After having a baby, focusing on yourself isn't usually your priority. You're so consumed with things the baby needs, learning how to parent, and generally not getting enough sleep, that taking care of yourself is probably least on your priority list. But sometimes the little things, like a new nursing bra, can be enough to help you feel human again, and less like a sleep deprived "mom-bie". But how to find the right nursing bra isn't quite as simple as grabbing the first one you see of the rack at Target. Like any bra, it's important to find one that fits your body and your lifestyle well.
And since you'll be spending a fair amount of time using your boobs as a way to nourish your baby, investing in something designed to take care of them and make nursing as convenient as possible makes sense. It's well worth taking the time to find the right one for you.
The first thing to consider before you buy a nursing bra is what kind of bras you enjoyed before you became a full-time milk making machine. It might be beneficial to buy a bra that is more comfy than it is flashy, and asking yourself yea or nay to things like underwire, sports bra style, padding, and convertibility is a great place to start.
Once you know which style (or styles) you like most, take into account that your breasts will change drastically over your nursing journey. Sometimes they'll be engorged and in need of extra support, other times you'll want a bra that feels like you're not wearing anything at all. Today's Parent suggested having a professional fitting done when shopping for a new nursing bra, just like you would for a "regular" bra.
The Motherhood recommends buying three nursing bras — one to wear, one to wash, and one to have ready — with easy one-hand access, some stretch to the material, and at least one that feels comfortable for sleep. Because leaking is a real thing that happens.
Similarly, look for a bra that you can wear with multiple outfits, and that fits seamlessly under your shirts.
Ultimately, the perfect nursing bra is out there, and knowing what you're looking for is the first step to finding it. But, as a mom twice over, I know the struggle well, and I can say with certainty that focusing on yourself a little bit isn't selfish, in fact it's healthy and will allow you to be the best mom to your little bundle that you can be.