If you are pregnant and expecting a baby soon, you have most certainly made a list of all the things you are going to need for the newborn. But what about the things that you are going to need? Apart from a lot of patience, love, and care, what you need is maternity wear. And one of the most important parts of maternity wear is a nursing bra. You have been wearing bras for a long time. But do you know enough to choose the right nursing bra for yourself? Read on.
Mummy Ramona, Nadine and model Victoria wearing Lovemère Seamless Nursing Bra.
What is a Nursing Bra?
A nursing bra is a specially made bra for mothers who are breastfeeding. It takes into account things such as the changing breast size through pregnancy, leaking breasts, engorgements, adequate support, ease of nursing, etc. Basically, everything that there is about your breasts and breastfeeding, a good nursing bra will take care of it.How is a nursing bra different from a regular bra?
You have been wearing regular bras all these years. But you cannot possibly wear them while you are nursing because the underwire can dig into your skin and make you feel uncomfortable in the sensitive bust area. Even without an underwire, the regular bra is in no way fit to accommodate your changing breasts during nursing.
If you prefer wearing a sports bra that provides good support and helps keep the bust region dry, continuing with these bras after childbirth is not a good option. They can be constricting and also, they won’t be able to adjust to the change in breast size when the milk comes in.
A nursing bra, on the other hand, is designed to give you superior comfort and help you nurse conveniently, even when you are out.
How to choose a Nursing Bra?
Choosing the right nursing bra is very important since the wrong bra can defeat the whole purpose of wearing a nursing bra.
The right size.
The first and foremost aspect you need to consider is the size of the bra. An ill-fitting bra will do more harm than good. Bear in mind that you won’t know the new breast size immediately after childbirth. Once the milk comes in, it takes a few weeks for the supply to regulate. It is only after this that you will know how much your breasts have changed. Also, the size and shape will change during the day depending on whether you have just nursed, or if it’s feeding time! Know how to measure yourself before you buy a bra. A good time to measure is during the day, just before it is feeding time. This way, your breasts are full, and you will avoid buying a smaller cup size.
The right type.
If you think there’s only one type of nursing bra, think again. Modern nursing bras take the comfort of breastfeeding mothers very seriously. So, from a bra with functional clasps to pull down the cups for easy nursing access, to nursing bralettes embellished with lace to make you feel beautiful, new mothers are spoilt for choice.
Mummy Winnie wearing Avery Dove Nursing Bralette. Photography by Bows & Ribbons Photography.
And if you aren’t familiar with the term yet, say hello to ‘sleep bras’. Sleep bras are designed to make you feel comfortable while you sleep, while also being ideal for nighttime nursing sessions. You could also choose from a wide array of nursing bras that are comfortable and promise no nipple show when you wear them under t-shirts.
Another good option is nursing camisoles. Wear them while you are relaxing in the house, napping with the baby, or layer them inside a shirt or a jacket when you are stepping out.
Also, most good nursing bras will have enough space to hold nursing pads to take care of any leaks, so that you don’t have to change the bra every time a little milk leaks out. You could just change the pads.
The right number
With so many options available in nursing bras, you can’t really stop at one. But how many does a new mother really need? At least three. So when you have just put one for washing, and put on another, there is a spare one lying around if the one you are wearing needs changing.
So, ladies, show your breasts some love and invest in good nursing bras. Your breasts will thank you for them. Also, while you are dealing with the challenges of being a new mum, feeling good about yourself from the inside will be great to give you that little boost!