Nursing Bra Basics:
It's always best for nursing moms to have a minimum of 3 bras: one to wash, one to wear, and (at least) one to have ready.
We recommend you hand wash your bras and hang them to dry. It's easier to use a washer & drier but it's also the fastest way to ruin a bras' construction.
Nursing bras should have a comfortable fit, adequate support, sufficient adjustment for your changing size, and easy, one-handed access. A jump of cup sizes and even one band size from pre-pregnancy to postpartum is typical. However, every woman's body is unique.
When should I buy a nursing bra?
You should buy your maternity bra between 4 and 6 months into your pregnancy. When you buy your bra, it should fit on the tightest hook - as your rib cage will decrease in size after the birth of your baby. As your body grows through months 6-9, you can adjust the bra with your changing size.
Measuring for a Comfortable Fit
We always advise expectant mother to to buy nursing bras at several different times during their pregnancy. Measure yourself carefully and try to avoid buying a bra that allows too much room for future growth. A nursing bra that fits properly will not be loose and should not cause pinching under the arm, on the back, or between the breasts.
To measure for your proper size, you will need a soft tape measure (the kind a seamstress or tailor would use). If you do not have access to a tape measure, find a piece of ribbon or string, along with a regular tape measure, ruler, or yardstick. It's advisable to measure yourself in front of the mirror as this will help you make sure you have the tape measure positioned correctly.
Wearing your best-fitting, unpadded bra, snugly measure high under the arms around and above the breasts to determine the chest size in inches. Make sure the tape is horizontal the entire way around your body and do not pull the tape too tightly. Round up to the nearest even size. This is your band size (A) (in inches).
Measure around the fullest part of your bust and record this measurement in inches. Again, make sure the tape is horizontal the whole way around your body and do not pull the tape too tightly. (B)
Take your measurement from step 2 and subtract your band size measurement from step 1 (B - A). This measurement, along with the following chart, will help determine your cup size:
For example, if your bust measurement (B) is 36" and your band size (A) is 34, you wear a B Cup. (So you'll need a 34 B).
Click the cup size to see our selection for that size