I did not purchase clothes specifically for the postpartum period with my first child, not even a nursing bra. During my last pregnancy I discovered Boob Design; a company that offers organic and sustainable maternity & nursing clothes, and I knew I had to try a few pieces.
Boob Design was started out of a desire to equip nursing mothers with the proper gear that they needed. Each piece of Boob Design’s clothing must meet a strict criteria. The item must serve a purpose, be high quality, fit well, be functional, certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, and finally it must be made of sustainable materials. They use organic cotton, lyocell, recycled polymide, and recycled polyester for their clothing. (see Why organic cotton is better than conventional cotton) Lyocell is a cellulose fiber made from fast-growing eucalyptus and other woods from sustainably managed forests. For bras, tights and leggings they use Q-nova, a yarn made from recycled industrial waste. For swimwear they use ECONYL. This yarn is made of post-consumer waste like old fishing nets and industrial waste that has been re-generated into new yarn. The fleece used is made from recycled plastic bottles, and requires less energy to make than traditional polyester. Sustainability is a core value of Boob Design and since 2008 they have increased their use of sustainable materials from 20% to 93% with a goal of reaching 100% sustainability.
For this review I tested the organic cotton Classic V-neck Top and the B.Warmer Sweatshirt.
(I received the Classic V-neck in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own. This post may include some affiliate links for your convenience, click here to read my full disclosure policy)
FIT: I sized up to a Medium in both shirts for a more relaxed fit as I definitely did not want to show off my postpartum curves. I wore the v-neck shortly after I delivered my baby and was able to use it for skin-to-skin with my newborn. The double layer panel over the bust lifts up and I tucked my newborn in the bottom part and laid her head on the top panel. Skin-to-skin is not a promoted use of the shirt but an added bonus to its usefulness. I found it immensely helpful to nurse discreetly at home with family visiting and in public
COMFORT: I received the Classic V-neck right at the end of my pregnancy and was able to wear it very comfortably for a few days before I delivered my baby. It fit my 41+ week bump easily and has fit wonderfully postpartum as well. I did not have the B.Warmer sweatshirt until a few weeks postpartum as I wanted something to make nursing easier in the cooler fall weather. The sweatshirt has a fleece panel over the bust area only while the rest of the shirt is made from organic cotton. It has been wonderful to keep my chest and belly covered while nursing and is especially useful when paired with the Merino Wool Nursing Singlet or Merino Wool Nursing Bra (see review here.)
EASE OF CARE: Both require a machine wash warm on gentle cycle and I have air dried them to reduce possible shrinking.
CONCLUSION: I appreciate the values of Boob Design and its mission. The clothing I have worn has been comfortable, useful, and the quality of the materials used is apparent.
All the items mentioned can be purchased at Figure 8 Maternity. They often offer discounts and every purchase earns reward bonuses, plus they have free shipping and free returns. Below are the direct links to the items reviewed for your convenience: