The Best Nursing Bra: 5 Tips to Help You Find It

Mother breast feeding her baby girlBy Dana Sullivan for Baby + You

Properly fitted, well-made nursing bras are worth the expense: Anything you can do to make breastfeeding baby easier and more comfortable will help make it a positive experience.

Some helpful guidelines to help you find the best nursing bra:

  • Get fitted. To guarantee that you purchase nursing bras that suit you best, make an appointment at a maternity or specialty lingerie store during your eighth month of pregnancy (when your breasts are about the size they’ll be during breastfeeding) and have a professional fitting.
  • Leave room to grow (or shrink!). If you can’t be professionally fitted, choose a nursing bra size that allows for an increase or decrease in your breast size as you continue to breastfeed your baby. In other words, the bra shouldn't fit “just right” with the cups on either the largest or smallest adjustment, or with the hooks at the loosest or tightest fitting.
  • Think soft for sleep. Be sure to purchase at least one soft-cup nursing bra to wear during the first few weeks after your baby’s birth and when you sleep, since some lactation consultants believe that wires can pinch and contribute to blocked milk ducts.
  • Leave some breathing room. According to the breastfeeding organization La Leche League International (LLLI), “A bra that is too tight or clothing that applies pressure to the breasts can restrict the flow of milk.” If you’re experiencing signs of mastitis, or plugged milk ducts, LLLI advises, “check carefully along seam lines and edges to identify areas of the breast where the bra might apply pressure and possibly restrict milk flow.”
  • Get multiples. Choose at least two different styles and wear them both several times to find the one that works best for you. Eventually, plan to have at least three nursing bras: one to wear, one to have in the wash and one to have in your drawer (you’ll probably need to wash your bras after each wearing).

Here are two recommendations on the best mom-tested nursing bras you can find online:

  • Japanese Weekend’s silky soft Hug bra, $38. This nursing bra is comfortable enough to sleep in — which is what you may want to do during the first few days after your milk comes in — and helps support your tender and full breasts.
  • Motherhood Maternity’s seamless nursing bra, $19, is made of cotton/Lycra and has underwire cups that unsnap easily. When you’re ready to wear close-fitting t-shirts or sweaters again, this nursing bra is best.




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Dana Sullivan is a Nevada-based freelance
writer who contributes frequently to
Fit Pregnancy and
Parenting. She’s mom to Liam and Julia.

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22 comments

  1. Marien says:

    Shopping for bras was a nightmare before pregnancy. Now, I can hardly wait to get fitted for nursing bras! What fun!
    (sarcasm)

  2. LIZ says:

    great article tnx

  3. Alanna says:

    I need to be measured. I’m so in between sizes right now.

  4. Marina says:

    Motherhood Maternity also measures you.

  5. KEIYONDA says:

    THEY ALL ARE UNCOMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW

  6. Aimee says:

    Great article to save for the future!

  7. verochka31 says:

    hate shopping for bras……………

  8. Nancy says:

    its hard to find the correct one

  9. AmyC says:

    Hard to find one I can afford in my size.

  10. brittney says:

    It’s crazy how much your boobs grow while your pregnant! I started out with little boobs i wore a 34 A maybe a 36 if i was lucky. Im now at a 36 B! i always thought i wanted bigger boobs but i never knew the price! The stretch marks are more of whats turned me off my my new boobs, i didn’t realize they would grow so quickly! And they say they will get even bigger after baby is born and my milk comes in. I can’t afford to keep buying new bras especially when im only going to wear them for a little while and when im not breastfeeding anymore and my milk dries up my boobs will shrink again so il have a bunch of huge bras i can’t even wear!

  11. I have hated buying all new bras for the pregnancy. The nursing ones will be the worst to get, I’m sure

  12. Jeanetta says:

    Again, great information…

  13. Faleshia says:

    totally going to go get fitted and buy some of these this week!!

  14. it’s funny how u can get bigget size of boobs

  15. sometimes i buy bigger size bra but then they don fit again

    • stacy says:

      Hey, I appreciate that or I really agree with you, because I had this same problem before. I have a big bust after pregnancy so it’s not easy to find a suitable size bra.

  16. my bras are to tight

  17. Hope says:

    I’m going to have to wait until my last couple of weeks being pregnant to figure out what size I’ll need. I’ve tried to estimate it, but I’ve already gotten to my estimated point and I still have 15 weeks left!

  18. this is very helpful.

  19. McKenzie says:

    I am falling out of mine I def need to buy some more.

  20. Grace says:

    good info… and sometimes they don’t last long (fall apart)

  21. brandy says:

    dont just try one and think its best fitting sometimes they shrink up

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