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Nursing Bra Basics

Measuring bra cup size

A bra that fits properly is extremely important to a nursing mother because it helps in maintaining good breast health and in preventing plugged ducts. When looking for a nursing bra, fit, comfort, support and accessibility are the most important factors. A proper fitting bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered on your chest, and the straps will remain in place while you are moving.

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Read on for more tips about maximizing the fit, comfort, and support of your nursing bra for the health of your breasts.

You should begin shopping for nursing bras in your third trimester of pregnancy. However, as soon as your current bra feels uncomfortable, it is time to start wearing bigger/new ones.

To achieve your proper bra fit, start by measuring yourself. You can find fit tools online to help you measure, or you can be measured by a sales associate at intimate apparel boutiques or at most department stores. Many women are in-between sizes so it may take a few tries to find your ideal fit.

Towards the end of your pregnancy and into your early nursing days, stretchy leisure styles with some give-and-take, camis and front closure leisure bras, are great options. It’s recommended that you start out with three nursing bras or camis: One to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. Bring them with you to the hospital. You will need them right away!

You should be fitted for nursing bras, just as you would for all of your other bras. Your size will fluctuate over the first few months of nursing. So re-measure yourself about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery, once your milk levels stabilize. At this time, you will likely be ready to transition from flexible bras into more structured bras.

Remember to replace your nursing bras if they have lost their shape or no longer fit, at least every six months.

About Leading Lady

Leading Lady is a premiere nursing bra and intimate apparel company. From pregnancy through breastfeeding, Leading Lady’s family of designers and experts are dedicated to outfitting new moms with the advice, style and support they need to nurture their babies from the intimates, out.

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