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Bravado Designs was started by two women who took their own experience as pregnant and nursing moms to design comfortable, practical and stylish nursing bras. Starting with one pattern -- their leopard-print bra -- they quickly became known for maternity and nursing bras and lingerie that enhance a woman's confidence and self-esteem while nursing and pregnant. The two founders, Kathryn From and Shery Leeder, are committed to making the highest quality items, and each style is wear-tested by pregnant and nursing moms to fine-tune the details that make Bravado Designs comfortable, pretty and well-constructed.

Based in Canada, Bravado Designs was literally started at the the kitchen table and has grown to be a market leader in nursing bras. The Original Nursing Bra and newer styles are favorites of celebrity moms, too. They've been worn by Jewel, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz and many, many more. Additional bra styles include underwire bras; a full-figure soft cup bra made of cotton and spandex that goes to a 46 band size and G cup; and a pretty lace trimmed soft cup style. Bravado Designs has also added reusable moisture-wicking breast pads to its line. These pads, which come six to a package, do a great job of wicking away milk to keep your skin dry. They really are reusable, too, holding up wash after wash.

The line now includes pretty, feminine panties and boyshorts as well as nursing tanks and breast pads. Bra styles include the seamless silky smooth Body Silk model as well as soft-cup styles trimmed in lace; full-cup sports back bras; molded contour t-shirt styles and underwire bras with uniquely designed underwires for maximum comfort. The Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra is extremely popular for its comfort, breast separation and support, even without an underwire. During those last months of pregnancy and first months of nursing, when a woman's body seems to be changing constantly, this seamless, soft-cup bra seems to adapt to shape and size fluctuations.

Panties and boy shorts from Bravado Designs make nice complements to their bras, allowing women to look put-together during pregnancy and nursing. Customers love the soft, stretchy lace of styles like the Allure boy short and the pretty polka-dot mesh of the Sublime panty. Panties are comfortable and flattering on your changing body. They come in sizes small/medium and large/extra large.

The Essentials nursing tank is a clever idea. It will support full breasts during nursing and retains its shape through pregnancy and beyond. Gathered at the bust for a flattering fit, the tank comes in great wardrobe colors including black, white and chocolate brown. Word is that this Bravado style is a favorite of actresses Mira Sorvino and Rachel Griffiths.

Bravado Designs was recently acquired by Medela AG, a leader in breastfeeding products. The two companies together can offer pregnant and nursing mothers a full line of support products -- from breast pumps through bras. Both companies are committed to helping young moms, (whether they choose to stay at home or rejoin the workforce) breastfeed as long as they wish.

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