Embarking on the remarkable journey of motherhood brings numerous changes, including the need for a reliable companion: the nursing bra. However, diving into the world of nursing bra shopping can be overwhelming. Fret not, as we've gathered essential insights to demystify this process and help you find the perfect fit that embraces both style and comfort.
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If you're a first-time nursing bra shopper, the prospect might seem daunting. The questions are endless: What size should you choose? Will it fit you through your nursing journey? Fret not, for we're here to guide you through this journey with ease.
How to Choose a Nursing Bra
When selecting a nursing bra, prioritize comfort and convenience. Opt for a soft, well-fitting bra that provides the support you need. Avoid overly tight bras, which can contribute to discomfort and plugged ducts.1 Consider nursing bras that offer firm support for your evolving breasts.2 Soft cotton or cotton-synthetic blend bras with wide, sturdy straps are recommended by Babycenter.com.3 Dr. Sears advises choosing a bra that maintains breast support even when the cup is open.1 Botsford Hospital Breastfeeding Services offers practical guidelines:
- Opt for cotton to ensure air circulation and prevent irritation;
- Choose bras with wide straps to avoid shoulder discomfort;
- Avoid underwire bras, which might interfere with milk flow;
- Look for bras with one-handed fasteners.4
Tips for Comfort and Fit
When trying on bras, assess the fit and feel in various positions. Test how the bra fastener works, and practice opening and closing it. Since your rib cage expands during pregnancy, you might need to adjust your size postpartum.
If you're planning to nurse and pump, consider bras designed for hands-free pumping. These specialized bras offer the flexibility to pump effortlessly. During fitting, ensure the bra supports your movements and adapts as you switch positions.
1 Ask Dr. Sears. (2012). Choosing the Right Nursing Bra. Retrieved on April 22, 2012 from http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/breastfeeding/helpful-products/choosing-right-nursing-bra
2 WebMD. (2012). Common Pregnancy Pains and Their Causes. Retrieved on April 23, 2012 from http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-coping-with-discomforts
3 BabyCenter. (2012). Maternity and nursing bras 101. Retrieved on April 23, 2012 from http://www.babycenter.com/0_maternity-and-nursing-bras-101_10347729.bc?page=2
4 Botsford Hospital Breastfeeding Services. (2012). How to Buy a Good Bra. Retrieved on April 23, 2012 from http://www.botsford.org/medical_services/new_beginnings_maternity/breastfeeding/Breastfeeding_How_to_buy_a_good_bra.pdf