Nursing Bra Buying Guide
Are you on the lookout for the best nursing bra or best maternity bra? Here’s our guide to help you find the best nursing bra.
What to consider
A good fitting bra will not cut into your breasts or have too much extra space; straps will not dig into or fall off the shoulder; and the band across your back needs to sit horizontally without riding up.
Your nursing bra should have drop down cups that open and close with one hand that allow for easy nursing or should have stretchable fabric, which can slide over for easy access. Some women have a preference for the inner layer of a nursing bra when you drop down the cup, while others are happy with either.
Here are the two types:
- A-frame: Some women prefer having an a-frame iner layer which holds your breast in place more while you are nursing. It covers the top of your breast so you feel less exposed when nursing in public.
- Side-sling: Some feel these offer more skin to skin contact during nursing. Can be used with cups that have less coverage (e.g. demi-cup shape rather than a full cup bra).
Choose breathable fabrics that accommodate your fluctuating size like cotton, a lycra blend, or another stretchy synthetic fabric.
The type of nursing bras you choose all boils down to personal preference and lifestyle. Here are some different types to choose from:
- Contour bra: Contour bras are comfortable and look great under any top, including t-shirts.
- Flexible wire bras: It is not advised to wear normal underwire bras while nursing, as it can cause mastitis. If you want to wear an underwire bra, choose a flexible wiring material.
- Sleeping Bra: It's advisable to wear a sleeping bra as you will likely leak milk during the night. Seamless or non-wire bras are great for this purpose for comfort. Avoid wearing underwire bras as a sleeping bra.
- Nursing Sports Bra: Nursing sports bras are specifically designed to give you extra support when you exercise
- Nursing Bra for Pumping: A good pumping bra allows you to free up your hands during pumping sessions to talk, text, or type, while also helping to create a better seal for the pump flanges to improve suction.
|Popular brands||Bravado||Carriwell||La Leche League||Rumina||Mothers en Vogue|
|Model||Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra||Seamless GelWire Nursing Bra||Sports Nursing Bra||Classic Crossover Hands-Free Pump & Nurse Bra||Cross Front Cotton Sleep Bra|
|Design||One-handed drop down nursing clips|
Slide sling design to maximize skin-to-skin contact with your baby
Removable foam inserts for shape and discretion.
|One-handed drop down nursing clips|
Slide sling design to maximize skin-to-skin contact with your baby.
|One-handed nursing clip|
A frame drop inner lining for support/coverage
|Pull down design for nursing||Reinforced neckline for pull down nursing|
Double-lined front with pockets to hold removable breast pads.
|Fabric||91% nylon, 9% spandex/elastane||91% Polyamide, 9% elastane||58% Polyester, 32% Cotton, 10% Spandex||90% Cotton, 10% Spandex||Cotton|
|Type||Non-wire, seamless contour bra||Flexible underwire contour bra||Nursing Sports Bra||Nursing and Pumping bra, Seamless support||Sleep Bra|
|Price||SGD 56||SGD 59.90||SGD 25.00||SGD 55||SGD 40|
|Where to buy||Pupsik Studio||My Miracle Baby||Pupsik Studio||Allemom.sg||Mothers en Vogue|
- Get professionally fitted for a nursing bra at around your 8th month of pregnancy. When your milk supply is stable, do get measured again because your cup and band size will change.
- Wearing well-fitted nursing bras reduce complications due to breast engorgement. If the bra is loose, it can reduce the milk supply and lead to plugged milk-ducts.
- Buy at least 3 nursing bras, one to wear and one to keep on hand while one is in the wash.
- Your nursing bra should have at least four hook-and-eye fastenings and multiple hook positions for added comfort as your body changes.
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