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
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