For moms who breastfeed their babies, comfort and support for their breasts is right up there with concerns about milk supply. Your breasts are actually doing a lot of work supplying nutrition for your little one.
This guide should answer questions you may have about nursing bras, if you need one and how to find the one that works for you.
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What is a Nursing Bra?
Nursing Bras are unique in that they allow access to the nipple for breastfeeding without the need to remove your entire bra. In addition to ease of access they often do not have underwire and made from soft and stretchy material.
Some women go their entire breastfeeding journey without ever purchasing a nursing bra. They might wear their pre-pregnancy bras or styles that have some of the attributes of a nursing bra.
Buying a nursing bra is honestly such a personal choice. What works for one mom may not work for you.
You might be thinking, “Can a sports bra be used as a nursing bra ?” It shares a lot of similar qualities but traditional sports bra will lack the easy access component for breastfeeding.
Is it okay not to wear a bra while breastfeeding? Yes, in fact LaLeche Leauge says there’s no reason why you can’t go braless during the day or at night for sleep.
Nursing bras can provide comfort and support for new moms who:
Have larger breasts- If you had large breasts before breastfeeding, consider that you can get more support from a nursing bra as your breasts get fuller and heavier.
Have leaking and want a nursing bra to help hold nursing pads in place
Have sore nipples and want to reduce soreness and irritation
Bras and their effect on milk supply
Sports bras for nursing and any other nursing bra for that matter cannot be too tight or restrictive. Wearing a bra that is too tight can cause clogged milk ducts.
Blocking your milk flow and clogged ducts can be the top cause of mastitis.
If you are still considering a nursing sports bra, here are some shopping tips:
Pick a bra with breathable fabric. Just like maternity underwear the fabric your bra is made from is important because sweat and moisture trapped in can lead to bacterial growth.
Make sure you can easily access the drop down cups or clips with one hand.
Try to avoid underwire at all costs!
Your breasts will likely change size throughout your breastfeeding journey, be sure to get size or assess the fit of your nursing bra.
This sizing guide from Cake Maternity can help you with getting your measurements.
Your breasts should not be spilling out of the cups on peeking out on the side.
The back band should not ride up your back.
Buy more than one nursing bra so that you can change it when it gets dirty or wet.
Best Nursing Sports Bra and Nursing Bras
Racer Back Wire Free Sports Bra for Nursing
This bra has all the benefits of a traditional sports bra but also has a concealed hook and loop closure. Take a look at it here.
This crossover design is convenient for the baby and you. While you won’t be working out in this bra, the seamless with soft stretchy fabric is perfect for nursing in everyday situations or around the home.
These nursing bras come with removable pads to prevent leaks from showing through.
Just because you deserve a non frumpy version of a nursing bra! This is cute and functional in sizes 32B to 40E.
If you have decided a nursing bra or a nursing sports bra is for you, they are available in store or online at many retailers.
Here are a few suggestions:
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