A maternity or nursing bra is a necessary piece of equipment for new mothers who are breastfeeding their baby. Because lactating breasts can enlarge and fill with milk, it’s best to get a bra that’s supportive. And because you may need to feed the little one at inconvenient or unexpected times, it’s also good to get a nursing bra that can be opened quickly and easily.
Technically a nursing bra is one that is created specifically for nursing bras, while a maternity bra is one worn during pregnancy, as your breast size may increase. However, we’ll use the two terms interchangeably in our recommendations.
Here are a few other factors you will want to consider when shopping for a nursing bra.
Comfort: Nursing bras with softer fabrics can continue to support your breasts as they change sizes through the various points of the feeding cycle, and comfort is extremely important for new mothers during this time. Also make sure the cups are soft, so that your nipples will not be irritated or chafed.
Support: Your heavier, fuller breasts need more support—otherwise you could start suffering from back pain, tension, and even headaches. Furthermore, if those girls don’t get some support while you are breastfeeding, once your baby moves on and is no longer feeding on you, unsupported breasts can be left sagging. In that vein, it’s also good to make sure your bra has thicker straps and a wide band.
Coverage: You’ll appreciate bras that cover up nursing pads and enlarged nipples. Enough said.
Ease: You’ll want a bra that can be easily unclasped or removed for ease of feeding. Nobody wants the stress of fidgeting around with your bra while your child is screaming his or her head off for milk.
No Underwire: Underwire is great on a normal bra, but not in a nursing bra, because it can be uncomfortable, and it can potentially hurt your milk ducts.
Flexibility: Your breasts will grow during the pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Keep in mind that while you are feeding, they will also periodically shrink as they are emptied of milk.
Nursing Panels: Nursing panels which open up and allow you to feed your baby without lifting up the bra or taking it off, are a great feature. We recommend avoiding buying a bra for this feature alone, but if all the other features are there (comfort, support, etc.) then go right ahead and enjoy this amazing feature.
Best Maternity Bras for Large Breasts
If you are already well-endowed with large breasts, you may already know that an unsupported chest can cause back problems. Make sure you pick a bra, which has wide straps, a thick band, and excellent support throughout.
- Kindred Braverly Simply Sublime
Your changing body will be supported by the stretchy elastic of this bra, which is also strong enough to offer excellent support.
- Bamboobies Seamless Nursing Bra
You can be a body size of 42-F and still find comfort and support with the very soft bamboo-rayon material of this bra, which is also good for light exercise. Its versatility is emphasized by nursing panels that allow quick and easy feeds.
Best Maternity Bras for Small Breasts
You’ll want to make sure you select a bra that supports you and conforms to your figure in a flattering way.
- Seamless Demi-Cup Nursing Bralette
If you have cup size A to C, this particular bra was made with you in mind. Its lower profile will go with a variety of outfits without the bra peeping out from around the corner of your garment. Its super stretchable blend of spandex, cotton and nylon will adjust to changing body.
- Gratlin Racerback Seamless Support Bra
Gratlin Racerback Seamless Support Bra is for the women with even the smallest chest sizes. Its densely woven band will prevent sagging, and its hooks will offer you more customized fit. Its padded nature will allow it to conform to your shape, rather than providing a cookie cutter mould that your breasts are forced to fit into.
Best Plus Size Maternity Bras
For women shopping in this category, you might need a bra, which can support the weight of your breasts, and still accommodate changes in your body.
- PureSilk Front Hook Nursing Bra
The scoop-neck back of this bra will assist in spreading out your weight of the breasts and reducing potential neck and back pain. It’s also machine washable, which is great for moms with a busy lifestyle.
- Motherhood Sports Wireless Nursing Bra
The elastic construction of this bra allows for possible changes in the size of your breast. It has supportive, thick straps to carry the weight of your chest, and is an excellent all-around option for expecting or nursing plus-sized women.
Best Maternity Sleeping Bras
These bras are supportive but not constricting choices to fall asleep wearing.
- Kindred Braverly Terry Scoopback Sleep Bra
The French Terry material of this bra will provide a soft feeling while you sleep, and the fabric will stretch to fit your changing sizes. Without wires or clasps, this bra is comfortable and simple to use, and it comes in a variety of sizes and colours.
- EMY Sleep Bra 4 Pack
If you’re looking for an economical option that also doubles as a nursing bra, consider the EMY 4-pack. The cotton is soft and supportive, and there’s space for nursing pads. These bras also win additional style points for cuteness.
Best Nursing Maternity Bras
These nursing bras and maternity bras will continue to be helpful after you’ve given birth since they double as nursing bras.
- Branii Full Support Bra
The comfortable cotton of this bra is also firm enough to support your chest, even without an underwire. It also comes with a bra extender to accommodate your changing physical structure, and thick straps to keep pressure off of your neck and back.
- Voygal Seamless Nursing Bra
If you’re looking to avoid chafing, this bra has an excellent seamless design, with an elastic construction that will fit to your body perfectly. It has excellent removable padding, and it also features a nursing panel that can be opened for easy access.
These are just a few of the categories and selections you will find in your search for the perfect maternity and/or nursing bra. You may also consider sports bras or bras designed specifically for special support. Just remember our list of criteria (comfort, support, etc.) and you can’t go wrong. Make sure you have the perfect equipment to take care of your body, so you can enjoy being with your baby during this special time.Read More