Every new mum needs support, especially while bodies are changing during pregnancy and recovering after childbirth. Finding a practical maternity and nursing bra that provides flexibility can make all the difference to your comfort as you welcome your new babe into the world and begin breastfeeding.
A great nursing bra combines the practical features you need for breastfeeding, such as wire-free cups and nursing clips, with pretty details like delicate lace trims and dainty bows to make you feel beautiful.
With so many bras out there, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to buying a reliable one to accommodate nursing. So to help a mumma out, we’ve listed some handy buying considerations and put together a handy list of leading brands available in Australia.
What to look for in a great nursing bra
Support – Postpartum boobs need lots of support, so look for a band that is firm without being too restrictive and a cup size that’s a snug and comfy fit. It’s a good idea to measure yourself after baby arrives rather than before to get an accurate idea of your post-pregnancy bra size.
Breathable materials – With a toasty little human attached to you, breastfeeding can be a hot and sometimes sweaty task. Look for a bra made of gentle, breathable fabric that provides plenty of ventilation and helps keep you, and baby, cool.
8 nursing bras for convenient breastfeeding
To guide you towards the right bra for pregnancy and breastfeeding, we’ve compiled this handy list to get you started in your search.
In no particular order, here are 8 nursing bras for breastfeeding success:
Created with Meryl Skinlife for an odour-minimising antimicrobial effect, these clever bras have a 3D moulded design for gentle lift and structural support. High-density breathable pads stretch up to three cups and drop-down clips make for easy nursing.
Soft, supportive and wire-free, the Rock Candy comes with double-layered panels for maximum lift and easy breastfeeding. With removable foam pads and extra hook-and-eye options, it adapts to your changing body throughout pregnancy and beyond.
Bae The Label
Perfect for the sporty mum and comfy enough to wear all day, Bae Nursing Crops are made with technical Nilit Softex LYCRA for the ultimate stretch and comfort. Styles are wire-free and come in a choice of cross-front or sports crop with slide-off straps and racer-back.
Luxuriously soft and incredibly supportive, the Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra features four-way stretch fabric to hug your changing body through pregnancy. Removable foam inserts provide a nice shape while drop-down cups allow for maximum skin-to-skin contact.
Close to the Heart
Ultra-soft and fully adjustable, the Close to the Heart Lace Bralette boasts removable wash pads, drop-down cups and peephole nursing access. We love that the lace underband and plunging neckline make it a bra to love beyond the breastfeeding years.
A versatile maternity bra that gives new mums a smooth silhouette under their clothes. The drop-down nursing clips are ideal for quick and easy breastfeeding access while the ribbed knitted underbust gives optimum support. And did we mention that pretty lace trim?
Pea in a Pod
Engineered to wear day and night, the Ivy is both soft and stretchy. The wrap-front style ensures the girls stay put while providing mum with the support she needs for her changing shape. The smooth satin trim and a scoop back take comfort to the next level.
Finished with graphic lace, rose-gold hardware and a scallop back, the wire-free Hotmilk Warrior is all style. Dual-cup sizing stretches with your changing cup size and the side sling drop-down maximises skin-to-skin contact with bub.
Why should I avoid underwire in a nursing bra?
An underwire bra compresses milk-producing breast and ducts, increasing the risk of blocked ducts and mastitis. It’s best to avoid underwire bras from as early as 20 weeks of pregnancy when the body starts making colostrum.
How many nursing bras do I need?
Three is ideal, but at the least aim to have two on hand so that you have one to wear while the other is in the wash or drying.
Is a nursing bra necessary?
A breastfeeding bra isn’t essential but it goes a long way in making nursing convenient and comfortable. Also, breasts go through a lot during the nursing stage, from engorgement to blocked ducts, and the extra support that a purpose-built bra provides makes them worth their weight in gold.
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