Nursing Bras- so frustrating!

Katy - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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What a pain its been to find an appropriate, practical and most importantly- supportive nursing bra out there. I have bought 6 throughout this last pregnancy and postpartum period. I loathe them all. None seem to support the not so perky D's that I have going on right now. What brand is working for you?

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Emma - posted on 03/12/2009

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i hate the nursing bras, so i wear a multiway bra from avon, its wired and made from thin stretchy material so i just pull it down when nursing.



i didnt know you cud get wired nursing bras

Holly - posted on 03/12/2009

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i got 2 from motherhood maternity and they are horrible... i like my 2 i got from babies r us better bc they are comfortable.

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I finally splurged on Mimi Maternity. $40+ per bra but it was well worth it. The one I ended up buying a couple of weeks ago is full support and underwire (hey have them without if you like), thick straps but not too thick that I can't wear nice tops, and even a little lacy. It's like victoria's secret with a peek-a-boo flap. lol

Michelle - posted on 03/12/2009

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Hi anyone from Australia? if so i went to Bras and Things (BNT) and get a bra fitted when i first had my daughter and i bought a bonds one and i have to say they are quiet comfortable its padded but its not underwire its sort of like a sports bra, i also bought some from kmart but i wasnt too keen on those ones i have to say i think i have only worn them once.

Alicia - posted on 03/11/2009

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For me...I have nowhere near perky H's...yea...fun! So, what I found that not only is it hard to shop for a bra that will work cause it fits differently after it has been worn or hours...but they suck! I searched online and found the nursing tanks...now I thought that they wouldn't hold the weight of my girls, but I went to target and tried one on and thought oh well it is only 18 dollars if it sucks at least it isn't the 90 i usually have to spend! IT ROCKS!!!!! Not only does it hold them up, but it is great for nursing both sides unclip like some of he bras, and it is much more comfortable!

Kristel - posted on 03/11/2009

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I wear the Bravado bras and tanks, and find that they are SOOO much better than the Gillian O'Malley. They actually do keep my Ds looking perky and provide plenty of support.

Courtney - posted on 03/11/2009

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I have had 4 babies within the last 5 years and it has taken till my last baby ( 7 months old) to find the two bra's I like. They are BestForm from walmart. One is a sports bra that is really comfortable and the other is a bra with Underwire. I am a large ( DD) breasted women so I understand the sagging. I finally feel perky again ( when I have a bra on). Everyone is different but I have found that the underwire has really helped with support. hope you find that Perfect Nursing Bra for you.

Melissa - posted on 03/11/2009

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I'm definitely treating myself to a nice new pretty bra in a couple weeks when I've officially weaned my boy!!

Melissa - posted on 03/11/2009

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I used a nursing bra from Motherhood Maternity the first go around. But after Baby #2, my boobs were too big and that particular style didn't come in 34 DD. So, I bought a Medela. It fit okay, but ultimately I HATED it. It was so FULL coverage I couldn't wear any neckline, but a crew neck T-shirt. So then I bought a few of those from Target they were ok. Then I bought one from Bravado. I really liked it. It cost a fortune but it was a good fit and still somewhat attractive and had enough liner that my nipples weren't poking out. However, a strap broke before a full year was up. Now I just wear one of my Victoria Secret Bras that's very basic. Just a lined underwire ( I don't know the name) and I just pull the cup down to nurse. It works for me.  But I do WISH Victoria Secret would make some Nursing Bras. That would be spectacular!!

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2009

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bestform from walmart are the only comfy ones I've found no other ones work for me ;)

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I am nursing my 5th child right now and I have tried so-o-o-o many bras! Try Bella materna. www.bellamaterna.com, try these websites: www.breastchester.com, www.breastandbaby.com



The Lunaire nursing bra is good, too. It is very supportive and reasonable priced. I am a 32DD but right after birth I am a 34 I so I have experience with support.

Bobbi-Jo - posted on 03/10/2009

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Boy can I relate!  I have yet to find a good nursing bra and I am nursing baby #2 now.  I was determined to find something better then the wal-mart brand bras I had with my son and I ended up getting Motherhood Maternity nursing bras that I am using now.  They are better than the old ones BUT they do not hold the girls up at all.  



I heard of the Target bras but I don't know where they sell the maternity ones in our local Target?!

Darci - posted on 03/10/2009

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I have tried nursing bras from Motherhood Maternity, and I wasn't too fond of them.  But, I love the nursing bras from motherwear.com.  They have a large variety of nursing bras and other nursing friendly clothing.

Kim - posted on 03/10/2009

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i found ones at walmart called bestfit no wires double support on buttom they also have a nice wide strap to help hold up the breast and have an easy clasp

Katy - posted on 03/10/2009

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yes, I believe getting fitted is ket. Not at VS, I agree. I was sized so differently at two locations, neither had me leaving with a bra. (prebaby) I too have the Gillian Omalley's non underwire, in two styles. neither of them washes well, or wear well. They swinging real low these days, so I am back in the Motherhood ones, straps are tightened as much as they'll go. :( Part of me just thinks I should wait until I'm done nursing, but shoot- I am weaning on his schedule. (hopefully closer to age 2, we'll see)

Crystal - posted on 03/09/2009

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i had big breasts before i got pregnant...so now to keep them up there i use a sports bra....it works really well and they are really comfortable

Hannah - posted on 03/09/2009

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I got the ones at Target and they have been good to me. they are about as good as the get for nursing bras. Victorias secret has awesome supportive bras, not specifically for nursing but it works-not as easy, but they are much more supportive.

Cristina - posted on 03/09/2009

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So I just went to the VS site that was posted and I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the model for the bra, does anyones stomach look like that and does anyones breasts look like that?!?! If so, awesome, but I know mine don't! Just a funny thought I thought I would share.

Shannon - posted on 03/09/2009

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I only wear underwires, and I use ones from Best Form... when I actually wear them... most of the time I wear anks, and not even nursing tanks. I use shelf bra tanks nd just pull them down under my breast when I need to nurse my son....

Melanie - posted on 03/09/2009

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Yeah for VS Nursing Bras!!! I also use Gillian O'Malley from Target. The ones with UW have given me clogged ducts and I believe have contributed to my matitis. I'm currently waiting on getting the ones without UW. I hope they work better.

Susi - posted on 03/09/2009

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Quoting Alison:

I am having the same problem. The ones I've been using are from Target...I think they are Gillian O'Malley and they are comfortable, but I feel like I'm constantly high-beaming. I've mostly just been wearing a sports bra.


I also have the Target bras.  They are comfortable but "high-beaming" is a problem.  I still wear breast pads so that covers a little bit better.  I hand wash them and still have busted the underwire out on 3 of them now.  The nice part is that they are cheap at $14.99.  I am anxious to see if anyone has found a good one!!!  Thanks Katy for the great question.

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I'd recommend going to a store and getting a fitting from a knowledgeable bra fitter (not Victoria's Secret). I went to Nordstroms and found out that I was wearing the completely wrong size. I bought Anita bras and they are awesome.

Katy - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hey Chelsea, I was a underwire girl, but I can't get them to fit anymore. (any bra that is) so, in my mind, I'm afraid to use underwire if its not fitting right. I've read that, but when I experienced it I made the change.

Thank to those who gave me a link- so helpful!!

Chelsea - posted on 03/09/2009

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What I don't understand is why they say not to wear the underwire nursing bras because it causes clogged milk ducts?! I have always used the nursing bras with underwire and even just my regular bras with underwire sometimes! I have only had one clogged duct when my daughter was 6 weeks old, and I'm pretty sure it's because my daughter was refusing that breast! All it took was a quick pumping on that side to feel better! I've always had trouble with my bras in the first place! I'm too big for a C and too small for a D! I got my bras at motherhood maternity and they did not fit right after a few weeks. They were the same size yet one became too small and the other too big! Nursing bras are definitely a headache!

Rebecca - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hi :)



I love Hot Milk bras (http://www.hotmilklingerie.co.nz/austral...) I was mainly in it for the look as I can't stand boring undies - even if they are practical. I have to wear a 12 F and I find these hold the puppies up great. They don't have underwires and they have very thick straps in the larger cup sizes. My biggest peeve is having to wear bras day and night!!

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Folks in the Toronto area...get fitted at Secrets From Your Sister on Bloor & Bathurst and Yonge & Eglinton ...they are amazing! I love that they have a full selection of bras for all sizes. .I'm loving the Anita styles, they have lots of support.

Katy - posted on 03/09/2009

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I can't say I liked the motherhood ones, but I have heard of Bravado, somewhere online. I'm not a big fan of VS- because of the quality. (personally I think a bra that expensive should wash and wear a lil longer, but who knows maybe its just me;)) I am looking for support not only for the 'looks' but really, I feel like when they sag, they don't drain well, and I'm sore when I am full. So supportive it must be. thx for your helps ;)

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2009

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OMG! That is great news! Thank you so much for shairing, i might possibly have to order one ASAP!! thanks a million!

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2009

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Im having the same problem, i have two from target and dont really care for either of them and i have one from motherhood maternaty and its a little better than the other 2. In my deams i wish that Victorias Secret woud make a nursing bra...that would make everything better! But i think i have came to the conclusion that a nursing bra isnt going to keep them to perky b.c i found that the ones that come in my size are just a tad to big and when i start to fill up it also fills out the bra. so maybe buy a cup smaller and it might keep them perky. Just an idea

Renee - posted on 03/09/2009

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The two that I like the best are Bravado microfiber and a cotton one from JC Penney (not sure of the brand, maybe Duo or something like that). What I liked about them is that they offer a lot of coverage and are still easy to use when nursing. And I think that if you spend a little more money on a bra you're going to see the difference; so, Allison, maybe you should stay away from the Target ones and go to a maternity clothing store and check out their bras. I have worn my nursing bras a lot longer than I expected to, so I'm glad I got some better quality ones. 

Alison - posted on 03/09/2009

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I am having the same problem. The ones I've been using are from Target...I think they are Gillian O'Malley and they are comfortable, but I feel like I'm constantly high-beaming. I've mostly just been wearing a sports bra.

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