Bravado Embrace review (and a BoobieMilk giveaway)

Bra shopping is a bit of a nightmare for me. I’m generally really limited in what brands I can consider because I have an unusual bra size: small back, large cup. Wow. Now it feels like you may know a little too much about me. But then, it’s nothing that isn’t obvious from my pictures.

Anyway, I’d heard ages ago about how amazing Bravado nursing bras were for breastfeeding mums. They’re supposed to accommodate the many fluctuations of the early breastfeeding days, like when your milk comes in, that kind of thing. But, alas, they never did any in my size. All the ones I saw were S, M, L, the kinds of sizes that never work for small framed, big boobed women like me.

So, I was ridiculously excited when I heard that they were bringing out a new range called Bravado Essential Embrace which accommodated cup sizes up to HH/J. And then I may have done a little whoop when Karen who owns BoobieMilk asked me to review one.

122 Anna lifting Chai

On first impressions, I wasn’t sure I liked the shape. I’m used to bras that sort of push my breasts together a bit more. I asked Laurence what he thought and he probably thought he was walking into a trap. In the end, I decided, though, that I do like it. It’s flattering even if it’s not what I’m accustomed to. It’s also seamless, which is another plus for looks.

I’ve never used a full drop away cup before but I really like it. It feels like there’s no fabric getting in the way. I also had a problem last time with part of the cup on one of my bras digging into me when I was engorged on one side. This would probably help avoid that.

Having given it loads of outings now, I’d say it’s possibly the most comfortable bra I’ve ever worn, and bear in mind that I’m a GG at the moment! I’d definitely recommend the Bravado Essential Embrace to any other mothers with a similar wardrobe predicament.

I’d also recommend BoobieMilk as I have done in the past. As usual, Karen’s proven to really know her stuff. I wasn’t sure a 32 back would fit me because I’m a 30 but she assured me that the back sizes run a little snug and actually they do.

BoobieMilk will be fitting and selling nursing bras and vests at the upcoming Bluewater Baby and Toddler Show April 25th-27th. Karen will be taking bookings for appointments throughout the weekend as usual, offering a 15% discount for all pre-booked appointments and free show tickets to the first 20 bookings. Appointments can be booked by emailing her at

To be in with a chance to win one of two £10 vouchers from BoobieMilk, tell me which Bravado Embrace colour you’d choose (Black/Purple, White/Orchid or Chai/Almond) and enter the Rafflecopter widget below.


Congratulations, Amy Lorimer and Tracey Peach!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK residents only.
The giveaway will run for two weeks and the winner chosen at random through Rafflecopter on Friday 18th April, 2014.
The winner will be announced and contacted on Saturday 19th April, 2014.
BoobieMilk sent this product for the purpose of this review and will fulfil the prize for the giveaway. The Bravado Essential Embrace is available for purchase from the BoobieMilk website.

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  1. April 4, 2014 / 8:47 am

    these look great – I was always really bad at buying new nursing bras, I had the same one for ages!
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  2. April 4, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    bras are super hard to shop for if you’re not a standard size! i’m the same with small back size but large cup, i don’t think i have a single one the same size because shops differ so much.
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  3. April 4, 2014 / 7:34 pm

    I’m terrible with bras. Find them so uncomfortable so rarely wear them these days. My boobs are so small that it doesn’t really matter, in fact what I have been wearing recently are just these kind of support crop top things which I like as they are comfortable, not very sexy though! x
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  4. Anna
    April 4, 2014 / 8:47 pm


  5. Polly Watts
    April 4, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Chai/almond I love bravado bras!

  6. April 5, 2014 / 12:37 am

    I have to admit I am terrible when it comes to bra shopping and even though I breast feed until the little man was a toddler I never felt like I got the right breastfeeding bra – they never felt very supportive – so if we have another one I will check these out for sure

    laura x
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  7. April 7, 2014 / 11:36 am

    Having breastfed for the past 2 years now, I seem to live in nursing bras, to the point that don’t actually remember what an under-wire feels like… And a good one costs a bomb! These look fab though – would definitely choose the black/purple to add a little colour to my somewhat dull looking underwear drawer.
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  8. April 7, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    I wish I had invested in better bra’s from the outset! I have one really good one and two crap ones, If I’d known I would be breastfeeding for this long I would have bought them from the start! x
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  9. Sharon
    April 7, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    My nursing bras are sadly awful, i just couldn’t find the right time to invest in some good ones (with as baby hanging 24/7 on my breasts) . So, don’t get the support i need and not comfy enough. Bravado are just and i’ve so many good thing about them! Love the White/Orchid 🙂

  10. Zoe Chilvers
    April 10, 2014 / 3:34 pm

    I’d choose black/purple as purple is my fave colour 🙂 Hadn’t heard of these bras before but sound great.

  11. Kara beresford
    April 17, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    Would love the black/purple

  12. Victoria Harrison
    April 17, 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Would love the chai/orchid 🙂

  13. Emma Parma
    April 17, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    I struggle too being a 32ff. Love bravado bras.
    Purple would be my choice 🙂

  14. Sarah Cramphorn
    April 17, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    I would love white/orchid. Seriously considering some new nursing bras and seamless is appealing. May well be tempted by these bras! Never thought I would need any more but then never thought I’d still be feeding at 14months! 🙂

  15. Natalie Crossan
    April 17, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    I’d choose white/orchid 🙂

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