Convert a regular bra to a nursing bra

How to convert a regular bra to a nursing bra

Smart tip from a reader!

Leah from Brooklyn, NY says that her local nursing bra store will convert any bra into a nursing bra.  It’s a small local store called Your Top Priority. If you buy the bra there, it’s $5.00; if you bring in from elsewhere its $6.50.

Leah says that she shops at a discount place, gets it half price, and takes it there to get fixed up!

So yes, we are saying that your nursing bras can look like your old favorite bra.

When I went back to work as a nursing mom, after my first baby, there was no way I was going to walk into my office without an underwire bra. G cups just need more help than that. Since underwire is not recommended for nursing moms, it was hard to find an underwire bra that made my daily pumping sessions convenient.

I called Nordstrom to ask if they can help with this task and after talking to the lingerie department and the alterations department, I learned that only if you buy your bra at Nordstrom and you pay a $16 alteration fee will they help with the conversion.

Do-it-yourself-ers may be brave enough to snip their old bra strap and attach a clasp.  Buy a kit on Etsy or at your fabric store.

Current breastfeeders and alumni, we will be chatting via Twitter about breastfeeding and pumping tonight (8/6) at 8 PM EST/5PM PST. Please join us to swap stories and provide advice for rookies, using the hashtag #AVENTPARENTS. You can find it on your mobile device or use this site to feel more immersed in just the chat thread.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.