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What to Look For in a Nursing Sports Bra

Tired of trying to work out in a regular nursing bra?

This is where a nursing sports bra comes in.

Working out in a regular nursing bra can be painful. Literally. The lack of support can cause soreness - in your breasts as well as your back.

A nursing sports bra will give you the support you need. Read on to find out what to look for.

Here are the top 5 things to look for in a nursing sports bra

#1. It doesn’t have underwire

It’s important to find a breastfeeding sports bra that doesn’t have any underwire. Underwire can cause issues such as blocked ducts and mastitis, never mind how uncomfortable they can be to work out in.

Look for a nursing sports bra that will support you without the use of underwire. Typically, this will involve finding one that has a larger under bust band and is fuller coverage overall. 

#2. It’s adjustable

Throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breast-size will change. You need your bra size to change with it.

Look for a nursing sports bra that has adjustable features, such as:

  • An adjustable hook and eye closure (those little hooks at the back of bras that allow you to adjust the nursing bra so it fits snugly around your rib-cage - this is key for support)
  • Adjustable shoulder straps (this allows you to adjust how tightly the nursing bra fits from shoulder to bust - i.e. how high it lifts your girls up)

#3. It’s comfortable (and stylish)

Have you ever started a workout only to stop because of uncomfortable clothing? That’s the worst! 

You need a nursing sports bra that will be comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable, you’re going to feel irritated at best and give up on exercise altogether at worst.

Look for a nursing sports bra that has soft fabric and doesn’t rub or chafe when you wear it.

After comfort, comes style. No one wants to wear a nursing bra that makes them feel like their granny (no offense, granny!). This is why it’s important to look for a nursing sports bra that you find both comfortable and cute.

#4. It’s easy to use for breastfeeding

Fighting with difficult-to-use nursing clips can be frustrating. Especially when your little one is screaming for milk as it is.

It’s important to find a breastfeeding sports bra with drop-down nursing clips that are easy to use. This will keep both you and your baby happy.

#5. It has positive reviews

Shopping online can be challenging. When in doubt, read through previous customer reviews. This will help you determine if a specific nursing sports bra is the right one for you.

Bonus! Here are 3 benefits you can experience when you get a nursing sports bra…

#1. It will save you time & energy

Not having to switch back and forth between a nursing bra and a regular sports bra will save you time and energy.

#2. It will save you money

You can wear a nursing sports bra for any activity: a workout, a walk, an outing, a day at home. This means you don’t have to buy a regular nursing bra, which will save you money.

#3. You’ll feel supported to move

When you’re wearing a nursing sports bra, you’ll feel supported to move. Why is this important? Because movement will help you to feel better - mentally, physically and emotionally.

Check out these 11 tips on being active during pregnancy.