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The Nursing Bra Simplified

Searching for the perfect nursing bra? Trying to find one can be a tall order, especially for first time moms. Typical concerns range from, when is the best time to buy one, is underwire is safe and what to do if you’re not a fan of those pesky clips and snaps?

Worry no more, here are some tips and my three favorite nursing bras:

- Purchase a nursing bra four weeks prior to your due date — if it fits at four weeks, you should be fine after delivery when your milk comes in. - Sizing: remember your ribcage expands slightly, if you can’t get fitted, measure your waist just below your breast and right above your ribcage for band sizing and directly around your bust for your cup size. - Make sure your nursing bra fits comfortably around the breast tissue — your bra should feel snug and not constricting. You should be able to easily slide your finger back and forth underneath the band. Compression of the breast tissue can cause mastitis or clogged ducts. - An underwire nursing bra is great — as long as it fits comfortably underneath the breast tissue. - Your secret weapon: a white nursing bra — perfect color for hiding milk stains!

1. The Starter Bra (perfect for mama’s who are looking for an easy fit and don’t like snaps)

Medela Sleep Bra

This bra provides moderate support, slips off easily and is snap free, with room for nursing pads. It’s called a sleep bra because it’s ideal for night feeding. This tends to be a transition bra for most moms, but I know a fewwho’ve used it for much longer, it’s all about making it work for you. It’s perfect under a loose fitted t-shirt.

2. Seamless & Strapped

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

You’ll get much more support from this bra and it’s clips/snaps make access a breeze. It’s seamless, so it has flexible wearability. It comes with foam inserts but I would recommend taking those out to give you as much room as possible and allow the bra to mold to your shape.

3. Underwire & Under Control

Bravado Allure Underwire Nursing Bra

For the bustier women or a mom looking for extra support, this bra is perfect. It’s wide underwire channel, should be clear of any breast tissue. Please note— It’s not a push up bra, it just provides a bit of lift. I would recommend starting off with a sleep bra and transitioning into an underwire bra.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Erica Chidi

The Integrative Birth Collective

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