When to Buy a Nursing Bra

During pregnancy, when your regular bras start to feel tight, it's time to buy a maternity nursing bra to ensure maximum comfort and support. Most women buy maternity nursing bras during their second trimester. You will most likely need to buy a bra that is one band size larger and 1-3 cup sizes larger than your "regular" bras. Maternity nursing bras are especially made with extra stretch in the cup and will grow with your changing shape throughout pregnancy. Please remember that once you give birth and begin to nurse, your cup size may even increase more as your milk is coming in. Some moms need up to 4-5 cup sizes larger than their regular bras! Our selection of nursing bras fits up to cup size P, so you can be sure to find a nursing bra that fits no matter what your size is.

So, what type of bra does a new mom begin with? During pregnancy, most moms love the idea of still wearing an underwire nursing bra, this is fine as long as it fits properly and has enough stretch in the cup to grow with you.  

Other popular types of maternity and nursing bras are called comfort nursing bras. Comfort style maternity and nursing bras are designed for a variation of size ranges and made especially for times when you want to wear a less structured bra. Comfort nursing bras are easy to love. From the minute you put one on, you will continue to wear them throughout your pregnancy and nursing journey when your belly and breast size is continually growing. 

Another popular, transitional bra style is called a sleep bra. Sleep nursing bras are great for nighttime breastfeeding or while at home with baby when comfort is key. Sleep bras are soft elastic, criss-crossed style bras that allow the breast to come out by moving the fabric over to the outside of the breast, commonly called a “pull aside” for nursing access. They are very comfortable, however offer little “suspension” which can make the breasts look a little “saggy” when going out. A sleep bra is a better choice for lounging at home and sleeping, of course. 

Something else that is all the rage, right now, is the nursing tank. We love this option. There are different styles and the sizing is transitional sizing, as well, like that of the comfort bras. They offer good support and work well on their own top on hot days or as a second layer on chilly days. They are perfect for layering under your favorite non-nursing tops to keep your tummy warm and covered while nursing.  Most have quick release clasps or pull aside cups for easy and discreet nursing. Nursing tanks both "grow" with your ever changing figure and will keep you comfy!

Need help measuring for a bra? No problem! Read our article on Measuring Yourself for a Fitted Nursing Bra. You can also email us at customerservice@nursingbraexpress.com or message us via our Facebook or Instagram pages.