140 of 149 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2008
I bought this bra about 6 mos. ago, so I've lived in it for awhile. I've had quite a few nursing bras, as this is child #4, and this is one of my two very favorites. The other favorite, also an Anita, is #5041. I'm full chested and require underwire and firm support. This bra has some stretch, just enough to be comfortable, but not enough to let you sag at all. It's very supportive, very comfortable, the snap-style is easy to use when nursing, and this bra (I got black) is not grandma-ish. It helps the chest to stay toward the front, not out to the sides toward your arms (which I hate!). There is no front seam, so this is a great bra for fitted shirts. I can also say that while some bras' bands tend to stretch out rapidly, causing them not to fit properly, this one has not. There has been just the slightest loss of tightness in the band (almost imperceptible). The straps stretcha little for comfort, but do NOT cause support-performance loss, like some stretch straps can. To me, this bra is expensive, but it is soooo worth it. I would buy again & again. The only thing: the Anita 5041 has the reminder slide on the front to help you keep track of which side you nurse on and I wish it were on this bra. I can no longer wear the 5041 after losing my baby weight b/c they don't make it in my hard-to-find size - a 36H. It's so hard to find bras when you are thin but have a larger chest. Thanks Anita for making this bra!
54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2009
This is the perfect nursing bra for a person with a small frame and large breasts. I am a 32G and definitely need underwire support while breastfeeding. This bra provides excellent support while allowing me to look and feel sexy in whatever I choose to wear.
This bra is expensive (supportive bras in a 32g always are), but you only need 1 or 2. The microfiber dries quickly, so I hand wash before bed and it is dry in the morning.
Cup sizes ran small for me. I normally wear a 32G, but a 32H fit me better.
63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
I bought this nursing bra based on the good reviews it received, but I'm returning it. I feel that I must warn others about it. While I'm sure everything people say about the fit and such is true, the cups of this bra are VERY thin. I mean, literally no padding, only one thin layer of material. The whole bra is made out of spanx-like material, and the cups are no different. I didn't have it on long enough to comment on anything else because I know there's no way I'm going to wear something that's so thin. Nursing pads will show. Nipples will show (even without being just-nursed on, which makes them huge!). Be warned that the lightly lined cups means no lining, one layer of super thin material.
65 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
I hated the idea of spending so much on a bra, but finally decided to pull the trigger because a good nursing bra can really improve the quality of you life, you know?
I was pretty disappointed in it when it arrived.
1) The material is super, super thin. This will not (sorry, TMI) hide your big ole nursing nipples, nor will is provide any back-up if you leak unexpectedly (later on) or forget a breast pad (in early days).
2) I searched high and low for a 36F. Hard to find. THIS ISN'T ONE. On the box it said, "Designed to fit size 36 C through G." Which is rediculous.
It was too expensive for me to keep with these problems so I sent it back. I was impressed with Amazon's return.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
This bra is very thin and not very supportive at all. I knew immediately after putting it on that it wouldn't be supportive enough so I returned it. I wear a 34G right now and I definitely need support! I would recommend the Elomi Seamless Underwire Nursing Bra Style 3912. That bra ROCKS at keeping "the sisters" up where they should be. :)
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2009
I love that this bra comes in large cup sizes with smaller band sizes and is underwire - a surprisingly difficult combination to find. I also like that this bra isn't as expensive as others.
Unfortunately, this bra felt uncomfortable to me. I tried four sizes (32G, 32H, 34G, and 34H) and they were all a bit uncomfortable. The shoulder straps, which are fairly wide in the sizes I tried (maybe slightly wider than my thumb at the knuckle), scratched and dug into my skin enough to annoy me. Also, the fabric that rested under my arm pit rubbed a bit, irritating my skin in all four sizes I tried on (I took all four to a lactation consultant to help fit me).
I returned the Anita bras and tried the Bella Materna Seamless Full Cup Underwire Nursing Bra (#1361) in a 34G and it fits great (as long as I nurse/pump about every 4 hours; otherwise it gets snug with all that milk! - sure wish they made an 'H' size). The shoulder straps in the Bella Materna bra are soft (they don't dig or rub) and (once washed) there is no irritating fabric rubbing on my skin from any part of the bra - it's all very smooth and soft. I also use the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra (not underwire and yet looks nice and is surprising supportive - although not as good as underwire).
To hide nursing pads in my Bella Materna bras, I use the removable molded foam cups from my Bravado bras and stick my nursing pads to them and put them in my bra - they work great together! (I also tried the Bella Materna Lightly Padded Full Cup Bra (#1261), but the band seemed to be a bit tighter and I don't think the built-in padding allows much room to grow during the day - the Seemless Full Cup is better in my opinion. I ordered directly from the Bella Materna website and received wonderful customer service from 'Anne' and received free goodies with my order - a book, lullaby CD, and samples of organic laundry detergent for hand washing my bras - of course, I usually just put them in a pillow case in the washer on the 'gentle cycle' and then let them air dry.)
While I really wanted to love this Anita nursing bra, the fit wasn't for me. It felt awkward and uncomfortable. I'm sure there are plenty of moms who love this nursing bra, but I'm not one of them. I would recommend spending a little more on a Bella Materna Seamless Full Cup Underwire Nursing Bra (#1361) instead if you have a small band size, need a large cup size, and want underwire.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2009
After delivering I was measuring at a 34 H, which is a very difficult bra size to find. Not only did this bra fit my but it is so comfortable and give fantastic support. I own three now. It is totally worth the price. I spent hours searching for nursing bras in stores and online and have tried 10 different ones and this is the best. The band does run a bit big and I think the cups run a bit small. I ordered one band size down and that seemed to work well. I highly recommend this bra
Update: I'm now using this bra with baby number 2 and am still as happy with it as I was the first time. I have been machine washing it in a lingerie bag and it has held up well. Some of the elastic is beginning to show some wear but given the machine washing and the big boobs it is supporting, I'm very happy with how they have lasted. This bra feels the most "normal" of all my nursing bras. Some of the reviews commented that the fabric was too thin for them. This is one thing I like about this bra actually. It is supportive but doesn't add bulk and is similar to my normal bras in feel. I have not had the problems that others have with nipples and nursing pads showing through. I'm going to get another now that my boobs have gone down a size
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2014
I have a hard time finding bras that accommodate a small band size but large cup size normally and it's no different with nursing bras. After reading reviews and articles, I ordered one of these. It fits pretty well and fabric of the cups adjust along with your breasts as you nurse throughout the day. I actually bought this and wore it during the last few months of my pregnancy and it was perfect. The straps are pretty substantial and supportive and they don't stretch out easily. The clasp on the cups are pretty easy to use, even one handed. The underwire was not uncomfortable at all, I've even slept in it and I had no problems. IT's not the cutest bra out there, but just finding one that met my criteria was huge, so it's okay. Just a note on the fabric of the cups - it is THIN, so if you don't want thin fabric or want something to cover up a little more, this might not work for you. I normally like padding, but I find that when I'm wearing nursing pads, you can't really see a whole lot. I am usually wearing a few layers (camisole and shirt or cardigan, sweater, etc.) and that helps with modesty as well as nursing in public.
Good basic nursing bra - I wish I had ordered one with my first baby (this was for #3).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2012
I purchased this bra because there is so little available in the large cup/small band range. To call it extremely disappointing would be an understatement. First off, I ordered a 36H, hoping that it would come close to approximating my actual size (34J). That might have worked, if this bra had been designed with a human woman in mind, but apparently it wasn't. The underwires went nearly the whole way around the bra, leaving about a four inch section of band at the back. They did not lie flush against my sternum, but the wires did manage to poke me in my scapulae. It was extremely uncomfortable! I liked the color and material, but this bra has significant design flaws. Women with larger breasts are larger *in front*, not around. If my breasts went from my sternum, under my arms, and part of the way around my back then this bra might fit. As it was, I felt like it was meant for an alien creature. For that much money, they ought to have measured some real women rather than guessed at a wire size. If someone needs a 36" band, then AT LEAST HALF OF THAT should be the back of the bra-- a minimum of 18" should separate the wires (front) from the band (back), regardless of how big the cups need to be. For this much money, the bra ought to fit human women.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2014
As a nursing mom with a large bust but small ribcage, I must say this is by far the best investment I have made. I bought other bras, even another style from this same company, but this is by far the most comfortable! It is not molded, and thin, but you need the cups to easily push/fold down to nurse or pump. I bought another one right away because I was so excited after I wore it the first time!! My other nursing bras are sitting in their bag, with the tags still on (the specialty store doesn't take returns). A+ on the design and comfort of this bra!