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Choosing the Right Pregnancy and Nursing Bra

December 9th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Bra shopping is never easy – especially when you're pregnant or nursing. Here's how to find the perfect fit:

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Choosing the Right Pregnancy and Nursing Bra

Your breasts will change in size throughout your pregnancy and for as long as you nurse, which makes finding comfortable bras a challenge. Here's how to get the best, most comfortable fitting bras whether you're pregnant or nursing.

Bras For Changing Breast Sizes

Every woman is different, but depending on how much your breasts grow throughout your pregnancy, you may need to change your bra size as often as every two months. "I encourage women to buy cheaper bras during this time so they will be more willing to buy a new one when their old bra becomes uncomfortable," says Shana Tilbrook, a bra-fitting expert at Tryst Lingerie in Toronto.

Your breasts should fit comfortably inside the cup and the back strap should not ride up. If you're wearing an underwire bra, be aware if it starts to dig into your breast tissue. "If you're comfortable with a soft cup, I recommend going that route during your pregnancy," says Tilbrook. Soft cups have more longevity as your breasts start to grow.

Tilbrook also suggests buying a bra on the tightest back setting so there is room for your ribcage to expand. If your cup size still fits and the strap is tight, you can use a back extender to prolong the life of your bra. And, as a general rule, avoid maternity bras unless you're getting a bargain. "The difference between a maternity and a regular bra is typically just marketing," says Tilbrook.