October 5, 2010

Nursing Bras

Nursing bras can be confusing. Especially when you have no idea what to expect from pregnant and new momma boobs.

What size(s) should I buy? Which brands will I like?

I bought all my nursing bras from Bravado. They have a helpful "how will my boobs grow?" guide. The Original Nursing Bra was perfect for its comfort, and utility. I bought one in black, and one in white. I quickly learned that nipple creams stain! White is great because you can bleach them in the wash, but I liked black better because it hides stains well and, when nursing in public, I felt less exposed.

The only thing I don't love about the Original is that the material is not particularly soft, especially after many washes; and once the first few months had passed (and milk supply was established), it didn't offer a very supportive silhouette.

Four or five months into nursing I was ready to graduate to a more "shapely" bra and I tried Bravado's Body Silk Seamless but I found that it was too bulky for nursing--the amount of material I had to pull down and underneath Roscoe's little head was just too much, it always flipped up and hit him in the face!

I've been on the search for the "perfect" nursing bra ever since I found out I was pregnant with Little Sears, which is a tall order because the needs of a nursing momma change over time. I should probably call this my search for the perfect nursing bra(s).

I recently tried the Bamboo Sleep Bra by Belabumbum and I think I may have found my perfect bra for late pregnancy and those first few newborn months.

So soft and stretchy, it has a racer back and comes up the front like a halter top which flatters every body type. Accessibility is super important for nursing, and this bra features an easy pull aside mechanism versus a snap down flap. It's comfy and kinda sporty, which I really like. I'll definitely be buying at least two more of these! They come in a range of nice colors too!

What's your favorite nursing bra?


  1. Thanks for the Bravado recommendation. I may look into getting one of the original style ones. I really loved the Medela sleep bra for late pregnancy and early babyhood nursing. It seems similar to the Belabumbum bra you got...soft, racerback, etc... There isn't much support with the Medela one, but its great for when the boobs are changing size and shape by the second and days turn into night without time to change clothes. It's awesome for sleeping in and using nursing pads as well.

  2. You should check out Glamourmom Mbody Starter Nursing Bra bought it right when it launched on their website and I absolutely love it! It's heat molded cups so no need for underwires and it's full exposure unlike their nursing bra tank. It's a excellent bra for those who are looking for comfort and support.

  3. Angie: The Glamourmom bra you suggested looks really comfortable. Don't you wish there was a store that had all these bras in stock so you could try them on in person? Internet shopping for this sort of product is kind of tough.


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