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Why I’m Done With Cheap Nursing Bras

Why Im Done with Cheap Nursing Bras - Breastfeeding Place There are so many expenses when a new baby arrives, especially with your first child. Car seats, diapers, clothing, baby carriers, nursery items, and more abound. It can be so tempting for the breastfeeding mom to settle for cheap nursing bras so that money can be spent on other things!

Yes, that was me.  In fact, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that it took me five babies to finally give up my cheap nursing bra habit. For nine years I couldn’t justify spending more than $20 on such a small amount of fabric!

But you know what? By the fifth time around I finally decided that I’m done buying and using cheap nursing bras. They are a pain. Literally.

What’s So Bad About Cheap Nursing Bras?

Cheap nursing bras may be easy on the budget, but like many other things in life, they fall under the saying of “You get what you pay for.”

I’ve found these inexpensive excuses for breastfeeding support to be:

  • Poorly made, with elastic that quickly wears out, cups that don’t drop well, and seams that are irritating.
  • Uncomfortable, with wires and plastic pieces that dig in and even bruise certain areas along my side.
  • Unsupportive, making it extremely hard to go about my daily activities without needing to repeatedly readjust the fit and placement of the bra.
  • Dysfunctional, with straps that don’t stay put and cups that get in the way when breastfeeding.

After having our fifth baby, the thought of putting one of the el cheapo models back on for breastfeeding just made me cringe. I didn’t want to deal with all of that annoyance and pain again! I decided to invest in a better quality bra with a gift card we received, and my breastfeeding world was changed for the better.

The Better Bra Difference

I had no idea what I was missing.

By spending about $15 more than I normally would for a nursing bra, I found that I didn’t have to deal with painful plastic piping along my sides. There were no underwires poking me when I dropped down a side of the bra to feed my baby. The bra was comfortable, unrestrictive, and stayed in place.

To think that I spent almost nine breastfeeding years without a decent nursing bra! Silly. I’m telling you. I just felt silly.

Probably because I can easily find my bra size in typical large department and big box stores, I just figured that the more expensive bras I had seen other places were all about brand. Certainly my $9.99 find at Walmart could do the trick, right?

Wrong, wrong, wrong. I am so much more comfortable in the bras that have cost me closer to $40 than I was in the $10-$20 kinds. Also, with no strange plastic or wire parts digging into my skin, I’m not concerned about plugged milk ducts, either.

I’ve found the Bravado brand to be my new favorite when it comes to nursing bras. They even offer a nursing tank with a fully supportive bra! Since buying multiple bras at once would have been a stretch for us financially, I bought one at a time over a few months. I’ve never regretted it!

Nursing momma friend, if you’re still trying to get by with cheap nursing bras, believe me: your comfort is really worth the extra $20! Don’t settle with something that will be uncomfortable and ineffective just for the sake of a few dollars.

Have you tried to get by with just the cheap nursing bras? Have you noticed a difference between the cheap and more expensive bras?

Kristen is a Christian, wife to her high school sweetheart, and mother to a growing brood of sweet little people. She spends her days keeping the home, homeschooling, making real food, gardening, blogging, and working from home as a Lilla Rose consultant, often with a little person on her lap wanting to nurse. You can find her at Smithspirations and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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