Nursing bras are an important part of post-pregnancy, especially if a woman has decided to nurse her young one. A nursing bra offers additional support for women that are breastfeeding or lactating, without requiring bra removal. In some circumstances, women begin lactating during their pregnancies, so wearing a nursing bra is particularly important to avoid any embarrassing public leakage.
Nursing bras offer full cups, more comfortable fabrics, wider shoulder straps to accommodate extra breast and milk weight and offer easy access for babies that are nursing. The breastfeeding panels are simply flaps that can fold down or unclip to expose the nipple, allowing the baby to conveniently nurse. Nursing bras also allow pads to easily be inserted to help absorb any leakage between feedings.
As with any bra, selection and fit are vital. Nursing bras should fully enclose the breast tissue without causing painful and unsightly bulges beneath the armpits. The bra’s cup fabric should remain tight and not gape against the sternum. Nursing bras provide the additional support a nursing mom needs, helping put less pressure on breast tissues, decreasing the risk of infections and clogged milk ducts. Additionally, some women experience an increase of one to two cup sizes with pregnancy, so having the additional support of a nursing bra is highly recommended.