How to choose the right nursing bra?
A New Lingerie Experience Awaits You During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Your favorite underwear is starting to squeeze your stomach so you go in search of maternity underwear that is both comfortable and supports your belly. You want to wear a dress but aren't able to wear regular tights, so you start to look for maternity pantyhose. Even your bras are starting to become uncomfortable. The underwire drives you crazy and there is no way you can wear these bras if you plan to breastfeed successfully.
So - how do you choose a nursing bra that is just what you need during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
A good nursing bra is essential for successful breastfeeding and for the quality of the breastfeeding experience for both mother and baby, so we have compiled a list of everything you need to know about purchasing a nursing bra.
What Makes the Perfect Nursing Bra?
Choosing a good bra is not an easy task for most women. The well-known statistic is that 75% of women wear ill-fitting bras, and the percentage is even higher for pregnant and nursing women due to the many physical changes happening at this time. Already in week 6 of your pregnancy, your breasts start growing in preparation for breastfeeding. Around week 12, your ribcage expands and, with it, your bra band size. Take into account that, on average, pregnant women's bra size increases by one or two cups and one band size. Therefore, flexibility and adjustability are key elements in choosing maternity and nursing bras.
Support & Comfort
Support and comfort go hand in hand! It is very important that the cup structure, as well as shoulder straps and band straps, provide support to your growing breasts. The more support the cups and straps provide, the more comfortable you will feel.
Lactation specialists often recommend you avoid underwire bras because they can cause infection and inflammation in the breast. Carriwell™ thought of a solution for all women who had a hard time giving up their underwire bras, and created the GelWire™ nursing bra. This bra replaces the stiff underwire and provides an incredibly comfortable supportive arch for the changing size and shape of your breasts.
Flexible & Functional
Your chest size can change drastically between feedings and therefore a functional nursing bra's ability to adjust to your ever-changing chest size is vital. The shoulder and band straps should have some flexibility and the cup needs to be able to "grow" with your breasts while still providing proper support.
Carriwell™ nursing bras are incredibly flexible in order to accommodate your changing breast size while providing the right support, and each bra comes with a free bra extender.
Another important criterion for nursing mothers is the ability to use one hand. The cup of a nursing bra is opened and closed many times during the day while the other hand is busy holding your baby, so this function needs to be easy and convenient for your "free" hand.
The functional cup also needs to expose as much of the breast as possible to maximize skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby. Between feedings, the cup needs to discreetly hold cotton or silk nursing pads in place. Hiding nursing pads as much as possible is a key factor for many breastfeeding mothers.
Design, Style, & Quality
Leaking breastmilk is an unfortunate reality for breastfeeding mothers, and nursing bras go through many washings. Therefore, it's important that these bras are durable and of high-quality construction, so they retain their shape and size even after many trips through the laundry.
Carriwell™ focuses on bras that are comfortable, flexible, and supportive. With a combination of gentle fabrics and breathable microfibers, Carriwell™ nursing bras are so well-designed and stylish you won't want to stop wearing them, even once you're no longer breastfeeding.
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