What to Look For in a Nursing Bra
Are you an expecting mom who is trying to prepare for her breastfeeding journey? Yes? We are so glad you are here!
One of the most important things to own in your breastfeeding journey is a supportive, well-fitting nursing bra. Are you curious about exactly what you should be looking for in a nursing bra?
In this article, we will dive into ALL THINGS nursing bras, ensuring you leave this article knowing exactly what you are looking for!
Spoiler Alert! Read to the end to find a list of our FAVORITE nursing bras that are available right now! These bras have all of the features you need to feel your best.
At Momanda, we want you to consider not only the functionality of your nursing bra but how it makes you feel! There is no reason that you can’t continue to be the sexy, confident woman you once were, as you venture into motherhood.
What is the purpose of a nursing bra?
As mentioned earlier, nursing bras are one of the most important tools to have as you set off on your breastfeeding journey. Despite that, many women procrastinate purchasing one, as they feel that other things are more important.
A nursing bra is a bra that makes breastfeeding accessible and comfortable for the mom and the baby, no matter where they are. These bras typically feature drop-down clips or a pulldown strap that easily exposes the breast, so that the baby can secure a strong latch.
While you technically can pull down a regular bra, it is much more awkward and is sure to become something that you will dread. When you dread breastfeeding, you avoid it at all costs. When you avoid breastfeeding, it leads to engorgement, leakage, and an unhappy baby!
What to consider when purchasing a nursing bra?
Before we go any further, let us clarify one thing (in case we haven’t already). All breastfeeding and pumping moms NEED a nursing bra. No questions asked!
Now that you understand the importance of having a nursing bra, let’s talk about what you need to think about when purchasing a nursing bra.
1. What is your budget?
Because there are so many things to take into consideration when budgeting for a new baby, it is important to ensure that you shop within your means.
While nursing bras aren’t something you want to cheap out on, there are affordable options that will meet your standards without breaking the bank.
2. What size do you need?
In an easy world, you would simply be able to try on the nursing bra in store to ensure the fit. Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are 2 issues with that.
The first issue is that the pregnant and postpartum body is frequently changing. This means that the bra that fits you perfectly at 7 months pregnant, will not do the same when you are 3 months postpartum.
This situation is why nursing bra material must be made of soft fabric that does not irritate or dig into the skin. Ideally, the bra closure will be an adjustable hook and eye, allowing for tightening and expansion as regularly as is needed.
The second issue is that the majority of clothing shopping is done online. While returns are often possible, they are a pain! It is much easier to make sure that you get the right size in the first place.
Always be sure to utilize online sizing guides when available, and keep an eye out for company recommendations to “size up” or “size down”
3. What fabric do you prefer?
Once you find the nursing bra that you love, you will probably wear it every single day. It’s crucial that the fabric of your bra does not itch or cause irritation, and that it is not restrictive.
4. Is there easy access for nursing?
This is probably the most important factor, as this is the reason you are wearing the bra in the first place! Commonly, access to the breast is either due to drop-down clips, or a pull-down plunging neckline. Consider which option you would prefer.
5. How does the bra make you feel?
The most commonly overlooked factor is how the bra impacts your confidence. Just because you are stepping into a mothering role doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice all feelings of empowerment and sexiness! Don’t settle for a bra that is frumpy and dull- find the one that is sleek, beautiful, and reminds you of the power you hold!
Our Current Favorites
At Momanda, we have made it a priority to create bras that check ALL of your boxes. Prioritizing confidence and style while continuing to honor functionality is no easy feat, but we have done it! Here is the list of our current favorite bras, accompanied by our reasons for why they made the list!
This bra is your dream match- we already know! Featuring a low-cut, plunging v-neckline, this gorgeous bra is made of super-soft, floral lace fabric. This wireless bralette provides all-day (and all-night) comfort. Lightly lined molded cups create a beautiful breast shape. Front drop-down clips give easy access to the breast while nursing, while the extended hook and eye closure embrace body change from pregnancy to breastfeeding.
If you are looking for a bra to amp up your confidence, you’ve found it! This bra gives you the fashion moment you deserve, featuring sheer pieces and a sexy double strap design. Wireless and lightly lined, this bra is extremely comfortable, making it a great go-to choice. With easy-open breastfeeding clips and extended hook and eye closures, you need not look any further.
If you have ever woken up to nurse in the middle of the night, you are well aware of the extreme need for ease and comfort in a sleep bralette. This bra features a strap (no clips involved!) that slips easily from the shoulder, providing access to the breast. The ultra-soft lace fabric prevents irritation and itching, while the non-padded cup prioritizes your comfort first! As with all of our bras, however, beauty is never compromised!
Does your perfect nursing bra consist of a little more coverage? Look no further! This bra is equipped to support you, with wider strap options to ensure everything stays in place. The 100% cotton padded bra is supportive, without being restrictive. Easy drop-down clips provide the much-needed breast access, while the hook and eye closures support the ever-changing female body!
Are you a pumping mama? This one's for you! Also known as the “do anything” bra, this bralette looks and feels like a regular bra while functioning as so much more! The stretchy inner layer of this bra makes it easier than ever to get the pump in and out. Freeing your hands to do whatever needs to be done, this bra reminds you that YOU are in control!
Remember, treating yourself to a high-quality, comfortable nursing bra is not only an act of self-care, but it will make breastfeeding a much more comfortable experience for you. A comfortable experience will encourage you that you can keep going, even when nursing is tough!
You have got this mama, it is time to treat yourself!
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