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Some women love that their breasts grow during pregnancy; others not so much. Whether you love your bigger bosom or not, support and comfort are crucial during this time, plus you’ll want to choose bras that make it easy to breastfeed.
Colette Smith, Designer at Bendon, says “Both during and after pregnancy, the breasts undergo numerous changes such as enlarging, becoming heavier, denser, and more sensitive. Therefore, while every woman is different, it’s not uncommon to go up two to four band sizes (the measurement around your body under your breasts) and two to four cup sizes during pregnancy. Therefore, it’s paramount that you are wearing a professionally fitted bra specifically designed to allow for growth and comfort.”
Primarily, you want to feel comfortable and supported. Look for wirefree bras made from soft fabrics that are soft on sensitive skin. Most will have adjustable straps and hooks so that the bra can grow with you – even if you don’t put on much weight, your ribcage will expand as your pregnancy takes up space. No matter the size of your bust, it’s worth getting fitted by a professional so you can be a smart shoppper.
We’ve curated a list of 13 of the best maternity and breastfeeding bras in Australia for you to choose from.
The Mamaway Ultra Silky Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra, $69.95
Colour: Lilac, Rust, Black
Constructed from silky-soft fabrication, this Mamaway bra is breathable and nearly invisible under clothing.
The 3D cup, plus the hidden jelly glues inserted under the bust, make it perfectly fit the shape and lift up your breasts for comfort without digging in.
Classic Comfort Maternity Bra in Black, $54.95
This pretty, stretch lace knit maternity bra from Bendon is wirefree and features one-handed maternity clips, making it easy to use when breastfeeding. Soft adjustable shoulder straps feature gold finishing for a luxe fee. Six rows of hook and eyes mean this style should see you through most (if not all) of your pregnancy.
Elodie Maternity Bra, $69.95 (offer: buy 2 get 1 free)
Sizes: 10C to 16G
Colour: Cradle Pink Stripe or Jet Pewter
A pretty, printed, soft stretch knit fabric provides a comfortable option from me.bybendon. Lycra-lined moulded cups create a gentle shape and drop-down cups make it easy to feed Bub.
Bamboo Maternity Cross Over Crop Grey, $29.95
Sizes: 8-10, 12-14, 16-18
Colours: Charcoal Marle or Putty Pink
Ambra’s contemporary style is seam-free with double-lined, cross over cups and soft edgings to ensure your breasts are gently supported.
Diamond Breastfeeding Bra, $34.99
Sizes: Small (10A)-Extra Large Plus (26I/J)
Colours: Black, White, Nude, Chestnut or Mocha
Cool and breathable with removable cups, New Beginnings’ breast-feeding bra is wirefree and seamless so it never shows under your clothes. Drop-down clasps make one-handed opening a breeze.
Amour Maternity Lace Bra Nude, $64.95
Sizes: 10C to 18E
Triumph’s all-over lace maternity bra is soft, smooth and wirefree. Magnetic clips add a touch of bling as well as being practical for breastfeeding, while moulded cups create an elegant shape. Six rows of hooks and eyes allow for comfort as your body changes.
Want To Wear Maternity Bra in Wild Ginger, $59.95
Colours: Wild Ginger or Black
Adjustable and detachable back straps mean you can also opt to wear this Bendon maternity bra with a cross-over back, while the wirefree cups provide support and flexibility. The inner cotton lining cradles your breasts and the six rows of hooks and eyes lets the bra grow with you. Drop-down clips make it great for nursing, too.
Triumph Gorgeous Maternity Bra, $59.95
Colours: Black or Grey
The Gorgeous Maternity Bra is a t-shirt bra lovers go-to maternity option that has Six hook and eye adjustments that mean you can wear it for longer. Wire-free with drop-down, padded cups, the A-frame design will also support your breasts during feeds. Magnetic clips add refined style and are easy to undo one-handed.
Barely There Maternity Bra in Beige, $64.95
Colours: Nude or Black
This cotton-rich bestselling bra from Berlei has supportive cups, an expandable band, and one-handed nursing clips. A double-lined back increases the support.
Eden Chic Maternity Bra, $119.95
Colours: Black or Natural
Simone Perele’s full cup style maternity bra has a removable underwire and is cotton-lined. The nursing clip is a one-hand manoeuvre while the lace straps and back of the bra are lined with tulle.
Maternity Crop Top Bra, $20.99
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Colours: Black or White
This cotton/elastin New Beginnings bra offers light to medium support, had no underwire, straps or clips, making it the perfect pull-on bra for daytime or sleeping.
Full Bust Bamboo Nursing Bra, $64.99
Sizes: AU XS/S – XL/XXL
Colours: Black, Pacific Blue, Burgundy, White, Nude, Lilac Snow
Wirefree with removable padded cups and one-hand nursing clips, this everyday B Free Intimate Apparel maternity bra offers medium support. Wide rib support band, adjustable straps and back closure provide great support, while the soft bamboo fabric is naturally comfortable.
Forever Yours Maternity & Nursing Bra – Nude, $59.99
Flexible wire and foam moulded cups create shape and a smooth profile in this hotmilk maternity bra, while the cotton-lined cups and straps make it comfortable to wear. One-handed drop-down cups make breastfeeding easy, and six hook and eye row straps are adjustable so you can choose a cross-over back. Larger sizes feature wider straps for additional support.
Bravado Original Full Cup Nursing Bra Dove Heather, $74.95
Bravado’s ultra-soft, breathable cotton-modal fabric maternity bra has a sporty look with its wide bottom band and smooth racer back. Wirefree and featuring the brand’s unique B nursing clips, the full drop-away cup allows for maximum skin-to-skin contact. It also includes a Bra Conversion Kit included so you can convert a to a ‘regular bra’ when you finish breastfeeding.