Moms, you might be wearing your nursing bra all wrong! Read this now

 ‘All my expensive nursing bras are suddenly too big’, said my breastfeeding friend. Well, new moms spend a lump sum, not just on baby stuff, but also on maternity bras. Well, those huge, leaky boobs do need some extra care after all. But in the mad hurry to buy nursing bras, most women end up picking the wrong one. And the result? It lies in the corner of your closet, staring at you, making you feel guilty every time you choose something else over it.

But worry not, mommies! We have you covered. While you might have done your research about how to pick the right diaper, feeding bottle or baby food, picking the right nursing bra also needs some effort. So, before you spend big bucks, read this and ensure you avoid these mistakes!

Mistake #1: Buying the bra too soon

First of all, you don’t even know if breastfeeding will work for you and your baby, especially if you are a first-time mommy. Yes, let’s face it! As much as doctors and other might encourage and offer you complete support, there is no hard and fast rule that you will ace the task as soon as you hold your newborn in your arms. So, planning to buy your nursing bra weeks before you deliver must be the last thing on your mind. It’s always wise to wait until you deliver simply because you cannot predict the size of your breasts once you pop out the little human.

On the other hand, don’t rush to the maternity store soon after you deliver either. Wait for your breasts to stabilise. Remember there will be engorgement. So, give yourselves and those boobies a good 10 days and you will be able to know your needs better.

Mistake #2: Not trying the fastener

Investing in a cheap nursing bra only means double expense. Most of the times, women forget to try the fastener and only look for the cup size. Just imagine, you are feeding your baby in public, and you realise you have to put the baby down and expose your boobs to be able to refasten the flap! I promise you,  you will not do that more than once. So, try the fastener, preferably with the baby in one arm. The trick is, you must be able to handle both without a hassle.

Mistake #3: Not knowing if it fits

This is one common problem all women face, leave alone new moms! In the urge to buy a fancy bra, we often forget to pay attention to the fit. But, doing this while you are breastfeeding can lead to serious consequences. Clogged milk ducts, saggy breasts, and of course the risk of getting mastitis is higher when you are wearing an ill-fitted bra. To know if you have got the right fit, try the second row of hooks. This way you can tighten it if it wears off or loosens it if grow big.

The cup has to simply fit, not too tight, not too loose. To avoid confusion, measure your breasts before you head out.

Mistake #4: Picking the wrong fabric

Cotton is the best bet when it comes to fabric for bras. Some newer synthetics like micro fibre also allow the skin to breathe. It is also nice if the cup fabric is somewhat elastic, to allow for breast engorgement and nursing pads.

While fine lingerie needs to be hand-washed, it is also nice to buy a few that can be washed in the machine. You definitely don’t want to be spending time washing your bras when you have a newborn!

Mistake #5:  Caring less about support

The bra MUST support the breast from beneath, even while you are feeding your baby. For good support, look for a bra that has at least three stations at the back, with three hooks. The added size adjustment will provide more comfort, especially as the body changes.

Feature Image source: babycenter.com

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