A breastfeeding mum will soon find that a nursing bra is invaluable when caring for a newborn. These types of bras provide support and come with flaps or panels that easily open, allowing easy feeding or pumping access without removing your entire bra.
Do breastfeeding mums need a nursing bra?
A well-fitting or sports bra may offer the same support for your breasts, but wearing a nursing bra is convenient, especially if you’re committed to breastfeeding your baby. After giving birth, milk production kicks in, and your breasts will fill up with milk. A quality nursing bra like the Eonian Care Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra not only supports your breasts but will also help minimise sagging later on.
Benefits of using a nursing bra
Apart from making it easy to breastfeed, nursing bras offer many other advantages, including:
Comfort for large, full, and heavy breasts.
As your milk supply increases, your chest will also feel heavier. This can make you uncomfortable, and nursing bras greatly help give your bust the extra support it needs.
For some mums, simply walking around and having the weight of the breasts moving with gravity can activate a letdown. Nursing pads and milk collectors are held in place by a nursing bra, which helps absorb leaks effectively and ensures you save every drop of liquid gold.
Soothe sore nipples.
A nursing bra can also hold breast shells or nipple shields in place. These protect your sore nipples and allow your skin to recover by preventing your clothes from rubbing on them.
Make pumping easy.
Most nursing bras can also hold breast pump flanges in place so you can comfortably pump hands-free. You can even pump and breastfeed at the same time!
How to choose the right nursing bra
The most important thing to remember when buying a nursing bra is to ensure correct sizing. But this can be tricky since your breast size tends to change during pregnancy and immediately postpartum.
For a close to accurate measurement, shop for nursing bras when pregnant at 7 ½ to 8 ½ months. During this time, your body carries a lot of excess fluids, which provides a pretty good measurement of how big your bust will be when milk production starts. You can also try to shop for a nursing bra around six to eight weeks after birth. This is when your milk supply starts regulating.
If you’re shopping online, remember to use the size chart provided by the brand. Some brands offer suggestions on achieving the perfect fit with their nursing bras.
Once you’ve found the correct size, you’ll likely want to invest in at least two or more bras. Nursing bras should be changed daily during nursing. This also makes it easier to keep up with the laundry!
Try the Eonian Care Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra
If you decide to wear a nursing bra, check out the Eonian Care Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra. It’s made of soft, breathable fabric, so you avoid aggravating clogged ducts. It’s also stretchy up to 3 cups for engagement, with an extra wide side band and adjustable straps, providing steady and gentle support.
Seamlessly switch from a normal bra to nursing your baby with a simple click of a clip. It can securely hold and fit most pump flanges, so you won’t have to worry about hands-free pumping.
As a breastfeeding mum, having all your essentials within reach will make your journey much easier. Caring for your baby is the top priority, but you should not also forget about yourself. Your happiness is the key to breastfeeding success!