It's hard to see from this image but the wonderful people at Carriwell have developed a wired nursing bra without a wire. Instead of the usual metal, they have used a flexible gel which provides all the advantages of a great supporting wire and the comfort of the seamless bra which is flexible up to 2 cup sizes. This new bra fits sizes 32A-42G-H range (table below) using sizes S/M/L/XL and comes in black or white.
I put mine straight on making sure that the entire breast was inside the cup. I found that the GelWire(T) came in a lot closer to my breast plate and when I ran back down the stairs I could really feel the additional support. I don't usually wear a wire, even when I'm not nursing because I have always found them constrictive and uncomfortable. The Carriwell GelWire(T) Seamless Nursing Bra felt so comfortable I hardly knew I had it on.
This Carriwell nursing bra comes with all the usual benefits of buying from Carriwell. The wide underband is soft and comfortable and great for pregnancy when your ribcage expands. When your ribcage does expand this nursing bra comes with a band extender so you don't need to buy a new size, it will grow with you throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. I love the wide band with three rows of hooks at the back and the straps are wide enough to feel comfortable even with larger cup sizes.
The reason this nursing bra is such great value for money is that you can wear it throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. In many cases I meet clients when they are coming to the end of their pregnancy and they are thinking about how they are going to nurse their baby. They have been fitted a couple of times during pregnancy and each time bought a couple of new maternity bras that will not be used once baby arrives because they have no access for breastfeeding. If I'm lucky enough to get a call from a lady early on in pregnancy, there is a great chance that she can wear something throughout pregnancy and then open the clips once baby has arrived and continue to be comfortable until baby weans. So, although this bra is at the higher end when it comes to price at £32 each, it wears and washes well and the flexibility allows you to wear it for a long time.
I'm a pretty typical cup size so here are some initial comments from new Carriwell GelWire(T) Seamless Nursing Bra owners -
"I am wearing mine right now and it is the most comfortable bra i've ever worn. Loving the gel wire, it really does give the boys a boost!" Rebecca (36FF/XL) 14/09/13
"Really comfy and NO wire marks left at the end of the day! Thanks Karen!" Carla (34GG/XL) 15/09/13
"I wore mine yesterday and agree that it is really comfy! I liked the fact that it was (or seemed to me to be) slightly lower cut at the front meaning that it didn't show under my bf wrap dress like my other seamless Carriwell does, but comparing the two I would say that the band size definitely seems smaller on the gel wired bra - I don't know what others have found but I usually wear my other one on the the 2nd or 3rd (from largest) row of clasps but the gel one I had to wear on the largest row and it was very snug - still really comfy though!" Julie (36C/M)15/09/13
"Been wearing mine today and I love it so far! It feels like it gives more support than the non-wired Carriwell bra I have. Also I think it gives a better shape as well. Very pleased Thank you Karen." Jess (38F/XL)15/09/13
Of course, having only 4 sizes there will be some of you that may not find the perfect fit, probably those with a small band and a larger cup size and those with G/H cups may find that you still don't get the support that you get from a metal wire, but I think you'll still benefit from the support of teh GelWire along with the flexibility in the cup which is priceless in those first few weeks when your milk volume fluctuates on an hourly basis.
"Initial feedback not fantastic I'm afraid. It is very comfortable, but as I worried the compromise on fit due to having non-bra sizing means it doesn't really fit quite as well as I'd like. I *am* an awkward size (32F) but that means the band is a little too big while the cups are a little too small. I'd not buy a non-sized bra again unless it was just for sleep I'm afraid."
then went on to say....
"Well, now I've worn it half a day I can say that the imperfect sizing doesn't actually seem to matter! It *looks* like a poor fit, but doesn't feel like it! It's very comfortable! I will wear it the rest of today and at night too to see how it goes." Laura 15/09/13
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|Have you tried the Carriwell GelWire Nursing Bra yet? What did you think? What do you ask for in a seamless nursing bra?|