Alright, so this is a virtual baby shower and what would be more appropriate than talking about nursing bras! We're happy to have special guest Amy Berry, Lactation Expert for Leading Lady (Registered Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant and Mother of 7). She's hear to give you the inside scoop on your nursing bra selection. I know from experience that it is really hard to decide which size to pick, when to purchase your nursing bra, and the right fit for how you plan to nurse. I'm so glad she's here to help. Be sure to stop by later this afternoon for a GREAT giveaway from Leading Lady! xoxo Gabreial
Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you prepare for the arrival of your new little one – gathering your diapers, swaddles and baby monitors – it is important to remember a few essential items that you will need to nurture your baby, including a nursing bra wardrobe. I recommend that you begin shopping for nursing bras in your third trimester and start with at least three: one to wear, one in the wash and one in the drawer. Towards the end of your pregnancy and into your early nursing days, stretchy leisure styles with some give-and-take and camis, like Leading Lady's Santoni bra and square neck cami, are good options. Definitely bring your nursing bras to the hospital. You will need them right away!
Finding the right fit is vital to the health of your breasts and your own comfort. 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. I suggest you re-measure yourself about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery, once your milk levels stabilize. At this time, you will likely be ready to transition from flexible bras into more structured bras, such as our seamless, T-shirt nursing bras. Because size fluctuations vary, 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.
When looking for a nursing bra, fit, comfort, support and accessibility are the most important factors. 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. Your nursing bra should make breastfeeding your baby easier by proving quick, convenient access to your breasts. Styles range from traditional nursing clasps, to front closures so try a few to determine which one you prefer.
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. Also, 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.
I wish you all the best in your breastfeeding experience and your wonderful new adventure!
Thank you so much Amy! We appreciate your time!
Guest Post by Amy Berry, Lactation Expert for Leading Lady (Registered Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant and Mother of 7)
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