f you are planning on breastfeeding your baby, you are likely going to need some nursing bras. Getting access to the girls with a normal bra and a fussy baby can be rather difficult. A good nursing bra is designed to provide you with good support, extra room when your milk comes in, and the ease to open in the front with one hand.
2. Do they really have to be that ugly?
Most nursing bras, especially the seamless ones are very plain and basic. After 9 months of pregnancy and a rapidly changing physique, most women look forward to being able to see their toes and some semblance of normalcy. Looking and feeling attractive for themselves and their partner is very important. However if you have ever been to a Victoria's Secret in search of a nursing bra- guess what? They have hundreds of racerback bras but not a single nursing bra! It's like all of a sudden the purpose of your breasts are work, and somehow this is incompatible with sex appeal and being more than your baby's mother in the eyes of your significant other.
3. Ok, so while what is available in retail stores can be boring and ugly, there are some better options available online.
In the last couple of years there are a growing number of companies that are committed to beautiful and sexy maternity and nursing bras. Youlingerie, Cake Lingerie, Belabumbum, and HOTmilk( yes that is the name of the company) to name a few have some items that combine the functionality of extra fastenings and comfortable linings with beautiful colors and lace. You Lingerie is a U.S. based company that has more affordable maternity bras than its European/ Australian counterparts. The only issue with purchasing online is you cannot be fitted in a store and will have to measure yourself. bravadodesigns.com has a video and bra size calculator on their website that can be very helpful.
4. What should I look for in a nursing bra?
You should probably get fitted for a nursing bra at 8 months of pregnancy. This is the size your breasts should be at approximately 8 weeks post birth when your body has learned to regulate its milk supply. A lot of women make the mistake of purchasing nursing bras with extra room in the cup. This is not necessary as most good nursing bras will have stretchy fabrics on the top of the cup, which will allow for movement in the breast as it produces milk. Your nursing bra should also have four hook and eye fastenings for added comfort, wide non slip shoulder straps, cups that open and close with one hand, and an opening that will provide plenty of room for your baby to feed comfortably.
5. Should I get a sleep bra?
Sleep bras are a transitional bra style that are great for nighttime nursing or at home nursing when comfort is key. Most importantly, your breasts will likely leak milk at night, so you may feel more comfortable having your breasts supported at nighttime. Nursing tanks are also another option as they offer good support and are perfect for layering under your favorite non nursing tops. Make sure they have quick release clasps or pull aside cups.