La Leche League International Intimates
Above: Julie (style #361), a cotton blend wireless nursing bra.
“Designed by Q-T Intimates in partnership with La Leche League International, this modern line combines supportive, functional, and stylish nursing wear with the educational and community support of La Leche League’s 50 plus year history.”
by Kim “Kimmay” Caldwell
Nursing is a special experience for both mom and baby. Andrea Reynolds, a mom of two, called the experience “miraculous all around”. Several other moms I spoke with echoed her sentiment. But not all miracles come easily. During this time, a woman’s breasts require even more support and care than usual. And learning how to nurse can be overwhelming.
That’s where La Leche League International (LLLI) Intimates bras and sleepwear comes in. Designed by Q-T Intimates in partnership with La Leche League International, this modern line combines supportive, functional, and stylish nursing wear with the educational and community support of La Leche League’s 50 plus year history.
Above: Lilly, a Pullover Seamless Nursing Bandeau, (style #4206).
From sleep bras to molded bras, sports bras and even a strapless bandeau – the options are vast. LLLI Intimates specializes in nursing bras and sleepwear that supports a woman from day into night. Carrie, a 35-year-old mom currently nursing her 2-½ year old says “When you’re nursing several times a day [in the beginning], the convenience of a nursing bra cannot be exaggerated”. And with a size range that fits A-H cup sizes, with or without an underwire, there’s a bra for every level of support.
One of the most unique nursing bra options offered by LLLI Intimates is the award winning WRAP ‘N SNAP™ bra that can adjust as a woman’s body changes. “With the adjustable band and drop down nursing cup, it’s a fabulous bra for the last few months of pregnancy into the nursing times after the baby is born,” explains Meryl Kutzin, VP Merchandising and Production for Q-T Intimates.
Above: “Wrap ‘N Snap” Nursing Bra (4101). Stretch cotton construction is soft enough to sleep in or wear all day. A front-snap closure beneath the bust enables you to easily open and adjust the bra with your changing body during pregnancy and nursing. V-neck shape with a bit of satin trim adds a delicate touch.
“With the adjustable band and drop down nursing cup, it’s a fabulous bra for the last few months of pregnancy into the nursing times after the baby is born,” -Meryl Kutzin.
In addition to functional, supportive styles, LLLI Intimates also carries fashionable attire. They offer a wide range of colors and an all lace style, sure to be a hit with women like Melinda Usandiveras, a young nursing mom and the PR Director at Happiest Mommy, who says “A great nursing bra needs to make me feel womanly…We need – perhaps more than ever before – to know that we’re sexy [and] powerful …” Be on the lookout for even more stylish nursing bra options debuting at CURVE in August – just one exciting update coming for LLLI Intimates throughout 2015.
(Editor’s Note: Q-T Intimates, Crème Bralee and La Leche League International Intimates will be at CurveLV at booth 530.)
Above: Darla, a Layered V-Neck Chemise.
Another demand from moms: a good price point. Kate, a 34-year-old mom who nursed her first child to six months and is currently nursing a two month old says, “If you only nurse for six months and are back to work after three months, you don’t want to invest a lot of money in [nursing] bras.” She goes on to suggest that even if she were to wear her bras for a year, it can add up. The La Leche League bras range from $17.75 to $40. This modest price point could allow moms like Kate to invest in several well fitting styles for every occasion, which will take them through their nursing experience.
Above: Amy, Long Nursing Cami.
LLLI Intimates also provides sleepwear and nursing tanks, a favorite among the moms I interviewed. And, perhaps most importantly, they partner with La Leche League International. With a mission “to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother”, plus groups throughout the world, and a rich history dating back to 1956, La Leche league is a strong partner for LLLI Intimates.
“Armed with nursing bras that fit and flatter from LLLI Intimates, and information and support from La Leche League, a mom can feel at ease and truly enjoy the bonding and health benefits that come with breast feeding her child.”
Kutzin explains how the two groups partnered in 2001, and that the “partnership has been very good for both organizations. A portion of every sale we make goes back to [La Leche] League to support the education and importance of breastfeeding worldwide. We are very fortunate to have teamed with a group that understands the need for a good nursing product and helps us get the message out around the world.”
New moms need support, both from their bra and their community. “There are so many things that go into [breast feeding] that I had no idea about before my first baby was born,” laments Megan Reidy, a mom currently nursing her third child. “We were not prepared at all…” Though it may not always be easy, Megan admits that nursing is worth it. Lena Lynch, currently nursing her second, adds that the joy and responsibility a mother has to provide nutrition for her child, “in addition to being their mama, is a true honor. I’m so happy I’ve been able to breastfeed both of my girls and would do it again in heartbeat.”
Armed with nursing bras that fit and flatter from LLLI Intimates, and information and support from La Leche League, a mom can feel at ease and truly enjoy the bonding and health benefits that come with breast feeding her child.
Learn More about La Leche League International
Contact: Chris Zogas, Sales Manager
Phone: 212-532-8920 x317
About Q-T Intimates
For over 68 years, Q-T Intimates has been the quiet trendsetter in the intimate apparel industry — designing beautiful, comfortable, and affordable bras and panties for women of many generations. During the 1940’s and 1950’s the small but ambitious company was all about the basics: white bras and girdles, sometimes beige, usually cotton with a touch of polyester (if possible). Through many years of design innovation, Q-T Intimates has evolved to incorporate the latest fashion trends, eye-catching colors, and beautiful fabrics – from simple and sleek, to luxurious and feminine.