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01. When should I buy a nursing bra?
It’s a good idea to purchase a few nursing bras at the beginning of the third trimester of your pregnancy. By this time, you will have gained most of your baby weight and your breasts will remain approximately the same size for at least the initial postpartum period.
02. Do I need to bring a nursing bra to the hospital?
It’s a good idea to bring at least one nursing bra with you. Hospital gown material can be very abrasive against your nipples and areola, especially during the first few days. You may also appreciate the support a bra gives you while nursing.
03. What should I look for in a bra for the early days?
During the early days, you will be feeding frequently, so you’ll want to purchase a nursing bra that is very comfortable and also stretches to accommodate your growing milk supply during the first week. You’ll want a bra that has easy one-handed access for nursing.
04. Will I have to purchase different sized bras throughout my breast-feeding experience?
Your bust size will typically decrease during the postpartum months as your body returns to pre pregnancy size. Therefore, you may need to purchase smaller bras during your breastfeeding journey.
05. What should I look for in a bra to be worn during my first week postpartum?
During your first week, your breasts may grow larger and become engorged. You’ll want to look for a bra that is very soft and stretchy, yet also strong enough to support your breasts which may feel quite heavy as your milk increases in volume.
06. What's the difference between regular, maternity, and nursing bras?
A maternity bra is a souped-up version of a regular bra – specifically designed to comfortably support your growing breasts during pregnancy. Wider straps, a soft cotton lining, and extra hooks and eyes on the band are just a few of the features you'll typically find in a maternity bra. Maternity bras usually don't have underwire cups. Note: Some regular bras offer these features as well and will work fine during pregnancy.
Maternity and nursing bras differ in one basic way: Nursing bras have clasps or panels that allow easy access to the nipples for breastfeeding.
07. Is there a certain material I should look for when purchasing a nursing bra?
You don’t need to look for a particular material, although many are some combination of cotton, nylon and sometimes spandex. You don’t want an abrasive material rubbing up against your nipples. Look for a bra that fits well, is comfortable, and functions easily during breastfeeding.
08. Should I purchase a nursing bra that is the same size as the bras I’m wearing during pregnancy?
Since your bust size may have changed during your pregnancy, you may need to purchase a larger size bra for nursing, at least for the initial postpartum period. It’s typically safe to purchase a few bras that are the same bust size as during pregnancy, with room to grow in the cup size.