When do i buy nursing bras?

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i am 5 mos. prego and my bras no longer fit comfortably. do i buy nursing bras now or do i wait until i give birth in apr.? i plan on breastfeeding. just need to know if i should kill 2 birds with one stone...thanks!

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Brenda - posted on 11/24/2008

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I would go ahead and get a few...but be prepared to need a larger size for awhile. My bb's have fluctuated from G to C over the last 10 months!!! WalMart believe it or not has very comfortable nursing bras and they are only $10! I don't think they would work so well in the first few months when you're FULL and going through a size yoyo but once your milk his established they're great! The other thing I'd get (while your shopping) is some nursing tanks (Target $16.95) they make night time nursing a breeze and again in the first few days they are ohhh so comfy :O)



BTW...thanks everyone for all the links!

Rachel - posted on 09/13/2010

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I bought regular bras to fit for the most part while i was growing when pregnant, but for the first year and a bit I wore a nursing bra now my son just snacks and can keep me from getting too uncomfrtable, now I have shrunk back through the sizes and am curently in some that I bought when I was pregnant... it is likely you will eventually get back in to the size you are as long as you dont' mind storing some bras you wont use for a bit...

Emily - posted on 11/24/2008

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The other suggestion I have is to get some good sleep bras and wear only those for the first few weeks after birth. They're much more comfortable and easier when you're changing sizes every two days. Plus, those first few weeks you don't really feel like going out and doing things anyway... especially when your boobs look like cantaloupe. Then, after about three weeks you can get some good supportive bras and be fairly confident about size.

Bernadette - posted on 07/26/2010

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I got them as soon as my old ones started to get uncomfortable - it is recommended that you not wear underwire bras while your breasts are expanding as this can be damaging. I did look for regular wire free bras, but found that they were really hard to find, so I just got nursing bras from the start. I did find that a couple of them were a little small after my milk came in but they weren't a complete waste because as my daughter started on solids and cut back on the number of feeds per day, they did start to return to their pre-birth size and the ones i had to buy after my milk came in ended up a little too big. So chances are, you're going to have to get them in two different sizes anyway, so you might as well get one or two now. I found though, that if you get some good ones then they might do you for both - I found that the lower cut ones were no good once I got too big for them, because you feel like you are spilling out the top. And they are definately no good for sleeping in because when you lie on your side, one breast pretty much ends up uncovered. If you get a well-fitting one though, that offers plenty of support and coverage, they will last you a lot longer.

Debbie - posted on 11/23/2008

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you can also try breakoutbras.com ... they offer free shipping to Canada and the US

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Bri - posted on 12/30/2013

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Bella Materna Anytime Collection are the best bras for both pregnancy and nursing. They are super comfortable and have six adjustable latches instead of the usual three or four. Also they're adjustable on the sides as well. I purchased mine on www.hmandbb.com and I absolutely love them!

Tiffany - posted on 11/24/2008

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I bought my first bursing bra just the week before the baby was born so that I'd have one to wear in the hospital. I took into consideration that I'd need some growing room because your boobs will get bigger once your milk comes in. I only bought one to get my buy just incase breastfeeding didn't work out. I was unable to breastfeed my first son due to having some problems after my c section but was deteremined to make breastfeeding work out this time around. And it did. My son is now a month old and breastfeeding is going really well. I did have to go out and buy another nursing bra because one just isn't enough. And two really isn't enough either. But I'd suggest waiting to really stock up on nursing bras once your milk has come in and breastfeeding is going really smoothly. I bought the Medela brand. I love it! You can get them at the Gap stores or at Babies R us. Those are the only two places I've seen them. I suppose you could probably order them online too. I was surprised that I didn't have to get a much bigger size bra. These bras allow for plenty of growing. I'm a 36 DD before I was pregnant, and the Medela bras that I bought were a 36 DD. I was really surprised. And also remember while your pregnant the band will fit much tighter around you because of your growing belly. So you may need a bigger size around while pregnant but then a smaller size around after you have the baby. So I definitely recommend just getting some regular bras that fit the size you are now and wait to get nursing bras.

Misty - posted on 11/23/2008

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I would wait. Each pregnancy my breasts grew differently. But with each, I just bought larger regular bras while I was preggo and then bought nursing bras after the baby was born.....when my milk came in. When my milk comes in, I am HUGE! I think some women can get by buying the nursing bras while preggo but if I did that, I'd have to buy larger ones when my milk came in...plus...I don't feel they are as supportive. April is a long way away and your breasts could still keep growing and get even larger when your milk comes in. If this is your first, you have no way of knowing what will happen. Good luck!

Cheryl - posted on 11/23/2008

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I bought myself a Nursing Bra when I was about 6 month's pregnant as my old bra's stopped fitting. I did, however, find that with breastfeeding, my breasts grew even more than when I was pregnant so I've had to go out and buy more in bigger sizes. The nursing bras's have been incredibly practical for me and my daugther is now 6 months old, still nursing and I'm still wearing the old faithful nursing bra's as none of my pre-pregnancy bra's fit anymore. Hope this helps...

Maria - posted on 11/23/2008

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I ordered a few sizes and styles and returned the ones I didn't like....the downside is that I had to pay for the return shipping. But I did end up with the most comfortable bra! Like Emily, I wear the Body Silk Seamless....it really makes having to wear a bra to sleep not so bad. Once my milk came in I went from a D to an E/F. I couldn't find that size in any maternity store so I had no other option but to buy online.

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thanks, devin--yes, this is my first pregnancy and yes, i will breastfeed so i have NO idea what will happen. before getting pregnant i was a b, almost a c, now i am a true C and i have no idea how much bigger i will get during the pregnancy as well as after i deliver and breastfeed. thanks!

Devin - posted on 11/23/2008

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I did just that and would recommend it. If this is your first baby you might not know how big you will get. I started out as a b/c cup before pregnancy and went up to a DD when my milk came in. So, believe me when I say the bigger the better. There are plenty of affordable nursing bras at Target that will get you by until you know how big you will be. Some women don't change that much, but if you plan on nursing best to be prepared!

Emily - posted on 11/23/2008

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check out http://www.birthandbaby.com/ you can buy nursing bras online for $1 shipping per order, that way you can try them on and return the ones you don't like. They've got pretty much every nursing bra I've ever heard of.

I've been in nursing bras non-stop since my first was born 3 1/2 years ago, and I'd say the most comfortable are the ones that come in S,M,L instead of band sizes. I've got a great bravado that I LOVE. It's the "body silk seamless nursing bra". I have an insanely small band size with insanely large cup size, which doesn't exist in most brands (30F... I usually wear 32 E if I can find that one), but I fit great in the Small of this one. :) It's supposed to be stretchy enough to accommodate a change of one or two cup sizes.

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thanks, maria--only caveat is i need to try them on, correct? the bravada ones look really compfy! looks like i may be headed to motherhood maternity!

Mary - posted on 11/23/2008

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I bought a few sleep bras to wear in the first few days. I was so glad that I did that, and didn't buy a whole bunch. I was a B cup pre-pregnancy, a D during pregnancy, and now I am an E. So I would wait till after to buy more than just a few. I have gotten all of mine at Motherhood Maternity. I think that they are great and also reasonably priced.

Nicki - posted on 11/23/2008

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i bought a couple of "normal" bras and a couple of nursing bras. i bought the normal bras for when i go out and want to look nice and the nursing for when i was bumming. you wont know tho exqctly what size you will be tho until after the baby. i went from a 34b to a 34d but didnt grow after the baby

User - posted on 11/23/2008

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I would buy a "regular" bra now, just in a bigger size. Trust me, something that fits now will most likely not fit after the baby is born. You want to be comfortable! I was a 38D when I was about 5 months pregnant (from a 36C), and after I had my son I was a 40DD. He's 2 now, and I recently settled back into the 38D bras I'd bought during my pregnancy.

Brandy - posted on 11/23/2008

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The Bay sells Bravada, but no one will really be able to help you. This brand is also sold at some boutique stores. Check out milkface.com. They have amazing staff and could definitely help answer some of your questions.

Lindsey - posted on 11/23/2008

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I have heard you should wait until your baby's 10 day appt. for the correct size for a nursing bra.

Lorry - posted on 11/23/2008

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My breasts did not get that much bigger. They were massive for about two days when my milk came in, but other than that, not so much. You can't count on needing two more cup sizes. Everyone is different.

I did buy nursing bras when I was pregnant, because I needed new bras anyway. The ones I found were not too different in price from normal bras, so I figured why not, and I am still using them now so it worked out great. I can't guarantee it will be the same for anyone else, though. As I said, everyone is different.

Marta - posted on 11/22/2008

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I did not have any nursing bras til after I had my son. I do have to say that if you do make sure that they are at least two cup sizes bigger. I went from a C to a DD. My friend told me my breast would get bigger and I needed to get bigger sizes and I did not beleive her but let me tell you I should have listened to her cause I did have to go and get a couple of bigger sizes. Good Luck.

Maria - posted on 11/22/2008

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I started wearing nursing bras while I was prego. They were more comfortable for me and it allowed me to get used to wearing one. My daughter is now 5 months old and I don't think I could live without them. I have several different brands but find the ones made by Bravada to be the best for comfort and support. Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!

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i never got nursing bras i just got sports bra becuase they were just as easy and dont cost as much.. and who no if your going to wear thow bras again after your done feeding

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