rivermelody-pondsong asked: I love the idea of tube dresses as nursing dresses (well, I have one actually), but I can only wear mine with a shrug to cover bra straps. Have you found decently supportive strapless bras for this phase of life?
Yes AND no. I had Isobel in January and by the time summer rolled around, my supply had regulated and I wasn’t right in the thick of needing as much support as I had at first. I was a DD+ at first, but once everything regulated, I was a solid C until weaning.
I started wearing more tube/strapless dresses as the weather heated up (so easy for nursing) and I began to feel more comfortable going without the heavy duty underwire/strap nursing bras that were necessary in the early nursing days. (Even then, though, I usually preferred nursing sports bras or the like to full-on underwire because I couldn’t stand everything being so constricted. It stressed me out.)
Anyway, on to the bras:
These bandeau bras from Target ($12.99 each) were my favorite. They had just enough support to keep things in place but they weren’t constricting. I also loved Shimera’s seamless convertible bandeau ($18). You can wear it with straps too, but what I really liked was that it was cut a little long so it helped smooth out the annoying breastfeeding back fat. Another option (but one I haven’t tried) is this convertible underwire demi bra from Motherhood Maternity ($29.98). Also check out Aerie’s hidden underwire bandeau bras ($29.99). These might be great if you need more support!
Another thing you can try (I also did this and it worked great!) is wear a VERY molded regular strapless bra. The key is use one that has a lot of structure because when it comes time to nurse, you can basically just rotate the cup down. In order to do THAT, you’ll need one that has a slim connector between the cups.
On the cheaper end: Target’s I-Fit strapless bra ($7-$15, up to size D). I liked Aerie’s Audrey multi-way bra ($29.99, up to size DD). On the pricier end: Lou Light Sensations Strapless Bra ($69, up to size E). Simone Perele’s Celeste bra ($89) goes up to size F.