Ask the experts: Nursing bras

By Published On: August 13th, 2012

Finding a nursing bra can be a trying experience. To […]

Finding a nursing bra can be a trying experience. To help with the process, we’ve asked the team at Leading Lady, one of the country’s oldest and most successful intimate apparel manufacturers who specialize in quality lingerie for mothers-to-be and new moms, to give us some insight into the process.

ATE_nursing_braChoosing a nursing bra is an important decision for a nursing mom. Whether you are a first time mom or have years of experience, you’ll benefit from these tips meant to help every woman on her journey.
Nursing bras are truly unique. Unlike regular bras, a nursing bra specifically designed to support the entire breast, which extends beyond what the average person considers to be breast tissue.Purchasing a fashion bra in a larger size won’t provide the comfort and support required while your body prepares for nursing.
A good nursing bra should make breast feeding your baby easier by providing quick, convenient access to your breasts. Leading Lady offers a variety of options to achieve this, from quick one-handed snap clasps, to front closures.
When choosing a nursing bra, it is important to look for proper fit, comfort, and accessibility. Fit is vital for maintaining good breast health and prevent plugged ducts. A proper fitting bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered.For best results be sure that the cups are filled out, but not overflowing.The center seam lies flat against the chest.Straps are not slipping or leaving ridges on shoulders.The band should sit below the shoulder blades.There are a number of simple online fit tools to help you determine your correct bra size.
You will be going through many changes during your nursing journey.Size changes are common due to postpartum weight-loss or engorgement. But not to worry, look for bras that will work with the ebb-and-flow of milk supply. Styles with four hook and eye closures in the back and adjustable straps allow for greater size differentiations.
Begin shopping for nursing bras in your third trimester of pregnancy. We recommend beginning with three nursing bras or camis: one to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. Don’t forget to bring them with you to the hospital; you will need them right away to nurse your bundle of joy.
Don’t be alarmed if your nursing bra has lost its shape or no longer fits. This is normal. We recommend purchasing a new bra at least every six months.
Nursing your baby should be a delight. To make your joy complete, be sure to look for a nursing bra that makes you feel comfortable and stylish. Find a bra that is unique for you. While being a mom can be challenging, nursing your baby in style doesn’t have to be.