Nursing Bras & Intimate Apparel
In regards to buying nursing bras, they recommend you do not purchase them until a month prior to your due date. Your size in your last month is closest to your bra size after delivering. I actually went and purchased nursing bras from Pea in the Pod. Their clothes are great, but they were more expensive than I was willing to spend for maternity clothes that you will only wear for a couple of months. However, I do highly recommend using Pea in the Pod for good nursing bras and pajamas. I purchased my bras two days before I delivered; I delivered two days prior to his actual due date. Perfect timing!
You probably will want to buy at least three nursing bras (daily use bras), two night time bras, two tank tops and one or two pairs of pjs.
These are the two bras I found to be most comfortable:
This camisole I found most comfortable for nursing and I purchased three of them, so I had plenty.
It is also important to purchase sleep-time nursing bras. I purchased two Medela sleeping bras, which I do not recommend. They are flimsy and I felt did not really support my ever expanding breasts at night. I wore them until I got hand-me-down sleeping bras from Motherhood Maternity. I loved them. They are significantly more comfortable, sturdier and cheaper than Medela (approximately $15 cheaper).
Prior to giving birth, you might need to invest in intimate wear that is different from what you normally buy. For the first time in nearly 15 years, I had to purchase regular brief cut underwear. I am a thong-wearer through and through; I wore them throughout my entire pregnancy. But after giving birth (for at least 4 to 6 weeks post-partum) you are unable to wear thongs, so purchasing the right apparel is important.
I would not purchase any silk underwear; purchase cotton or microfiber. I purchased mine online at www.hanes.com. They have great deals and I purchased about 12 pairs.
For the first week after giving birth, I would recommend buying Medela® New Mother Disposable Panties. These panties are ideal for those initial days right after giving birth. They are made from an easy-stretch knit that allow air to circulate while still holding absorbent pads firmly in place. This is the same disposable panty used by hospitals throughout the United States. One-size fits most. They are not glamorous or sexy, but they do the job and do it well.