It’s time for me to get back into running shape. I dread high impact activity because I’m still nursing at 22 months. But that’s no excuse. I’ve been keeping my eye on sports bras for nursing moms like me.
One feature I always look for in sports bras is a back clasp. I stopped using pull-over sports bras a long time ago – when you’re sweaty and the bra is tight, it’s not fun trying to pull those off.
This time, another feature I had to look out for is a bra that is supportive without being too tight. (Pullover bras don’t make the cut in this category.) Moms have mentioned mastitis and clogged milk ducts enough that it’s put the fear of god in me. Or… the fear of clogged ducts and milk blisters. (Men, you have it so easy.) So, while a sports bra needs to be snug and supportive, it can’t be so tight that it causes you breastfeeding problems.
Sports Bras for Breastfeeding Moms
Here are my picks for breastfeeding mamas (or C+ cup/high-impact sports ladies):
I own three of these bras! (Even pre-pregnancy!) The straps are velcro and you can adjust them. Moving Comforted tweeted me months ago and pointed out that you could essentially un-velcro and breastfeed. *lightbulb* Yes, you can but it takes a little practice because you’ve got to weave the strap back into the hole to re-velcro.
I like the Fiona bras because they’re really supportive and don’t chafe. That’s important if you’re a runner! I do wish they were lined a little thicker for the nips. (So be warned – there is no foam insert.)
Note: there is an underwire, and for breastfeeding mamas, that may or may not disqualify it. However it does have molded cups which prevents uniboob. The bra is also cut higher so if you bend over, you’re not going to give a show. Personally I’m not a fan of it being cut so high but it probably helps with support.
This Jubralee may be the best hybrid between the Fiona and the Maia! It’s got molded cups, not an underwire, and a back clasp. This is a contender in my book – Moving Comfort’s a great brand, and the molded cups have sold me. I can also put a nursing pad in there, if I have to.
This Natori bra was recommended by a few moms in an FB group I belong to. It’s got molded cups (anti-uniboob), sccop neck, and a back clasp. You can adjust the straps and make it a criss-cross back if you’d like. It goes all the way up to H-cup!
I haven’t been a fan of Champion bras because they’re too flimsy for me. But it might be time to check them out again. This one got hundreds of good reviews on Amazon. It’s got a mesh panel front which helps with breathability and wicking sweat. The straps are gel-cushioned which is great for someone with a bigger chest to support.
This Glamorise sports bra looks like it could also be a great alternative to the more expensive Moving Comfort bras. The first layer is mesh which is great for breathability. You can adjust that layer for bounce control!
Now this New Balance Shockingly Unshocking bra reminds me of the Fiona bra. It looks like there’s less of a uniboob issue, so this is a potential contender for me. The sides and back have elastic edges for a snug fit. The back straps are placed closer together which may give more support.
What’s your favorite sports bra? Which would you choose?
If you’re a new mom or looking for a supportive sports bra, tell me your favorite sports bra in the comments! The ta tas aren’t going to support themselves! I need your help!
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