I recently had a friend send me a text message that said: I need a good recommendation for a nursing bra. I tried wearing my old ones and they don’t really fit. I’m now home with a newborn and a toddler so leaving the house to go shopping isn’t really an option right now.
And I thought, my friend, she’s not alone. There have got to be loads of mamas in that same boat. Enter blog post! So here’s the answer I gave to her (with some extra details because that is the beauty of blogs):
My number one piece of advice when you are buying a nursing bra is, if you can, go to a store where you can try the bra on. When it comes to nursing bras, the perfect fit is crucial (plus all tiny humans are welcome at The London Breastfeeding Boutique).
However, if for whatever reason that is not a possibility for you (been there!) your best bet is to buy online and look for a bra with the most forgiving sizing - think the ‘small, medium, large’ world.
My best recommendation is a seamless bra. In my opinion every mama needs at least one of these. Here’s what you can expect from the different brands:
Momzelle Seamless Nursing Bra ($48) - This one is my personal favourite. Why? It’s the best price point and you can’t beat the comfort. It is the closest thing to not actually wearing a bra that I have ever found. The downside is the support is definitely on the low end. I learned that by rushing downstairs to throw a load of laundry in the machine; but if your plans include only low-impact activities like nursing a baby and watching paw patrol with your toddler, this is perfect. It comes with removable foam inserts for discretion.
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra ($55) and Body Silk Seamless Yoga Nursing Bra ($58) - Also great options. A little more pricey and you can feel the additional support. They both come with removable foam inserts for discretion.
Cake Maternity Cotton Candy Seamless Sleep & Yoga Nursing Bra ($60) great support and beautiful, silky-soft fabric. It truly is ideal for both sleep and #momlife. The downside is it doesn’t come with those foam inserts that are great for discretion. For mamas like me who easily appear to have the headlights turned on, that can be a game changer.
Cake Maternity Sugar Candy Fuller Bust Seamless Nursing Bra ($70) - the name says it all. This one is ideal for mamas with a larger cup size. It is designed for mamas with cups sized G-L and bands sized 30-42. Lots of good support on this one too. Still no foam inserts though.
Once you find the right seamless bra for you I promise you will never want to take it off. Sometimes I wonder why they even bother making any other nursing bras because seamless bras are just so stinkin' comfortable.
Lastly, it’s important to note - If you are buying online, make sure you check out sizing charts and get the right size for you. Just like any other garments in your wardrobe, these ‘small, medium, large’ sizes vary from brand to brand. I was a Small in the Momzelle and definitely could have used a Medium from the Bravado. If you’re on the edge or slightly between sizes, always size-up while nursing to give you the extra space for your breasts to expand and contract freely.