If you have a newborn baby or you’re pregnant and planning on breastfeeding, you will need a nursing bra. There are many different styles available and it can be a little confusing knowing where to start looking – do you want a bra that unfastens at the straps or in the middle? What fabric to choose? What color?
Many of these options will depend on personal preference but there are a few tips that can help you to make your initial choice. You’ll soon get to know what kind of bra suits you best and will be able to choose nursing bras with confidence after a month or two.
Maternity nursing bras are a great choice if you are still pregnant. These bras provide the support you need during pregnancy but are also designed to make breast feeding easy. You can wear them in during your pregnancy to make sure they are extra comfortable once your baby arrives. You should normally be fitted for a nursing bra during your last few weeks of pregnancy when your breasts have reached their full size and be sure not to choose a style that is too tight fitting, as your breasts will swell even more when your milk comes in.
Nursing bras come in several different styles. Some cups open completely at the front, others can be detached at the shoulder strap, one cup at a time. Other nursing bras are simply very stretchy, making it easy to access your breasts when it’s time for a feed. Try on a few different styles to see what you’re comfortable with.
Remember nursing bras and nursing maternity bras should be easily opened with one hand so you don’t have to struggle at feeding time.
Make sure that the bra you choose is comfortable and well fitting. It should be supportive but not too tight and choosing a breathable fabric like cotton is a good idea to help prevent nipple soreness. Buy at least two or three bras so you always have at least one clean while the other is being washed.