When Peanut was born, I started out using these (much like when his older sister was small). However, being four years older than I was when she was born, I felt quickly as if I needed some more support. I found some good nursing bras, but they left my stomach exposed when I was nursing in public. I could just wear a tank top over the top, but it meant pulling down or up a tank top to nurse and THEN unsnapping the nursing bra, which was just all-around a pain.
Since neither solution was ideal, I've stuck with the nursing tanks and just resigned myself to my breasts chilling out somewhere near my ankles. I did some searching around the internet for nursing tanks that had molded cups - I found one, but tanks ran about $60 each. I really couldn't justify that, since I'd need more than one. I don't think my husband would really be on board with that big of an investment in my boobs unless they're making gold or something.
Then I got the chance to try an Undercover Mama nursing shirt. It's simplistic, yet brilliant - it's a tank top without straps that connects to your nursing bra. when you fold down the cradle of the nursing bra, the nursing shirt folds down with it.
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The nursing shirt is cotton and spandex, so it's breathable; your level of support depends entirely on the type of nursing bra you use underneath it. You can use a nursing bra with or without an underwire, and the function of the Undercover Mama is not dependent upon how wide your straps are.
There are two ways that the nursing shirt can be attached to your nursing bra. You can either use a little clip, or you can use the elastic ring to simply pop over the top of your nursing bra's clasp:
As you can see, there is a near-invisible elastic ring that connects the nursing shirt to my very beige nursing bra. Since it hooks below the clasp, the nursing shirt just folds down when I unclasp my bra to nurse or pump. It's super-convenient and discreet. Nobody sees all of my postpartum belly flopping all over the place when I'm nursing!
I like the fit of the nursing shirt a lot, as well - their size guide is very similar to most regular shirts (LINK). The shirt itself is cotton and spandex, so there's just enough stretch to it to not make it bulky and awkward underneath your clothes. They have a huge range of sizes, so the Undercover Mama should be able to work for anyone.
I just went with a plain white tank for my first one, but they have tons of colors and styles. So... how would you like to test one out? Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/motherknowsbestreviews and like us! And go HERE for the giveaway of a free Undercover Mama nursing shirt in your choice of size and color! That's an awesome $24.99 value - but the convenience is priceless!
Check back here on 5/1/15 to see if you're the winner!