Breastfeeding is cheap compared to formula feeding, but that's not to say it's free. There's the bras, the pads, the savoy cabbages (weird but lovely on sore, newly milky bosoms).
When it comes to nursing bras, it seems that there are a lot of different options out there.
Midwives and nursing advisers strongly advise against the nursing bras designed to resembled regular bras, as the nylon and lace in these beautiful bras can contribute to breast thrush.
Sculpted bras can also impede feeding if there's an annoying padding section. The moulded cups can press against your baby's face and make a comfortable latch very difficult. This is the last thing you want to deal with when you're feeding round the clock!
The best buy that I have found is the following nursing bra from Debenhams: two for £25. They are very comfortable and easy to use.
They include a whole breast sling that supports your entire breast when feeding, unlike most others, which only have one sling to the side.
They are 97% cotton, which is good for new milky bosoms (so they don't overheat). Designed by Dr Miriam Stoppard, she of pregnancy and birth wisdom, you know they're not designed by a supermodel. Be aware that when you change nursing bras, you can come up against the joy of a blocked duct. For information on how to deal with these nasty things, click here.