Delighted in the throngs of pregnancy, most women enjoy imagining all the things that they and their baby will need for the next two years of their baby’s life. Included on this list are nursing bras. Many pregnant women expect that their breasts will grow as the milk comes in post birth. So, as most expecting mothers do, you end up buying Nursing bras that are too small because you have no idea what size your breasts will increase to.
Entering the world of breastfeeding can be formidable, especially for a first time mum. Most women buy nursing bras that are one to two sizes larger than their normal bra size, as a rule of thumb, when they’re shopping for nursing bras pre-birth. However, as I mentioned before, no one can really know what her nursing cup size will be until the milk has “come in” and then “settled in.”
There are 5 simple rules you need to follow to ensure your investment in nursing bras serve you well :
1. GET PROFESSIONALLY FITTED
A woman’s breasts will continue to change in size all through her life and it is particularly noticeable around pregnancy and post-birth. It is my recommendation that you take the time to get fitted at around 8 months of pregnancy before baby arrives. This is the size your breasts should be at after 8 weeks of delivery when your body has learnt to regulate its milk supply. A properly fitted bra will not only make you feel amazing but will also provide your body with that much needed support.
2. BUY A BRA THAT FITS YOU NICELY IN THE CUP
A lot of women make the mistake of purchasing nursing bras with added room in the cup. This is not proper; as an ill-fitting cup will not provide your breasts with that much needed support. A good nursing bra will have stretchy fabric on the top of the cup; this will help for free movement of the breast as it produces milk.
3. PURCHASE A BRA THAT HAS 4-6 HOOKS AND EYES ON THE BACK BAND
At approx. 8 months of pregnancy when you are getting fitted for your nursing bra you should be fitting the back band of the bra on the loosest hook and eye. This will then allow room for you to tighten the back band post birth as your rib cage contracts. The back band provides 80% of the support of your bra, so this is very important.
4. DON’T TRY TO FIT INTO CUP SPECIFIC BRAS IMMEDIATELY AFTER DELIVERY
It is during the first 8 weeks post birth that your breasts will feel a little out of control. You will notice large fluctuations in breast size as your body learns to regulate its milk supply. A seamless bra is recommended at this time as it will move with your changing body and provide you with that much needed comfort and support. A tight product will not only feel uncomfortable but also will compress and restrict the breast as it learns to regulate its milk supply.
5. CONSIDER YOUR WARDROBE
Last but not the least, consider your Wardrobe. There are many nursing bras available in the market ranging from every day bras, contour, soft cups to beautiful fashion bras. Purchase nursing bras that will work in with your life style and make you feel adorable.