Maternity And Nursing Advice


Whether you’re expecting the pitter patter of tiny feet or you’ve just welcomed a new bundle of joy, finding a perfectly fitting maternity or nursing bra may not be at the top of your to-do list. However, ensuring you’re wearing the right sized bra is really important, especially when your body is changing and adapting. So to help make things a little bit easier, we put some of the most frequently asked questions to our in-house Garment Technologist, Victoria Shelton, who shares her expert advice. Here’s what Victoria had to say...

How can I tell if I'm wearing the right size bra?

It’s important to understand that a soft bra will fit differently from an underwired bra and will not sit back in the centre. You need to ensure the underband is firm and horizontal around the body. The cups should fully enclose the breasts with no bulging.

"Wearing the right sized bra is really important during pregnancy, especially when your body is changing"

Do I have to wear a wirefree bra when pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you feel more supported wearing an underwired bra when you’re pregnant that’s fine as long as you’ve been fitted recently and are wearing the correct size. If the wires start to rub or dig in then you must be fitted again or try a non wired style. When breast feeding only wear a non wired bra or a flexi wire nursing bra, as your breasts fluctuate a lot once your milk has come in, so you need a bra that can accommodate these changes.

Why does my nursing bra not give me the same shape as my underwired bras?

A nursing bra without wires will give you a very different shape, simply because there are no wires in the bra. This means that the centre of bra will not sit back against your chest and your breasts will not be separated. With a flexi wire style, this will look closer to a normal bra, however as the wires are very soft and flexible so again the centre will not necessarily sit back, but you may find these styles feel more supportive.

Some nursing bras can look frumpy. Can you recommend any prettier styles?

Nursing bras have come a long way and there are plenty of pretty styles to choose from. Heidi Klum Intimates has some lovely bras that go from a C to a G cup and Hotmilk are known for their feminine styles for larger cups.

Are there any nursing bras for larger cup sizes?

We offer nursing bras up to K cup so we should have a style that’s right for you. Two great styles for the larger bust are the Panache Sophie Bra which is very pretty and available up to a J cup, whilst the Royce Charlotte Bra has a modern classic feel to it and goes up to a K cup.

What are maternity sleep bras?

When you are pregnant your breasts go through a lot of changes, growing in size and becoming more sensitive and tender, so a sleep bra may provide you with some comfort and support at night.

When can I go back to my regular bras?

Once you have finished breastfeeding or if you decide not to breastfeed, then it is best to wait a few weeks for your breasts to settle and stop producing milk. You may find going back in to a regular bra can be a shock to the system especially if you haven’t been wearing wires for a long time! Also remember that although your rib cage contracts once you have had your baby, it may not go back down to the exact back size you were before you were pregnant and you may also feel a bit more comfortable in a bigger back size whilst you adjust to wearing a wired bra. It is worth getting re-fitted as your bra size may not be the same as before.

I’m still unsure what bra is right for me. Do you have any other advice?

If you’re still not sure which bra style is best for you, you can talk to our customer services team on 0345 401 2014, email them via help@figleaves.com, or talk to them by using our online live chat. Our expert team are more than happy to help with anything from finding the perfect fit to style advice.


Jessica Flexton


With a love for lingerie, an obsession with the beach and an eye for style, Figleaves Editor, Jessica Flexton, talks everything from the latest trends to new collections and exclusive features.