There are lots of nursing bras out there, so how do you choose the right nursing bra for you? First of all, you need different types of bras for different uses. The nursing bra you sleep in probably is not the same nursing bra that you will wear at work or for nicer outfits. Most moms will wear a nursing bra at night for several months while their baby has night time feedings and their breasts continue to fill up. It is more comfortable to be well supported and to be able to wear nursing pads while your breasts continue to leak overnight. Comfort is very important for a night time nursing bra and you need one that will not constrict the breast as it fills up which could potentially cause a clogged duct or mastitis. For this reason, an underwire nursing bra should never be worn at night time.
Some good options for a comfortable night time nursing bra are the Sleep Bra by Medela which has minimal support and the Body Silk Seamless by Bravado. The Body Silk has the versatility of being a very comfortable bra but also has a nice, smooth shape with the foam inserts so it looks great under your nice outfits as well. Another option by Bravado is their Original Nursing Bra which fits a B to G cup. This one is also very comfortable but probably is not one you will wear to work or with your nicest outfits.
If you are looking for a nursing bra with a fitted cup, Medela’s Seamless Bra also has a nice shape, is very supportive and yet comfortable enough to wear at night. Bravado’s Essential Embrace provides soft stretchy support and their Bliss bra has a molded cup which gives it a nice smooth look so it looks great under t-shirts and even your nicest outfits.
Nursing tanks are also a great, versatile option. It is especially nice after you deliver to be able to bring the flap down from the top and not have to lift up your shirt to nurse so it keeps your tummy covered. They have a lot of stretch and therefore give and take to accommodate those changing breast sizes after delivery. They are also comfortable enough to wear overnight. Bravado’s tanks have a fully lined bra and are very supportive. Medela’s have a pretty lacey trim at the top and bottom and Glamourmom’s are just a simple, less expensive option. Nursing tanks are nice to wear in warm weather or layer for chillier temps.
When you get your nursing bras at Breastfeeding Support & Supplies, you get them professionally fitted by a certified bra fitter and Lactation Consultant. Plus, you can get breastfeeding questions answered in the process. No need to order them off the internet only to find out they do not fit and have to be bothered to send them back. It is recommended to avoid nursing bras with an underwire at least the first month and choose ones that have a lot of stretch to accommodate the changes breasts go through in the early stages of nursing.