Special support for you and your new little one

After pregnancy, your breasts undergo numerous changes. After delivery, choosing a bra that provides proper support can help you feel more comfortable and less fatigued.
 

Maternity Bras vs. Nursing Bras

Though these terms are often used interchangeably, a maternity bra is very different from a nursing bra. A nursing bra (or feeding bra) is worn after pregnancy when breastfeeding. The cups are designed to drop down from a clip on the straps, thus exposing your breasts for nursing. Nursing bras are usually seamless and have an all-around breast support system for comfort and added support.

Nursing Bra FAQs

It is recommended that you have at least three nursing bras so that you can wear a fresh one every day. One to wear, one to launder, and one as a spare.
Any one of the techniques we recommend in our Lingerie FAQ section will work for your nursing bras, but you must take extra care in making sure your breasts are placed correctly into the bra. Your body should be bent over while doing this to allow the breasts to fill into the cups naturally.
Three weeks before your due date, measure yourself as described here. Your size will have stabilized at this point and should remain about the same as you begin breastfeeding. You may consider going up one cup size from your maternity bra to allow for any growth after milk comes in.
If properly fitted, an underwire bra should not cause problems, though you may find a soft cup more comfortable in your first month of breastfeeding. An improperly fitted underwire bra can place pressure on breast tissue, leading to infection and other complications. It is not recommended to sleep in an underwire bra, so be sure to have a soft cup that you can sleep in. It is necessary to sleep in a bra during the time you are breastfeeding to keep breast pads in place during the night.
There are a few key features to look for in a good nursing bra:

  • Easy, convenient access to your breasts. Many nursing bras have one-handed clasps that allow you to open them with one hand while you hold your baby in your other arm.
  • Cups lined in cotton or other breathable fabrics for comfort and quick drying. Synthetic materials can trap moisture against your skin and lead to discomfort. Cups should also have good stretch to avoid any restriction.
  • A double-layer back band with at least a four-hook closure and very little stretch. This will give you good support and adjustability. Opposite to a maternity bra, your nursing bra should fit comfortably on the last (loosest) hook as you begin nursing and move to the first (tightest) hook as your band size decreases over time.
  • Wide, cushioned straps with little-to-no stretch for comfort and support.

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