A mom’s nursing experience can be enhanced by choosing a well fitting nursing bra. Here are a few tips.
Choose a nursing bra with convenient flaps that can be opened easily with one hand.
The last thing you want is to be struggling to open your bra when you have a hungry crying baby in your lap! It’s a good idea to try nursing bras on in the store. Maternity stores like Haute Mommies and Bella Babies generally have a good selection and their staff can assist you in proper fit. There are several different types of bra openings, familiarize yourself with them so you can choose your favorite
Your nursing bra should be comfortable.
A poorly fitting nursing bra can result in plugged ducts or mastitis. Your bra should provide good support but be flexible enough to accommodate your changing size throughout the day. Some women love underwire but others find that it pinches them and causes soreness. If you do experience plugged ducts and wear underwire, consider switching to a softcup style it is also not recommended that you start out nursing with an underwire bra as it puts you at greater risk of mastitis. A high bred option that might suite underwire lovers are the cloth under support bras that give the support of an underwire but do not actual include a metal wire. Like these great bras from You Lingere (at only $30 per bra these are a huge favorite!)
When trying on bras, be sure to remember that your cup size will typically be larger in the morning when your milk supply is more abundant. Also, if you use nursing pads, these will also take up space in the bra.
Choose a breathable fabric.
Cotton with a percentage of spandex and microfiber are nice. Bras that trap too much heat will cause you to sweat and can even contribute to problems like thrush, a yeast infection of the breast.
Don’t buy too many too soon.
Your breasts will be larger immediately after your baby’s birth when your milk supply increases, typically a few days postpartum. After that, your breasts will gradually go back to their pre-pregnancy size and your rib cage (band) will also get smaller as you lose pregnancy weight. It’s a good idea to pack a maternity bra with pull aside access in your hospital bag and use that for the first few weeks until your size stabilizes and your milk production is more predictable at which point you’ll want to go in and be sized to find the perfect bras.
Congratulations and good luck!!