Happy Friday! Praise the heavens for a short week!
This post is for all you breastfeeding mamas out there, or soon-to-be mamas who might breastfeed. Dudes, it’s about to get real up in here with girl talk so feel free to carry on with your day!
There’s literally nothing easy about breastfeeding. I mean ok ok, it’s easy in the sense that you get to just sit there while a tiny human sucks on your boob and you don’t have to mess with making a bottle. And it’s easy in the sense that you’ve always got breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared, right on tap. Fresh and ready to go. But ladies, breastfeeding is a sacrifice, and it’s hard! It makes your knockers huge, and heavy, and makes running totally complicated because if you don’t time it just right, you’ll feel like you’re running with a pair of bowling balls slamming against your chest. Am I right??
Getting back into shape postpartum can be discouraging enough, and trying to also find appropriate and comfortable workout attire can add to that frustration. Everything fits differently while you’re breastfeeding too because your ta-ta’s are constantly changing sizes depending on how full they are. You know it’s true. Trying to find a sports bra that not only fits, but also offers enough support, can be like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. Who can relate?
When I started going back to the gym after Adeline was born, and especially after I started jogging, I would always need to nurse Adeline right when I got home. The most annoying thing ever was not being able to nurse her immediately, but instead having to change first, or rip off whatever I was wearing real fast so I could nurse her. Of course if you’re really gross from your workout, do that baby a solid and take a shower first. But, most of the time I wouldn’t be sweaty enough to warrant an immediate shower and if she was upset or really hungry, and I wanted to nurse her as fast as possible, it was terribly inconvenient. I would often forget that the sports bra I was wearing did not unclasp in the front and get frustrated trying to pull it off while holding a screaming baby at the same time. Definitely not a fun scenario. I imagined what a major pain in the butt it would be had I needed to nurse her while out and about in my workout gear, or if we ever utilized daycare at the gym.
I’m just going to be real honest here and say that if you don’t have the proper breastfeeding “tools”, it can feel paralyzing at times to a new mama!
So, when I was able to try out a new-to-me nursing sports bra, I gladly welcomed the opportunity! Hot Milk Lingerie makes maternity and nursing lingerie, including sports bras specifically designed for nursing. They have the familiar front clasps that enable you to nurse easily and quickly, and for an active mama, that’s a huge deal.
The one I tried, the Activate Sports Flexiwire Nursing Bra, seems to solve most of my aforementioned problems. It’s comfortable, extra supportive, has the ability to insert nursing pads, unclasps in the front for easy access, breathable, and offers plenty of coverage. The only con I could find is that it is unpadded, so if you get cold easily, well, you know. If you’re willing to deal with that (or simply don’t care because at this point who really cares if one more person sees your nipples?) then this sports bra might be right up your alley. I had never tried an underwire sports bra before, but given the added support the underwire offers, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Any sports bra that keeps your boobs from feeling like they’re going to bruise your chest is a winner in my book.
Now, my friends at Hot Milk Lingerie have graciously offered to give one of these nursing sports bras away to one of my readers!
The winner will receive this exact bra, in their size.
As a note – if you are smaller than a D cup, they will not be available until August.
To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this blog post telling me how you stay active postpartum, or how you would if you had a rockin’ sports bra.
I’ll choose a winner a week from today!