Breastfeeding brings many challenges, but finding the perfect nursing and pumping bra shouldn't be one of them! Regardless of your size or shape, you deserve to have the best hands-free pumping and nursing bras available. With so much on your plate in this season of life, Mama, we understand the struggle! Davin & Adley's founder, Amanda, is no stranger to this experience. As a busty mom with a DD cup size prior to pregnancy, she was surprised by how much her cup size increased with each pregnancy. This is one of the reasons she created Davin & Adley, so that other mamas didn't have the struggle she did!

If you have a fuller cup, traditional nursing bra brands just won't cut it. They can be too tight, compressive, uncomfortable, and lacking in support, especially for larger sizes. If you're larger than a standard XL it's important to seek out brands that specialize in busty size nursing and pumping bras. These brands use fabrics tailored to these sizes, ensuring they accommodate breast tissue growth and expansion.

Here are our five tips for discovering the best pumping and nursing bras for plus-size moms:

1: Measure! The perfect bra needs the perfect fit

The first step to finding the perfect plus-size pumping & nursing bra is to ensure your measurements are accurate. Just like with any bra, sizes can vary between brands, each with its own unique size range. Therefore, having precise measurements is crucial to finding the best fit. Begin by measuring your band size, which is the measurement where your bra band typically sits, right under your breasts. Then, measure your bust at its fullest point, which is usually at the center of your chest. Keep in mind that your breast size can change during pregnancy and postpartum, so it's a good idea to re-measure regularly. If you're still expecting, remember that 75% of moms say that they grew an additional cup size (or two) when their milk came in, so don't pull the measuring tape too tightly! Once you've determined your size, you can begin your search for a brand that specifically caters to the plus-size nursing bra you're seeking.

woman using a breast pump

2: Look for Adjustable Bras

A good nursing bra or cami should be capable of adapting to your changing body from pregnancy through postpartum and meeting your breastfeeding needs. Opt for bras with adjustable straps that won't dig into your shoulders. Comfort is key during the fourth trimester, and your nursing bra should be no exception, especially as your body changes throughout your breastfeeding journey. If your rib cage has expanded, consider looking for adjustable bra bands, like the Busty Ella Bralette, Riley Bralette, or an easy-fitting pumping cami like the Amelia Pumping & Nursing Crop Cami, which comfortably stretches to accommodate a variety of sizes.

Davin & Adley offers both standard and busty sizes in a number of styles, the band is the same size on both but the busty sizes fit larger cups than the standard size. This is great for moms looking for a narrow band but who need a fuller cup for the chest.

woman modeling a Davin & Adley Ella bralette

3: Finding Comfortable and Supportive Bras

Comfort and support are paramount when choosing a pumping bra. You deserve one so comfortable that you never want to take it off! That's why plus-size pumping bras like the Davin & Adley Amelia Camis and Amelia Tanks are crafted from buttery-soft materials that gently hug your curves without digging into your skin. Additionally, the built-in support and overlapping flange slits provide the necessary stability for a successful pumping session and offer nipple coverage immediately afterward!

Wearing bras that are too tight while breastfeeding can lead to a variety of issues. Not only is your body adjusting to having your baby outside the womb, but your milk supply is also regulating. Tight bras can cause problems such as clogged milk ducts, mastitis, and general discomfort. Wearing a bra that's too small can also affect milk supply. The last thing you need is an ill-fitting bra making an already challenging time even harder. A helpful tip is to shop where you see models that resemble your size. This eliminates the guesswork of how the bra will look on you if the brand photographs on busty and plus-size models. It's a bonus if they also use real moms!

Three women. Ine is holding a baby. Another is using a breast pump. The third mom is holding a toddler. They are all wearing Davin & Adley bras.

4: Nursing Bras for Easy Access

Convenience is key when it comes to breastfeeding, especially when you're on the go or not in the comfort of your own home. Look for nursing & pumping bras with easy-to-use access. Fumbling with changing your clothes and using a bra with zippers and hooks will only slow down the process and likely add stress to your day. The brand new Davin & Adley Amelia Bralette features discreet openings for hassle-free pumping and pull-down access for nursing or wearable pumps. The best part? You can wear it all day under your clothing and simply lift it up when it's time to nurse or pump! These bras enable you to multitask and pump hands-free, whether you're working, reading, snuggling with your little ones, or simply relaxing.

Amelia Pumping & Nursing Bralette (Lounge & Active) BRA DAVIN&ADLEY

5: Nursing & Pumping Bras for Every Breastfeeding Journey

When shopping for a nursing & pumping bra, it's important to consider your unique breastfeeding routine and needs, which may differ from other moms. Are you exclusively nursing? Do you require a hands-free pumping bra? Some plus-size nursing bras, such as the Amelia collection, offer versatility, allowing you to feed your baby how it works for you. Whether you're nursing, using flanges, wearables, manual pumps, or practicing combo feeding, the Amelia Cami serves as the ultimate all-in-one pumping and nursing bra. What's more, it's incredibly size-inclusive, available in sizes small through 4X!

Shopping for a plus-size pumping bra doesn't have to be daunting. Remember to measure accurately, prioritize comfort and support, seek versatility, and consider your specific pumping needs. Don't forget to explore the Davin & Adley collection. Designed with every mom in mind, they offer comfort, support, and convenience for all your feeding sessions. With the right bra, you can confidently navigate your breastfeeding and pumping journey, no matter where it takes you.

May 27, 2024