I’ve complained in the past about the lack of decent breastfeeding bra options in big sizes. So, I was delighted when Hotmilk got in touch and asked if I’d review one of their nursing bras, especially as I’ve never treated myself to one of theirs!
I chose this one
Show Off Floral Nursing Bra – £32.90
in a 42GG (update 2018 – no longer stocked)
Firstly, I usually wear a 40 FF or G, so I was a bit surprised when the size guide recommended a 44GG! But it’s been a while since I got measured, and supposedly 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size…
However, Hotmilk doesn’t sell any 44 bras at present. Given the discrepancy, I ordered the 42GG and hoped for the best.
Now, before I get onto the Hotmilk nursing bra review itself, I need to mention that the website and I didn’t get off to a great start.
Having decided I was looking for a 42GG bra, I entered those details into the ‘Filter by Size’ / ‘Filter by Cup’ options at the top of the page. Brilliant idea.
The filter returned six bras, including the Dawn Black Nursing Bra, currently on sale for £19.95 (update 2018- now out of stock), but it turns out that in larger sizes it’s actually only available in a 38 FF, G, or H, 40 FF, or GG, and 42 C, or FF. Disappointing. This filter really needs to take account of in stock bras, in my opinion, although I can see the argument that it could be helpful to know what bras are available if you want to wait for one you really like that’s out of stock.
So, anyway, the bra arrived very quickly! It was immediately clear that the build quality is excellent; the clips on the cups are sturdy and well-attached. The straps are wide and strong, and the adjustment buckle and ring attachments are both sturdy metal. There is also a triple row of hooks on the back fastener, with six closure positions for adjustment.
To my surprise, when I tried it on it wasn’t tight at all! Remember, I was recommended a 44GG according to my measurements. I have actually only worn it on the tightest setting, but it is sooooo comfortable. I would even go so far as to say that it is possibly one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn.
It doesn’t move around during the day, my boobs are held in a great position. The shoulder straps don’t dig in, and more importantly, there was no issue with the shoulder straps folding in half – which is something that often occurs on wide-strapped bras in my experience, completely negating the point of having a wide strap in the first place. This didn’t happen. Those shoulder straps are serious engineering!
The cups have a little stretch in them, so would cope well with the ebb and flow in size of breastfeeding breasts. (Again, I feel the GG is more generous than I need. If I order another I think would go with my usual size of 40G – UPDATE – I did order a 40G and it was perfect). The nursing clips easily fasten and unfasten with one hand.
My only issue is that with this design, the cups come quite high up the chest. While I don’t wear particularly low-cut tops, this bra is often visible at the neckline, but it’s a small niggle. I can always wear a different bra on those days.
All in all, I’m very impressed. Hotmilk are not the cheapest bras on the market, but you certainly get what you pay for, the quality is second to none.
You can buy direct from Hotmilk, or from other retailers such as:
House of Fraser (doesn’t seem to offer a full range of sizes)
I’ve found other sources of other brands of plus-size nursing bras and listed them here.
Update in 2020
I was absolutely honest when I said this is the most comfortable bra I’ve ever owned. So I bought a few more (in 40G) and I’m still wearing them. My youngest is now 7, and it’s been a while since I needed drop cups for access, but hey, if you find a bra you like, why change?