The importance of wearing a nursing bra is underestimated.
There are many reasons why some women make a choice of not investing:
- Don’t know where to purchase nursing bras from
- Bad experience with fit
- Lack of funds
- Unfashionable options
- Don’t understand the importance of breast health
Nursing bras have come a long way in recent years. The matronly style of past nursing bras is long gone with many brands producing beautiful functional nursing bras for all budgets that women enjoy wearing.
I recommend that you visit your local lingerie boutique or maternity store and ask them about their nursing bra offering. They will be more than happy to assist you in finding nursing bras that work for you and your lifestyle. Going to a specialist fitter will also help ensure you get fitted correctly.
Why you should not wear a normal bra when nursing
The most obvious reason is function. A normal nursing bra does not provide the basic function of drop down cups. Drop down cups in a nursing bra allow for easy discrete feeding, that is fuss free.
- Lack of support
Normal nursing bras are not designed to support a heavy milk filled breast. They tend to be made from weaker more delicate fabrics, lace and mesh. The straps and accessories are more likely to stretch and strain under the weight because the accessories selected have not designed to support the added weight.
NOTE: Wearing a bra that is not designed to support the weight can lead to premature sagging and ligament damage.
- Lack of comfort
Normal bras do not always consider comfort and tend to be designed for fashion sack. Laces and other nylon-based fabrics exposed to the skin can cause irritation and discomfort to the wearer.
Normal bras are not designed with a fluctuating breast in mind. They tend to be made from more rigid fabrics that do not allow for movement. A rigid regular bra will cut into the breast resulting in discomfort and sometimes conditions such as mastitis.
Normal bras containing wires are likely to dig into your breast tissue. This is because the shape of a normal wire is narrower compared with a flexible wire designed for nursing bras. A rigid, ill-shaped wire can also lead to conditions such as mastitis.
The benefits of a wearing a good nursing bra:
- Extra support and lift
- Maximum comfort
- Good shape and separation
- Discretion when feeding
- Fuss free
Key features of a good nursing bra
Good nursing bras are made from strong durable fabrics that are designed to provide maximum support.
A soft-cupped nursing bra should be reinforced in the lower part of the cup to allow for lift and support.
Some nursing bras will contain flexible wire that provides support and a flattering shape. A flexible wire bra is ideal for fuller busted women.
Cotton lined cups and straps provide added support and a soft luxurious feel against the skin.
A wide double-layered back band will help to provide added support. It is less likely to stretch meaning the bra will provide a secure fit for longer.
Hooks and eyes
A good nursing bra will have multiple hooks and eyes for expansion and contraction. This allows the back band to be adjusted depending on your needs.
Top cup stretch
A small amount of elasticity in the top cup will allow for breast fluctuation without restriction.
Drop down cups
Drop down cups allow for easy discrete feeding. Attached by an easy one-handed nursing clip the cups can be pulled up or down with ease.
A frame sling
An A frame sling not only provides support by will provide some discretion too when breastfeeding.
Types of nursing bras
There are many different types of nursing bras in the market place. The old saying goes ‘you get what you pay for’.
More expensive nursing bras generally mean it is made from stronger, durable fabrics and accessories. This bra should wash and wear better than its cheaper counterpart.
Whatever you budget it is recommended that you do invest in nursing bras; no less than three. One for wear, one for the wash and one for the draw, as nursing bras will help to make breastfeeding an easier more enjoyable experience.
Find a nursing bra that suits your budget and lifestyle:
- T shirt nursing bra
- Seamless nursing bra
- Sports nursing bra
- Plunge nursing bra
- Non-wired nursing bra
- Flexible wired nursing bra
- Fuller busted nursing bra
- Fashion nursing bra
- Contour nursing bra
- Budget friendly nursing bras
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