The most important thing you need for breastfeeding success? The right kind of support.
You may have noticed changes in your breasts even before you knew you were pregnant, and you’ll likely experience size fluctuations throughout pregnancy and your breastfeeding journey.
While it’s sometimes tempting to save money by making do with the bras you already have, the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby is invest in quality bras that are designed to work with your body, not against it. With the right kind of nursing bra, you’ll be able to enjoy your baby even more.
They Make Nursing Easier
Since regular bras are fairly structured, you may not be able to bring your baby to the breast without disrobing or taking off your bra. Nursing bras feature cups that clip-down, fold down, or pull aside for quick, and often one-handed, access. Paired with the right top, you’ll be able to discreetly feed your little one anywhere.
Sleep-style nursing bras also provide just the right amount of support at night, without making you feel constricted. Since milk production often peaks around midnight, you’ll most likely want a comfortable bra to hold your breast pads in place so you don’t wake up to milk-soaked sheets.
They Make You Comfortable
Often the materials used in traditional bras will feel uncomfortable on your skin. The type of elastic in the band may be irritating; lace or 100% nylon fabric may exacerbate already sore nipples. Narrow straps may not provide enough support, and underwire may dig in to your swollen breasts.
With materials like bamboo and cotton, many nursing bras feature fabrics that allow your nipples to breathe. In addition, Nursing bras often have wide straps to offer more comfortable support and reduce or eliminate back, neck, and shoulder pain.
They Adjust to Your Body
Throughout pregnancy, your breasts may change anywhere from one to four cup sizes. They may grow even more when you’re nursing, especially if you become engorged or have an overabundance of supply. As a breastfeeding mom, you’ll probably notice your breast size varies from one day to the next; nursing bras are created to support you day and night. Breathable fabrics are blended with just the right amount of stretch to allow for the normal fluctuations that come from being a nursing mom.
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