Finding the right nursing bra can feel like pants shopping when you’re yo-yo dieting: Your body—in this case, your breasts—are fluctuating so damn much that a style that offers support and comfort one day can leave your boobs feeling saggy the next.
But, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, finding a well-made nursing bra is critical, especially when you’re faced with breasts that are not only enlarged but often sore as well. As the AAP explains, a nursing bra should never be tight or constricting—if it is, you could be more prone to clogged ducts. You also want one with a clasp you can easily detach with one hand, not just for moments when you’re trying to discreetly nurse in public, but for those times when you’re using the other hand to position a wiggly, hangry baby.
“I quickly learned that the best nursing bra was one that made it possible for the baby to have easy access my boobs—and fast,” says one new mom. “Also, you may want to bring more than one size to the hospital so you have options as your milk starts to come in.”
Lactation consultant Melissa Kotlen adds: “Comfort is key when looking for the ideal nursing bra. Your breasts are in such an uncomfortable place at this stage and you need a bra that will support you.” Kotlen also recommends checking out a breastfeeding specialty store (just do a Yelp search in your area) in order to get fitted and find your proper size.