Looking for the perfect nursing bra and not sure where to start? Well, I have just the checklist for you! As a breastfeeding mother myself and former nursing bra designer, I’m going to give you the breakdown on the different types of nursing bras, describing whether or not they will work specifically for you. I also have a few recommendations of my own, so read on for all the juicy deets!
First, a few things to keep in mind as you go through your pregnancy…. OBVIOUSLY, your breasts may continue to grow and then again once you begin breastfeeding. For that reason, I recommend shopping for new bras each trimester before baby, then again after. Seriously, please do not try and make-do with a bulging bra for 9 months for the sake of your pocketbook, ESPECIALLY when Destination Maternity has great offers like BUY 3 GET ONE FREE on all bras right now.
When it comes to nursing it is all about the fit AND the clip down nursing feature. The bra style is your preference (demi, full coverage, seamless) but the fit is designed for your growing bust, and that’s on us. The fancy clip down feature offers easy single handed nursing access and has a modesty panel underneath. So, rather than pulling down your whole bra strap and cup, our bras clip down from the cup and don’t leave you completely exposed.
Now on to the basic styles; since not all nursing bras are made alike, please take note of their differences.
-Sleep: This super soft, unlined bra usually comes in a wrap style. It offers light support at night (although many women choose to wear this during the day too) and has an easy pull over nursing feature. This type is perfect for night time feedings in the dark, a must-have starting in the 1st trimester for light bed time support.
-Sports: Great for working out, since it is a supportive bra with light cups and straps that don’t dig in.
-Full Coverage: These bras come in wireless and underwire, but all offer more coverage for a fuller cup size. This style is also available in a molded cup, which offers smoothing support.
-Seamless: My favorite! Made in super supportive and seamless fabric, this style is lightly lined and extremely comfortable. It’s a great everyday or night time bra. Also, it is smart to stock up on these early in the 1st or 2nd trimester since they are extremely forgiving and soft on sensitive skin.
-Convertible: This bra is just like its non-nursing counterpart, the demi bra, plus it is crafted with a great convertible strap feature… a must have for wedding season!
-Wireless: I was a wireless girl before I got preggers and went with this wire-free style throughout trimesters 1 through 4. Some women are so sensitive that prior wire lovers go wireless during pregnancy and while nursing. This style is also available in a molded cup.
-Demi: No need for full-coverage? Go with a demi nursing bra. Available in different fabrics and colors, the demi is a customer favorite and makes for a great everyday bra.
Keep in mind the rule of 4! Always have 4 bras on hand at any time: one to wear, one to wash, and two at-the-ready. I hope you find the perfect nursing bras for you! -Olivia