If you're pregnant or breastfeeding then your boobs are in for a period of many changes. Will they ever be the same again? I have no idea, my jubblies are still milk machines. I do know a thing or two about bras though!
I swear I have bought more bras from mid-pregnancy throughout my nursing period than I have in the rest of my life.
When I first went shopping for maternity bras I sobbed. How on earth could something without a wire hold up my E and growing cup size? I actually committed the ultimate bra sin (blame the hormones) and bought nursing singlets and a couple of nursing bras without trying them on. Cue 2 days post postpartum a call to The Mummy (now The Nanna) with the request she go and buy me some 3 way stretch crop top/bras to get me through the first weeks.
Once my milk had settled down I found myself a stockist of gorgeous nursing bras and lingerie and I got professionally fitted and I treated myself. The change in my mentality was phenomenal - I felt beautiful in my very alien post-preggers body. And oh my wow - who knew you didn't need scaffolding to hold the jubblies up? I'm rocking a Dolly Parton F cup cleavage in a non wired bra.
After 4 straight years of pregnancy/nursing, here are my top tips for maternity bras:
Give in to comfort!
When you are pregnant your breasts will grow - trust me. Get measured in your second trimester, as often as necessary in your third and at least twice post postpartum.
When pregnant buy a bra with room to grow, buy a bigger back so as your ribs widen you can loosen the back to accommodate. (Or pick up an extender).
In your third trimester get a slightly larger cup to allow room to grow.
Avoid wires while breastfeeding as these can sit on the milk ducts - plugged ducts are not fun and can lead to breast infections.
Go for proper nursing bras, with a flip down cup. Trying to whack a boob over a standard bra cup is uncomfy and will just ruin the bra after just a month of it.
Nursing bras are not cheap (especially for those with bigger boobies) so factor them into your budget, or put some money aside during pregnancy. A good nursing bra is an essential - not a luxury.
Maternity and nursing bras suffer more wear and tear, so you'll need to replace them more often.
When you're feeding you'll want at least four. At least! You're probably going to want to change them daily, what with day old milk smelling a bit milky, and 2 day old milk smelling, well, off.
Do you have any tips to share for looking after your pregnant or nursing boobs? Share them below!
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