail.