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BRAVADO tops and dresses

If you’re an L- or XL-sized Mum like me, you’d probably understand how DIFFICULT it is to shop for clothes in “petite-sized” places like Malaysia. What more when you’re pregnant and later, breastfeeding when you’ve got to “upsize”!

When I breastfed my boy more than 3 years ago, I had no breastfeeding or nursing clothes because:

  • Only S, M and L sizes available – designed for super skinny ladies like Zhang Ziyi, Sheila Majid, QiQi, Audrey Hepburn. How about the Gong Lis, Salomas and the Marilyn Monroes? We need clothes too.
  • Ugly designs – I’m already in the “auntie” age but that doesn’t mean I wanna look like one!
  • Terrible material – Because I’m a working and travelling Mum, I am very particular about fabric. I tend to look for clothes which can stand the test of time, wrinkle-free and easy to coordinate. It’s even better if they have Spandex/Lycra, which is great for that post-natal flab! Of course, breathable material is a must in our hot,hot, hot weather 😉
  • Expensive. Although I *have* spent nearly RM200 for a top, I don’t think I should because I’ve been lucky enough to get nice tops from between RM35-50. Should nursing tops be more expensive than that? Hmm…

This time around, I discovered online shopping. First, I found the “nursing system chart” really helpful in selecting clothing styles:

Reviewing it, I find that I prefer the “hem-lift” and “neckline” access.

1. The “hem-lift” access is really useful for mums who want discreet breastfeeding because the extra layer of cloth covers your boob and baby’s head well.

I have two pieces with the “hem lift” access i.e. a white, cross-wrap top by Moms en Vogue (below).

Mothers en Vogue Mayblossom Shift Top, Burnt Coral (L)

Note that the “hem lift” may not work with your 3 month old baby – it didn’t with mine because she’s such a curious cat then!

In any case, I like the fact that my tops come with double layers.

Plus, they don’t look like a nursing top, which means I can continue wearing them even after I stop breastfeeding 😀

2. When my baby became bigger (and cheekier!), I usually end up breastfeeding in a private room that I could wear tops with the “neckline” access.

Dote Women’s Addison Shirtdress with Pleated Skirt, Beige/Black (M)

Nursing tops with the “neckline” access usually come in a V-neck style, which are also the most flattering for fuller figures. Plus, I find that tops with the “neckline” access hold their shapes better in the long run.

Dote Women’s Maternity and Nursing Mallory Shirtdress, Blue (L)

Also, doesn’t this look like a nice dress for the office too?

3. I’d actually bought 2 tops with the “empire access”

I felt that I’d look pretty and cool in them because I tend to perspire more when I am breastfeeding…

4. The “vertical seams” style don’t work for me because I always super-conscious of the fact that the nursing slits would open up if I stretched my arms wide or the may go exploring if the nursing top plays “peek-a-boo” with him LOL

5. Finally, I’m too shy to wear the “drop cup” style, which is what Bravado Designs Womens’ Essential Nursing Bra Tank – Black – 36 D/E is like.


Although I *loved* the soft, comfy and stretchy material, I had to let it go because I know I wouldn’t get much use out of it – a shrug or a cardigan feels too fussy for me.

How about you? What type of nursing tops do you like?

Anyway, do check out the nursing style you’re comfortable with before you buy. Happy shopping!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • MV April 16, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I love the nursing tank tops from Spring Maternity, Singapore — S$39.90 each and fit well under my usual clothes.

  • Sherry April 21, 2010, 12:17 pm

    leopard style so pretty go for it 😀

  • a-moms-diary May 2, 2010, 2:37 am

    I didn’t have any nursing wear with Yiu Yiu but bought few tops this time round. End up hardly wore them too so it was a waste of $$$ for me.

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