Nursing bras are lifesavers for all breastfeeding mommies. For any nursing mother, it can get a little bit difficult to feed a baby when around a lot of people or even at home when you have to change in and out of tops before and after feeding. This is where nursing bras come into the picture. Not just this, nursing bras are also designed to offer the right amount of support that your breasts need when you’re breastfeeding. 

In this blog, we have answered the most commonly asked questions in an attempt to decode nursing bras for all breastfeeding mothers.

What exactly is a nursing bra?

Nursing bras, or maternity bras, are bras designed specifically for lactating mothers. They have clasps and/or hooks so that the flaps can be conveniently opened and closed at the time of feeding. 

Why do I need a nursing bra?

If you’re an expecting mother, your body would be going through a number of changes over the course of your pregnancy. One of these changes, as you’ll begin to notice, would be an increase in the size of your breasts.

During your pregnancy, the dormant breast tissues will transform into functional tissues to get your breasts ready for nursing. They start to produce extra estrogen and progesterone which results in the growth of the breast glands in size. You will notice that your breasts will start to become fuller and bigger by the end of your first trimester.

For this reason, you need nursing bras to offer support and comfort to your breasts during pregnancy and after birth when you’re breastfeeding. 

What are the benefits of wearing a nursing bra?

  • The flaps of nursing bras allow easy and quick access to your breasts no matter where you are. 
  • You don’t have to take off your shirt or your bra if you have a nursing bra. Nursing bras have flaps that fold down for one-handed access to your breast.
  • They are extremely comfortable for breastfeeding mothers. Maternity bras are normally made with good materials like cotton or bamboo, making it easier for your skin to breathe.
  • Nursing bras have wider straps that offer support and help in alleviating back pain and pressure on your shoulders. 
  • It can get a little tricky when choosing the right nursing bra, especially if this is your first time breastfeeding. 

What are the different types of nursing bras?

  1. Drop cup nursing bras:

For moms who are used to daily-wear bras and are struggling to switch to nursing bras, these are the best kind. They come with flaps on both the cups that can be hooked and unhooked with utmost ease so that one breast stays covered while you feed your baby with the other. 

  1. Padded nursing bras:

If you’re used to wearing bras that uplift and offer support to your breasts, these are the ones you should go for. They make your breasts look good, feel comfortable, allow a seamless breastfeeding experience and offer comfort. 

  1. Nursing sports bras:

Working out in a normal bra as an expecting mother can get inconvenient and uncomfortable. For expecting moms who are also fitness enthusiasts, nursing sports bras are the best option. They keep your breasts in place, offer support, and allow you to move without feeling any discomfort.

We hope we answered a lot of your questions about nursing bras and this information helps you pick out the right one for yourself.