Just when you thought you had lingerie shopping down to a science, now it’s time to sart thinking about maternity bras. Much like any other bra, it really comes down to your personal style and comfort — yet with so many options out there, we decided to narrow your search by compiling the Best Maternity Bras of 2010.
If there’s one maternity wear purchase to invest in, it’s a quality maternity bra. (And it doesn’t have to cost you designer prices, either.) You might think to just buy a bigger size of your favorite fashion bra, but maternity bras are specially designed to support your heavier, growing breasts throughout your pregnancy, and then to make it easier to breastfeed.
Most challenging, however, is finding a good bra for those first few postpartum months and weeks, when engorgement can double or even triple your breast size, and an establishing milk supply can cause drastic changes as well. So to make your first postpartum weeks a little more comfortable — whether you’re breastfeeding or not — here are the 3 bras you need to know about:
The company that makes one of the most popular nursing tank tops ever has finally came out with a new nursing bra — and it’s brilliant. The new breathable, absorbant Glamourmom Mbody Starter Nursing Bra is designed to stretch over two sizes! We also love how the top snaps down to reveal your entire breast rather than a narrow nipple slit. This helps your baby better latch in those first few weeks, as well as promotes more skin-to-skin contact. ($39)
Another fantastic “starter bra” is this Medela Comfort Nursing Bra, which our tester found to be the most comfortable by far. She also said that it was supportive enough to wear on a daily basis and comfy enough to sleep in. And like the Glamourmom bra above, the Medela’s microfiber material will stretch when your milk comes in. ($28.20)
Speaking from experience, you’re going to want at least two or three sleep bras during those first few achy weeks. Sleep bras provide much-needed support while making nighttime nursing easier and more comfortable. Although we tried out a bunch of different sleep bras at all different price-points (and they were all pretty good), this Bellabumbum Bamboo Sleep Bra was definitely our favorite. Why? Because the bamboo fibers make this bra so luxuriously soft that you might not ever take it off. (I’m kind of obsessed with bamboo fabric, such as these AMAZING swaddling blankets that you might just steal for yourself.) See more sleep bras here. ($34)
Read our full feature for more maternity and nursing bras — including our pick for Best Sexy Nursing Bra, which is now on sale for 57% off!