Maternity Nursing Bras
You’ll find shopping for maternity nursing bras most rewarding if you shop in the month or so before your baby is due. This is because this will be the time when your breasts start to properly swell with milk and you’ll still have the energy to go shopping. It will be even better if you can get people to shop for you once your milk has fully come in, but by that point you’ll be exhausted and dealing with a new born baby.
Many expectant mothers don’t realize the big differences that exist between regular bras and maternity nursing bras. Nursing bras are specifically designed to be more comfortable as well as giving you much easier access to your breasts and nipples for feeding. When you’re shopping around, use these tips to help you choose:
- Back first – it’s tempting to shop for maternity nursing bras in the same way as you’d approach regular bra shopping by looking at the cup size first then the back. However, when you’re breastfeeding, you’ll be carrying a lot more weight on your chest, so you need to get your back measured correctly first so that you can spread the extra weight better.
- Easy snaps – some nursing bras are easier to
operate than others and you’ll need to spend some time working out which
design works best for you. The easiest and most common type unclips at
the top which means you have to lift your top a lot to get the baby to
the nipple. A little harder to undo but a little more practical are the
bottom opening bras which clip in two places at the bottom of the cup.
This gives your baby much easier access but is harder to do up due to
One of the most important items of clothing you’ll need during your maternity leave are breastfeeding bras. Notice the use of the plural as you’ll go through maternity nursing bras much quicker than your regular day to day bras. This is because your nipples will leak considerably to begin with and the last thing your sore breasts will need is to rub against wet cloth all day. The best nursing bras on the market are:
- Bravado – beyond the corny name, these bras are made from
silk so will feel like heaven once you’ve started breastfeeding. They
come in all cup and back sizes imaginable and have elasticized straps
which will allow for the engorgement of your breasts. Expect to pay
between $40 and $50 per bra, which puts it in the middle of the market.
- Bella Materna – Bella Materna are worth
looking at for your bra needs throughout pregnancy, but their Anytime
Bralet range for maternity are especially good. They all come with
removable pads which will provide invaluable cushioning each time you
wear them. They are also one of the few companies to offer maternity
bras in sexy colors and patterns while maintaining a comfortable fit.
Each bra will cost around $50 to $55 making them a little more expensive
- Lamaze – the full fit comfort bra by Lamaze is
made from microfiber rather than cotton making it much more absorbent
but a little bit harder to wash correctly. It comes with buckles that
are designed to be easily undone with just one hand which is perfect for
when you’re trying to juggle a baby around. They are the cheapest of
the quality brands coming in at between $20 and $30 per bra.
Whichever brand of maternity nursing bras you choose, you’ll want to
look carefully at the washing care instructions. Each will be made from a
different material which may shrink or get damaged if you wash it
incorrectly. You’ll also want to make sure that they feel nice and soft
against your skin.
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