Monday, March 16, 2015

Pregnant Moms Guide to Buying a Nursing Bra

Every expectant mom planning to breastfeed asks the question, "When do I buy a nursing bra?"  I have seen pregnant moms come in for a fitting as early as 3 months along and I have seen Dads come in while mom is at home desperate for something, anything!  Needless to say, the latter is not the best option.  We thought our readers could use some tips on when and how to buy a nursing bra while you are still pregnant. 

"When do I buy a nursing bra?"
The answer is as early as necessary.  If you have a bra that is leaving marks on you because it is too tight or if the under-wire is poking you, that is the time to buy your first nursing bra.  Moms moms find it helpful to buy their first nursing bra between 3-7 months of gestation.  

"What type of nursing bra do I buy during pregnancy?"  
A soft cup non under-wire nursing bra is best to keep you from getting clogged milk ducts which can occur even before delivery.  We also recommend a bra that has a variable cup size to accommodate your changing shape like the Amamante Caress & Contour Nursing Bra.  These offer you the widest range of fit and value.

"When do I buy a nursing bra that will fit after I deliver?"  
Measuring for a nursing bra during the last 3-4 weeks of pregnancy is the best time to buy something to fit after you have your baby.  This is the time that your breast have finished enlarging other than engorgement.  The enlargement that often occurs 3-5 days postpartum called engorgement or the "milk coming in" only lasts 48-72 hours so the best bra for that time frame is a sleep bra like the Night & Day Nursing Bra 1-2 sizes larger than you normally wear.

"What do I do with the nursing bras I bought earlier in pregnancy?"
The nursing bras purchased 3-4 weeks before delivery should fit for 6-8 weeks postpartum at which time your breasts regulate and many moms either stop leaking or at the very least stop feeling fuller before feeding and emptier afterwards.  If your bras begin to feel big, this is the time to try on the nursing bras you purchased earlier.  If they still do not fit, try them again at approximately six months postpartum as this coincides with your nursling eating less often due to the introduction of solid foods.  Often your breast size will decrease again at that time.

"When do I buy a bra that will fit for most of my nursing relationship?"  
While we recommend buying only 1-2 bras at a time during pregnancy, after 6-8 weeks postpartum is a great time to stock up on your favorite nursing bra that fits your particular cup size like the Amamante Smooth & Shape Nursing Bra.

"What if I need a plus size nursing bra?
A great bra for curvier moms in transition is the Bravado Original Double Plus Nursing Bra.  If you are looking for a nursing bra for every day use once you have narrowed down your fit, the Bravado Embrace Nursing Bra has exceptional support in a soft cup nursing bra in a larger range of plus size nursing bras. 

The main thing you need to remember about buying a nursing bra is to buy while you are still pregnant so your hubby doesn't have to run an unfortunate errand that will most likely turn out to be fruitless, or at the very least not helpful for your cantaloupes.  Feel free to take your measurements at home using this nursing bra measuring guide and then give us a call for expert advice at 800-779-5722.  Have your three measurements and the size and brand of your current bra as well as information on how it fits.  We will ask you questions such as, "What hook are you wearing your bra on in the back?  Furthest out?  Middle?  Tightest?  We will also ask questions about if you are spilling out in the cleavage area, under the arms or even if your bra rides up on the bust when you lift your arms.  So check out your ill-fitting bra and how it fits in the mirror before you call so we can better serve you.

After all, moms aren't happy if her boobs aren't happy!

Tanya Roberts, Bra Fit Specialist, Designer & Owner
Amamante Nursingwear
800-779-5722 M-F 10-4 CST

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