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BeliBea Nursing/Pumping Bra Review & Giveaway: September 2015

I know what you’re thinking… and no, I’m not making an announcement here. We’re not expecting baby #2 yet, but hopefully we’ll welcome baby #2 into our family sometime in the future, so I was extremely excited when BeliBea contacted me about doing this review and giveaway of their nourish bra!
So to kick this off, let me tell you a little bit about the BeliBea company… “BeliBea is a brand-new maternity bra line perfectly designed for both easy nursing and hands-free pumping, or doing both at the same time. The innovated design has two panels on each breast. You can unclip both to nurse, use the interior panel to hold your pump in place (hands free!) or wear both panels for all day and night comfort.”
My son was exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of his life, until we introduced solid food – but even then we continued breastfeeding until he was 2. Throughout our breastfeeding journey I wore a variety of nursing bras, tanks and tops. Some were great and some weren’t, but I can say without a doubt that none of them had the functionality of a nursing & pumping bra in one. Needless to say, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t the least bit curious and excited to try out the Nourish Bra by BeliBea. (Which I received in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review

Normally I buy clothing items in a size large, so I was a little surprised and skeptical when their sizing chart placed me as a medium. BeliBea had me try both sizes – medium & large – and sure enough I was a large. My thought on this would be to go with your gut (or perhaps slightly larger) but its always an option to be like me and try them both, returning the one that doesn’t fit. I did have a little concern about post baby breast size changes while nursing, but BeliBea informed me they designed the bras to be very stretchy, allowing for minor changes in breast size as your milk supply balances out. (Hooray!)

My favorite feature of this bra basically sells itself – the double layer design allows you to pump hands free at work, then come home and nurse… all without changing bras. (If you’ve ever nursed a little one while working, you know how awesome that is!)
The design is actually incredibly simple, I don’t know why someone hasn’t created these before now. In basic terms, there is one extra layer of material in the bra that has slits cut for the pump nozzles to fit (see pictures above) and an extra set of snaps on the shoulder so that you can pick which layers to wear at any given moment.
In addition to its functionality, I really like the look and feel of the bra. I didn’t like wearing thin, pad-less bras under my work shirts because of my concerns with leaking and/or visible absorbent nipple pads through the material. But I also didn’t like nursing in a full coverage nursing bra because it felt so bulky under little mans cheek.The BeliBea offers a nice compromise between the two – it has a removable pad in the outer layer that is thick enough to make absorbent pads underneath invisible.
Sound too good to be true? 
Well it’s gets even better… the bra is not only a great price at only $49.95, but BeliBea has graciously offered up one of their Nourish bras as a prize for one lucky reader! (Thank you!) To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. (Giveaway is open to all US residents aged 18+)

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