Features to Look for When Choosing a Nursing Bra

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A nursing bra is a necessity for new mums who choose to breastfeed. This is an overview of the most important features to look for in a maternity bra.


If you decide to breastfeed your baby then it will be necessary to buy an appropriate maternity or nursing bra. This is because your breasts will change during pregnancy and while breastfeeding and also because you will need a style and design that allows you to breastfeed easily. Yet, while many mothers are aware that they will need to buy a nursing or maternity bra, they are not exactly sure what to look for. Here are some tips and guidance about what to look for in a maternity or nursing bra for when you are breastfeeding.

Good Support

Due to the changes in the shape and size of your breasts when breastfeeding, not to mention their new and important function, it is vital that your bra offers appropriate support. It is essential that you get a bra fitting to make sure that you are wearing the best size to make allowances for these changes and to offer you the best support. In addition to the support for the breasts, a well-fitting maternity bra will also support your back and improve the appearance of your breasts.

Adjustable Straps and Fastenings

Your breasts undergo many changes while pregnant and breastfeeding. These changes can even happen on a day to day basis as your breasts fill with milk and then your baby feeds. For this reason, it is important that you wear a bra that is adjustable to accommodate these changes. Preferably, you should opt for a bra that has four rows of adjustable hooks on the back. Earlier in pregnancy you should fasten the bra on the first row of eyes and the last row of eyes should be used in later pregnancy. At different stages when breastfeeding you will be able to adjust your bra accordingly.

Cup Fastenings

There is more than one style of nursing bra available and there will be a number of different options with regards to the fastenings. These are often zips, hooks or clips that will allow for the easy release of your breast so that you can breastfeed your baby. Choose the fastening that you find easiest to operate, the most comfortable and the one that works best with the style of clothing that you are likely to wear while breastfeeding.


It is best to have as much coverage of your breasts as possible from your bra. This is for two reasons. Firstly, it will help with the support of your breasts, and secondly, it will be more comfortable as your breasts are likely to be more sensitive during this time.


One of the most important aspects of choosing the best maternity or nursing bra is that it is comfortable. The easiest way to achieve this is to have a bra fitting. A cotton bra is a good choice that will help with your comfort as it will allow your breasts to 'breathe'. The seam at the center of the bra should fit down your breastbone and the cups should be a snug fit that feels smooth and covers a large amount of the breast.


When making any purchase, price is a contributing factor in the decision making process. It is often the case that a maternity bra will cost more money than a regular bra due to their specialist nature. However, this does not mean that you will need to break the bank. Take time to look around for the best deal to suit your budget.

Style and Design

Just because you have had a baby does not mean that you have to rid yourself of all style and fashion sense. There is a lot of choice out there for breastfeeding mothers that includes many different color options and styles. Find something that suits your personal tastes and style.


Breastfeeding, Breasts, Feeding, Maternity Bra, Nursing Bra, Pregnancy

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I am a mum of four who has worked as a professional freelance writer for the past five years and formerly worked in education. I love to write about education, parenting, fashion, health, and travel.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
13th Apr 2014 (#)

Along with the bra you would need nursing pads to prevent the bra from getting stained as milk oozes out at the single cry of the baby.
Having underwires would be advantageous to prevent a sag too.
Personal experience as a mother who has breastfed my baby.
Another thing always wear layered clothes during the time you are breastfeeding so that there is proper cover and no indecent exposure which incidentally many can actually charge you with if seen. Happened to a friend of mine in the States, I always made provisions to have a bottle with breast milk just in case the environment wasn't conducive to breastfeed.

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author avatar lizzie79
13th Apr 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comments and additional useful tips. They are all correct. I have breastfed all four of my babies and trained as a breastfeeding advisor so you can expect a few more articles on this type of topic yet.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
13th Apr 2014 (#)

Yes, you do go back to your original size o breasts after you stop breastfeeding, it is not a permanent change but is dependent on what you feed yourself....

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author avatar lizzie79
13th Apr 2014 (#)

Some people do go back to their original size, others not. I personally went up four cup sizes but then only dropped two. Other people may find that their breasts are smaller after breastfeeding. everyone is different.

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