Monday, January 4, 2016

Mama’s MilkBox Review

by Meghann on January 4, 2016

Please note I was NOT compensated by Mama’s MilkBox, I did not receive free clothes, and this post does not contain any affiliate links. It’s simply an awesome product that I had to share with you guys ASAP. 

It’s happening – it’s finally happening! – three months postpartum and I’m finally excited about wearing real clothes again. I’m still nowhere near my pre-pregnancy weight (and pants with zippers remain my mortal enemy), but I feel like I finally found a subscription clothes service that truly gets the new me.

Mamas Milkbox Review

I was first introduced to Mama’s MilkBox via Instagram about a month ago. Basically it’s StitchFix for breastfeeding moms. The concept is very similar: you pay a styling fee, answer a few questions regarding your style and basic wardrobe needs, then receive a box full of tops and dresses that are breastfeeding friendly. You have a few days to try everything on and find out what works before sending the box back. You only pay for the pieces you keep and aren’t responsible for anything you return.

Mama MilkBox

Within 15 minutes of being directed to their website I was completing a request for my first MilkBox. I’m a big fan of StitchFix, I currently hate every store at the mall, and my wardrobe is in desperate need of an update with clothes that actually fit. Clearly, this concept had my name written all over it. I asked for Florida-friendly work clothes that I could pump and nurse in then crossed my fingers.

My MilkBox arrived a few weeks later in a plain USPS box and, I have to say, I’ve never been so happy to try clothes on. Finally, FINALLY, items that really work!

Here’s what I got:

(Please note I was using a ladder as a tripod and trying to get all the photos taken during Annalynn’s nap so the majority of the photos are blurry #reallife)

Gray Strip Nursing Tank with Snaps

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I despise nursing tanks. Mainly because “tanks” are really spaghetti strap camis that still require a bra underneath and are too low cut to even wear with a cardigan. This nursing tank is awesome. It has just enough of a sleeve where you can wear a bra underneath and not have the straps show. It also has a nice neckline that’s not too low and not too high. The clips on the top and allows just enough gap to nurse your baby without having your whole chest hang out and no need for the popular “two-shirt method”. I feel comfortable wearing this tank on its own with a pair of leggings or paired with a cardigan and nice pants for the office.

Striped nursing shirt

Verdict: Keep

Nursing Top with Zippers and Pockets

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This is one of two shirts I received where the vertical seams on the front of the shirt also double as zippers. This office-friendly top would be super easy to pump or nurse in. I even like that the top has pockets. My only complaint is the animal (cheetah) print, which really isn’t my style. This is also the most expensive shirt of the bunch and is pretty $$.

zipper nursing shirt

Verdict: Return (only because I had to send some pieces back because I couldn’t afford to keep them all!)

Rachel Nursing Top

black nursing top

This black top has an extra layer of fabric over the top that can easily be pulled up, while the main portion of the shirt can be pulled down. It allows another easy access point for pumping or nursing. It’s also an easy shirt to dress down for the weekends or pair with a skirt for the office. The only problem is I have approximately a dozen black tops in my closet and I don’t wear half of them.

Verdict: Return (again, a great shirt but I had to rule items out since I couldn’t afford them all)

Chevron Nursing Top with Zippers

chevron nursing top

Another top with zippers instead of seams. I loved, loved, LOVED this top. The pattern was cute, the fit was right, and it’s the perfect top to pump in at work.

Verdict: Keep

Navy Nursing Dress

navy nursing dress

I miss dresses. Before I was pregnant I wore a dress at least 3 days a week, when I was pregnant I wore a dress 7 days a week. I would still wear them all the time (see comment above regarding pants with zippers), but the ones I own either don’t fit or are terrible for nursing. This dress is awesome. I really like the cut and style, it also has the double fabric on top that makes it a winner for pumping or nursing.

Verdict: Keep

Nursing Dress with Leaf Print

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Meh. This dress was my least favorite of the bunch. While the tie front does make it nursing friendly…

tie nursing shirt

I thought the fabric and cut of the dress was a bit dated. It reminded me of something my mother would have worn to nurse in in the late 80s/ early 90s.

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Verdict: Return

Nursing Dress with Pleat Skirt

two tone nursing dress

This dress featured a criss crossed front that could be pulled to the side and the panel lift up. I’ll admit this looked better on than when I first pulled it out of the box, but I still wasn’t impressed with the cut or fabric combination.

Verdict: Return

Nursing Dress with Blush Detail

black pink nursing dress

I really liked this dress. It’s adorable and fits great. The top portion lifts up for easy access and I think it will be my new go-to special occasion dress for upcoming events.

Verdict: Keep

In conclusion, I was really impressed with everything I received from Mama’s MilkBox. I would have loved to have kept everything, but the whole box would have been a bit out of our current budget (technically how much I paid for what I kept is still out of current budget, but what-evs). A little draw back is the majority of the pieces were a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth paying a little extra for the quality and uniqueness of each piece.

I can’t wait to wear my new pieces to the office this week and I’m looking forward to receiving my next Milkbox!

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