This event is brought you by our exclusive event sponsor: A Mother’s Boutique!
You may have noticed A Mother’s Boutique has sponsored my entire Bump Ahead event! That’s because Judy, the owner is committed to providing moms and expectant moms the best products and customer service to help them get ready for any motherhood challenge! I’m grateful to have had this experience working with Judy and A Mother’s Boutique for the event. Not only has the sponsorship helped my blog keep bringing you great giveaways, but Judy is a wealth of information on just about any brand of maternity gear!
Or the breastfeeding accessories, breastpumps, slings, organic clothing… or Judy’s own great Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms or advice on Working and Breastfeeding (click the links to read the full-color PDF brochures! Some great information there!).
But today I want to share a very unique experience I had with A Mother’s Boutique Virtual Bra Fitting service.
My first time breastfeeding, I went through at least six or seven different brands of nursing bras. Finding a good bra on a normal day is hard enough, but when you’re breastfeeding and need it to fit AND function… good luck!
Here’s where Judy from A Mother’s Boutique comes to the rescue! She created a Virtual Bra Fitting page on her blog to help women find the perfect bra for any stage of motherhood. Five simple questions allow her to determine the best selection of bras for each client. I thought it would end there, but I was pleasantly surprised when I received my bra suggestions (she sent me four!), each one had a personalized description attached!
Each bra suggestion came with a detailed description of why that bra might fit my needs, and even if there was a feature that might not quite fit what I had been looking for. So I could weight the pros/cons of each bra and select the ones I thought would work best. I appreciated hearing more than just a sales pitch – it was honestly one woman to another discussing bra fit/function.
The Mesh Plunge Bralet is a foam cup nursing bra. I like the mesh detailing over the cups – it adds a little femininity. There are six hook/eye closure adjustments in the back. It’s a super comfortable bra that should work well for breastfeeding. The top of the cups where they meet the bra strap are quite high and probably will rise above the average tank top you own, so it’s not quite a “t-shirt” style bra, but under any other article of clothing this would not be an issue. The wide plush band feels soft and comfortable and offers a good amount of support. Although currently this band is not fitting at its best because I’m at a place in my 3rd trimester where my belly and bust are “meeting in the middle!” catching the band between the two. I believe after I give birth the band will feel better because it won’t get stuck! Definitely a great bra to have in your wardrobe.
The La Leche League Vanessa Bra has elegant lines and lies smooth under clothing (which was a bra requirement I put into my Virtual Bra Fitting questionaire, because I hate having rumples of lace/fabric from my bra showing through my clothing). Also a soft-cup non-underwire bra good for breastfeeding. I like how the bra has a low profile and spaghetti straps, sort of “balconette” style, making it the perfect summer tank top / tshirt bra. As the description online states, the band DOES run very small on this bra, and I found the size I measured for is just a smidgen tighter than I’d prefer even on the last hook/eye setting.
But how great is the customer service at A Mother’s Boutique? When I mentioned the tight band issue on the Vanessa Bra, Judy was kind enough to send me the next band size up to try, and a bigger cup size to make room for when my milk comes in. However, the cups were just way bigger than I think I will ever get even nursing. So I’m sticking with the original bra and using a bra extender until after I give birth. I seem to have a lot of “bra band” issues! But I think it’s from my expanded rib cage due to pregnancy as my rib cage is usually really small.
So there you have it – you CAN find a good bra fit online with A Mother’s Boutique Virtual Bra Fitting service! Don’t you think it’s a wonderful feature of the store? I do! Spread the word around to your friends, because I am sure all women have similar issues trying to find a good bra (especially when a lot of the good brands for breastfeeding are only sold online!). Oh and, the Virtual Bra Fitting is a free service!!
WIN IT: I’m so happy to announce THREE of my readers will win a free bra from A Mother’s Boutique (you’ll have to test the Virtual Bra Fitting service when you claim your prize!). One winner receives a bra up to $60 value, one winner receives a bra up to $40 value, and one winner receives a bra up to $25 value. Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!
GIVEAWAY RULES: Open in US. 18+ to enter/win. Winner will be emailed directly and have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize! Ends 11:59 on June 25, 2012. Fulfillment handled by A Mother’s Boutique. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook.
A HUGE thank you to A Mother’s Boutique for sponsoring this event, and providing items for review and giveaway! All opinions are 100% my own!