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Once you’ve had the pleasure of welcoming your bundle of joy into the world, it’s time to get down to it. Breastfeeding for the first time may feel a tad intimidating. Investing in some high-quality nursing bras is one of the best ways to make sure that you feel comfortable and secure in this new phase of motherhood.

Of course, if you’ve never bought a nursing bra before now, there are some things that you may wish to consider. Going into this blindly likely means that you will end up making some pretty major mistakes. So, without further ado, here’s all you need to know about finding the right nursing bra for you!

Which nursing bra works best for me?

Needless to say, not all nursing bras are made equal. There are a bunch of different types of nursing bras out there, and so it’s really crucial that you find the ones that suit you and, of course, your breast shape.

Some bras have a small opening or flap, whereas others have an entire panel that can be pulled down. Which you choose is all about what style suits your day-to-day life. Since these pieces of lingerie will be staples of your wardrobe for quite some time, you need to make sure that you get it right.

What makes nursing bras unique?

When you were pregnant, you likely wore an array of maternity bras to keep you feeling supported and comfortable. So, what’s the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra?

Well, as the name suggests, the latter allows you to nurse (or breastfeed) your child whenever or wherever you need to do so. That should make the first few months of motherhood so much easier than they would be otherwise.

Nursing bras have an extra panel of material, which can be pulled up or down so that you can breastfeed with total ease. That means that you don’t even need to remove your bra when you want to feed your child, which is sure to be a real bonus.

How many nursing bras do you need?

First of all, let’s tackle the question that’s likely been on your mind for a while now. How many nursing bras do you need? Becoming a parent is expensive enough without having to factor a whole load of new lingerie into the matter too.

The key that you absolutely need to remember here is that this is all about quality, not quantity. The likelihood is that you don’t need ten new bras for this period right now. The minimum you will need is actually three; one for wearing, one that you’re currently washing, and, of course, a spare.

However, that’s us talking the bare minimum here. You may find that you need as many as six nursing bras to be sure that you always have one to hand that suits your outfit and even how you’re feeling too.

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Should you get refitted or not?

The short answer here is yes. During pregnancy and for some time afterward, you could find that your breasts change size rather dramatically. That’s completely normal, but you don’t want to get caught out by it.

So, before you even think about investing in your nursing bra collection, you should make 100% sure that you’re the right size. That way, you won’t end up wasting your hard-earned money on bras that won’t fit you well enough.

How should you choose a cup size?

One of the most serious mistakes that many people tend to make when it comes to choosing a nursing bra is thinking that the cup size should be extra large. Wrong! You still need to stick to your actual size to get the right fit.

While you may be under the impression that the extra space will give you room to breathe, it’s likely to cause irritation or even chafing. That’s not what you want, especially when your breasts are extra sensitive during the breastfeeding phase.

What style suits you?

Finally, let’s take a moment to talk about style here. You need to choose different nursing bras for different occasions. Don’t feel confined by the type of bra here. You’re still an individual with a unique sense of style. Choose bras that complement your various outfits and suit you in a serious way. That way, you will feel confident and comfortable in the bras that you ultimately end up choosing.

Since you will be wearing these bras for quite some time, you need to make sure that they are right for you. That may mean that you have to spend a little extra time searching for the right one, but don’t be discouraged. When you find a few that work, it will be worth it.

Remember, finding a nursing bra (or a few!) that works for you is a small detail that you need to take care of sooner rather than later. Once you’ve sorted this out, you will be able to get on with the journey into motherhood, safe in the knowledge that breastfeeding will be just that bit easier. Simple.

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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