Yeah, you read that right, a nursing vest. If you’re like me, it’s a bit intriguing. I mean, I don’t generally wear a vest as is, let alone one that is specifically for nursing. But I’m here to tell you, the nursing vest I have from LOVE MILK is officially a staple in my maternity/nursing wardrobe.
The Emma nursing vest reminds me of my favorite work out clothing. Did anyone else ever cut off the sleeves of a comfortable shirt and extend the opening down the side a bit for optimal comfort? I know I did and the nursing vest falls along the same lines. Rather than having a hidden opening to lift the top of the shirt up and nurse like most breastfeeding tops, the nursing vest is designed to access the breast from the side.
It’s long and stretchy so I don’t have to worry about it riding up as my day goes on and the stretch around the hip area keeps it in place. The sides are ruched to help make the postpartum belly area more flattering and also allows for wearing the vest comfortably while pregnant. For me, it’s a personal favorite for sleeping in or lounging around the house. Then, if I have to run an errand or something I can just grab a light sweater and be on my way.
When I was first chatting with Helena, the mama-extraordinaire behind LOVE MILK, the subject of breastfeeding and nursing pads came up. I had mentioned that during nursing sessions I have a hard time with nursing pads not being absorbent enough for me and even have leakage throughout the day. Helena was confident that her LOVE MILK nursing pads might be just what I needed.
When the package arrived I immediately opened it and couldn’t stop feeling the nursing vest. The bamboo fabric is just heavenly against your skin. The nursing pads were different than others that I have. They have contouring seams to help them really fit the shape of the breast better. The inner fabric touching your skin is a fluffy bamboo fleece. The middle layer is a bamboo terry and they are backed with waterproof PUL fabric.
I have to be honest and say that the first thought I had was that they seemed so thin and flimsy. In actuality, they can last me an entire day. Even then, they don’t leak through but for hygiene reasons I still don’t wear them longer than a day. I was so relieved to see that the flexibility and thinness of the nursing pads were actually more comfortable than the other brands and styles I have and they don’t shift around. So no more nursing pad peeking from your shirt’s neckline. Yeah, that’s happened.. Lol. An added little touch I think is really genius is the small heart tag on one pad from each set. The heart is supposed to be an indicator of the left nursing pad (heart on your heart). The benefit of this is so that if you were to get an infection of some kind you don’t get the nursing pads mixed up and spread it to your other breast.
I’m not so sure about all those nursing tanks out there anymore– I think I’m sold on the nursing vest. How about you?
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