Help Me Shop Online for Nursing Bras
June 30, 2014 1:47 PM Subscribe
Help me shop online for nursing bras. I am currently a 38G with the expectation of major fluctuations after the birth of my first child in August. I do not have stores nearby with a range of nursing bras in my size, and I prefer to shop online anyway, so please help me sort through the options.
posted by aabbbiee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (17 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Please help me! I need suggestions for supportive nursing leisure bras and also regular nursing bras with the lift & support & separation (and comfort) of my current bras.
I am currently a 38G (up from a 38DDD before pregnancy) and I will be bigger, of course, after my milk comes in. I know my size will change a lot in the months following delivery. I don't expect to buy a ton of bras now, but I would like to get some suggestions for good bras in this size range, as well as advice on how to buy a nursing bra when one doesn't know how much fluctuation to expect and how to get good lift & support despite the fluctuations.
I live in a small town and my options are limited. I am really only interested only in items that can be purchased online and shipped to the continental US (especially as these purchases will likely be made post-baby when I will not be interested in driving 4+ hours to shop for bras).
My favorite bra is the Cacique Balconette from Lane Bryant. I've worn these exclusively for many years. They are serious underwire bras with major support. I understand that underwire is verboten for breastfeeding or I would consider altering some of these bras with clips.
Leisure nursing bras will be okay for the first couple of weeks. After I start to leave the house again, I will not be comfortable without some support, lift, and separation. At about 6 weeks postpartum, I will be attending my sister's wedding with the new baby in tow, and I will need a decent bra for that, and then also for my return to work after 12 weeks postpartum.
Please keep in mind my size above, and please suggest stores that cater to that kind of sizing or bigger. I will not consider bras that aren't sized by band/cup, and I will be hard-pressed to consider any bra that doesn't look like it will be supportive (multiple hooks & padded straps at least). I prefer molded & padded cups for the non-leisure bras.
Please do not suggest cheap nursing tanks with shelf bras. Shelf bras are the worst. A friend passed along an old Target nursing tank that was too big everywhere but even my currently non-inflated breasts were too big for the shelf bra. I do plan to buy some Undercover Mama tanks later on, but those are intended to work with a nursing bra rather than provide any support on their own.