Wear a non-padded bra that reflects your true shape
You’ll need to determine 2 things: your rib band and your cup size. Only 2 measurements!
Band Size Measurement (A)+
Place the measuring tape around your back and under your breasts. Check in the mirror to ensure the measuring tape is parallel to the floor along your back as well as under your breasts. The tape should be snug around your body and make sure that you don’t have any fingers underneath the tape. Refer to the chart below to find your band size measurement based on your country.
Cup Size Measurement (B)+
Measure around the fullest part of your breasts, over your nipple area. This is a looser measurement than the band size measurement. Hold the end of the measuring tape at the side of your breast. While holding both ends of the tape with one hand, use your free hand to press the measuring tape in between your breasts to your chest. This will provide a more accurate cup size measurement.
Subtract the band size measurement from the cup size measurement. Use this number to locate your cup size below.
Band Size Measurement (A)
FR / ES Size
63 - 67
68 - 72
73 - 77
78 - 82
83 - 87
88 - 92
93 - 97
98 - 102
103 - 107
Cup Size Measurement (B)
DifferenceB - A (cm)
FR / ES Size
12 - 14
14 - 16
16 - 18
18 - 20
20 - 22
22 - 24
24 - 26
26 - 28
28 - 30
30 - 32
32 - 34
The Right Bra
Buying any bra can be challenging, but buying a maternity and nursing bra given all of the changes that come with pregnancy and breastfeeding, can seem downright confusing. That’s why Bravado Designs is here to help.
Wondering how many bras you need?
Most moms like at least three to start their nursing wardrobe: one to wear, one to have and one to wash. Check out our styles to find the perfect combo for the stage that you’re in.
PREGNANCY & AFTER: Your Changing Body
First Trimester +
When you’re in the newly pregnant stage, your breasts are often tender and subtly—or dramatically—fuller, and probably the only part of you that actually looks pregnant. Hellooo, hormones. Every woman's body changes at a different rate. If your current bras aren’t comfortable anymore, consider a stretchier bra that will grow with you throughout your pregnancy.
Second Trimester +
In your second trimester, your breasts continue to grow (thanks to increased blood flow and expanding milk glands), and you’ll most likely be craving more support than your regular bras can offer. Consider our Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra that offers stretch and support to make your days that much more comfortable. This bra is guaranteed to become your favourite and take you right through your nursing journey.
Third Trimester +
Because your rib cage has expanded to accommodate your baby, your rib band could be one size larger than it will be after you deliver. Your cup size has increased one-to-two sizes from pre-pregnancy, and could go up one more size (really!) in the first days after your baby is born. Bottom line: buy nursing bras where the band fits comfortably on the loosest setting, so you can tighten it after your baby is born, and with stretchy cups that can handle the changes in breast size.
Initiating Breastfeeding +
Your changing body has one big finale: your milk comes in during the first few days after giving birth. This can be when your breasts are at their largest, usually one cup size up from your third trimester. Other changes include a higher body temperature and tender nipples, so for breathability and comfort, opt for cotton bras with flexible cups. Most moms feel more comfortable sleeping with a bra at this stage so be prepared with a comfortable and well-fitting bra for sleep and every day. Bravado Designs bras offer key features that are so important during these early days and throughout your breastfeeding journey, including full drop-away cups so that the baby has skin-to-skin contact and access to the breast, plus, an easy, one-handed clip.
Your New Routine +
After you and your baby get used to breastfeeding, your breasts will adjust too, going down one cup size from when you were nursing a newborn. You will likely tighten your bra band as your rib cage decreases in size. After breastfeeding has been established, around 6-8 weeks, you can choose whatever bra you prefer, including a professionally fitted underwire nursing bra. Remember that your bra should not be uncomfortable or tight—constriction can lead to plugged milk ducts and breast infections.
We support breastfeeding moms by offering a carefully curated collection of comfortable and stylish nursing bras
in a wide range of colours and sizes. Our maternity and nursing intimate apparel is designed in conjunction with
hundreds of moms, ranging in body type and breast size, who help us perfect our designs based on real-life
around-the-clock use. Comfort never looked so good!
We also support new moms in their pregnancy and breastfeeding journey by working with experts and other moms to
offer real-life advice on breastfeeding, nutrition, fitness, health and emotional well-being.