I'm not sure that I ever mentioned here the time I went for a bra fitting 9 months after having a baby. Up until that point I had rather embarrassingly been living in sleep bras and hand me downs from the sister in law who had recently stopped breastfeeding. I guess initially breastfeeding was such a horrid experience I was kind of working towards a six month mark and was perhaps not envisioning continuing much further.
As I've mentioned before on the blog that once Wilf was around six months old breastfeeding did a 180 and became a hugely enjoyable experience. I started to realise then that with no 'end date' in sight I should probably go get myself fitted properly! My experience was a weird one to say the least.
I don't really want to go naming names so lets say the establishment I chose to do my bra shopping in was a well known British high street shop, one that perhaps your mum buys you socks and pants from at Christmas? yep that one. My experience was a weird one in that the lady fitting me had never come across someone who was still breastfeeding at nine months.
The conversation started as me stating I hadn't been measured since just before I gave birth and could I be measured for a nursing bra please. The lady said it would probably be best to leave it a few weeks until so they could measure more accurately. I realised after a few seconds she must think I had just recently given birth (Wilf was being entertained by a friend outside and so she had not seen him) and so apologised for the confusion and said no it had in-fact been nine months. The sales lady closed her measuring tape and said that it would be best for me to come back in a month or so when I wouldn't need a nursing bra to be fitted for a regular bra. I have to say that all this was said without the slightest bit of hostility and I actually think that no offence was intended but that she had honestly not come across a person still breastfeeding at this stage. I said I'd rather still be measured for a nursing bra if that was ok and once this was established she began measuring. She asked how long I planned to continue for to which I mumbled 'not sure really' and then just as she was putting away her tape she said 'as long as your not one of those weirdos that are still breastfeeding their four year olds!' I think this was meant as a leaving joke to clear the air, something we could both agree on was totally weird. Of course it isn't but I wasn't about to get into a debatable with the sales assistant about it. My friend told me afterwards that she had passed Wilf in the pushchair as I was getting dressed, peered in and said 'is this the child who is still breastfeeding?'.
Totally weird experience.
It almost makes me want to return for another fitting with my nearly two year old.
So all that taken into account I can also reveal, rather embarrassingly that it has been over a year since I got a new bra...(I did buy more than one last time btw!)
What's a breastfeeding story without a review of a nursing bra hey? Carriwell sent me their newly released 'Seamless GelWire bra'. This is happy news for my boobs as it gives the support of an underwire bra by using gel support and without the wire of course. It is also extremely comfortable and can expand up to two sizes to allow for change in size between nursing. I have to say you can really notice a different in support!
I'm always happy to promote breastfeeding friendly products and would certainly recommend this bra to anyone in the look out for a nursing bra. You can find out what stores near you stock them by clicking here. Thanks Carriwell!
You can see my other breastfeeding posts here and here