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What New Mothers Need to Look for in a Nursing Bra

Posted by BrasNYC on 1/3/2015

Finding the perfect nursing bra can be quite the challenge. After all, most new mothers want a bra that both fits well and operates easily and properly. Thankfully though, as long as you know what to look for, you can indeed find the perfect nursing bra for yourself or the new mother in your life.  


Sizing a nursing bra is different than sizing a pre-pregnancy bra since your measurements will be different. However, your increased size is where the challenge of properly fitting a nursing bra lies because you need to make sure that it provides enough support while not being so supportive that it is so overly restrictive that it is uncomfortable and perhaps restrictive of the free flow of the milk supply.

The sizing starting point for most women is to try out a nursing bra that is one bust-line size smaller than is their normal bra while being one cup size larger. And, since mothers will be very busy and tired once they give birth, many pregnant women do well by buying their first nursing bra while they are late in their pregnancies.     

As you use your new bra and as your body changes, be ready to change sizes again.


Nursing bras work by having a flap or other opening between the shoulder strap and cup. As you are evaluating nursing bras, look for those that can be opened with a single hand. You do not want to be fumbling around with the bra’s opening while you are concurrently holding your precious baby.


Although style may be the first criteria for some, we recommend that mothers place it at the bottom of the list when it comes to nursing bras. That said, these days there are plenty of fashionable nursing bras on the market today so that you can be assured that you can look gorgeous and feminine even when you are feeling anything but.


A final wonderful way to get the perfect nursing bra is to have custom nursing bras made for you.