How to choose a nursing bra
- Choose cotton, because it allows the air to circulate around your breasts and prevents irritation;
- Choose wide straps, because they won’t cut into your shoulders;
- Try to avoid underwire bras, as they may interfere with the flow of milk;
- Look for a bra with fasteners that can easily be opened and closed with one hand.4
If you are going to pump as well as nurse, you may benefit from buying a special bra that allows for a pumping attachment. This type of bra will give you the freedom to pump hands-free. When you try on bras, sit down to check how the bra fits and feels when you change position.
Also, practice opening and closing the bra fastener in the fitting room. You may need to try on several different bras before you find the perfect fit. Your rib cage expands throughout pregnancy, so if you bought your nursing bra while pregnant, you may need to size up a few times after giving birth.
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