Choosing the Right Nursing Bra: Comfort, Support and Functionality

3/21/24

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Choosing the Right Nursing Bra: Comfort, Support and Functionality

Pregnancy and nursing a child are wonderful experiences, but they can also be uncomfortable. You may find that your clothing, especially your undergarments, just don’t fit right and your bras don’t provide you with the support and access you need. Whether you are currently pregnant or have had your child and plan to nurse, you need a comfortable, supportive nursing bra. This is what to look for.

Consider the Types of Nursing Bras

Like regular bras, nursing bras come in a variety of types. For example, you may need sleep nursing bras with a low V-shaped neckline that you can easily pull down. You should also choose a soft-cup bra that allows you to lower your cup from the shoulder strap, but some of these may lack the support you desire if you are out and about. For added support, you can find underwire nursing bras that also have clips at the shoulder.

Although they were difficult to find in the past, today’s manufacturers even provide sports nursing bras, and you can use some sports bras that zip in the front as nursing options. Other manufacturers offer tank tops with built-in nursing bras, including camisoles with somewhat hidden clips. Finally, if you have to pump, you have access to pumping bras that you can wear to make the process easier.

Get the Right Size

The first factor that you should consider when choosing a comfortable nursing bra is size. Make sure you have the right size. You may go into a lingerie store and have yourself professionally measured, or you can complete an at-home quiz and measurement.

Look for gaping cups or spillage over the tops or under the band. Also, pay attention to whether your straps stay put or slip. Finally, watch your sides for spillage or support.

Choose a Stretchy Material

Your breast size and shape change during pregnancy and while you nurse. Therefore, consider choosing a strong, supportive, stretchy material that won’t constrict your breasts or leave gaps in the cups. Stretchy fabrics offer the greatest flexibility.

Breathable Fabric

You also want the fabric of your bras to breathe well. Many recommend cotton or organic bras because they tend to be durable, lightweight and breathable. They also draw moisture from your body, but you should wear nursing pads because they may take longer to dry, making you somewhat uncomfortable.

Support and Coverage

While you nurse, your bra’s support can significantly impact your comfort. You need to be sure your breasts receive adequate support, but your shoulders, back and neck also need support. Choose options with thick straps that distribute the weight of your breasts. Also, avoid bras that allow your breasts to sag, which can impact your back and neck.

Adjustability and Closures

As your breasts change, your bra should have adjustable straps and additional hooks in the back. Also, try the one-hand test to make sure you can remove your cups with one hand, making the process quick and easy without putting your baby down.

As you test different bra styles, fabrics and structures, check for common bra problems. Choose bras that best fit your body and function well.