Musings of a Marfan Mom

Review and Giveaway: Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra

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I had the opportunity to review the Simple Wishes hands free pumping bra and I’m SO excited about this product! See, having Marfan can bring all kinds of fun skeletal changes, one of them being an indented chest. You might not realize it, but having a chest that turns inward makes it really difficult to find a good bra. I was worried but hopeful that the Simple Wishes unique fitting system would work for me. It did so well that I’ve even used this as a regular bra, not just one that I strap on when I need to pump! I didn’t fall out, the bra stayed in place, and I felt supported: success.

What makes the Simple Wishes bra so unique is that it’s incredibly customizable. It comes in only 2 sizes (xs/s/m and l/xl/xxl), because each bra comes with a zip-in extender for the front and the back has velcro at both ends so you can tighten or loosen it at will. Unlike many nursing bras out there, this one fits up to size 48 J. I fit into the smaller of the 2 sizes, but was a little borderline. When I first tried on the bra I was a week postpartum and it didn’t fit. However, your ribs shrink in the month following birth so even though my cup size didn’t change, I did go back to my pre-pregnancy width and then the bra fit just fine. Because of this, I’d recommend buying for your pre-pregnancy band size if you’re ordering while pregnant.

Prepare to spend a few minutes figuring out your best fit the first time you wear this bra. Personally, I prefer using the zip-in front insert and keeping the back tighter, rather than lengthening the back but going without the insert. There are several possible ways the bra might fit you well, but it’s worth it to take the time to find what is the best.

When it comes to pumping, going hands-free is every bit as awesome as I imagined it would be. Take the other morning, for instance. J had finished nursing but was a little fussy and M was hanging out on our bed. During times like these when I haven’t used my hands-free bra, I’ve invariably spilled milk on myself. This time I could comfort the baby and keep M from running up and down the bed, all while pumping. The seal on the bra is tight: no worries about losing suction while pumping! I found it easier to pull apart my flange, suction it to my skin and pass it through the bra, as opposed to trying to pull apart the leaflets of the bra to accommodate the largest part of the flange.

I also tried out nursing in this bra. In case any of you want to use this bra as a regular nursing bra as well, I suggest using the zip-in insert. That way, you can unzip one side at a time, just like you would unclip one flap of a traditional nursing bra at a time. Easy!

I highly recommend this bra to anyone considering pumping breastmilk for their baby. It’s affordable, comfortable, and really works!

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Buy It:
The Simples Wishes bra is $39.00 and can be purchased online or at a store near you.

Win It:
Simple Wishes is graciously offering one of their pumping bras to a reader of mine.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit the Simple Wishes website and leave a comment here with one thing you learned.

Optional Entries:
1) Follow Simple Wishes on Twitter (make sure to leave your Twitter handle in the comments)
2) Tweet about this giveaway, worth one entry per day: “#Win a @SimpleWishes_ hands free #BFing pumping bra from @MarfMom http://bit.ly/e9B5hh. #Giveaway ends 2/10.” Make sure to leave the link to your tweet in the comment
3) Follow Musings of a Marfan Mom on Google Friend Connect (look for the box on the right hand side of this page)
4) Leave a comment with a breastfeeding resource.

Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each entry and the mandatory entry must be first, or all other comments will be deleted. Please do not hit “reply” to your original comment either…do a totally separate comment for each entry. This giveaway is open to residents of the USA and Canada and runs until 11:59 pm PST on Thursday Feb. 10th, 2011. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and will be notified via email. S/he will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

* I received one hands free pumping bra to review, and one for a reader. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

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49 Comments

  1. I learned that the Simple Wishes bra was designed by four sisters.

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  2. A breastfeeding resource that I have visited frequently is Kellymom.com.

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  3. ‘I learned they won an award for the bra. Love the velcro adjustment!

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  4. I go to safefetus.com before taking any meds while breastfeeding. It tells you how safe/unsafe they are for an unborn child and nursing child.

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  5. I learned that Nicole Sullivan uses simple wishes. I love my Simple Wishes! I can’t image how I would have been able to keep my supply up without it.

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  6. I learned that Simple Wishes offers a program that makes the Bustier available to all Women, Infant, Children (WIC) agencies at a discounted price as well as providing free inventory based on volumes purchased. HOW COOL IS THAT!?

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  7. I learned this product was created and produced by 4 sisters. I thought that was very cool.

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  8. I Follow Simple Wishes on Twitter
    (katladyu18)

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  9. I follow you with google friend connect

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  10. A Breastfeeding resource I love is The Leaky B@@b on facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/TheLeakyBoob

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  11. I learned that you can wear the bra with or without straps and with a nursing bra

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  12. I follow Simple Wishes @MeMyself_Mommy

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  13. I like medela.com and the l leche league site for breastfeeding guidance

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  14. I learned that many celebrity moms use Simple Wishes Hands Free Bras

    ashlyn loves 2 blog at gmail dot com
    http://ashlynloves2blog.blogspot.com

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  15. I follow via GFC.

    ashlyn loves 2 blog at gmail dot com
    http://ashlynloves2blog.blogspot.com

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  16. This bra is amazing and a Godsend for any new mother. I love the idea of the hands free. I recently helped my daughter with a pump machine and it takes 4 hands to work. Should I win this, I will donate it to a new mother at my church, since I am past having any babies. I would love to be a part of making someone elses life easier.

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  17. I like the partnership with WIC and the opportunity for other resources to partner with them.

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  18. I learned that not only does the bra look great and fit large breasted women, but that it comes with a one year warranty and a money back guarantee! Sounds like a great product!

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  19. I learned that this can also be worn with a nursing bra!

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  20. i follow simple wishes on twitter! (ali_holt)

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  21. i am your newest follower!

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  22. I also love this bra. I never use it as a bra by itself, just as the handsfree when I’m pumping, but it has allowed me to keep up at work, and actually get homework done and even play around online while pumping. I knew I would use a handsfree system even before I ever started pumping and I only tried twice without the handsfree and I honestly have no idea how you would pump without it. I had 3 other ladies at work with me that pumped and they did it without the handy dandy handsfree bra and they were amazed when I told them how well it worked.

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  23. I learned that the four sisters brought experience from Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

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  24. I learned that the sisters created this for busy moms that need to do 2 things at once!

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  25. I follow simple wishes on Twitter!
    sarahosborne12

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  26. A great breast feeding resource is babycenter.com!

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  27. I’m a new follower of your blog!

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  28. it’s award-winning!

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  29. Tx for the guveaway! I learned that the velcro panel allows for the bra to adjust band sizing up to 10 inches! Awesome news for women of all sizes.

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  30. I follow Simple Wishes on Twitter, too. @mrsgregwillis

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  31. Just joined via Google Friend Connect and also adding you to my reader!

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  32. And for #bfing support, I like http://www.lansinoh.com.

    Hope all my entries were right, half awake post-nursing and on my phone. :)

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  33. i learned that they actually carry this bra at target! i love target :)

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  34. http://www.kellymom.com is a great resource for anything about breastfeeding

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  35. ok last entry..
    I just joined via google connect! :)

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  36. i am now following simple wishes on twitter!
    twitter.com/itsm3g4n

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  37. I visited the Simple Wishes website and learned they have a partenership with WIC (which I think is fantastic).

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  38. I follow @SimpleWishes_ on twitter.
    @museoddity

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  39. Wow. Thanks for the review. I’m looking for good pumping bras that would be nice to give my friend who’s gonna be a mother. She’ll surely appreciate this.

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