I spent almost three months holding my flanges in place every time I pumped. Three months! Six times a day! What was I thinking?!
Well, I was thinking that I don’t have a battery powered pump so it’s not like I’d be moving around while pumping, so what difference would a hands free pumping bra make?
Finally I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I’m a pretty conservative shopper; I don’t usually buy things unless I’m absolutely sure I will like it or use it. So I looked around a bit before finally purchasing a pumping bra. Luckily, another mom in my EP support group had a tank top hack in the meantime:
Pull the tank top down below one breast and up over the other. Do the opposite with your bra to create an “X”. This will hold the flanges in place while you pump.
Once again, my pumping experience was completely changed. I can’t get up and walk around any further than the power cord will reach, but it was such a relief to be able to eat a meal or reach for something without holding on to my flanges. I no longer had to worry about them coming loose, or the bottles spilling.
The first bra I purchased was the Dairy Fairy Rose hands-free pumping bra in pink. As you can see, it’s very cute and goes on like a regular bra.
It’s really easy to insert flanges into the opening between the two pieces of fabric:
I was looking for a pumping bra to wear like a regular bra to work though, and this one doesn’t offer enough support for me to wear by itself. I also didn’t find it to be very comfortable to sleep in.
So then I bought Rumina’s Relaxed Nursing Bra with a built-in Hands-Free Pumping Bra and the Classic Pump&Nurse all-in-one Nursing Tank with built in hands-free pumping bra.
To me, both are super comfortable and I have no problem sleeping in either. They are slightly more complicated to insert the flanges into, but still easy enough to figure out right away.
The Relaxed Nursing Bra is a bit different on each side:
The right side holds my flanges very well, but the left side seems to droop a tiny bit. I think it’s because the bottom support is on the outside, whereas it’s on the inside on the right side of the bra.
My favorite option is the Pump&Nurse tank. The cover layer clasps like a regular nursing bra and the flanges slip into the flaps underneath.
I like to wear a tank top under my blouses for work anyway, so I love that I don’t have to wear an extra layer. Some reviews said the built-in bra was too many layers, but personally I like it because it gives enough support to wear without another bra underneath.
I may try others in the future, but I definitely want to purchase another tank or two so I don’t have to do laundry as often!
Have a suggestion for another hands-free bra or tank? Leave a comment below and let me know what you like to wear!