Nursing Bra Checklist

Nursing Bra Checklist

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.

Nursing Bra Checklist Nursing Bra ChecklistSleep: 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

Dita Von Teese Von Follies Event

Last week Dita Von Teese, our Destination Maternity team, and I met up at our flagship store in New York City to celebrate our collaboration with Dita on her Von Follies Maternity Lingerie Collection for new moms. Besides admiring her sexy separates, we enjoyed sipping on “Dita-tini” mocktails, savored sweet treats and received Dita-inspired retro touch-ups by Vensette, the premier on-demand beauty service.  Guests were treated to Dita’s signature cat-eye and her classic red lip.ditablog1dita2So many people ask me about the collaboration; they wonder, why Dita?  For me, it’s simple: Dita is known for her retro-inspired beauty and femininity AND THAT is something that being a new mom is truly all about. She understands fashion and how looking good goes hand in hand with feeling good. She wore a Carolina Herrera dress, Christian Louboutin (sigh) shoes and Bijoux Heart earrings. I rocked my A Pea in the Pod maternity dress, further proving how versatile it is! I’m no longer pregnant, but continue to find uses for this gorgeous style. Dita and I complimented each other on our chosen lipstick shades and got to talk about what makes new moms really glow.ditablog3

So many devoted fans came to the event to meet the bombshell. A true beauty- Dita spoke to each and every guest while also signing autographs. The response to the retro-inspired maternity lingerie was overwhelming. It’s no surprise, because the pieces are not only soft and supportive, but ultra-feminine. It was an altogether great night in NYC. Shop the full Dita Von Teese nursing collection today. -Olivia

Von Follies by Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is a lingerie expert, burlesque bombshell and fashion icon who knows a thing or two about feeling both sexy and beautiful underneath it all. I thought immediately that collaborating with her on intimates and nursing lingerie was a fabulous idea!

Since women still want to look and feel pretty during pregnancy and especially after, a vintage lacy collection was a perfect addition to our current assortment at Destination Maternity. What I love about Dita’s line is that not only do all of the pieces have a feminine boudoir feel, but the bras are nursing friendly and have coordinating panties to match.dita1Von Follies is already online and in stores, but we are hosting a special launch party with Dita herself on September 23rd at our Madison Avenue Destination Maternity store in NYC. Come early, because the first 200 guests to arrive can meet Dita and receive a gift bag!  You can shop the exclusive collection while enjoying sips, sweets and Dita-inspired makeup touch-ups from Vensette, NYC’s and LA’s premier on-demand beauty service.  Plus, receive 20% off your purchase. See you there!- Olivia
dita2Shop the full Dita Von Teese Nursing Bra collection today

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