Maternity Bras

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

Reader’s Choice | Le Leche League New Pump Bra

Best Maternity Bras: Le Leche League New Pump Bra



For working moms who pump during the day, this wire-free nursing bra has an inner layer to hold breast cup shields (so you don’t have to). This way your hands can be free to type, flip magazine pages or text your babysitter.

Find it at Le Leche League for $33.50

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6 thoughts on “Babble Best Maternity Bras 2011

  1. Gwen says:

    Maternity bras look so complicated! This is definitely a great resource…thanks Babble!!!

  2. Star says:

    it’s all about the support for me

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  4. Bri says:

    This article was great. I found a really good maternity bra by Bella Materna. It is adjustable and can become a nursing bra after you deliver the baby. I got mine online at, check them out!!

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  6. Amanda says:

    The bra listed from LLL is no longer available.
    I found this article only partially helpful as stuff is no longer available or not available in my size.

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