I’d like to tell you a story. It’s the story of the last five months of my life, spent searching for nursing clothes that 1) I liked 2) work, although not necessarily in that order, because both traits were absolutely imperative.
It all started with the nursing hospital gown. Do you know what I’m talking about? Where, after laboring in a drafty hospital gown for a while and then giving birth in it (well, in my case, in no gown at all), the nurse comes in and hands you one of these. The entire sides of the gown are slits which are supposed to be hidden in pleats (which nicely compliment the small pink floral pattern and the – no joke – frilly shoulders) but the thing has been sent to the laundry service so many times that the slits are no longer nicely disguised and you might as well be wearing a grass skirt.
Welcome to nursing apparel.
You go home and are for an embarrassingly long time, you don’t even bother with bras. Mostly because you didn’t find any you like when you were pregnant and you don’t exactly have time to go shop for new ones now. No matter what you are wearing, you have to have an ‘access panel’ (AKA a boobie escape route). Nursing clothes designers have come up with some creative ways to accommodate this, including but not limited to the shelf-bra-drop-down, the ‘slit’, the cross-over-pull-over, and the keyhole.
You guys, I tried them all. You have no idea how many times DanO (and the neighbors) heard me complain about nursing clothes, and how I just wanted them to look normal and be functional FOR THE LOVE OF BREAST MILK.
I did happen upon some good nursing bras somewhere along the way, but the tank top was always, always a hang-up for me. The Superstore with a Red Bull’s-Eye Logo sells some nursing tanks with the drop-down-shelf-bra mechanism. I used them for the last 5 months and they ‘worked’, but left much to be desired. Mostly, they were too short to layer, gave me two things to snap and unsnap (bra and tank), and showed funny fabric lines in some of my shirts because of the shelf-bra.
One day, I’m browsing nursing apparel on the internet, looking for a solution and I stumble upon this:
Ingenious! These Undercover Mamas looked like they solve every single problem I had with my old nursing tank top. After finding this, I contacted Elena at Undercover Mama and gushed about how awesome her product was. She sent me one last week, and can I just say: they are as awesome as I had hoped.
It clips onto my existing nursing bra (if you have a convertible strap bra or swimsuit top, it works like that) so there’s no more double unsnapping and re-snapping every time OBaby nurses.
They are LONG ENOUGH to layer. Thank you, a million times thank you, Undercover Mama, for not assuming that nursing moms want to be Fashion Fall Behinds just because we need ‘access’.
Lastly, no unnecessary shelf-bra fabric lines. Just the smooth look and coverage of a camisole without the extra straps.
I so wish I had known about these 5 months ago. Think of the heartache and struggle it could have saved! Naturally, I told Elena she is a genius and a God-send, and then I asked her if I could shout from the rooftops about the Undercover Mama to my readers. Not only did she give me permission, she offered free shipping on any reader orders (normally $5)!
Just send her an email at elena (at) undercovermama [.] com and mention this here blog. She will hook you up!
Get it? Hook? Like the straps on the Undercover Mama?
O man, I crack myself up.
FYI: I usually wear a size 8 on top and got a Medium, but for my next one (and there will be many next ones) I will order a large. (I just told the world what size I wear. Yeesh.)