Nursing Bra Fit Tips

Nursing Bra Fit TipsFind Your Ideal Nursing Bra Fit with Loving Moments

Congratulations on your new baby! Whether you are expecting or already experiencing the joys of your little one, you are surely making many changes in your life…and your body. It is normal for breasts to be sensitive and change shapes and sizes throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Your breasts need comfort and support now more than ever so it is important to know how to fit yourself and what to look for in a nursing bra. We’ve put together some basic nursing bra fit tips as a guide:

1) Begin shopping for nursing bras in your third trimester of pregnancy.
• When your current bra pinches or feels too tight, it is time to shop.
• Towards the end of your pregnancy and into your early nursing days, stretchy nursing bra styles with some give-and-take and nursing camis, are a good option.

2) You should be fitted for nursing bras, just as you would for all of your other bras. Your size will fluctuate over the first few months of nursing.
• We suggest you re-measure yourself about 4 weeks after delivery, once your milk levels stabilize. Your bra size may very well have changed.
• At this time, you will likely be ready to transition from more flexible nursing bras into more structured bras.
• Loving Moments by Leading Lady has created a handy bra size calculator on our website to help you determine how to measure your bra size. Many styles come with a bra size chart to easily find your accurate bra sizing. You can also try on Loving Moments by Leading Lady nursing bras at your nearest WalMart to try on a variety of bra sizes until you find your best fit.

3) A proper fitting bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered on your chest, and the straps will remain in place while you are moving. Wearing the right bra size is vital for maintaining good breast health and preventing plugged ducts.

4) We recommend beginning with three nursing bras or camis: One to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. Bring them with you to the hospital. You will need them right away!

5) Remember to replace your nursing bras if they have lost their shape or no longer fit. We recommend purchasing a new bra every six months.

Nursing Bra Styles

When selecting nursing bras, keep the following guidelines in mind:

1) Look for a style that matches your lifestyle. If you are on-the-go, select a supportive active nursing bra. If you are often in professional environments, molded, padded styles will provide clean lines and complement business attire.

2) Size fluctuations vary so look for nursing bras that will work with the ebb-and-flow of milk supply. Styles with 4 hook & eye closures in the back and adjustable straps allow for greater size differentiations.

3) Don’t be afraid to try an underwire bra if that is the style you find most supportive. When you wear the correct bra size, a properly fitting underwire bra does not restrict milk supply.

4) Your breasts and nipples will be sensitive, especially in the first few weeks. Select nursing bras made of soft, breathable fabrics that will feel comforting to your skin. An irritating fabric on an already sore nipple can be extremely painful.

5) Before nursing, sleeping in a bra may be a foreign concept. But when you begin breastfeeding, your breasts will need to be supported constantly. Sleep bras, leisure bras, or nursing camis are made of soft, stretchable fabrics that will keep you supported from morning until night, and make night time feedings easier.

6) Your breasts may leak in-between feedings. This is very common and some women choose to wear nursing pads or select lined bra styles to prevent breast milk from seeping through their shirt.