Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding parenting decisions you can make and the healthiest choice for your child. Although, the decision is very personal and one that only you can make, there are plenty of benefits and reasons to opt in.
Of course, along with breastfeeding comes the multitude of products and gear that are marketed to moms. Nursing clothes are nice but not a necessity for those looking to lighten their wardrobe. Nursing bras however, those are a must-have.
A wireless bra is recommended during the first few months of breastfeeding as it helps to prevent infections. There is some speculation on underwires in bras leading to clogged ducts or mastitis, however I’ve never experienced this personally. Bravado is a brand that has strategically placed the underwires lower so that they don’t press into or on the sides of your ducts. My favorite is their Allure. Even though it has the nursing access, the design, underwire and shaped cups make me feel as if I’m wearing a regular bra. Supportive and incredibly comfortable!
A light support bra or nursing tank is a good choice for evenings. You are going to want some kind of support at night, especially when dealing with leakage and marathon feedings.
Nummies’ new Comfort Bra is fantastic and one of my favorites for pregnancy and night. It is seamless and feels like your favorite tee. The wrap over design is comfortable and the fabric is designed to accommodate the changes in your breast during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
While we are on the topic of comfort, I’d like to mention a couple of products that make my life much easier while nursing. First off – Lanolin.
Lansinoh Lanolin Cream works wonders for chapped or sore nipples. There are also many other balms and creams on the market that are formulated to do the same thing. You don’t have to worry about product transfer, because chances are, if you are using a cream for chapped nipples you are going to need nursing pads.
Thin, non-bulky pads are great and won’t show under tees or tops. There are reusable options available, however I found the disposables were more absorbent and better suited for my own needs. Try a couple of varieties and use what works best for you!