5 Essential ‘Maternity’ Bra Features to Look Out For
Pregnancy is a joyful and exciting time, but it also comes with a lot of questions. You might seek answers from your mother, sister or girlfriends, as you trust their judgment and experience. However, with all the products out there, it’s hard to know what advice to follow.
Trust me, I’ve been there! So I want to scratch one question off your pregnancy list, and tell you what to look out for when buying a good quality maternity bra.
1) A supportive back band
It's easy to think that a bra’s support comes from the shoulder straps when in actual fact a well-designed bra distributes around 80% of your breast weight throughout the bra band. Try to look for a bra with an expandable backband so your maternity bra can be adjusted and grow with you during pregnancy and postpartum. This way, you can loosen the bra when your rib cage expands and you can tighten it when your baby is born and your ribcage shrinks. Think about extra rows of hook and eyes or stretchy fabrics, or, better still like Infiniti Bra’s fully expandable back band.
2) Wider shoulder straps
If you want a good quality maternity bra, look for one that has slightly wider straps than regular bras. This will help in keeping the bra in place while minimizing the straps digging into your shoulders. Wider straps also tend to offer that slight extra support that you need.
3) Soft materials
It goes without saying that soft, non-itchy fabrics that are gentle against the skin are a must. We rarely look at the tag when we purchase a garment to see what it’s made of, but for your bras you want slightly stretchy fabrics that are not too thick or too heavy like cotton, nylon or elastane. Your breasts deserve the best care, especially when they are sore, tender or full with milk and feel as hard as a rock.
4) Easy-to-release nursing clasps
Look for nursing clasps that can be undone with one hand to allow for quick breastfeeding access. This will allow your other hand to securely hold and position your baby, because when you have a hungry crying baby, you want to be as fast as possible.
5) Pumping sling
It’s absolutely true that you may not plan on pumping right away, or at all, but you will only know this for sure when you start your postpartum journey (hello engorgement and latch problems!). It’s better to be prepared. Buying a bra that has a pumping option built in will make things a lot easier and it means that you will get more wear out of your bra which can save you money in the long run. Opt for a secure, hands-free pumping sling so you don’t have to hold the pump flange in place, then you can get on with other tasks like reading or taking care of your baby.
Most importantly, you want to make sure you’re buying a ‘maternity’ bra that empowers you and makes you feel beautiful.
Infiniti Bra is a high-quality nursing and pumping bra that will fit and support you during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Whether your main focus is on comfort, look or adaptability, Infiniti Bra will suit your needs every single day.