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- What is it? Kindred Bravely Sublime Wire-free Nursing/Pumping Bra
- Why I love it: Not having to switch bras to pump saves time and eases stress
- How much is it? $50
- Where to buy it: Nordstrom.com or KindredBravely.com
I went back to work when my daughter was about 3 and a half months old. Like many working moms, I wanted to continue breastfeeding after heading back to the office — and of course that meant I’d need to pump. So, I dutifully lugged my Spectra S2, bottles, flanges and pumping bra to the office every day.
Almost instantly, I wanted to quit.
The nonstop cleaning of all those tiny parts! The sore nipples! The lack of baby cuddles! And worst of all: the impatient knocks at the door from other moms who needed to get into the room. At the time, we had one pumping room in the office, and at least a half-dozen women who needed to schedule two or three sessions a day to express milk. (Do the math — it doesn’t really work.)
But within a few weeks, I figured out a few ways to streamline my pumping appointments down to 20 minutes and make the whole experience a lot less stressful. The number-one factor that improved the experience was investing in a high-quality pumping/nursing combination bra: the Kindred Bravely Sublime.
Before buying the Sublime bra ($50 at Nordstrom.com or KindredBravely.com), I needed to take off my shirt and switch bras — and then I could hook myself up to my pump and begin expressing milk. And, of course, I’d have to remove the pump, change my bra again, put my shirt back on and fix my hair and smooth out my now-wrinkled clothes.
The Sublime bra eliminates the need for all those steps. Like many nursing bras, the Sublime features soft, clip-down cups. The difference with the Sublime is that underneath the first cup, there’s a second, thinner layer with openings for standard pump flanges. So all I had to do was lift my shirt, clip the first panel down and pop the pump into the slits. This is helpful even if you’re pumping at home, as it saves you a lot of time and makes pumping less anxiety-inducing.
There are other benefits to this bra. It’s also very comfortable — key for me, as I got used to not wearing a real bra during maternity leave and struggled to adjust to strapping one on when it was time to go back to interacting with adult humans again. Plus, the bra is constructed with a soft, flexible fabric that moves with you and adapts to your body as it continues to change postpartum. I had a lot of issues with oversupply and engorgement, so I also needed a bra that could support the two-cup-size swings in size that I’d experience daily (yes, really).
At $50, this bra is a little pricier than similar options on the market, but I was so happy with my purchase that I wound up buying a second one (one to wash, one to wear). I shopped via the Kindred Bravely website, but if you’re a Nordstrom lover, they recently began carrying this bra and several other Kindred Bravely items, including nursing bras, undies, leggings and more.