Over the past few days, we’ve been talking about maternity bras – how important it is to wear maternity bras during your pregnancy, how to select the best maternity bra, and a few recommendations to help you get started. Now we’re going to talk about the next phase in that journey: nursing bras! No matter how you feel about maternity bras or bras in general, there’s no question that you need great nursing bras when your nursing. What makes a great nursing bra? How do you choose the right nursing bra for you? Here’s everything you need to know to get you started:
Why Nursing Bras are Important
Many women don’t realize how important it is to get maternity bras during pregnancy, but most women readily understand the importance of nursing bras. When you’re nursing, it’s not uncommon for your breasts to swell even more and become tender, which means you need a bra that can keep you comfortable and supported no matter how you’re feeling. You also need the convenience of a good nursing bra to make it easy to breast feed, and to help prevent the embarrassment of leakage showing through.
What to Look For in a Nursing Bra
The best nursing bras offer a few key features:
- They’re comfortable
- They’re supportive
- They don’t bind the breasts in any way that would interfere with milk flow
What features should you look for when you’re shopping for a nursing bra?
Easy-open cups are key in a nursing bra. Ideally, you’ll want cups that are easy to unclasp one-handed while you hold your baby with the other hand. If the cups aren’t easy to open, you’ll be less likely to use the bra – which means it will have been a waste of money. Look for nursing bra reviews that talk about how the cups are to open.
Padded or Lined Cups to Prevent Leakage Show-Through
Some leakage is completely normal when you’re nursing. However, no-one wants to be at work and have leakage show through your otherwise professional-looking blouse, or be shopping or at the salon and start showing leakage. So it’s a good idea to look for a padded or lined bra to prevent leakage from showing through. Some nursing bras have cups that hold pads to soak up leakage and prevent it from showing. Do yourself a favor and look for a bra that won’t make you feel self-conscious from a leakage standpoint.
Comfort and Support
Of course, comfort and support is critical when you’re buying a nursing bra. Aside from the front-opening cups to expose your nipples for nursing, the main point of a nursing bra is to provide support for your engorged breasts and help keep you comfortable. If you have sensitive nipples, look for nursing bras with seamless cups or lined cups so the seams don’t irritate your nipples. Wide straps help prevent the weight of the bust from digging into your shoulders, and soft, comfortable, breathable fabrics will help keep you comfy.
Join us tomorrow as we take a look at a few of our favorite nursing bras to help you get started with your shopping! And of course, feel free to share your favorites with us – every little bit of info out there helps other women make informed decisions when they’re shopping for nursing bras!