The best time to buy a nursing bra is during mid- to late pregnancy, or when your pregnancy bras are no longer comfortable. Always buy a nursing bra that gives you good support but also allows for some extra room for nursing pads. And be sure to buy more than one nursing bra. Nursing mothers have a tendency to leak breast milk, so it's good to have a spare.
When considering a flap-nursing bra, be sure that you can easily unhook and re-hook the flaps, or effortlessly pull the bra aside with one hand. Typically, the plastic clip version is simple to operate with one hand. If you plan on using a breast pump, you may want to consider a nursing bra that will work well with a hands-free pumping system. A stretchy nursing bra also has its advantages.
And finally, there are many beautiful nursing bras available on the market. Hip mamas have long abandoned the perfunctory, bland bra for everything from animal prints to vibrant colors.