5 Things to Look for in a Nursing Bra

Expert tips to make sure you get the best fit.

5 Things to Look for in a Nursing Bra

*We’ve partnered with Journelle to help ease your nursing journey.

When it comes to breastfeeding your baby, the right nursing bra can make a huge difference. Every pair of nursing breasts are different -- and sometimes even different day to day! -- so a little research into your own needs, preferences and size can go a long way. Think of your nursing bra as a piece of baby gear -- you  wouldn’t just google “stroller” and buy the first one that comes up, right?

To help you find the perfect nursing bra for your perfect nursing breasts, we asked for some advice from the lingerie experts at Journelle, which just started carrying maternity intimates from our favorite designer brands, including the best bras for pregnancy, nursing and pumping. Here are 5 things you should consider when shopping for a nursing bra.

Well Rounded readers get 25% off at Journelle stores and with code MAMALOVE through Dec. 25!*

1. Wait until baby’s here. While it’s tempting to get a head start on nursing bra shopping during pregnancy, your breasts will be at their largest a few days after giving birth, once your milk comes in. Think of your nursing bra as your own little gift to yourself at a time when baby seems to be getting all the goodies!

2. Buy at least 3 nursing bras. "One to wear, one to spare and one to wash," should be your motto, says Ashley, a fit expert at Journelle. For sleeping, a nursing style without wire would be best. But no need to shy away from underwire for the daytime; there is no evidence it decreases milk production. Ashley suggests bypassing a nursing sports bra, at least until you’ve established your milk supply, since compression can inhibit milk production.

3. Consider form, fit...and fashion. The most important nursing bra size factors to consider are band support and cup encapsulation. Make sure to measure yourself directly under your breasts postpartum, since your ribcage may have expanded during pregnancy. Journelle also recommends a cotton lining for all your nursing bras. Finally, choose something you love looking at! Journelle believes (and we agree) that wearing beautiful and quality lingerie is actually considered “self care” -- and we bet you could use some of that, right about now.

4. Don’t label yourself “too big” or “too small” for a certain style. Journelle’s experts emphasize that any style can work on any size breasts. “It's really a personal choice and what you feel most comfortable in,” says Ashley. If you love a T-shirt bra, try the Natori Hidden Glamour nursing bra. If you’re a bralette kind of girl, the Cosabella NeverSayNever is a nursing bralette that looks and feels like the brand’s regular bralette. And if you need a nursing and pumping bra, the Dairy Fairy Ayla can do all your heavy lifting.

5. Support means everything. And that’s not just for your boobs! An in-person bra consultation with a Journelle expert can help you quickly figure out the best fit for your nursing breast. And while it may sound daunting with a new baby, Journelle makes it easy with their beautiful fitting rooms (perfect for nursing on the go!), amazing selection and caring, respectful and knowledgeable staff. Which will save you hours of online shopping and returning.   

Shop our favorite Journelle nursing bras:

Cosabella Never Say Mommie Nursing Bra, $80

nature nursing bra

Natori Hidden Glamour Nursing Bra, $70

Dairy Fairy Ayla Nursing & Pumping Bra, $54

*Note: MAMALOVE code is for 1x use only. Expires 12/25/2018.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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