As soon as your body starts showing the signs of pregnancy, your breasts are going to need all the support they can get. To give them a bit of well-deserved TLC, make sure you invest in a fitted maternity bra. Getting measured is a simple way of ensuring that you're fully supported and it's also easy to do – drop by a mothercare shop for a quick and helpful fitting. We recommend popping by at the four to five-week mark.
Hotmilk nursing bras are not only stylish – but are both functional and comfortable! Our bras come with one handed maternity clips allowing for ease of breastfeeding, 100% cotton lining (allowing the bra that contacts your body to be comfortable and great against sensitive skin), and great support. Seam friendly cups offer the ultimate in comfort and support, but without any compromise on sophistication or style. Breastfeeding bras have 6 hooks at the back allowing you to extend the bra out with your pregnancy and clip back closer after you have given birth. Hotmilk follows global recommendations that a nursing bra should not have hard metal wires, we either use no wires at all, or flexi-wires allowing the bra to move with your body.
When it comes to the best maternity bras and the best nursing bras, there are endless options. You’ve got everyday nursing bras, sleep nursing bras, nursing bras with molded cups, pumping bras and extra-supportive nursing bras specifically made for women with larger busts. Yes, the cup runneth over with choices, but how do you know which one is right for you? Read on for the best nursing bras and the best maternity bras, plus shopping tips from The Bump’s go-to nursing and style experts, so you can find the perfect fit.
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Stylish, comfortable and incredibly functional nursing bras? Absolutely! At Bravado Designs, we pride ourselves on our range of groundbreaking nursing bras. Designed for women, by women. In fact, designing maternity and nursing bras on a foundation of comfort and style is the only thing we do. Which is why moms have trusted us as experts in design for over 25 years.
• Comfort. This should be at the top of your nursing bra must list during the first four to six weeks after having baby, says Stephanie Nguyen, founder of Modern Milk and a certified lactation consultant. She recommends stretchy nursing bras to accommodate the breast changes mom experiences during this time. “Look for nursing bras in soft fabrics,” Nguyen says. You'll also want to pick a maternity bra with thick back closures that have four or more hooks; wide, cushioned straps and a band that doesn't ride up in the back.
During weeks 1 to 17 of your pregnancy, it’s important you choose a non-wired bra to leave room for your growing milk ducts. We have many supportive styles to choose from, including multipacks to keep you well-stocked. By weeks 18 to 28, you might find that a sleeping bra is necessary to keep you comfy at night – you are now snoozing for two, after all.
Noppies knows that it is important for every woman to feel comfortable with her own style. We therefore have a wide range of maternity clothes, including Noppies, Esprit for mums, Supermom and Queen mum. Prefer skinny jeans or a regular fit? During your pregnancy, it's up to you! You don't need to make concessions in terms of style, but can enjoy the advantages of that little bit of extra comfort.
Generally, you should buy maternity clothes in your pre-pregnancy size. As maternity clothing provides extra room around the belly and bust, it gives you the comfort you need for your changing body. If you're in between sizes or are still unsure of what size to buy, consult our maternity wear sizing chart. Take measurements around the fullest part of your bust, your hips (under your bump), and your bump circumference, and compare these numbers to the sizing chart to find your ideal fit.