How To Choose The Right Bra While Nursing:- Breast changes begin in the first trimester of pregnancy, and most mothers outgrow their pre-pregnancy bras right along with their non-maternity jeans. If you are buying new bras during pregnancy, go ahead and buy nursing bras. After birth, these may not fit immediately, especially when your breasts are swollen, but they will fit at some point in your breastfeeding career.
Finding the right nursing bra is very important. Go for one which is flexible, allows extra room for when your milk comes in and gives round-the-clock comfort. Make sure it should never constrict or squeeze your breasts, even when closed.
Your nursing bra should also have:
- Four hook-and-eye fastenings, for added comfort.
- Wide, non-slip shoulder straps, broad sides and back, and a deep centre at the front, for extra support.
- When you want to breastfeed, cups that you can open and close with one hand.
- An opening that will provide plenty of room for your baby to feed comfortably.
It is a good idea to be measured so that you know your bra fits properly. Your breasts may become blocked or you may experience mastitis with a tight bra.
Here are a list some tips to help you while investing in a nursing bra:
- Good Fitting
It is good to have a fitting done during the latter months of pregnancy and not too early, so you can buy one or two nursing bras before the baby is born. Make sure a good nursing bra is flexible and should allow extra room. It should never constrict or squeeze your breasts even when closed. For the right fit, opt for a professional measuring and fitting service in a department store. A trained fitter will make sure that the cups cover your breasts with no overflow at the top, and that the centre seam stays comfortably against your breastbone.
- Round-the-clock comfort
You can accommodate your breasts best with bras that are stretchy with soft cups. During breastfeeding, cups that you can open and close with one hand are the best options for young mothers. For your baby to feed comfortably, an opening in the cups will provide plenty of room. Look for bras with more than two hook positions so that you can comfortably adjust the band as the shape of your body changes.
- Pick a variety of comfortable nursing bras
There are many nursing bras available in the market ranging from everyday basics, soft cups to beautiful lacy fashion bras. As you may require to change your nursing bra in the day, it is a good idea to purchase several nursing bras Purchasing nursing bras as per your lifestyle will offer comfort and make you feel great.
- Wear it in a correct manner
It is time to ensure the right fit, once you have the perfect bra. While bending over slightly, lifting the breasts into the cups, you have to put on your bra. Glide each breast into the cup when you stand.
- Recheck your size post pregnancy
The shape and size of your breast is bound to change post pregnancy, irrespective of the fact whether you have breast fed. It is always recommended to recheck your size with a good bra size calculator available online.
- Use cotton fabric
For nursing bras, cotton is often the fabric of choice, because it dries quickly (important for keeping nipples dry when nursing).
- Change the design according to the stages of post-pregnancy
At different times in your pregnancy and nursing experiences, various styles may work better. During the early weeks of nursing when you may also be wearing nursing pads, you may want the added support of top clasps. Clasp-less designs may work better for your lifestyle, once you become a nursing pro.