One of the most important items you can buy for yourself at any time is well-fitting bra and as a new mum and mum-to-be when your body is changing – beyond belief! – it really should be something you take time in to find the right style and fit for you. So to help you on your way to finding the perfect nursing bra CocoMamaStyle has invited maternity and nursing underwear specialists Totallyblooming.co.uk to write a guest post on this very topic.
Pregnancy causes your body to change for the purpose it is perfectly designed for: nurturing a baby. Your baby bump will of course become increasingly visible as time goes on, but this isn’t the only thing that changes. You will most likely gain weight; this is your body’s way of storing the necessary fat to nourish the baby once it is born. Your breasts will also grow in preparation for breast feeding. Whilst you are pregnant it is a good idea to wear maternity bras instead of your usual everyday bras, as they are gentler on tender and sensitive breast tissue.
You may want to be ready for breast feeding once the baby arrives. Nursing bras are designed specifically for breast feeding, as the cups conveniently unhook individual without having to remove the whole bra. Don’t hurry to buy your nursing bras too early, as your breasts will change a lot over the nine months, and it is a good idea to wait as long as possible before choosing a nursing bra that fits, in case your breasts continue to grow. Try to hold off until the last few weeks of your pregnancy, that way it is less likely that your breasts will continue to change.
What to look for when choosing a nursing bra:
You should easily be able to open the flaps with one hand, for convenience when holding the baby. If you can fasten it with one hand again this is even better.
The bra should support your breast from underneath even when the cup is open. This will make feeding easier and more comfortable.
Nursing bras should fit as comfortably as a regular bra. If your bra is tight or uncomfortable it could lead to blocked ducts and even mastitis.
Underwired bras should really be avoided. Your milk ducts extend further than you would think, down your rib cage and under your armpits. If the under wiring is tight or rubs against the skin it could obstruct the milk ducts and cause soreness or infection.
Choose a natural and breathable fabric, ideally cotton, to allow the skin to breathe. If the skin around the nipple becomes sweaty it could harbour bacteria which may harm you or your baby.
You should invest in at least three bras: one to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. You might think it unnecessary to buy so many bras that you will only use for a relatively short period, but they will be in constant use and if you lactate unexpectedly they will need to be washed frequently too.
About the writer:
Joanna Thompson is a mother of three. She kept a blog on her experiences during pregnancy and when nursing her youngest she chose her nursing bras from Totallyblooming.co.uk, who have a large variety of sizes in pretty and practical styles.