Serious Support! Find Your Fit: 5 Essential Nursing Bras

Article & Photo Courtesy of Well Rounded NY.

When the new baby comes along, your days of dressing in Agent Provocateur are pretty much… on hiatus. And if you’re planning to nurse you’re going to want to be prepared. As much as you don’t want to think of your bras as functional gear, they will be charged with handling the important task of hourly feedings, leakage and daily wear-and-tear not often asked of “lingerie.”

At Park Slope’s pregnancy and baby shop Boing Boing, owner Karen Paperno has been outfitting new moms with tools for the task for nearly two decades. “Now when a woman is talking to me, I’m looking at her boobs, and guessing her size before she even asks,” Paperno concedes. “And I get it right most of the time!”

A self-described “free-cycler,” Paperno nevertheless insists that hand-me-down nursing bras are a no-no, since “different bra styles work better for different body shapes.” New mamas should expect to invest upwards of $40-50 on a quality nursing bra, and she urges you to pick at least three.

With one of the best nursing bra selections in New York City, Paperno tells us about some of Boing Boing’s current faves for women of every size. And guess what? They don’t look like “gear.”

First Nursing Bra

Your eighth month of pregnancy is a great time to get fitted for your first nursing bra, which will be a must for your hospital bag. This “starter bra” should be stretchy and comfortable, and accommodate your quickly evolving size with ruching or numerous hook options. Picks: Bravado Original or Body Silk Seamless,  Melinda G

Small Nursing Bra

With a smaller chest size, a new mom may have more options reminiscent of pre-baby life, from lower-cut styles to front-enclosures. Padded cups can reduce the lumps that come along with nursing pads, and a simple pull-aside bra is often enough support for those with small breasts. Picks: Melinda G with a front opening, Japanese Weekend

Medium Nursing Bra

There are a wide range of styles that appeal to new moms whose breast size falls in the middle of the road. For the heat of the summer, a light microfiber nursing bra is great, while those preferring a standard T-shirt bra might opt for Bravados’ Bliss style. A nursing tank is also convenient and functional, and fits a medium build well. Picks:Glamourmom Tank, AnitaAero Soft Microfiber, Bravado Bliss

Large Nursing Bra

If your girls have gotten large (or larger!) with the arrival of your baby, underwire might be the best bet. Clogged ducts are more myth than reality and you’ll rejoice in the added support. Soft cups are still an option, but color options may be limited. Picks: AnitaMadela
Indulgent Nursing Bra
Every nursing mama deserves a bra that’s as beautiful as it is functional, and Elle Macpherson Intimates has this market cornered. The supermodel’s bra line is as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside, and after several months of hospital-grade looking bras, this can be just what the doctor ordered to help you feel sexy again. Pick:Elle Macpherson Intimates
This article is by Jessica Pallay courtesy of Well Rounded NY.  Conceived with love by former magazine editors Jessica Pallay and Kaity Velez, Well Rounded NY aims to be the singular pregnancy resource for city-savvy moms-to-be. Through reviews, profiles, expert Q&As, local guides and more, Well Rounded curates the New York City pregnancy and helps its readers come to terms – and term! – with pregnancy in the city.