Breastfeeding is supposed to be the healthiest way to feed your baby. To make this a satisfactory and comfortable experience for the mother, it is necessary that she takes proper care of her breasts during the feeding phase.
One of the ways to enable this is to buy a proper breast feeding bra. These bras which are specifically designed to suit the needs of the feeding mother, will keep the breasts healthy and in shape throughout. Here are some tips that will enable you to choose a breastfeeding bra that suits you properly and which will make your feeding phase a comfortable and enjoyable one.
Shop at the Exact Time
Many women wait to buy maternity bras, after the arrival of the baby. But since going for shopping with a newborn is a tedious task, it is better that you buy the bras beforehand. But even then, do not shop for a feeding bra during the first and second trimesters.
This is due to the fact that your breasts will increase very much in size with the progress of pregnancy and the nursing bras bought earlier won’t fit properly at the end of the pregnancy term. Taking these factors into consideration, it will be wise to shop for nursing bras, 4 to 5 weeks before the expected date of delivery.
Choose Skin Friendly Fabrics
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Feeding the baby will cause your breasts to become tender. So be sure to choose a soft cup bra that will provide adequate comfort to your breasts and the sore nipples. To avoid irritation of breasts, stay away from fabrics like satin and silk and wear skin friendly cotton bras. These cotton maternity bras are also a suitable option for ladies who plan to wear a bra while sleeping.
It is common for women to experience leakage of breast milk while they are breast feeding. Therefore it will be suitable to invest in nursing bras with comes with thick cotton breast pads. These cotton breast pads will help to absorb the leaked milk without causing any skin irritations in that area.
Wide Strapped Bras are the Best Option
While shopping for maternity bras, avoid the ones with thin straps and choose bras having wide elastic straps. Such straps will be able to sustain the weight of the breasts and are also proven to be comfortable for the wearer. But since the elastic will stretch with time, go for bras which fit at the last hook. This will ensure the proper fit of the bra even when the elastic gets stretched, as you will have more hooks to pull together.
Also see to that the straps are properly padded so that they do not dig on to your shoulders and cause unwanted pain. Also do refrain from buying bras with under wires, as they will definitely cause discomfort to the wearer.
Choose Easily Removable Bras
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To enable easy feeding of the baby, do buy bras that can be unhooked by one hand. This will prove to be comfortable once you are trying to unhook the bra with one hand, while holding the baby with the other. You can opt for nursing bras which have flaps that can be easily opened and closed with a single hand. There are also bras which can be unhooked at one side and can be just slid off to the other side.
Buy Proper Sized bras
Be sure that the bra you buy is of a size that fits you properly and comfortably. Wearing tight fitting bras can lead to the formation of soreness in the breasts. It can also lead to clogging of milk ducts, thus leading to the condition of mastitis. On the contrary, a loose fitting maternity bra will not be able to provide adequate support to your breasts. This can in turn make your breasts feel heavy and will lead their sagging.
Thus, it is imperative that you buy a breast feeding bra of your exact size. To do so, you can follow a measuring procedure which is to be done after you wear a normal unpadded bra. Stand straight and use a measuring tape and measure yourself just below the armpits, to get your bra size. If you get an odd number, then round it off to the next big even number.
To determine your cup size, measure the fullest part of your breast and subtract this measurement from your measured bra size. If there is a difference of 1 inch or less, then your cup size is A, if the difference is 2 inches, your cup size will be B and so on. Cup sizes are available till D and E measurements and it usually varies with the manufacturer.
Now that you have an idea about the basic features required in a breast feeding bra, you can very well choose one which is exactly suited for you. Since you will be wearing these bras for a considerable period of time, it is advised that you buy 4 to 5 pieces, so that you never run out of stock.
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