Lets get one thing straight; despite what you may be told, you dont need a nursing bra to successfully breastfeed. Breastfeeding women in many cultures do not wear nursing bras a simple piece of cloth wrapped around the breasts suffices. However, many women are used to wearing bras and appreciate the support they give therefore when it comes time to breastfeed choosing the correct nursing bra is important.
You might ask: wont a normal bra work just as well for breastfeeding? Well, if youre comfortable wearing a normal bra when breastfeeding, find it gives you the support you need, is easy to use and is discreet, then yes, wearing a normal bra is fine. However, many women find that wearing a normal bra to breastfeed their baby is just not practical and a good nursing bra allows for better breastfeeding.
Making sure a bra fits correctly is important; it is even more important when choosing a nursing bra. There are many different types and they come in all shapes and sizes. A nursing bra that does not fit correctly fails to support your breasts and can block your milk duct causing milk production to decrease in extreme cases blocked ducts caused by a badly fitted one can lead to mastitis.
Many large breasted women prefer the support offered by underwire bras. But you should avoid under wire nursing bras in the early postpartum weeks. Having said that, many breastfeeding mothers do like underwire bras just avoid underwire for the first weeks and make sure you buy an underwire nursing bra that fits you correctly. There are many excellent ones on the market; Medela Extended Size Classic bra and the Playtex Fancy Me Underwire Lace Bra to name but two. If you want to spend that little bit more, the Bravado Supreme Nursing bra is especially designed for the fuller-breasted woman and is made from delicately embossed fabric, which is strong yet silky to the touch, allowing clothing to glide over it.
Many nursing bras make breastfeeding easy and discreet because they are designed to open at each cup. A good nursing bra should open at the cup but still provide plenty of support for the breast. Also, before you buy make that you can open the cup with one hand; you should also be able to close it one-handed as well if you cant then dont buy it. Most brands come with plastic clips – such as Medela and Elle Macpherson nursing bras, or eye and hook – such the Goddess and Bravado maternity bras. For nighttime use, you dont really need an open cup nursing bra just a simple stretch fabric nursing bra is fine you dont need the support so much and breastfeeding is simple as you just pull the fabric over your breast.
Most good nursing bras are designed to allow the insertion of breast pads. Leaking breasts cause many breastfeeding mothers much embarrassment – breast pads give a breastfeeding mother confidence when she goes outside the home.
Choose a maternity bra with wide, cushioned straps as they will make wearing a bra more comfortable by better distributing the weight of your breasts. Also, make sure that it has 100% cotton lining in the cup – it’s important that your skin breathes as sweat combined with breast milk can cause rashes and mastitis.
The shape of a breastfeeding mother’s breasts change over time; in fact the shape of the breasts change throughout the day. Nursing bras are very adjustable. Most good makes, such as Medela, Bravado, and Playtex are designed to allow adjustment at the strap and also at the cup.
You should invest in a number of nursing bras youll need a clean one each day. You dont have to buy all of them before you start breastfeeding, in fact its a good idea to buy most of them during the time you breast your baby as the shape of your breast will change over time.
Finally, if you can afford it, buy a really pretty, feminine nursing bra for those special occasions. These days you can now buy a really sexy one, although they don’t usually come cheap. The Elle Macpherson nursing bra is a very beautiful nursing bra.