Washing Instructions for Nursing Bras: How to Wash your Delicates

Washing Instructions for Nursing Bras:  How to Wash your DelicatesYour nursing bras are perhaps the most important part of your breastfeeding wardrobe.  Therefore, the way you care for your nursing bras is essential for maintaining the shape, support, fit and beauty of them.  Today we’re outlining washing instructions for nursing bras to help you preserve the integrity of this crucial tool in your breastfeeding journey.

Until now, you may not have put much consideration into selecting and caring for your bras.  But when they are supporting your baby’s most precious source of nutrition, you probably have a new-found focus on and respect for your nursing bras.  Loving Moments wants you to get the most out of our bras.  After all, we pour lots of attention to detail, technology, femininity and love into creating them for your comfort and support.

Follow these easy washing instructions for nursing bras to keep yours in tip-top shape for you and your babe:

  • Nursing bras should be hand-washed. Washing machines are too harsh for your delicates.  You get by with running your everyday cotton underwear through your regular wash, but most special intimates, including all bras and your most delicate panties, should be hand-washed.  This ensures a thorough, even cleaning without shrinkage of the various fabrics used to create your intimates.  Cotton, spandex, polyester and lace are all common materials used in bras and underwear and each fair differently in the wash.
  • Use a gentle detergent designed for delicates. Abrasive detergents an ruin the fabrics that carefully construct your intimates.  You probably want a soap-free, dye-free and fragrance-free option to avoid any sensitivity on your breasts or when your bra caresses your baby’s skin.  Do not use fabric softeners on your nursing bras.
  • Nursing bras should be line-dried. Again, dryers can destroy your nursing bras because the tumble cycle and heat damage the fabric and hardware of your intimates.  Dryers can shrink and misshape your nursing bras, which can really affect their fit and support properties.
  • If your bra feels stiff after air drying, run a low-heat iron over it to soften it up a bit. Heat will help loosen some of the fibers in the various fabrics to help your nursing bras mold to the shape of your breasts.
  • Wear washable nursing pads to avoid major leakage into your bra. Our Loving Moments washable nursing pads are machine-washable but do not use fabric softener.  Instead stick to your baby-friendly detergent and machine-dry using a dryer sheet.  Always change your nursing pads when you notice they are wet.  This will help protect your bras for longer wear.
  • Rotate your nursing bras so they will last longer. Normal wear takes its toll on your nursing bras.  You may even be sleeping in your bras, which doubles their usage.  Rotate between your favorite Loving Moments bras to avoid stretching them beyond use.  Plus, different bras may be better suited at different points during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Alternating nursing bras will help you find the best styles for each stage.
  • Replace your nursing bras when they no longer fit properly. Nursing bras usually last between 4 and 6 months when washed appropriately so you may go through several rounds of bras during your breastfeeding experience.  Wearing a bra that doesn’t fit you can be uncomfortable and unsupportive of your breasts, two major issues you’ll want to avoid while breastfeeding.