• Support. Breasts filled with milk are fuller (and heavier), so you’ll want more support than you had before baby. A supportive nursing bra also prevents sagging breasts after baby graduates from breastfeeding. “The band under the bust should be snug,” says New York City stylist Samantha Brown, but make sure the straps don’t cut into your shoulders. “An ill-fitting bra can impact a woman’s posture, and lead to strain and tension headaches,” Brown says.
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.
Congratulations! You are pregnant! During this exciting period in your life, you'll soon need to consider when is the time to wear maternity clothes. This is different for each woman, but you will soon notice once your regular clothes start to feel a bit tight. Noppies designs trendy maternity clothes with handy detailing which allows for growth so that you can wear your maternity trousers or shirt from month one to month nine.
The Honolulu maternity bra is a simple but perfect basic which is incredibly comfortable and comes in various colours. The maternity bra is padded, with secure and flexible clips, wide straps for additional support and handy nursing clips. The smooth material means you can wear this bra under any shirt and you can complete the look with matching pants. The Honolulu bra will fit perfectly throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.
• 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.
Wearing a pregnancy bra is all about taking the weight off your shoulders – quite literally. Maternity bras have adjustable four-hook fastenings, giving you more support than a regular bra. The straps are thicker and include padding to help support your growing bust and prevent rubbing. They’re also made from breathable fabrics like cotton to help keep you comfortable while your body temperature rises. If you find yourself feeling a little warmer than usual (carrying a little one can have that effect), we also have bra liners to help wick away any under-band moisture. We have even more helpful information about buying maternity bras in our online guide.
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.
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.