I breastfed my daughter for a month but because I was so uncomfortable with the whole thing I always did it in her room which somewhat eliminated the need for a nursing bra. Nursing bras are made for easy boob access and are especially helpful in public places. In Violet’s bedroom I could just whip up my whole shirt, so I never really got into the habit of wearing a nursing bra.
I am now well into my second month of breastfeeding Henry and I don’t think I’ve changed out of my nursing bra or tank once. I’m infinitely more comfortable (mentally and physically) with the whole concept this time around and absolutely could not live without these items which is why I’m urging you not to skimp or cut corners on getting a good nursing bra or tank top.
Breastfeeding is hard enough without the added struggle of getting out your boob. Seriously, when that kid’s screaming and you’re trying to get situated in the right position the last thing you need to be jacking around with is your shirt or a difficult bra. Also, if you have an uncomfortable one, like I did the first time around, you’ll feel annoyed with breastfeeding and will be more likely to give up the whole thing for the wrong reasons.
So take the time to get a good nursing bra and eliminate that hassle altogether. When you’re struggling to get your baby to latch at least you’ll be comfortable, right?
I discovered three great tips for picking the right nursing bra on AskTheLactationConsultant.com and thought I’d share them with you!
1. NO WIRES! Yes, they make underwire nursing bras which is totally crazy but I will never okay an underwire bra while breastfeeding. Why? Mastitis, that is why. The wire can block milk drainage and cause you to get a breast infection. Enough said.
2. All cotton. Must be breathable to avoid thrush and stretchy to allow for increased size due to milk supply.
3. Proper fit. Not being too snug/tight is very important. A bra that is too tight will be uncomfortable and can impede milk supply from not allowing for volume expansion as needed.
The rule of thumb for sizing, says the lactation consultant is the size you are at the end of your pregnancy which is usually the size you’ll settle into after engorgement. So buy your nursing tanks and bras at the end of your pregnancy or after engorgement. If y’all have any other tips, please add them here!
If you don’t want a stranger pawing at you to measure your size, here’s a great video on how to measure yourself: