After months of being limited to your maternity wardrobe you have your little one and finally you can fit back into your favourite garments - Oh wait you're breastfeeding so you now find yourself even more limited than before...........
This is exactly how I have been feeling these past few months since giving birth to Dexter, I guess I have let breastfeeding dictate my wardrobe to some extent. I love that I can feed my son and the bond we have is beautiful because of this. Around the house by myself I have no issues about flashing my rather flabby and unshapely tum or whipping out my boob but out and about I get very self conscious. There are all sorts of things I have to think about when feeding in public: Am I going to expose my mummy tummy? Will I show too much boob?, realistically what are the chances of nip slip - is there any way of being so discreet that none of these things happen?
With a regular T-shirt/vest etc. the only options you have to feed are to pull them up (revealing your tum), pull them down (stretching the material) or unbuttoning (which is really hard to do with one hand!). I appreciate that some Mothers are more comfortable than me with their Mummy Tummy but if not then I would definitely recommend the breastvest!
So what is this breastvest? I hear you ask.......keep reading to find out.
You'd actually be amazed at how difficult it is to find clothes that allow easy and discreet access to your breasts. It's even harder this time of year with the cold weather because you not only need a base layer that is easily accessible but you also need a jumper, cardigan or coat to keep you warm. I have been resorting to zip tops to make it easier. That's why when I heard about the breastvest and was given the opportunity to review one I couldn't wait!
The breast vest is a revolutionary breastfeeding piece of underwear that makes any top a breastfeeding top. The design was invested and tested by breastfeeding mums and is so simple I'm quite surprised that no one else had thought of it sooner. It's very obvious that it has been made by someone that knows what it is like and how awkward it can be to feed, be comfortable and fashionable at the same time. The vests were awarded Gold by BizzieBaby in 2013 and Silver award in the 2013 Loved By Parents Awards in the category of Best Feeding Top. It has also been featured on one of my favourite programs - This Morning!
As soon as I tried the vest on I fell in love with it, the material is really soft and not too thin covering all my curves. Dexter loves the feel too and I often catch him stroking down my side feeling the material. The vests comes in black, white and more recently an array of limited edition colours. All colours are available in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes. I opted for Medium and have been wearing it with items of clothing from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe that I didn't think I'd be able to wear again until I had finished nursing.
I really like the concept of the breastvest and have enjoyed testing the product out. I've been wearing it every day for just over a week now and it has been washed everyday. The vest washes and tumbles very well, no shrinkage whatsoever which you often get with vest tops. It's made of 95% viscose and 5% elastane. The vest sits underneath your bra ensuring no interference with feeding which can be a problem if like me you roll tops down to sit them under your boob. I'd definitely recommend the vest for nursing mums, even those of you who are pregnant at the moment. It's great for covering your bump which can be quite difficult sometimes as tops are often too short exposing the lower part of your bump. The vest is priced at a very reasonable £15, for some this may seem a little pricey but for any good quality vest you are looking at this price range.