Nursing Bras

A proper nursing bra will offer comfort, support, easy access for breastfeeding, and flexibility for your changing size.

Elomi Smoothing Nursing Bra

When should I buy my nursing bras? How do I know what size to order?

Your size will change throughout pregnancy and during breastfeeding.  There is no need to wear a nursing bra while still pregnant because you do not need its functionality and your size will most likely be very different when you are actually nursing. Once you have the baby, your rib cage is likely to go down in size rather quickly. When your milk first comes in, most women go through an engorgement period where they are considerably more full.  Once the engorgement settles down, your size will be more consistent, but may still fluctuate as your body regulates your supply. The size you are after engorgement is the one you want to fit.

If you want to purchase a bra before the baby arrives, we suggest waiting until a month before your due date. You will want to order 1 to 2 cups larger than you are wearing at that time. If you noticed a significant change in size throughout your pregnancy, we suggest two cup sizes larger. If your change was more subtle, order just one size larger. Your rib cage is likely to go down in size rather quickly, so we recommend ordering a band size smaller than you are wearing at 36 weeks.  If you feel more comfortable ordering the same band size, consider having the back altered to be tighter as needed.

If you are ordering after the baby comes, we suggest waiting until after your engorgement period as well. Typically, about 10 days postpartum your size will start settling in.  The fit of a nursing bra is just like any other at this point. About 30 minutes before a nursing session, read through our measurement and fit information and order accordingly.

What is the best nursing bra style?

While underwire bras will generally give better support, we do not recommend an underwire nursing bra for the first 2 to 3 months. Your size is still fluctuating and your supply regulating.  If an underwire bra does not fit well, the wires can press on those valuable milk ducts and cause a disruption in flow, which can lead to clogged ducts and even mastitis.  Once your body and supply have regulated, about 2 to 3 months after delivery, is the time to start trying underwire.

When looking for a wire fee nursing bra, we suggest a seamed style to give you the best support.  Seamless, wire free nursing bras rarely have enough structure to give you all day support.

If you have any questions about nursing bras, please feel free to contact our customer service team.  You can request a fitting specialist with personal breastfeeding experience to offer you advice on the right style and fit to best suit your needs.