If you have a relatively small band size and a large cup size then I'm sure you have been having a hard time finding a great, comfy and supportive nursing bra in your size. I've always loved the Bravado BodySilk Seamless nursing bra, it's been worn 3 times a week for the last 6 years plus (I own 3). The BodySilk only fits up to an F so I was so glad when I found out that Bravado had designed an all new nursing bra that fits up to an HH/J cup (that's L/M if you are across the pond).
I've been wearing mine for a couple of months now and I've been fitting them for about a month, so I think now is the right time to talk about them from a user and from a fitters perspective. Mine is a 34E/F and it's now a staple of my weekly bra wardrobe, and I'm always glad to put it on.
The Fabric -
44% Cotton, 42% Nylon and 14% Spandex - all the benefits of a cotton fabric with the stretch from the Spandex and feel of microfibre. This revolutionary patenet pending Bravado Dynatex™ fabric is breathable and seamless for a smooth look under clothing. It has four-way stretch which helps it to mould to you changing breast shape.
The Fit -
This is a full cup nursing bra providing great coverage, keeping everything in its place. The back panels are designed to be slimming and the wide band helps with this also. The straps are fully extending and the band has four settings with another 3 on the free extender that comes with every bra. The side sling allows for maximum skin to skin contact and access for nursing. From my somewhat limited experience with this nursing bra I am finding that the band is a little snug so you may need to use the extender but this will only extend the life of the bra for you as you shrink back down and as the bra may stretch a little over time (less so if you take care of it really well).
The Support -
As mentioned previously this nursing bra is designed to fit up to an HH/J cup (in 34/36 band sizes) with some sizes up to a 44 band without the use of wires. What I love to see when I'm fitting a large cup bra is the band when the bra is on. This usually means that the breast is being well supported and kept where they should be. I'll add feedback to the bottom of this review from my customers for you to read about from a larger cup point of view. You may also feel more at ease to know that Bravado tests their nursing clips to hold at least 60lb in weight.
The Specifics -
The Bravado Essential Embrace™ Nursing Bra is available in 3 colours Black/Purple, White/Orchid and Chai/Almond with the second colour as piping detail at the edge of the fabric and on diamond details on the straps.
Black/Purple, White/Orchid, Chai/Almond
The bra should be washed only up to 30 degrees on a gentle cycle and hung dry. The sizing is a dual cup size (see the chart below) with HH/J cups only available in a 34 and 36 band size. If you are currently a 30 band size, you may fit well in the 32 band as it comes up a little snug.
Find the Bravado Essential Embrace Nursing Bra for sale at the BoobieMilk website. I currently stock it in black in the larger sizes, but I have more sizes on their way and I'm happy to take pre-orders for any out of stock colours or sizes as I order regularly. The RRP is £34 but please use the code SUPPORT for 10% off your order at checkout.
Independent Reviews -
Vicki (13/03/14) 34HH/J
"I love it, it is so comfortable and provides really good support. I love the fact that it has a converter kit with it too (just in case it still has life left in it when you have finished breastfeeding)! x"
"I find it really supportive. i don't feel like my boobs are too low and as the material is strong it seems to hold me in place much better than my other bras.with big boobs i've found it hard to find a bra that looks good without the support from the wire and i would definately recommend this for comfort and support! x"
Rebecca (9/02/14) 36FF/G
"My favourite bra!!"
Claire (3/02/14) 34GG/H
"Thank you so much for sending the Bravado Embrace to me. The sizing was great for me, but as I have been wearing a HH (this was GG/H) it's maybe quite generous in the cup. In saying that, the back was a very snug fit but I was able to use the enclosed extender, which worked brilliantly. This is the most supportive nursing bra I've found so far and I'm really pleased!"