I feel like I should sub-title this post Boob Nursing Wear – gentle on your boobs…
After receiving my order from Boob nursing wear, I felt compelled to write them an open love letter, and that is basically what this is. Pregnancy, while a magical, happy, beautiful miracle can be two things: 1. uncomfortable and 2. expensive. I don’t know about you, but my former, un-pregnant self scoffed at spending money on basics – t-shirts, camis, simple dresses, things you can throw on. I frequented cheaper retailers (the kind that are known for making clothing that shrinks to a tenth of it’s original size in the wash) for these items (Forever 21, H&M, you get the idea). However, when you need the basics to be nursing friendly and you feel as if your body has achieved that true baby whale status that only a pregnant body can (on a scale of larger ocean mammals that starts with baby dolphin and ends with whale) – well, that’s a game changer.
One new thing I’ve acquired in pregnancy is super-deluxe sized, giant knockers. I didn’t know they could get this big and honestly it scares the hell out of me. I find most wrap tops super uncomfortable and quite frankly, ugly. It doesn’t mean I don’t have them in my closet. In the limited world that is nursing wear, you end up with a wrap top or two (or five). My overwhelming love for bad design, too much fabric and side-ruching aside, I would wear these shirts to work or out on the town and just feel… crappy and ugly. I made it my mission to find nursing wear that worked for me… and that’s how I found Boob.
The first item I found was the Boob b-warmer which is a nursing hoodie. I discovered the hoodie on A Cup of Jo (another blog that is definitely better than this one) and found positive reviews from Joanna about Boob wear in general. (The b-warmer I haven’t ordered yet, but I intend to.) I ordered a nursing dress and two shirts (pictures below) and fell absolutely in love. The shirts are as comfortable as anything I’ve owned pre-pregnancy and THERE IS NO RUCHING. God, I hate ruching. Someone should give an award for maternity designers that find ways to create clothing for pregnant women without side ruching. I put on my Boob cami and felt (for the first time in a LOOOONG time) comfortable. Not like I was wearing something ridiculous.
Here is the kicker: Boob is quality material and design and it doesn’t come cheap. A dress will run you roughly $105 USD, the tanks will run you $55 USD and the t-shirts about $59 USD sans taxes and shipping. The super popular b-warmer hoodie runs $98 USD. I ordered directly from their website, which means my Boob wear came straight from the EU. In my pregnant wisdom, I conveniently ignored the section I was required to check at the time of purchase agreeing to pay taxes and duty COD (cash on delivery) for my order, so imagine my surprise when an angry UPS guy demanded an additional, personal, check for $40 upon delivery of my goods.
I contacted Boob regarding this (to verify it was a real thing) and they got back to me pretty much immediately and provided basically amazing customer service. Not only did they provide me a list of retailers that carry Boob in the US so I can avoid doing this to myself in the future, they refunded my shipping fees as a one-time courtesy. (I’m including the list of retailers in CA below.) Nordstrom also carries some Boob stuff as does Natural Mom Gear. (NMG has a pretty extensive collection of the goods, I’m just now noticing.) So, while the price tag may be steep, comfort in pregnancy is priceless. Especially at the baby whale stage. Boob, your product is awesome. Californians, here is the list of retailers.
Bellies, Babies & Bosoms
2430 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose
Tel +1 8185411200
Mom’s the Word
T&C Village 855 El Camino Real 98, Palo Alto
Mom’s the Word
3385 Sacramento Street, San Fransisco
Tel +1 4154418261
Natural Mom Gear
1673 Roll Street, Santa Clara
Tel +1 4082492414
Pum Bum Maternity
1102 E. Champlain Dr. Ste 108, Fresno
The Pump Station
2415 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
Tel +1 3109981981
369 E. 17th Street Suite 20, Costa Mesa