It's not easy to judge the best of the best maternity bras, since differently shaped bodies fit in differently shaped bras. So we assembled a team of new and seasoned moms and consulted with maternity bra expert Jenn Sullivan, owner of the Hudson Valley-based Waddle-n-Swaddle boutique and wellness center, for their opinions.
It's impossible to know just how large your postpartum breasts will be, so it's best to hold off on a pricey nursing bra collection until your milk comes in. We picked a few favorites that are designed to grow and stretch to accommodate engorgement and the early breastfeeding weeks. Try not to make a serious investment until after your milk supply stabilizes - usually after 6 weeks. When you're ready to buy well-fitting, supportive nursing bras, we absolutely recommend getting a quality bra fitting at a local specialty store. Proper bra fitting is always important, but even more so now that too-tight bras can impair milk drainage and cause breast infections.
Is one of your favorite maternity bras missing from the list? Feel free to nominate it here! - Michelle Horton
BEST AFFORDABLE MATERNITY BRA | Full Support Molded Cup Underwire Maternity Bra at Motherhood Maternity
We know that maternity wear can be so incredibly pricey, but one area not to skimp on is a well-supported maternity bra during pregnancy. (Trust us, you’ll regret it later when you’re going for that breast lift.) That being said, we were extremely happy with this full-support maternity bra at Motherhood Maternity – especially for a $19.98 price tag. The lace might irritate some sensitive skin, but we think it’s worth a shot for that price.
Find it at Motherhood Maternity for $19.98
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