Breastfeeding, for me, has always been a very simple, cheap experience. The only things I have ever had to buy to make the experience more comfortable have been nursing bras and breast-pads. Even these things are not necessities for everyone – those mums who are lucky enough to be able to pull a regular bra down in order to feed, and not have a milk supply so fast and furious that it requires hourly breast-pad changes, and a change of outfit if a breast-pad change goes undone.
But every so often, something catches my attention that I know would make breastfeeding even easier than it already is. This nursing vest is one such thing.
The Glamourmom Nursing Vest, available from More 4 Mums, has an in-built bra, adjustable straps and clasps which unfasten to allow for breastfeeding. It is also long enough to cover my wobbly tummy, which is always an issue with me when nursing – I am much happier to pull tops down and reveal my boobs than to pull tops up to reveal my flabby tummy! This vest means that, when worn under another top, I don’t have to show my tummy at all, and only a minimal amount of boob, too. The material is both stretchy and soft, yet the top is rigid enough to provide good breast support.
At first, I wore the vest with a nursing bra underneath, as I was unsure of how supportive it would be. However, I (unintentionally) gave it a really thorough testing without a bra for extra support, as I stayed over at my parents’ one night when it was very snowy, forgetting while I was packing an overnight bag that I had work the next day. Braless is not how I usually turn up for work, and so the Glamourmom vest was truly put to the test as I spent eight and a half hours on my feet, imaging 20+ patients, with only the nursing vest to contain me beneath my uniform. It provided plenty of support, without being restrictive, and I had no embarrassing leaks.
The only slightly negative thing about this vest is the clasps. I found them impossible to unfasten one-handed, which is quite important when trying to contain a large and lively hungry nine month old. I am, however, convinced that this was my fault as opposed to that of the vest, and that I was just unable to get used to the fact that the clasps opened in the opposite direction to those on my nursing bras, causing me much confusion and frustration. It takes very little to confuse or frustrate me these days. As it turns out, there was no need to open the clasps at all in order to feed, as the straps of the vest are very stretchy making it just as easy to pull the whole top of the vest down. This caused much less confusion and frustration, for both me and for Pea.
While there is no real need to buy any special clothing at all when breastfeeding, I think owning a couple of these vests would make life much easier, especially for first-time breastfeeding mums when nursing in public, as they can be worn under another top and provide a good amount of discretion. They eliminate the need for nursing bras, they provide the perfect amount of coverage, and at £16 each, they hardly break the bank.
And guess what? More 4 Mums, online retailers of affordable maternity and nursing wear, are giving one lucky Dummy Mummy reader the chance to win one of these vests. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post, and if your comment is the one randomly drawn at the end of the competition, you will get to choose the colour and size from the More 4 Mums website.
Terms and Conditions:
Each comment will be numbered consecutively, (ie the first comment will be numbered 1, the second 2, and so on). One winner will be drawn at random from the comments on this post, chosen by random.org.
Competition closes at midnight on 30th April 2013.
The winner will be drawn and notified on 1st May 2013.
The winner’s name and details will be sent to More 4 Mums, who will then contact the winner for their chosen size and colour of Glamourmom Nursing Vest.
The prize will be sent out directly from More 4 Mums, not from Dummy Mummy.
The prize is a Glamourmom Nursing Vest. No alternative prizes are on offer.