Glamourmom vs. Bravado: Nursing Tank Showdown

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.

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  1. Stacey

     /  January 1, 2011

    Thanks for the review! would you say the glamourmom tank would be suitable for under tshirt wear? I’m a new breastfeeding mom trying to figure out nursing in public so I’m looking for a nursing tank to wear under tshirts and the like so my stomach isn’t exposed when I nurse. The shelf bra is irrelevant cause I’d have to wear my regular nursing bra too… DD’s will do that to ya :)

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  2. Jenny Combs

     /  February 16, 2011

    Would you please do a comparison of the Melinda G Cami-Sutra Nursing Tank against the Bravado & Glamourmom?
    What I really need is awesome support without an underwire- keeping breasts up instead of sagging.
    Thanks

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  3. MvG

     /  October 20, 2011

    Regarding GlamourMom: I have never had such a poor customer service experience in my life. My mother ordered me a nursing tank from GlamourMom.com in a small, which was advertised as a 32-36 bust, D-DDD. I am a 34D and this size was too small for me. I called and requested an RMA number in order to send it back and exchange it for a medium. I was told I would have to pay return shipping, but as long as the product was in unworn/new condition, the exchange would not be a problem. About a week and a half later, after sending the item back, I received a replacement package from GlamourMom. The item inside was again a size small, not the medium I requested. Noted on the packing slip was the following: “return to customer. deodorant (inside front & back)” I called GlamourMom because I thought clearly this was a mistake – there was absolutely no deodorant on the item anywhere. I was not wearing deodorant when I tried it on, because I had read the disclaimer about them rejecting items with deodorant stains! The woman I reached at GlamourMom was uncooperative. I offered to send pictures of the item proving there were absolutely no stains. She refused and told me that their determination was final, regardless. She told me they would not refund or exchange the item. I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told that I was already talking to the supervisor, that there was no one else to hear my complaint. I am livid over this – Not only was the item sized incorrectly (I’m a 34D, a small should have fit), but I returned the item in PERFECT condition. Do NOT do business with this company – There are plenty of other nursing bra/tank resources, and probably at more competitive prices!

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    • Oh my goodness, what a terrible story! Thank you for sharing, though. Next time around, if I need more nursing tanks, I think I’ll stick with Bravado. They’re pricy, but very well-made (and they have great customer service).

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  4. Amy Pierce

     /  December 13, 2011

    MvG – That EXACT same thing just happened to me! GlamourMom sizing is off and I paid to return the medium tank top which did not even close to fit. They returned the medium saying there was deodorant on the inside. I was not wearing any when I tried it on and the faint mark they were referring to just looked like nothing to me. I am now stuck with a $54 too-small tank top. I would recommend NOT doing any business with GlamourMom.

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    • TR

       /  January 23, 2012

      The same thing happened to me as well! Now I am stuck with a $50 nursing tank that does not fit me. The customer service person I spoke with was terribly rude. Never again will I order from Glamourmom!

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  5. Alexandra

     /  February 2, 2012

    Hi Melissa – I’m looking for something to help with my wobbly belly – that is my number one concern. Would you still recommend the Bravado over the Glamourmom tank?

    I like in the UK and the Glamourmom is actually more expensive than the Bravado.

    Desperately need a tank to control the wobbly belly! Thank you – love your blog.

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  6. Heather

     /  August 22, 2012

    If anyone is still reading this post almost two years later I have some good news for you! Target nursing tanks by Gilligan and O’Malley are AMAZING! I have about 8 of them and I have worn them EVERY DAY of my life for the past 4 years (through two pregnancies and two nurslings-no I don’t nurse until 4 years old-YIKES!). They’re under $20 and they last forever (definitely going to last for more than 4 years). Find the right fit for your body as there are different options but I can tell you they are all great! Hope this helps some moms out there! Blessings!

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  7. Thank you so much for this review! I am 31 weeks pregnant, and starting to get my wardrobe nursing-ready – it’s so hard to choose between all these things, not knowing how they wear and what the pros and cons are beforehand! Thank you thank you thank you!

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  8. Your way of telling all in this piece of writing is
    genuinely good, every one can without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

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  9. Jessie

     /  March 14, 2013

    Target also offers a Basics by Bravado Designs nursing cami for $25.99. I use mine for sleepwear but it would also be good under a t-shirt. It’s more of a v-neck, so not-so-modest as a wear-alone tank. Also it’s not very long. However, the quality, support and fit are better than the Gilligan and O’Malley camis also at Target. The small GO’M is very long and loose around the middle, like a tunic; the medium Bravado fits my DD milk boobs while still hugging and smoothing my tummy. I’m normally a size small (5’4″, 120 lb pre-preg, fit).

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