New mums need all the support they can get — especially in the chest area. Your trusty regular bra is not going to feel as comfortable during pregnancy or post-delivery. Instead, switch it out for a nursing bra in Singapore that’s not only comfortable for your breasts but also convenient for breastfeeding and pumping.
Tips on choosing the best nursing bra in Singapore
1. To buy or not to buy
If you’re wondering whether you need a new bra during pregnancy, the answer is most likely yes. When you’re pregnant, your body experiences hormonal shifts that not only affect your weight but also your breasts. While you can rely on maternity bras in the first trimester, you’ll eventually have to switch to nursing bras that have clasps or panels for easy access during breastfeeding or breast pumping.
2. When to buy your nursing bras
Buying nursing bras too early into your pregnancy will probably mean that you won’t get to wear them when your baby arrives. This is because your breasts will most likely increase by two to three cup sizes and outgrow any nursing bras you bought early into the term.
Instead, start shopping for your nursing bra in Singapore at around eight months of pregnancy. Your breast size would be closer to what it would be post-delivery, after your body has learnt to regulate its milk supply.
3. Determining the right bra size
Avoid sizing up your nursing bra as the extra room in the cup will not provide your breasts with much support. Instead, look for a nursing bra in Singapore that’s made of stretchy fabric to keep your breasts in shape regardless of their size.
Additionally, at eight months of pregnancy, your nursing bra should fit comfortably at the loosest hook and eye. This allows you to tighten the band when your rib cage contracts after delivery.
4. It should match your lifestyle
From front clasps to side buttons, there are many types of nursing bras in Singapore for you to choose from. Each type of nursing bra has its own pros and cons, so evaluate your lifestyle to determine the one that’s most ideal for you.
Consider your dressing style, activity levels as well as your daily schedule when buying a nursing bra in Singapore. New mums who want to breastfeed on-the-go will prefer nursing bras that provide easy access, such as one with a buckle on the strap. Meanwhile, busy mums may prefer hands-free nursing bras to easily pump while attending to other tasks. Explore your options and find one that best suits you!
Best nursing bras in Singapore
1. Nursing bras with strap buckles
Nursing bras with strap buckles are widely popular among breastfeeding mums in Singapore. They’re comfortable and convenient as the buckle allows you to lower the cup for breastfeeding.
However, choosing the right size for your nursing bra is very important. A bra that’s too tight may cause the buckle to press against your skin, resulting in discomfort. Also, as the cups cannot be lowered entirely, the lower part of your chest may still be constrained. This can cause a delay in milk flow during breastfeeding.
- Mesh nursing bra with buckles
The Mesh Nursing Bra With Buckles (available on felicelife) is one of the best nursing bras in terms of comfort and support. Its mesh design at the base of the bra allows for better breathability, perfect for our tropical weather.
Furthermore, the sports bra design provides additional support and prevents the breasts from sagging all without the need for stiff underwires. Breastfeeding is also a breeze with this nursing bra in Singapore thanks to its buckle feature. For mums who prefer not to wear nursing pads and don’t mind some leakage, this nursing bra is a good choice as the milk stains can easily be wiped away from the spandex-nylon blend fabric.
- Nursing bra with front support
If you prefer having better support while breastfeeding, the Nursing Bra With Front Support (available on goahead) is one of the best nursing bras in Singapore for you. The front hook of the cups can be unbuckled without altering the rest of the bra. In combination with the four hooks at the back, you can be sure that your breasts are well supported even while nursing your baby.
2. Vest-like nursing bras
Mums who prefer to breastfeed at home will love vest-like nursing bras in Singapore. These nursing bras can be fully unbuckled at the front, allowing your child to latch on to your breasts easily. Additionally, vest-like nursing bras will not obstruct your milk flow as they don’t constrain your chest as much.
Despite many advantages, vest-like nursing bras are not the best choice for mums who breastfeed in public as they can completely expose the breasts when unclasped. However, you can counter this by using a nursing cover for more privacy.
- Demi cup front clasp nursing bra
Full cup or demi cup bras are perfect for giving your breasts the lift they need. The Seamless Demi Cup Front Clasp Nursing Bra (available on Lady Beauty Shop) features special contour cups to shape your breasts comfortably. Moreover, this nursing bra in Singapore is made of breathable and highly absorbent material that keeps you cool throughout the day! The front buckles can be unclasped single-handedly so you can soothe your little one while preparing to breastfeed.
- Lace two-way nursing bra
We understand that many new mums may not feel beautiful after giving birth due to pregnancy weight gain and other body changes. Regain your confidence with some sexy lingerie, like this stunning Lace Two-Way Nursing Bra (available on Fashion Women Clothes) which comes in a wide variety of beautiful shades!
This nursing bra in Singapore complements your beautiful curves and is extra convenient with its two-way opening. Choose to unbuckle by the strap when you’re breastfeeding in public or unclasp from the front when you’re nursing in the comfort of your own home.
3. Overnight nursing bras
Wearing a nursing bra in Singapore to sleep is completely optional. It depends on the size of your breasts and how much milk you’re leaking. Those who are well endowed may need support from an overnight nursing bra. Meanwhile, new mums with a smaller chest can wear a nursing bra to sleep just for the first month after your baby is born. This is the period where your breasts feel tender as your body is adjusting to the milk production.
It’s common for breastmilk to leak while you sleep. As such, if you notice frequent leakage during bedtime, it’s advisable that you wear a nursing bra and nursing pads to sleep.
- Front wrap cotton overnight nursing bra
Overnight nursing bras don’t have to be used only during bedtime. The Front Wrap Cotton Overnight Nursing Bra (available on txtx02.sg) is a multipurpose nursing bra in Singapore that can be worn to sleep, breastfeed and even as a regular maternity bra. It provides sufficient support for your breasts and can be tugged easily to nurse your baby. Think overnight nursing bras are suffocating and uncomfortable to sleep in? Think again! This nursing bra is made of cotton, which is one of the softest and most breathable materials around.
- Keyhole overnight nursing bra
New mums with bigger busts will adore the Keyhole Overnight Nursing Bra (available on glamlife2018). Thanks to its interlace design, this overnight nursing bra in Singapore provides firm breast support while also holding your nursing pads in place.
Post-delivery, your breasts may feel extremely painful due to engorgement. This soreness can spread to your arms and make it hard for you to buckle your nursing bras from the back. The Keyhole Overnight Nursing Bra’s slip-on design makes it easy for you to wear it without added discomfort. Most importantly, you won’t feel any hooks and eyes pressing against your back while you sleep.
3. Hands-free nursing bras
Breast pumping can seem time-consuming for new mothers as you may need to halt all activities and hold onto the breast pumps for a long time.
Hands-free nursing bras are a godsend for breastfeeding mothers as they have a small slit in the cups for you to attach the pump to your breasts. The bra wraps securely around the flange of your pump to hold it in place. We suggest using battery-powered breast pumps, like the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pumps (available on Medela Singapore Official Store), with your hands-free nursing bras so you can go about doing other tasks!
- Cross back hands-free nursing bra with zipper
Sit back and relax while you pump with the Cross Back Hands-free Nursing Bra With Zipper (available on smilebaby888.sg)! Simply align your breast pumps to the slits on the nursing bra and attach the flange to your breasts. Designed to maintain a tight seal around the pumps while protecting your modesty, this is undoubtedly one of the best nursing bras for new mums! When it’s time to breastfeed, simply unzip the bra from the front for easy access.
- Hands-free nursing bra camisole
Designed with breastfeeding mums in mind, the Hands-free Nursing Bra Camisole (available on babyme) allows you to attach the pumps through the fabric to pump on-the-go. It’s compatible with all electric and manual breast pumps and is designed with absolutely no underwire for extra comfort.
The camisole can be worn as a top itself or as an undershirt. We wouldn’t mind living in this versatile and soft nursing camisole thanks to its breathable cotton material. Remember to adjust the shoulder straps to find the best fit for you and your pumps.
We hope this guide has provided you with all the information you need to choose the best nursing bras in Singapore! While you’re here, also check out our tips on selecting the best baby carriers and best baby bottle sterilisers for your little one!
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