What To Look For In A Nursing Sports Bra

3 Mar, 2023 | MNB TEAM


How To Pick The Best Nursing Sports Bra

Becoming a mother is one of the most rewarding (and challenging) life experiences we undertake in our lifetimes. But little is often said about the struggles of motherhood and how difficult it is to find clothing pieces and activewear that fits, is functional and doesn’t look like it came from the outdated catalogue pages straight out of the 80s.

As a brand designed by women for women, we understand the struggles of picking out the perfect nursing sports bra that balances support and style as your body begins to change. So, we’ve compiled some of our top tips on finding the best nursing sports bra that not only supports you as you move but will fit you as your curves change and remains functional for nursing.

Let’s dive into it:

Support, support, support!

Any good nursing sports bra should provide enough support for your breasts, especially if you plan on doing high-impact exercises. As women nurse, they not only require a sports bra that accommodates a larger or changing breast size, but also a nursing sports bra that is comfortable to wear during exercise.

Nursing sports bras should have thick supportive straps, molded cups, a thick under-bust band and contain no underwire. This prevents blocked ducts, mastitis, chafing, and other discomforts experienced during exercise while nursing.

Adjusted & Tailored To You

Adjustability is an aspect that should be at the very top of your list when on the hunt for the right nursing sports bra for you. Every woman while nursing is different and requires a tailored fit, from the correct cup size to ample support and compression. Particularly as your body changes after giving birth and while feeding!

Adjustable sports bra straps anchor the sports bra closer to the body to reduce pressure on the shoulders and stop the straps from slipping while exercising. A closer fit also ensures the sports bra cups don’t gape and cause chafing or rubbing as you move. This makes a nursing sports bra with adjustable straps the perfect partner for a distraction-free workout (especially when you might be just getting back into the swing of things on the exercise front!)

On the other hand, a good nursing sports bra should also feature a hook and eye bra closure. When your body changes while nursing, your sports bra should be able to accommodate this with different band sizing built-in the sports bra. This allows you to make the most of the one sports bra and extend its longevity, rather than having to purchase a new size every time your body changes.

Easy Access

There’s nothing worse while nursing than having a sports bra you have you take on and off to feed your little one. Nursing sports bras should offer convenient and easy access features to make feeding or pumping a simple and stress-free process, including removable straps.

A nursing sports bra with removable straps ensures you can nurse with your little one whenever you need to by removing a single strap for ease of access. Due to its convenience, this can make your nursing sports bra a new staple in your activewear and regular clothing collection outside of exercising. Allowing you to make the most of your nursing sports bra for the utmost versatility by wearing it running errands, when out and about, or casually under clothing.

Comfort Is Key

As a nursing mother breastfeeding or regularly pumping, there is no time for inconvenient or uncomfortable clothing that is irritating to wear. Great maternity clothing or activewear should be soft and supportive that you look forward to putting on, rather than taking off!

At Lorna Jane, this is a key priority for our maternity collection, nursing sports bras and activewear garments. Our pieces aim to be both comfortable and breathable using the latest in innovative fabric technology. All Lorna Jane nursing sports bras in our collection feature moisture-wicking and lightweight fabrics to regulate your body temperature, keeping you cool and dry during your workout.

Durable & Long-Lasting

Any good nursing sports bra should be crafted using high-quality, durable fabric that will not only last through multiple washings and wearing but can withstand the rigors of regular exercise. Look for high-performance materials, supportive fabrications and long-wear features such as anti-pilling, stretch, moisture-wicking and more.

This will ensure your nursing sports bra is a good investment in a piece you can incorporate into your activewear collection. A nursing bra that not only stands the test of time but remains comfortable and supportive when you need it most!

Something Stylish

Finally on the list, you should look for nursing sports bras that appeal to your sense of style. There is nothing worse than choosing a nursing bra you don’t like the look of out of convenience – because chances are, you won’t want to wear it! No one likes feeling like a grandma in a full-coverage ugly-coloured sports bra. You should feel comfortable and confident in your body with whatever you wear, even down to your activewear pieces.

Plus, whoever said maternity activewear and clothing weren’t stylish clearly hadn’t heard of Lorna Jane! Our nursing sports bras have been designed with comfort and cutting-edge style in mind to keep you feeling confident in your curves as well as supported as you move. With a range of classic colourways, trending shades and fresh patterns,our nursing sports bra range has something to complement your activewear collection. Be sure to explore our wide range online and find a style that suits you.

So, there you have it! Our top tips for picking the best nursing sports bra for you. We hope our guide will be able to help you on the hunt for your next nursing sports bra to ensure you stay both supported and stylish while exercising.

Our Top Nursing Sports Bra FAQs

Why is it important to wear a supportive bra while breastfeeding?

Nursing mums need extra support during physical activity and nursing. A nursing sports bra provides a higher level of support than a regular nursing bra, as it provides both extra compression and support for nursing mums who do high-impact activities such as running, aerobics and Zumba.

Can I wear a sports bra while breastfeeding?

Yes, nursing sports bras are designed to provide you with the extra support and comfort you need while nursing or exercising. These bras feature a drop-down nursing flap, nursing clips and a wider chest band for more support. They also have extra padding in the cups to provide extra cushioning when nursing.

Does wearing a tight sports bra decrease milk supply?

No, nursing sports bras are designed to provide the necessary support and comfort while nursing, so they should not cause any issues with milk supply.

What is the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra?

Maternity bras are designed to provide support for pregnant women and nursing bras are specifically designed for nursing mothers. Maternity bras have wider straps and a larger cup size to support the growing bust during pregnancy. Nursing bras have nursing clips and flaps that allow nursing mums to easily access the breasts for nursing.

Should you wear a bra at night when nursing?

It is not necessary to wear a nursing bra at night when nursing. However, some nursing mums do prefer the extra support and comfort of nursing bras at night. If you choose to wear a nursing bra, make sure it is comfortable and not too tight.

Should nursing bras be tight or lose?

Nursing bras should be snug but not too tight. The nursing bra should fit comfortably and provide enough support for your breasts without causing any discomfort. A nursing sports bra should fit snugly in order to provide the extra support needed for high-impact activities.

How To Pick the Best Nursing Sports Bra Checklist

  1. Supportive
  2. Adjustable
  3. Accessible
  4. Comfortable
  5. Durable
  6. Stylish

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