Gone are the days when women were only able to resort to bland colour ways, bras made from uncomfortable fabrics with no need for the fact they were to be used when your breasts were at their most sensitive. Here are some do’s and don’ts for you to consider.
1) Do buy a breast feeding bra which is made from soft, supportive fabric, hidden seams and soft, stretchy trims and laces. There is nothing worse than extra discomfort when you are breast feeding.
2) Do ensure your new bra is professionally fitted, allows room for expansion with the inclusion of six rows of eyes, has power elastene in the back panels for extra support and has wider bra straps and back adjusters if you wear a larger cup size. During pregnancy and breast feeding the expansion of your breasts is generally around two sizes but can be more. Hence the importance of having your pregnancy and breast feeding bra carefully fitted by a professional bra fitter.
3) Do select a bra which has one handed maternity clips. If this is your first pregnancy, you may be unfamiliar with the routine of breast feeding which can be daunting at first. One handed maternity clips leave you with a spare hand to support your baby with and allow you to feed discreetly.
4) Do choose breast feeding bras which have matching underwear. There are entire companies dedicated to designing pregnancy and breast feeding lingerie which is fashionable, functional and also sexy and feminine. Yes, that’s right â€“ you will feel fantastic when you wear it!
5) Don’t choose a breast feeding bra with underwire. It is generally agreed that underwire restricts milk flow and can hinder the growth and changes in breast size and shape during pregnancy. This can lead to such conditions as mastitis which are painful and require antibiotic treatment.
6) Don’t choose a bra which is too big in the hope you will grow into it! That might be okay for children’s clothing but breastfeeding is another issue all together and requires specific fitting in order to ensure your ultimate comfort, shape and overall well being.
7) Don’t leave it too late to get fitted for a breast feeding bra. You will probably need to change from your regular lingerie around the end of the first trimester. The next fitting will be around seven months and if you are fitted well, this bra should see you through your pregnancy and into the breast feeding stage. Most women buy three pregnancy and breast feeding bras. They need to be well made in order to cope with the breast size fluctuations and extra laundering.
A last word of advice! Being pregnant and breast feeding your baby are the most feminine of times as a woman. Revel in it, relish the changes to your body and feel ravishing in exquisite maternity lingerie.