According to experts, nearly 80 percent of women wear the wrong size bra. If you’ve ever wondered what a great-fitting bra feels like, shopping for a nursing bra can be the best time to find that perfect-fitting one. And, good news for soon-to-be moms! Nursing bras are no longer the boring choice of black or white. Today’s stores carry nursing bras that are fashionable and functional.
With nursing bras, it’s more important than ever to have a proper fit, as one that’s too small can put pressure on the breast tissue and lead to plugged milk ducts and in some cases, infection. So, we’ve put together a list of the top things you should consider when shopping for a nursing bra that will help ensure a great fit:
Shop late in your pregnancy – Experts recommend shopping for nursing bras about four weeks before your due date. By this point, it’s likely your maternity bras are getting a bit uncomfortable and you’re ready for something new. This is also the best time to better judge the size you’ll need.
Get professionally measured – Although there is information out there on how to measure yourself, experts recommend visiting a professional. Check with your local maternity store or hospital and get recommendations on a certified professional in your area. They’ll be able to help you get the proper fit and ensure you’re as comfortable as can be when nursing.
Try on several…and practice – You’re probably thinking, “Practice? What on earth is there to practice with a nursing bra?” Bras come with several types of latches – snaps, hooks, and zippers – and it’s important you’re comfortable with your decision. Ideally, you’ll be able to open the cup with one hand because you’ll usually be holding your baby in the other. If you expect to nurse in public, buy a bra that you can latch without looking at it, as that will be much more discreet.
When trying on different styles, bend over slightly while putting on the bra. Then, lift your breasts into the cup as you slowly stand up. If you’re trying on in a store, have the salesperson adjust the straps so they’re comfortably against your skin and make sure your breasts are situated in the center of the cups.
If it bulges, it’s not right – Your breasts should never spill out of the sides or top of the bra, even when they’re at their largest size.
Avoid those that completely open in the front – Many moms have found this is more of a hassle than anything. If you’re trying to discreetly breastfeed in public, this style is among the most challenging. Why? Because when you’re done nursing, you’ll struggle to situate your breast back into the bra while holding a newborn.
Buy a bra with cups that stretch – Make sure the cups allow for at least a little
stretch so they can grow as your body grows and keep you comfortable throughout the day. A 100% cotton bra is best because it’s breathable and doesn’t trap moisture, which in the end, could cause infection.
Consider adjusters and extenders – A certified professional can help you get a great bra fit, but some women’s bodies change significantly, and that’s where adjusters and extenders may come in handy. This way, you can keep wearing the bra that feels most comfortable to you, and adjust it as needed.
When you find one you love, buy several – Don’t risk buying several different bras – just stick with what you know and what’s comfortable. Many new moms will recommend buying three: One to wear, one to launder, and one “just in case.”
The above tips can be a great resource when shopping for your next nursing bra. And, don’t be afraid to invest a little extra in a good bra. Spending just a little more can mean getting one that is top-quality and will last much longer.
About the Author: Cindy Prosser modeled underwear until the baby… now she’s a part time freelance writer and full time mom. When not glamorously overdressing for grocery store visits she stays busy writing about bras from Bare Necessities. For all things Bare Necessities, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
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