I have under-estimated the value of a decent bra for most of my adult life. I love pretty underwear. There’s something feminine about it. It makes me feel good… I like it – I just never thought it was a worthwhile investment.  Until I had my first bra-fitting for a decent bra: one that doesn’t cut in the shoulders, bulge in the wrong places, or cause red marks in the elasticated areas. I think every woman should have a bra fitting from time to time, after the big changes, and before spending money on the wrong sized bra.  Remember, it’s pregnancy, not breastfeeding that changes your breasts!


BoobieMilk is owned and run by Karen, mum to two little people. She lived and worked in the US for 8 years before returning to her home town of Sevenoaks a year ago. Since then she has set up BoobieMilk – the at-home and online bra fitting service and store.

What makes BoobieMilk different from some other services is that Karen arrives with her stock, so that you have your fitting and she leaves your new goodies behind on the day, meaning there’s no waiting for orders to be filled, and post to arrive.

Karen has extensive experience supporting mothers in breastfeeding and in bra-fittings in a professional capacity in the US, and is utilising that experience here, now.

I didn’t choose any of the lovely underwear Karen brought, in the end, but instead became the beaming owner of a gorgeous  red HotMilk nursing top, since I don’t have any nursing tops at all and everything I am currently wearing falls in the dulcet shades of black and grey. I really got (probably a bit too!) excited about the nursing top, but it is soft, form fitting – which over a large bump is rather lovely – and supportive in the right places.  Post baby, there’s ‘ruching’  – that scrunched up, gathered look – to help cover the post-partum bump a little.

The nursing camisole has an A-frame support cup the flap of which drops down to reveal the nipple and part of the breast, without losing the support for the rest of the breast, so you’re not fighting gravity one-handed when trying to reattach the clip after nursing, which I think is pretty useful.  It’s also fantastic for wearing under a normal, non-maternity top, as you can then breastfeed discreetly by lifting the top shirt, which exposes the camisole, then dropping the cup without having to expose your middle, which is particularly useful in winter, as well as while you may still be feeling a little self-conscious about that extra layer of eating for two you know you really shouldn’t have done.

Boobie Milk has an online shop where you can order your pregnancy and nursing accessories. They also have an online guide to show you how to measure correctly so that you can order in the right size even if you aren’t able to have an at home fitting, or attend a bra-fitting party.

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You can win a £25 voucher from BoobieMilk for any product of your choice. Simply head over to their website, have a look around, then head back here and let me know what you’d use your voucher for.

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This competition finishes at 23:59 on 30 January 2012 and the winner will be randomly drawn using Random.org

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BoobieMilk Bras Competition

  1. I love the hotmilk range. They are by far the most comfortable nursing bras that I have come across. Having just had baby number 2, I am looking to treat myself to a new set.

  2. I am due to have my second child in 8 weeks and love your ranges! The HOTmilk – Shine Nursing Top in Beaujolais is stylish yet practical and I would LOVE to win! Liking on Facebook and following on twitter too(@loopy_lacy) Thank you x

  3. I would put the voucher towards a Hotmilk Radiance Nursing Bra & Bikini Set. I found the Hotmilk bras really comfortable with my first baby so I will definitely invest in a couple this time too.

  4. I would choose a Hot Milk Radiance Bra. I breastfed my son but always found nursing bras to be quite ugly and never found anything that felt remotely attractive. I am expecting a baby girl next month and will be breastfeeding again – this time I’d like to feel less frumpy!

  5. I’d buy a gift voucher… can i do that? I’m not pregnant but I have a good friend who is and it would be a lovely treat for her 🙂

  6. id buy a hotmilk bra- so pretty like a sexy bra rather than and nursing bra 🙂 help me feel like a woman again rather than a milk machine lol

  7. I would use it for a Hot Milk Radiance set as I love how feminine it looks. With my first baby I had really boring and unflattering nursing bras which I wore for the whole I time my daughter was fed (2 1/2 years) this time I am determined to keep wearing pretty undies as I think they make a world of difference to how you feel.

  8. I would use it to get a Carriwell – Seamless Drop Cup Nursing Bra in Black as with my first baby I breastfed for 18 months but never found a really comfortable bra!

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