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 UNDERWIRE NURSING BRA | La Leche League Padded Contour
If you’re going to trust anyone with your nursing breasts, it might as well be La Leche League, right? Our tester found this padded contour bra to be one of the most comfortable yet supportive bras in the bunch, which she’d definitely wear on an every day basis. And don’t worry – it’s only lightly padded for comfort, so it won’t make you look even bustier than you already are. (Check out more of our favorite La Leche League bras in our readers’ choice section.)
Find it at La Leche League for $31