It’s totally natural, and it’s totally convenient but breastfeeding does require a certain amount of finesse. From clothes designed specifically for the practice, to mechanical pumps to get the job done when you’re working the 9-5, there are hundreds of products available for eager mommies. But are they worth the money? I aim to answer that question with a series of product reviews, starting with this one: Glamourmom vs. Bravado, the Nursing Tank Show Down.
All nursing tank tops share one feature in common, and that’s their tell-tale detachable straps, designed for easy flip-down access. Both the Glamourmom and Bravado nursing tanks’ straps are detachable with one hand, so they both get As for ease of use. Onto their differences.
The Glamourmom tank’s shelf bra isn’t nearly as supportive as I had expected considering Glamourmom “is the revolutionary company who introduced the original Built-in Nursing Bra Tanks and Tops,” (taken off their twitter bio). And the straps themselves begin to stretch out as the day wears on, making the tank much lower cut at the end of the day (read: not very modest). The Glamourmom tank is clingy– almost form fitting– while the Bravado leaves a little extra room around the middle. Not enough room to consider it a about-to-pop-maternity tank, but enough that two weeks after delivery, it didn’t show off my postpartum muffin-top (hallelujah). So if you’re looking for a tank that’s a bit sexier, I’d go for the lower cut, clingier Glamourmom. If modesty is more your thing, and you don’t mind a little extra room to hide that postpartum belly, then the Bravado’s your girl.
My biggest complaint about he Glamourmom tank is that it has circles cut out of the interior shelf-bra (for feeding), which seems convenient, but you can see the outline of the holes through the front of the top! It makes my nipples look like two giant targets, which isn’t the kind of attention I’m looking for. The Bravado’s fabric is a bit thicker, making it feel more substantial and supportive overall (and no “nipple-targets”).
Because of the more structured and modest fit, I favor the Bravado nursing tank over the Glamourmom, with one caveat: you get what you pay for. At my local mommy-shop, the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank retails for $57.00. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the price tag. The Glamourmom retails for $40, which is still a lot amount of money for what amounts to a handy tank-top. (Hard to imagine that some intrepid Etsy-er hasn’t fashioned one of her own…)
I couldn’t stomach the $57 price tag, even though I love the Bravado tank, so I scoured the internet and found the Bravado tank on sale at mom4life.com for only $40.50 ($38.48 if you sign up for their newsletter and recieve 5% off)! Top that off with free shipping in the US and I was sold. I’ve ordered 4 Bravado Essential Nursing Tanks already, and I love love love them. I wear them literally every day. After dozens of washes they’ve only faded a little, and none of the stitching has come loose or ripped.
The Glamourmom Nursing Tank comes in a few varieties. I went with the generic “Glamourmom Nursing Tank” which goes for $26-$34 on mom4life.com (less with the 5% discount). I purchased three of them before I realized I didn’t favor the fit very much, so I just wear them as pajama tops, which they seem better suited for anyway. If you are a more brazen girl than me (more glam, if you will), you’ll probably love the Glamourmom tanks. Plus, they’re less expensive!
I only have 4 Bravado Essential Nursing Tanks, so if you have any others you’d suggest I’d try, let me know and I’ll pick some up and compare them to my Bravados. But for now the Bravado Essential Nursing tank is my one-and-only.