As a girl with generally bigger boobs than average… I was a 32E/F before falling pregnant. I have struggled each and every time I’ve had a baby to find proper fitting maternity/nursing bras. I figured I can’t be the only one to have this problem so I thought I’d write a post on what brands / styles I’ve managed to find successful.
Very early on in this pregnancy I soon found my normal underwired bras becoming increasingly uncomfortable to wear all day. I couldn’t wait to get home and take them off (even more than normal). This meant I needed to try and find an alternative non wired option suitable for me growing and then feeding.
For a while I was getting on with a couple of cheap lace style bras I grabbed in Peacocks for £5 each. They weren’t nursing bras but in the early stages I found them so comfortable around my bump. They definitely aren’t great for support but I honestly felt like I wanted to not be wearing a bra at all in those early stages – especially with super sensitive nipples so these worked perfectly for me. The particular style I had I can’t see online anymore however I’ve found one similar for just £4 – here. What a bargain! This is a photo of me in mine at 24 weeks pregnant.
I stumbled across this company on Instagram and straight away just from looking at their images was curious to try out some of their products. If you’ve got big boobs you will know from experience that 9 times out of 10 you can tell if you’re going to fit into a product by just looking at it. So I was excited to try these out as they looked very promising! I was lucky enough to choose three of their products to do an honest review – so these are the three I chose.
This bra is honestly one of the most comfortable bras I’ve ever worn. It’s so soft and stretchy yet really supportive. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was going to be my favourite.
After looking at the size chart I went for the size L/XL purely for the larger cup size. I’m between a size 10/12 at the minute in maternity clothes and probably around a 34/36 back size (bra) due to my bump and it doesn’t feel too loose. Yet there is definitely room to stretch to a bigger back size due to the fabric. The straps are really pretty too! There’s a little heart detail on them which makes them look super cute. As well as an animal print design on the hooks at the back which makes it stand out and look a little different to your bog standard boring nursing bra. The other part I loved about this bra is the option to hook the straps together at the back into a racer style. Perfect if you’re wearing something and want to hide the straps or if you’re needing some extra support. I wore this bra for 3/4 days and felt absolutely supported the whole time. I’m really pleased with how this fits and I’m looking forward to wearing it to feed in too.
Okay.. So fast forward a few months and I now have a 10 week old baby girl, Milani which has given me a chance to do a full review of it now I’m feeding. This bra is hands down the most comfortable out of all the nursing bras I own. I hate it going in the wash as I know I can’t wear it! The only downfall I would say about it is, if you’re wearing a tight fitting top you can see your breast pads through it because it has no padding at all. But for any other clothing it’s simply marvellous!
Here’s the link to this bra.
Next up is the Serenity wireless, sleep and nursing bra. This is also super comfy and was great for those newborn days when you just stay in your dressing gown. It has no clips so you just pull your boob out and away you go. No faffing! Makes night feeding a doddle, I hardly have to wake u
It crosses over at the back too for some extra support. I got an L/XL in this but I think I could have sized down to get the cup sizes and straps a little smaller for that extra support. This isn’t designed for an every day going out of the house bra. But for lazy days and night time it’s perfect with no hook and eye clips digging in. A super easy bra to wear. I would definitely buy another in a smaller size!
Here’s the link to this bra.
A soft plunged underwire nursing bra with a layer of mesh over the top makes it look so much more attractive than a standard nursing bra. I’ve seen others wear this as a bikini top and you totally could!! I wore it in the garden and it made feeding super simple outside.
This for me out of the three Charley Maternity bras was the most supportive but unfortunately the size I ordered just didn’t quite fit me right, I needed a bigger cup! I ordered the 36DD which was the biggest cup in that back size. (I ordered the bigger back size hoping the bigger cups would fit but unfortunately they still weren’t big enough for my milky melons 😂) So probably wouldn’t fit if you’re around an E/F cup like me but I’m certain a DD would be fine! I found the moulded cups underneath just weren’t big enough to keep my nipples / areolas from escaping! 😝 If you have smaller boobs… Up to a DD cup- I’d say this would be amazing. It fits and feels like a normal T-shirt bra with the function of a nursing bra!
Here’s the link to it.
Marks & Spencer’s
I don’t think you can beat a good old fashioned Marks & Sparks bra! I bought 2 packs from here when I was pregnant and was really pleased with both. The first was these pretty lace bras which came in a pack of 2 for £30 in black and white. Sizes go from a B up to a G cup!
The second I put them on in the fitting room it was like a sigh of relief because I suddenly felt SO supported! These have washed perfectly and everything on them feels good quality just as I would expect from M&S. There isn’t much stretch in the fabric so they keep your boobs in place, which I like!
The black is also a bit more glam with the lace. So I don’t feel as frumpy in this, it looks like a sexy bra rather than an every day bra. This is me in mine when Milani was 2 weeks old.
& Here’s the link to these bras.
Finally, and last but certainly not least is another pack of 2 also from M&S. They were £32.50 & come in either black and white or black and nude.
These are made of a really stretchy material so they come in sizes small up to extra large. I got the size large which fit my now size F cups really well. The back fits nicely too on the tightest hooks. These come with removable padded inserts which I take out when washing. But they’re brilliant as they stop your nursing pads / nipples showing through your clothes. These are perfect for me and have been worn and worn. I like to wear these at night too as they’re really soft material and very comfy to sleep in. M&S did really well in my opinion as they are one of the only High street chains to sell affordable, reasonably priced nursing bras for DD+. Well done M&S!
This is the link to these bras.
If you’ve got this far then thanks for reading. I hope this helps and good luck! I’d really love it if you could kindly subscribe & please share this blog with any expectant Mum to be’s you may know.
& Finally, let me know in the comments any other bras you’d recommend for bigger busted ladies!❤️