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Nursing Bra Types For Your Needs in 2020

Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy and post-partum.

This might not come as a surprise, but, it is common for the breasts to go up two cup sizes during pregnancy.

Your normal bras will no longer cut it. You need a bra that will accommodate your changing breasts and provide maximum support.

This is where a nursing bra comes in.

Whether you have a small bust or a large bust, it is crucial to have a nursing bra that is well-fitted, comfortable, and soft on your skin.

Being a new mom and starting your breastfeeding journey can be overwhelming, but you can make things easier for yourself by finding the perfect nursing bra.

A well-fitting nursing bra provides all the support to carry out your daily activities, such as running errands, sleeping, and exercising.

Black maternity bra
New Bloom Maternity Bra

Nursing Bra Shopping Checklist

Before we get to the details of the best nursing bras, you need to know what to look out for when purchasing a nursing bra.

1. Ensure Your Nursing Bra Fits

Great nursing bras accommodate a pregnant or breastfeeding woman’s sensitive and growing breasts.

When buying a nursing bra, pay attention to the fit of the straps, band, and cups.

A well-fitting nursing bra should check the following boxes:

  • A finger should fit between the straps and the shoulder. The straps should neither slide off your shoulders nor dig into them.
  • The band should sit comfortably on your back and around the rib cage.
  • The breasts should fit in the cups. They should not spill over the sides or appear squished.

Ensure you wait to fit for a nursing bra until around the eighth month of your pregnancy. By this point, the majority of growth and changes to your breasts will have already occurred.

Troubleshooting the Fit of a Nursing Bra - Maman on the Trail
Source: Maman on the TRAIL

2. Your Nursing Bra Needs to Be Supportive

Whether you have a small bust, a medium bust, or a large bust, a well-fitting nursing bra provides support.

Wide straps with cushioning provide excellent support for women with fuller busts.

Also, look for nursing bras with multiple rows of hook-and-eye closures at the back.

Normally, the abdomen shrinks after childbirth. The numerous rows of hook-and-eye closure ensure that the bra still fits post-partum.

3. You Want a Nursing Bra that Will Last

Unlike normal bras, you wear nursing bras for a limited period.

To save closet space and money, buy a nursing bra that fits throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey.

Look for nursing bras designed to adjust and grow with your body.

What Type of Maternity Bra Is For Me?

As with normal bras, there are different types of nursing bras.

Here are eight nursing bras to suit your personal needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding:

1. Everyday Nursing Bra

Life doesn’t have to come to a stop when you’re pregnant or when you’re breastfeeding. You need a nursing bra that suits your lifestyle and daily activities.

A high-quality everyday nursing bra has a delicate, soft fabric on the inside of the cups. The soft fabric prevents aggravation of your already sore breasts or nipples.

An excellent everyday nursing bra offers a lot of adjustability around the band.

They also offer full-coverage and come with easy-to-fasten and unfasten clips.

The New Bloom Everyday Maternity Bra fits the bill. It has drop-down clasps that allow for one-handed use. It is also made from breathable fabric that is gentle on the nipples.

One mom had this to say about the bra, “This bra is fantastic. So comfortable and practical for breastfeeding mums. It has so much support as well. It’s super comfortable as well!"

It fits cups A-G, band 30 - 44. And is available in 3 different colors; white, nude, and black.

2. Sleeping Nursing Bra

The New Bloom Maternity Sleeping Bra
The New Bloom Maternity Sleeping Bra

With all the changes going on in your body, your beauty sleep is ever so important. You need a nursing bra that you can sleep in, and won't dig into your ribs or back.

The best nighttime nursing bras have a lot of room for stretching around the ribcage and back. 

Opt for nursing bras made from cotton and stretchy spandex. These materials are super comfortable to sleep in and won’t dig into the skin or cause irritation. 

The Maternity Sleeping Bra by New Bloom is touted as an “incredibly comfortable bra to sleep in” by moms.

It comes in sizes S-L. It is available in white.

3. Growing Nursing Bra 

It is important to have a nursing bra that grows and changes with you. Look for a nursing bra that ensures an excellent fit throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding period.

A nursing bra that allows for fluctuations in the cup, bust, and ribcage is essential. You are likely to grow across your tummy, ribs, and chest during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.

You deserve a nursing bra that lasts a long time while keeping you supported and feeling good.

Made with UGrow Technology, New Bloom's Everyday Maternity Nursing Bra grows and changes with your body. The fit will always be perfect.  

“This bra will forever be a favorite. I didn’t need to buy so many bras. It lasted throughout the three trimesters,” Emma

It fits cups A-G, band 30 - 44, and is available in 3 different colors; white, nude, and black.

4. Nursing Bralette

Bralettes are versatile. They are sexy yet comfortable alternatives to full-on bras.

The best nursing bralettes provide a tonne of comfort, support, and flexibility.

They are ideal for anyone needing light to medium coverage and support. 

The Nursing Bralette by New Bloom is a winner in this category. It has wide straps that help take the pressure off your back.

One reviewer had this to say, “This is the best-unlined bra I have ever owned! Great for nursing but also just great in general! May needs a second one!”

It comes in sizes XS-XXL. It is available in a soft chai color, while sizes S-XL also come in pink.

5. Sexy Nursing Bra

With all the changes happening to your body, it is ever so important to feel sexy and glamorous. There’s nothing like a confidence-inspiring sexy nursing bra to do the trick.

A sexy nursing bra should provide plenty of support while still looking feminine. It should make your breasts look perky while pregnant.

Designed with style and sexiness in mind, the Beautiful Maternity Bra by New Bloom is a clear winner.

It doesn’t sacrifice comfort and pairs well with just about everything from plunging necklines to T-shirts.

The touch of lace will make you feel delicate.

A new mom had this to say, “This maternity bra made me feel sexy at a time when I didn’t feel beautiful. The bow and lace were everything.”

It fits cups A-G, band 30 - 46, and is available in black, white, and three shades of nude.

6. Seamless Nursing Bra

With everything else going on in your life, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your bra is showing through your favorite t-shirt or top.

A seamless nursing bra comes in handy during these moments. A good seamless nursing bra looks smooth under clothes and still makes your breasts look awesome.

The Carriwell Women's Seamless Nursing Bra is a great-look, comfortable seamless nursing bra.

One mom had this to say, “This bra is comfortable and stretchy. I am happy.”

It comes in sizes S - XL and colors black and white.

7. Cupped Nursing Bra

Full cup nursing bras are ideal for women with larger busts who need extra support and a lift from underneath.

Well-fitting cupped nursing bras provide full breast coverage. Your breasts will not spill from the cup.

Cupped bras that come with drop-down cups are great for easy breastfeeding. The Beatrice Soft Cup Nursing Bra is one more nursing bra to add to your collection.

One mom had this to say, “Good fit for women with larger busts.”

It is available in sizes DD - J and is available in nude.

8. Front Closure Nursing Bra

Post childbirth, you need to wear and remove the bra with ease. 

Nursing bras with back closures can be cumbersome. This is where the front closure nursing bra comes in handy.

Front closure nursing bras have their fastening at the front instead of the back. Some come with zippers, others with the hook-and-eye closures, and others with clasps.

The front closure makes it easy to wear and remove the bra. It also serves as a great alternative to nursing bras with drop-down cups.

The Paramour Lorraine Front Closure Nursing Bra is a great front closure nursing bra.

One mom had this to say, “This bra is comfortable. I like that I don’t have to reach for the back to open and close bra.”

It is available in sizes D - DDD and is available in cream, black, and grey.

Find Your Perfect Nursing Bra Today

Size Color Price
Everyday Nursing Bra S - XL Black, Nude, White $27.99
Sleeping Nursing Bra S - L White $12.99
Growing Bra S - XL Black, Nude White $27.99
Nursing Bralette XS - XXL Nude $21.99
Sexy Nursing Bra S - XL (Petite sizes available) Black. Brown, White $ 31.99
Seamless Nursing Bra S - XL Black, White $24.99
Cupped Nursing Bra DD - J Nude $48.00
Front Closure Nursing Bra DD - DD Cream, Black, Gray $45.00

Those are our top 8 types of nursing bras to have in your closet. Which are your must-haves?

Looking for a retailer with excellent customer service and experience?

Visit New Bloom today and find the comfortable nursing bra you deserve. Our team will help you find the perfect bra to suit your body and your needs.

Our collection of maternity bras are designed to make your breastfeeding journey as easy as possible. Our bras prioritize:

  • Fit
  • Support 
  • Longevity

Get started with our Everyday Nursing Bra and discover a whole new world of comfort.

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