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Best Maternity Bras 2011

Finding the perfect maternity/nursing bras can feel overwhelming, especially when you have no idea how big and heavy your breasts will get after your milk comes in.

I recently compiled this year’s Babble Best Maternity Bras feature, in which I consulted with a team of new and seasoned moms (who so graciously tested bras), as well as a maternity bra expert who has spent countless hours fitting all sizes and shapes.

The biggest tips are:

  1. Don’t over-invest in nursing bras during your pregnancy. There’s no way to tell how your breasts will grow and change after your milk comes in.
  2. Buy a good starter nursing bra and nursing tank that will fit during the engorgement period.
  3. When you’re ready to buy a collection of nursing bras, get professionally fitted by a local expert.

(We can’t stress #3 enough! These are new, heavier breasts for you, and a properly fitted bra is more important than ever.)

Take a look at our favorites of the year, including our recommendations on which bras you should buy during pregnancy:

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  • Best Starter: Galmourmom Starter Nursing Bra, $39 1 of 11
    Best Starter: Galmourmom Starter Nursing Bra, $39
    This one was unanimously recommended from every single tester, and praised by our expert. And this is one you can buy during your pregnancy for those beginning postpartum days.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best to Buy Online: Bravado Body Silk Seamless, $45 2 of 11
    Best to Buy Online: Bravado Body Silk Seamless, $45
    If you don't live near specialty shops, or you just can't get out to shop during those first few weeks, this bra is generally safe to buy online and adjust to your size.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best for Large Busts: Elomi Moulded Nursing Bra, $55 3 of 11
    Best for Large Busts: Elomi Moulded Nursing Bra, $55
    For sizes E and above.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Fashion: Nummies Fashion/Style Bra, $55 4 of 11
    Best Fashion: Nummies Fashion/Style Bra, $55
    The best bra for when you're back in normal clothes, and you need a good discreet demi.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Sexy: You! Lingerie, $29.99 – $34.99 5 of 11
    Best Sexy: You! Lingerie, $29.99 - $34.99
    You HAVE to check out these bras.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Feminine: Elle Macpherson Intimates, $55 6 of 11
    Best Feminine: Elle Macpherson Intimates, $55
    Elle Macpherson effortlessly blends sexy and sweet when you need a little femininity boost. (And you might during those first few weeks.) Note: not the best for extra large busts.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Splurge: Cake Lingerie $45 – $69.90 7 of 11
    Best Splurge: Cake Lingerie $45 - $69.90
    Obsessed — for all shapes and sizes.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Nursing Tank: Glamourmom Satin Straps, $34 – $54 8 of 11
    Best Nursing Tank: Glamourmom Satin Straps, $34 - $54
    Read why the majority of moms preferred the satin strap over the cotton:
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Deep V-Neck: Melinda G Glorious Contour Nursing Bra, $42 – $48 9 of 11
    Best Deep V-Neck: Melinda G Glorious Contour Nursing Bra, $42 - $48
    Melinda G bras were praised not only for the shape, but the overall comfort and fit.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best Lingerie: HOTMilk, $35.30 – $58.95 10 of 11
    Best Lingerie: HOTMilk, $35.30 - $58.95
    Not only does HOTMilk have a collection of sexy (well-fitting) nursing bras, but sexy maternity nighties as well.
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.
  • Best for Working Moms: Le Leche League New Pump Bra 11 of 11
    Best for Working Moms: Le Leche League New Pump Bra
    Planning on pumping at work? Read on:
    READ MORE/BUY HERE.

See the entire Babble Best Maternity Bras 2011 feature, including even more of our top picks.

Main image: Cake Lingerie

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