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Ok so let's chat about nursing bras which comes up quite a lot with breastfeeding in prenatal consults.
If bras are definitely your thing (shout out to the double and triple ddd committee) you'll more than likely need a nursing bra. Even if comfort and softness is a requirement and feeling confined isn't your thing, these bras are for you. Underwire bras are not recommended for breastfeeding parents. Soft and loose is the goal when recovery is a goal too. You need a beautiful but comfortable piece for breastfeeding! These nursing bras are for you.
But WHEN do I buy a nursing bra??
When the pee dries on the stick, honey!!
The earlier the better, you may have already discovered, during pregnancy your bra is often the first thing you’ll pop out of in the beginning.
TWO sets is better than one I think .
Pregnancy and Postpartum once your body has reduced swelling and milk supply has regulated for you which can take up to 12 weeks.
First set for pregnancy, your cup size will grow over the first 20 weeks or so of pregnancy.
Second Set Your cup size will then grow again when your milk comes in after baby arrives, before settling back to a ‘new normal’ once you establish a breastfeeding routine.
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Beginning a breastfeeding journey is very moist and breasts can become sore, leaky or heavy in the early days while you are learning how to feed your babee and managing engorgement. Support is key to having an enjoyable experience for holding milk shells possibly.
A nursing bra is a supportive garment for the breasts, worn while a new honey is either breastfeeding or during pregnancy.
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Finding the right size
is key to a good fit. If your bra is too tight it can inhibit milk release and production too.
Sizing your breasts
Set 1: As a good rule of thumb:
Add one cup size and one back size onto your usual pre-pregnancy bra size. So if you usually wear a 32C, start by trying a 34D. These bras should feel comfortably secure on the tightest setting, giving you plenty of room to adjust the fit as you grow.
Set 2: Take your pregnancy bra size, add 1 cup size and subtract 1 back size. So if you are wearing a 34D near the end of your pregnancy, you should try a 32DD for nursing.
These should feel comfortably secure on the loosest setting so that you can adjust the fit as your body settles back to normal.
Whether it is a bralette, sports bra or lacy piece, it will differ from a regular bra because it has a latch to easily and quickly expose the nipple to breastfeed your baby or hook up to myour breast pump. They also give extra support to engorged breasts that may be heavier than usual.
Finding lactation support near you is key in beginning your breastfeeding journey and avoiding simple mistakes that could be challenging for your journey ahead.
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