The first step is to make sure you are getting the size you need. If you have been measured for a nursing bra, did the bra fitter take three measurements or just two? If she did a measurement under the bust, over the bust and the fullest part of the bust you can presume you got a correct size or at least a good size to start your search as brands can differ. If you only got two measurements, those measurements are meant to fit you for brands that don't normally come in F, G and H cup sizes so you may want to try again to get fitted for your size. You can do this at home as well if you follow these nursing bra size instructions.
The next step is to determine which type of bra you need by the stage you are in. If you are still pregnant or less than 6 weeks postpartum a multi-cup nursing bra like the Bravado Original Nursing Bras are the best bet. These bras can fit up to G cup sizes and will allow you to wear them for day or night since they don't have hooks in the back to make your uncomfortable while you sleep. Your breasts change size quite a lot from the last trimester of pregnancy to about 6-8 weeks postpartum when your breast size regulates. In addition, a bra like this that allows you to wear for sleep as well is great for being able to hold nursing pads in place while you sleep. Most moms will leak breast milk for about 4-8 weeks postpartum. The Bravado Original Nursing Bra has recently been re-made and comes in white and black with a lower neckline for a better fit under clothing. Right now, you can get limited edition fun prints like the snowy leopard nursing bra.
After 8 weeks, you should re-measure your breasts and get into a nursing bra size that fits well. Your size may go down again at about 6 months, but you will want at least two bras that will fit for this time frame.
QT Intimates has some quality wire free and underwire nursing bras that will fit the bill. Please remember not to use an under wire nursing bra during pregnancy or prior to eight weeks postpartum or if you have recurring plugged milk ducts, but if you are a G or H cup nursing bra size, many moms feel the need for an underwire especially with the limited sizes available in wire free nursing bras by some manufacturers. These are two that I highly recommend, style 361 Cotton Blend Wire Free Nursing Bra which comes in hard to find sizes 34-44 including 40DDD, 34DD, 36DD and 38DD which are some of the most popular sizes. The DD sizes may be available more readily, but what I really like about this nursing bra is the slightly wider band which prevents rolling and the full sling support which is hard to find.
If you are an G or H cup, and you are past eight weeks postpartum, I recommend the QT Dottie Nursing Bra that offers molded cups that lift and round the bust as well as superior side support without being too high under the armpits. The Dottie Nursing Bras comes in hard to find sizes such as 34G, 34H, 36H, 38G, 38H, 40G and even a 42H nursing bra.
Whichever bra you choose, make sure to lift the entire bust into the cups, and then adjust the straps to get the most support out of your nursing bra. You can also extend the life of your bra by washing on a delicate cycle and then hanging to dry.
Here's to an uplifting experience!