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Choosing a Nursing Bra

Lil Community: How to Choose a Good Nursing Bra?

Looking for a little support? LilSugar reader Beaner is in search of the perfect nursing bra and is asking our readers for some help in The Pregnancy Posse group.

I had a slightly traumatic experience at my local mall's Motherhood Maternity store. Not only were their bras unsupportive and not that easy to use, they were the most unsexy pieces of underwear I've ever seen. Not that I need to look like a Victoria's Secret model while feeding my babe, but seriously, I felt so unattractive and frustrated, I just left the store.

I'm wondering if any of you moms-to-be have any advice on where to get good nursing bras that are easy to use, supportive, and not too pricey. I'd also be interested in knowing good places to get nursing camis. Also, how do I know what size to get? I'm 36 weeks now and would rather get some bras before the baby comes because bra shopping is the last thing I want to do after I give birth. Thanks!

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Baby10Boy Baby10Boy 7 years
Nursing bras were tricky - What I ended up doing was ordering a variety online from Gap & Nordstrom. I returned the ones I didn't like, and exchanged the ones I did if I needed different sizes. You'll need quite the range of sizes (larger sizes for when your milk comes in, and smaller once you've leveled off). That's the hard part, accepting that you're going to be spending money on bras that you might only wear for a week or two (although, once you figure out what size you are I wore those ones for months). But, it totally is worth it to be comfortable and feel attractive. I liked the spaghetti strap nursing tank I got from the Gap, but I always had to wear it under a cardi or button down shirt because I bought it in white (at the time that was the only color, they now have black, I'd recommend that) and you can see the nursing holes (it's double lined, but the top layer doesn't hid the holes you nurse through that are placed off to the side). The soft cup nursing bra ($30) from Gap was one of my favorites. So comfortable, and adequate support. The Medela Sleep bra is AWESOME - I soooo recommend it, actually, buy several. I liked the Elle McPherson Maternelle nursing bra - expensive, but comfy and pretty. Good luck, finding nursing stuff was tricky for me because I live on an island in Alaska without any Targets or Motherhood Maternity stores (or any stores that offer nursing bras!) around. Oh, I did find a couple underwire ones I liked from the Nordstrom site (sorry, I don't remember the brand names). They were comfy without being too tight or causing any sort of discomfort (I was hesitant to try them since I'd heard you're not really supposed to wear underwire when nursing, but it didn't effect me at all). Good luck!
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 7 years
I LOVE the Target nursing tanks. I now have four of them and actually keep doing laundry so I always have clean ones. I wish I ordered more. I never use my nursing bras. The big thing is that they cover your tummy and kept me warm in the winter (my son was born at the end of October). I was an XS before having my son and my tanks are now all M (doesn't help that I'm having trouble losing the baby weight). If you get a nursing bra - go up 2 cup sizes. The Target nursing tanks are comfortable, great support, easy to snap on and off, cheap, and durable. And get them online - I could never find them in the stores in my size. In a pinch, you can always wear tank tops with the built in bras and just push it down.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
Cool, I think I'll order some of those Gilligan & O'Malley Target nursing tanks. Do they run big, small, or true to size?
Livvy-P Livvy-P 7 years
Bela BumBum had some beautiful nursing bras (and matching undies) when I had my last baby (3 years ago). Here is a link: It's not cheap, but it's beautiful and really well made!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
H&M has some nice nursing camis that are only like 20$...but I don't know if you have a store near you. I bought two really cheap nursing bras that I never wore. I actually had simple cotton bras that I would just push to the side. They kinda looked like sports bra, althought they didn't have any support. Not too sexy either, but I didn't really care about that anyway.
0danielle0 0danielle0 7 years
Google search: Gilligan & O'Malley® Womens Full Sling Long Nursing Tank Black. Those are my fav {can't be the price!} and Target has free shipping when you spend over $50. :)
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I wish I lived near a Target! You think department stores would have them? There is a specialty lingerie shop near my house that I'm told carries them, but I'd rather not spend $50+ on a nursing bra.
0danielle0 0danielle0 7 years
Good question! I've heard Bravado nursing bras are great. Since you don't know exactly what size you'll be once your milk comes in, look for bras that fit a range of sizes like 36-40 D/DD. Also, Target has great nursing tanks. I have some Glamourmom tanks ($$$) that aren't anywhere near as comfy as my $16.99 Target tanks. Good luck!
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