When choosing a bra, it’s essential to get the right fit. Getting the right fit of nursing bra is going to ensure that the mother is comfortable while wearing the bra but also can ensure that the breasts are going to be supported while wearing it. How can the nursing mother ensure that she is getting the right fit for the nursing bra? There are two ways that the mother can get the right fit. The first method includes getting fitted and measured for the nursing bra by a professional. These professional fittings are available through maternity stores and specialty lingerie stores and will require the sales person to measure the band of the bra, and then measure around the cup sizes of the bra. Comparing the two measurements will create a measurement of the band size, as well as finding the cup size.
Alternatively, the nursing bra size can be measured at home. There are instructions that are available through the maternity and lingerie websites that can allow the person measuring to complete the same measurements, and compare the measurements that are taken with a size chart to determine the band and cup size of the nursing bra that should be ordered while shopping online.
Fitting into a nursing bra can be tricky – especially since many women buy nursing bras before they are nursing, which can make it difficult to find the right size. In the case that the nursing bras are purchased before nursing, women should consider that the nursing bra size can be as much as two cup sizes larger than the current size that is being worn.
Choosing a cup size that is one to two sizes larger is going to ensure that the bra is going to be comfortable post-birth and while breastfeeding to accommodate the changing cup sizes.
Getting the right fit while breastfeeding is important and therefore women should consider buying one or two bras before the birth of the child in the case that they are breastfeeding, until they have determined the average size of the breasts – this way, they can ensure that the nursing bra is the right fit and both supportive and comfortable.
Choosing the best nursing bra
Nursing bras look like regular bras, but the cups open or lower when you pull them aside, or unsnap, unzip, or unhook the closure. It is my recommendation that you take the time to get fitted at around eight months of pregnancy before baby arrives. Comfort is key. Between eight and ten weeks into your pregnancy your breasts will begin to change and you may start to outgrow your normal bras. It’s convenient, but not essential, that you be able to open the cup for nursing quickly and simply with one hand.
- This is the size your breasts should be at approx. 8 weeks post birth when your body has learnt to regulate its milk supply.
- Our line of intimates perfectly adapts to your changing needs both during and post-partum.
- So when you know your little one’s on the way, it’s a great idea to invest in a special maternity bra.
- Crossover bras are sometimes also called sleep bras, both because they’re soft and comfy and because you can pull the cup to the side for easy nighttime nursing.
- A good rule of thumb: Tight ain’t right.
Our maternity bras with nursing function provide comfort and support as you transition from pregnancy to nursing. 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. They are wireless with non-molded cups, and most of them pull on and off without having hooks in the back. When you take off the bra and see indentations where the band and straps were, your breasts are spilling out of your bra cups, or your bra feels too snug, it’s time to purchase a new one. Use the below instructions to find your size.
Know your size
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.” This will depend totally on your body and your needs. If you’re newly pregnant, we know the world of maternitybras can seem a little daunting. Many nursing bras are designed to be worn during pregnancy to help keep you comfortable as your breasts change. Wide, non-slip shoulder straps, broad sides and back, and a deep centre at the front, for extra support. Initially you will need to buy maternity bras.
But with our handy guide,we’ll help you find a bra that makes you feel confident,comfortable and supported at each stage of yourpregnancy and beyond. When it comes time to nurse, nursing bra’s are designed to allow easy access to the breast as well as be comfortable as your milk supply increases (before feedings) and decreases (after feedings). Personally, I didn’t wear a bra for my first couple days in the hospital. (I had a c-section, so my hospital stay was longer — four days — than a vaginal delivery.) I was in bed, wasn’t walking around, and was sporting a lovely hospital nursing gown with the big ol’ slits down the front. Cups that you can open and close with one hand, for when you want to breastfeed. These will be maternity non-wired bras and we have plenty of choice including comfy, fashionable t-shirt bras to create that smooth look under clothing and our printed two packs that provide great value. Buying any bra can be challenging, but buying a maternity and nursing bra given all of the changes that come with pregnancy and breastfeeding, can seem downright confusing.
Number of bras you need to buy
The first step is figuring out your bra size. An opening that will provide plenty of room for your baby to feed comfortably. Start by buying a couple of bras and see how you get on. That’s why Bravado Designs is here to help. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re wearing the right size bra, you can read and download my bra fit guides where I walk you through each step on how to find your bra size, how to identify your breast shape, and how bras should and shouldn’t fit.
Your breast size may fluctuate quite dramatically throughout pregnancy, so finding a bra that will fit comfortably through pregnancy and nursing can seem like an impossible challenge. While wearing a non-padded bra, measure around theband of the bra. (We recommend measuring ininches which will provide for a more accurate result)The measuring tape should be level and snug. Some breastfeeding consultants recommend buying bras that aren’t underwired. We find that the best way to calculate what size nursing bra you’ll need, is to take your measurements at 26 weeks and add 1 additional cup size and 1 additional band size to your bra size. Round to the next whole number.
This is because rigid underwiring may restrict your sensitive and growing breast tissue. During your first trimester the breast tissue may feel swollen and tender. Then referto the chart below to determine your band size.(If you measured 27.4 inches, then round to 28. However, some nursing bras can offer a lot more support without teh risk of compression. Your underwire bra may not fit as it usually does and may cause irritation, as well fail to provide enough room for the underband to grow during pregnancy.
We recommend that you stop wearing underwired bras and opt for a non-wire bra to avoid discomfort on the breast bone. Bras with under-wiring can cause pressure to the milk glands in your breasts and so it is recommended that you don’t wear them while you are breastfeeding. You may be able to find bras with ‘soft’ wires that offer some uplift but your priority should be that the bra fits well and is supportive.