Supportive Comfort: Choosing the Perfect Nursing Bra For After Baby is Born March 04, 2015 23:44

For all my lovely ladies who cannot come into the store, this is a blog all about choosing the best nursing bras for your hospital bag and for when supportive comfort is what you crave.

First thing is I'm referring to nursing 'bras' in the plural form because you will need more than one! We say three is the minimum so that you have one to wear, one in the wash and one that is ready to change into when your little angel deposits puke, poop or whatever on you (sorry).

Second point I would like to address is that at some point in recent history, a surely well-intentioned person suggested that women should wait until the baby is born to buy nursing bras. It seems like it could make sense but NO DON'T WAIT!! After seeing a number of women with 2-day old babies hobble into the store desperate for a bra (and sleep) I would like to respectfully suggest that there is no need to wait to buy a bra.

Quality nursing bras are made of materials that will adapt to your changing body. Simply buy a bra designed for breastfeeding with material that stretches and make sure there is room to grow in the cup and room to shrink in the band.

Chances are when your milk comes in you will go up one or two cup sizes and at the same time once the baby is born your rib cage will shrink back down (especially if you employ post-partum compression).

Now some of you may be thinking, "What if I can't nurse? I don't want to waste money on nursing bras." This is the biggest myth of all. Yes some women cannot breastfeed for medical reasons. Many women who can in fact breastfeed get stressed, get bad advice, get discouraged and give up. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are afraid we can't do it and that baby is hungry and it hurts etc. so we supplement with formula and then because when it comes to breastfeeding 'demand equals supply' and there is less demand (nursing), we end up with less supply (milk). 

The best advice was from a nurse who told me to give it 6 weeks before I gave up. And then at 6 weeks, I promised myself to go until 3 months and then by 3 months...heck I had spent that money on those bras - no way I was giving up! 

Ok so back to getting you some fabulous nursing bras... (the kind you will thank me about via email!) most likely if you are packing your hospital bag or just had your baby, you will want a bra that you can fall asleep in and that will be super gentle on your tender breasts. 

So without further delay here are Luna's Top 3 Supportive Comfort Bras in order of popularity:

1. Bravado Bodysilk Bra - Our most popular bra offers the coverage of a sports bra with removable pads.

2. Boob Fast Food Bra - Very stretchy, less 'bra' than the bodysilk and cute enough for Gwen Stefani to rock.

3. Cache Coeur 3D Light - made of spacer foam, women say it feels like air. Most supportive of the comfort bras.

Shop all the bras HERE