Breastfeeding and Nursing Bra FAQs
Q: How many nursing bras do I need?
Life is a bit hectic when a baby makes an appearance. Nursing bras need to be washed very frequently due to leaking milk, and hung to dry due to their delicate nature. Therefore, we recommend you purchase 3 nursing bras (one in the wash, one in the drawer, and one to wear) to ensure you always have a clean one on hand.
Q: How do I care for my nursing bra?
For best results we recommend all of our nursing bras be either hand washed or placed in a garment bag in the washing machine. If you use a washing machine, wash on a gentle cycle and in cool water with regular detergent only. No bleach – no fabric softener. Hang or lay flat to dry.
Q: What if I experience pain while nursing?
Visit our breastfeeding FAQs page for more information about the most common breastfeeding issues.
Q: How do I determine my Nursing Bra Size?
Watch the Nizo Measure Video for more help taking your measurements or follow the illustrated instructions below the video.
Instructions to Find your Perfect Fit
First let’s take some measurements. Measure yourself with your (un-padded) bra on. Stand straight, relaxed, with your arms down. If you can, measure yourself in front of a mirror, so you can make sure the measuring tape isn’t twisted and that it’s parallel to the floor all the way around. Now, follow the instructions below to take 2 measurements: Band Size and Cup Size. Refer to the Nizo Measure video for more help.
To find your band size: Measure straight across the back, just below your breasts parallel to the floor. The measuring tape must be in a straight line or else it will add inches. After you get the right figure, round that number up to the nearest even number because band sizes are only made for even numbers. For example, if you measure 33 inches round up to a 34 and that becomes your band size.
While wearing a good fitting, well supportive, non-padded bra adjust the straps on your bra so that your breasts are at the desired height (this should be half way between your shoulder and your elbow). Then measure across the back and over the top of fullest part of your breasts (usually across the nipple line). If the resulting figure is a fraction, then you will round up to the nearest whole number. For instance for 30 and ½ inches you would round up to 31. If the figure were 27 and ½ you would round up to an even 28.
Take the original band measurement (before you rounded up) and subtract it from the second figure. The difference between these sizes in inches determines the cup size. ½ – 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, 4=D, 5=E, 6=F... For example, if your band measurement is 33 and your bust/cup measurement is 38 your bra size would be 34DD/E (33+1 to get an even number for the band & 38-33=5, which is a DD/E cup) If 34DD/E is not a perfect fit, you could try 36D (if you go up a band size, go down a cup size)