Best Nursing Bra

Looking for the Best Nursing Bra that Suits your Needs?

Nursing bras in today's age, are not ugly anymore…there are so many different styles, fabrics, etc. to choose from. What sort of breastfeeding bra should you get? You can get the best nursing bra for your specific preferences and needs…

When buying a nursing bra, look out for:

  • Nursing bra size: Get measured when you purchase nursing bras, especially when buying online, you will need to know your size.
  • When should you buy a nursing bra? Remember that when you start breastfeeding,  your breasts will be much larger than during pregnancy. Do not purchase a bra during pregnancy to fit while breastfeeding. You will have to get a larger size that allows for growth or just wait until you breastfeed before buying a breastfeeding bra. Most moms safely buy one cup size larger if they are buying them while pregnant.
  • Comfortable nursing bras: Your nursing bra should be made of fabric that will not irritate your skin. The straps should not cut into your shoulders; thicker straps are best.
  • Cotton bras are great because they decrease your risk of thrush (yeast infection) which is usually due to dampness.
  • Convenience: Does it allow for easy access? Can you unhook it with only one hand?
  • Is there enough space for nursing pads to be placed inside the bra?
  • Does it support your breasts well? You should have all the benefits of a regular bra. This is important, as you do not want to strain your back.
  • Underwired bras and breastfeeding: Are you looking for an underwire bra or wireless nursing bra? It is actually not recommended to use an  underwire nursing bra, because they are known to reduce milk production and may even lead to blocked milk ducts and/or mastitis. If you want to wear an underwire breastfeeding bra, ensure that it doesn’t put unnecessary pressure on your breasts.
  • Buy at least three nursing bras, you will need to wash them, and you might leak every now and then; you would not want to sit without a bra.
  • Does the bra open completely or partially? What would be convenient for you?
  • Supportive nursing bras: For bigger breasted women, it would be a good idea to look out for a nursing bra with thicker straps, for more support.
  • The bra should not be too tight or too loose. A bra that is too tight can hinder your milk supply.
  • A good breastfeeding bra will still support your breasts even while breastfeeding.
  • Make sure that the bra fits you on it’s tightest setting so that you still have room to grow. Your breast size should settle at about 2 weeks after giving birth.
  • Your breasts should fit inside the bra and not be spilling out the top, this will prevent unnecessary pressure on your breast tissue.

Best Nursing Bra
Types of Nursing Bras

Types of bras for breastfeeding

1. Some bras fasten between the two cups in front. This bra is easier to open, but some moms don’t like it because it is not as discreet as the other bras when nursing in public.

2. Another nursing bra consists of small zips that sit under the cups of the bra. These bras are very discreet and can be opened and closed quite easily. The only disadvantage is that its zips can sometimes be seen through your top.

3. The third type of breastfeeding bra is one that has a little button or clip on the shoulder strap or in-between the two cups, this can be easily unfastened and pulled down. These bras sometimes have the convenience of adjustment to accommodate a larger cup size.

4. Nighttime nursing bras: A nursing sleep bra is for the mom who co-sleeps with her baby, and needs easy breast access. They are usually made from a very soft fabric and have a "cross over the front" design. They do not provide enough support for moms with larger breasts.

5. Hands free pumping bra: A hands free bra for pumping is great for those mothers who need a bra for pumping both breasts and need both hands free. 

Are breastfeeding bras necessary?

  • Breastfeeding bras are made primarily to prevent your breast tissue from getting compressed; this prevents blocked milk ducts.
  • A bra for breastfeeding provides convenience; the mother will not need to get completely undressed every time she wants to breastfeed.
  • Breastfeeding nursing bras allow for discreet breastfeeding in public.

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