• 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.
Real mom review: “I bought this bra because I had a number of cute maternity dresses that needed a strapless bra, and at 25 weeks I cannot bear to wear underwire anymore, but there is no way I can go braless. This bra is so comfortable, offers great coverage, and has decent enough lift where I don't feel like I look sloppy. I bought two, and I may buy more after the baby as well because I just love it that much.” —Sarah via Motherhood Maternity
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.
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.
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When you shop our great selection of maternity clothing online, you'll find easy, lightweight styles made of high-quality fabrics and designed with you in mind. We offer a wide selection of sizes so you can easily find the right size for you and keep up as you change throughout pregnancy. Super soft jersey and cotton have just the right amount of stretch for you to comfortably wear the latest fashion-forward styles. Choose from jeans and dresses with elasticized waists and breezy tunics with flowing silhouettes. Our fitted tops are stretchy without stretching out, so they fit comfortably over your curves while maintaining their shape. It's important to be comfortable when you're expecting, which is why we design these styles with incredible attention to detail and fit. Whether you're going to work, hanging out at home, going out, or running errands, there are styles that will keep you feeling your best from A.M. to P.M.
• 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.
Maternity bras are comfortable, functional and finally, stylish. These cotton bras have everything you need to make the nursing experience the most comfortable it can be. These bras offer subtle support to moms and create the layer of coverage you need after birthing. These bras have elastic band support covered with soft cotton and microfiber fabric for a smooth feeling that sits comfortably against the skin. There's no reason to feel like you are constricted or in pain when you wear a maternity bra. These latest designs offer support at the back with wide bands and are easy to take off and put on. Most importantly, these are the undergarments that make it easy to nurse your child wherever you are. If you are traveling or out shopping, these pieces make it easy to feed. Enjoy your time with your new bundle of joy without worrying about chafing or discomfort with this apparel from Gap.
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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.
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