Monday, January 5, 2009

The UGLY BRA Conundrum


At dinner the other night, PVT commented, "You're sure fun to eat with." I thought he was referring to my deplorable table manners (since having children, I tend to eat as if my 6 foot, 249 pound cell mate Judy at the women's state pen is going to steal my food), but no: I had my shirt completely open. Ah, well. With all the moving parts in this household, a buttoned shirt is low on the priority list.

It's lucky PVT and I aren't still in the dating stage, though, because of course my nursing bra is a grotesque brown WalMart might-as-well-be-Granny bra. So - why doesn't anyone make a pretty nursing bra? Nordstrom just makes one or two that aren't totally the Puritan blah beige. Victoria's Secret doesn't even MANUFACTURE nursing bras. Why not? Everything they design is supposed to get you in trouble in the first place; you'd think they'd help you out on the back end! Really, isn't nursing a baby the pinnacle of femininity?

And a lot of women nurse a LONG time these days. I nursed all of mine for almost a year. Now, I'm not looking for good-mama kudos here; hah! I don't change my diet; I still drink moderately (I am sure I will stun some with that admission, but a bit of wine has never affected my supply or my kids appetites AT ALL. Apparently less than 2% of alcohol consumed is passed through to breast milk. Dr. Jack Newman, author of the Ultimate Breastfeeding Book on Answers, says, "Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all ... Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers." Here here! After 9 months of sobriety, a mom deserves a bit of hooch!), and breastfeeding is just so EASY. And good for the baby! Woo hoo.
So...why can't we get a few pretty bras during these months when we're exposing our boobs all the time?

1 comment:

Anne of Bella Materna said...

Hi! I know your post is from 2009 -
but you need to see Bella Materna, we make Beautifully Crafted Maternity and Nursing Bras as well as loungewear.
www.bellamaterna.com
Thank you,
Anne Dimond
Co-Founder
Bella Materna