Nursing Bra 101 For New Moms
Nursing bras come in a variety of styles, colors, and cost. The purpose of a nursing bra is to support your growing breasts and body during a time when you are going through a tremendous amount of change. You may consider wearing a regular bra but you'll be completely uncomfortable.
Unique features of nursing bras include drop-down cups for feeding, A-frame or side sling support, 6 hooks, and eyes for expansion, strong supportive back band, padded straps, fully adjustable straps, cotton lining, supportive cup structure. Choosing nursing bras can get overwhelming with the huge range of selections available, so here's our guide to help in your search of finding the right nursing bra for you.
Seamless Nursing Bras
Seamless bras are ideal for transitional periods when you are experiencing rapid breast growth. The soft stretchy fabrications will stretch and change with your growing body, whilst providing that much-needed support. Seamless bras can be worn all day and for sleep during the first few weeks postpartum. Seamless bras come in easy sizing XS-XL. The bra will accommodate a range of different bust sizes, providing a comfortable fit without restriction.
Contour Nursing Bras
Contour bras are ideal for women who are looking for a bra that will provide a smooth profile from underneath clothing. Contour bras have a thicker cup; this is due to the foam pad used. Foam cups can make breastfeeding a little awkward. Depending on the type of foam used the foam cup can be a little firm and can get in the way of feeding once the cup is dropped.
Flexi-Wire / Underwire Nursing Bras
Flexible wired bras are ideal for women who are looking for a great shape and added support. The Flexible wire is a softer more malleable metal that is less firm and will tend to move and flex with the body. Flexible wires in nursing bras should sit around and under the breast tissue. Be careful to ensure the wire does not sit on your breast, as this will cause discomfort and pressure on your breast tissue, which could lead to mastitis.
Soft-Cup / Wireless Nursing Bras
Non-wired bras are a popular choice due to the comfort they provide. A good non-wired bra will provide great support even without the use of a wire. The shape may, however, be sacrificed.
Sports Nursing Bras
Nursing sports bras provide women with the support and function they require whilst breastfeeding. A good high impact sports bra will have many features: Thick straps for comfort, a J hook for added support, a wide back band for added support, bounce minimizing mesh panels, a flexible wire for shape and support, A-frame sling for support and discretion, drop down cups for feeding, depth in the cups and will separate your breasts.
TIP: Be sure to select the correct sports bra for the type of exercise you are doing. Breasts filled with milk are much heavier than normal and ligament damage can be caused by lack of support.
Sleep Nursing Bras
Sleep bras come in easy sizing XS-XL and are designed to be comfortable, non-restrictive and supportive. A sleep bra worn under your PJ’s will give you that much-needed support and will help to keep your nursing pads in place.
Pumping bras are as the name states specially designed for when you're pumping. The design holds and support a breast pump and is not generally used as nursing bras.
With so many designs and decisions to make when selecting the right nursing bra, it is a good idea to determine what stage you'll need the bra and your lifestyle.
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