nursing in public

During my pregnancy, I spent a lot of time preparing for life with a newborn. Having been through it once before, I thought I had an idea of what to expect. However, it’s just one of those things, like childbirth itself, that you simply can’t accurately or completely remember. It’s not until you find yourself knee-deep, in the thick of it, that you really remember. “Oh right, this is what it feels like.” The all-encompassing love, fear, and exhaustion. A set of physical and emotional feelings — both difficult & beautiful — that nothing else in life will ever compare with.

There are a few things that have been critical to my emotional health through these first couple of weeks. At the top of the list are: 1. the support of family/friends and 2. hot showers. Another thing that has been a Godsend is my new nursing bra. I know it might sound crazy, but it’s one of those things that I didn’t know I needed until I had it.

After my last pregnancy, I picked up a couple of cheap, flimsy nursing bras thinking that “it didn’t matter.” I was wrong. When I look back at photographs from my last postpartum period, I can see that those bras provided no support whatsoever. They weren’t even comfortable or remotely cute. Believe me, high-fashion is not at the top of my postpartum list of things that I care about, but I don’t like to feel like a frumpy mess (all of the time) either.

This time around, I was determined to find something that was both practical and flattering. Cue the BeliBea nursing bra. It’s everything that I was looking for. It gives me great, flattering support at a time when — let’s face it, hello milk! — I really need it. It’s practical & easy to use.

The bra has a v-neck scoop and center ruching that gives it a feminine shape. It also comes with removable pads that offer extra support & coverage if you need it, like me. Most importantly, it’s comfortable. It’s got a seamless stretch fit, plush-lined adjustable straps and a ribbed band that all provide flexible support.

Another bonus is that it gives you the flexibility to pump, hands-free. This is a feature that I have yet to take advantage of, but I look forward to trying it out when Marina is a bit older and my supply is well-established.

In my experience, having the right nursing bra has made such a difference in this postpartum period. When you’re hormonal, sore and sleep-deprived, little things go a long way. Considering that I nursed Roman for nineteen months, I realize now that a good nursing bra is a wise investment. I’d recommend the BeliBea if you’re in the market or if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a new, nursing mama.

Check out the BeliBea website for more information and find them on Facebook and Twitter, too.


I was not compensated for this post. The folks at BeliBea sent me a nursing bra in exchange for an honest review. As always, thank you for supporting the companies that help to make my blog possible.


2 thoughts on “New Motherhood + The BeliBea Nursing Bra”

  1. Aw, loving that photo in the park…such tiny little feet. I don’t think I have a single photo of myself breastfeeding Mia. It’s definitely on my checklist with #2 (who we’re all still waiting on!!!). I also will be doing a review on this bra. Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed it, I look forward to putting it to use soon 🙂 -Misty

    1. Thanks, Misty. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I’m anxiously waiting over here for an announcement from you. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. Just know that I’m here, wishing you all the best!! XOXO

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