The transition from your before baby body until after you finish breastfeeding your baby is major. Not only that, but my doctor told me after I weaned my last child that it could take up to 18 months before my body and hormones regulated. That is a long time!
For me, one area where I struggled after weaning was finding the right bra for my new body. I had my babies back to back. I was either pregnant or nursing for over four straight years. By the time my daughter was weaned, none of my pre-baby bras worked.
As a matter of fact, even the type of bra I wore before I had children didn’t make sense for my new stay-at-home mom lifestyle. Thankfully, a friend recommended a bra fitting service and reminded me to be patient. The process was not easy, but I learned a few things along the way.
Be Patient with Your Body
After weaning, your body will continue to transition. First, you may experience pain and discomfort while weaning. You do not want to buy new bras during this time. Wait for at least one month after weaning to shop for your new bras.
Also, only buy a few bras to start. I recommend one sports bra, one everyday bra and one fancy bra for special events or date nights. As the year goes on, slowly add to your bra wardrobe. Take time to see what you like and don’t like. Also, give your body time to have its new normal shape and size.
Best Bra While Weaning Your Baby
The Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra is my recommendation for weaning. Weaning is painful for many women. For me, it took around a month for my breasts to stop hurting and my milk supply to dry up after I weaned my last child. During this process I did not want to wear a normal bra.
I wanted comfort. For the weaning process, I recommend the same bra that I recommend for the start of breastfeeding. However, you will need a smaller size than what you wore when your milk first came in.
The Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra is a wonderful option for weaning. It is reasonably priced since you should not need it after this first month. Spend the money and then pass it on to an expecting mom.
Nizo Wear bras feature a patented pocket designed to hold a cool or hot pack. These are amazing to help to reduce the pain of weaning. They also work great for new breastfeeding moms.
Best Sports Bra Post Weaning
Getting back into shape was important for me after weaning my child. While I worked out some during the first few years as a new mom, I really didn’t get back into serious exercise until I weaned my baby. A supportive sports bra is important whether you run marathons or do a weekly Zumba class. However, we all know not all bras work for every body type. Here are my top sports bra picks based on cup size.
Under Armour Women’s Armour Mid Sports Bra for Cups A and B
The Under Armour Women’s Armour Mid Sports Bra works well for smaller cup sizes. This sports bra is a pullover bra. It is simply designed and fits nicely to hold your recovering breasts in place while you get back into shape. I like the variety of colors available and the moderate price.
FITTIN Racerback Sports Bra for Cups C and D
The FITTIN Racerback Sports Bra is a great option for the midsize woman. This bra is well made and offers amazing support. When you are in those delicate months after weaning you want a bra that is both supportive and comfortable for exercise.
The Climacool material helps to release heat and moisture to keep you dry and cool. This bra also comes with removable pads if you want extra coverage.
Glamorise Women’s Full Figure No-Bounce Sports Bra for Cups D and Up
For my full-figured friends, the Glamorise Women’s Full Figure No-Bounce Sports Bra will keep everything in place while you workout. This is a great, budget-friendly option as your body transitions after weaning.
The Glamorise sports bra has an eye and hook closure so that you don’t have to try and pull it down over you head. The moisture wicking material is a great feature to keep you dry while you exercise. Overall, this is a great option for bigger busted women.
Best Everyday Bra Post Weaning
The majority of your time will be spent on the everyday tasks of life and parenting. A well-fitting, comfortable and quality bra is important. For me, I wanted a bra that I could wear with t-shirts while I chased my toddler and preschooler across the park. Also, I needed it to be easily washable because kids are messy!
Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra for A and B Cups
I love the Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra. This bra works great for everyday wear. It is smooth and hides well no matter what you are wearing. Seriously, you can run to the store in your pajamas, but as long as you put on this bra everything will be covered and comfortable.
Wacoal Women’s La Femme Contour Bra for C and D Cups
The Wacoal Women’s La Femme Contour Bra is a great option for C and D cup women. Wacoal makes quality bras that are designed for everyday wear. The La Femme provides seamless coverage to offer a smooth silhouette. This bra also has a solid back band to provide support without being bulky.
Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wire-Free Bra for Cups D and Up
The Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wire-Free Bra receives great reviews from big busted women. I love that Playtex offers an affordable yet comfortable option for full-figured women. Especially when you have larger breasts, you want to hold everything in place while you chase your children.
The Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wire-Free Bra has a breathable liner and supportive back strap. I also love that this Playtex bra is available in a variety of colors to add fun to your bra wardrobe.
Best Fancy Bra Post Weaning
I don’t know about you, but while I nursed my babies, I did not want anyone else near my chest. After I weaned my last child, I wanted to feel sexy again. Add at least one fun and flirty bra to your collection after breastfeeding.
Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Uplift Bra for Cups A and B
For smaller chested women, Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Uplift Bra offers a fun and sexy option for date night. This lace bra comes in a variety of colors and includes underwire. The Dream Angles Wicked bra has a sling design to add lift without bulky padding.
Natori Women’s Feathers Contour Plunge Bra for Cups C and D
The Natori Women’s Feathers Contour Plunge Bra offers the support C and D cups need while still offering a sexy plunge. This bra features semi-sheer lace to help feel confident for your date night. The plunge is designed to give the supported needed for great cleavage.
Chantelle Women’s Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra for Cups D and Up
My big breasted friends want to look sexy too. The Chantelle Women’s Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra provides the support you need with a fun lacy design. The back band and shoulder straps allow for comfortable support. The bra is designed with side support panels to help keep everything centered and give a nice slimming effect.
Post Breastfeeding Bra Tips
When shopping for bras after breastfeeding remember to be patient. I recommend waiting at least one month after weaning to shop. Also, take the time to have a professional bra fitting. This will help take the stress and frustration out of the bra shopping process.
Your body has changed, and it is okay to need help to figure out your new size and shape. Nordstrom offers free and fabulous bra fittings. I highly recommend this service.
Also, start with only three bras to see what you like and what feels good. You do not want to spend a ton of money on an entire bra wardrobe only to be disappointed in the end. It may take trying a few different products to see what works best for the different activities in your life.