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World Breastfeeding Week: Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Bras

Happy World Breastfeeding Week everyone!  World Breastfeeding Week is a celebration of breastfeeding that supports moms and moms-to-be, and educates them about the role breastfeeding plays in raising healthy babies. Leading Lady would like to share some fun, interesting and useful facts about breastfeeding and nursing bras.  Whether you are currently breastfeeding, plan to, or have nursed your babies, read on!  We encourage you to put these tips to use, and share with those who have supported your breastfeeding journey.

Did you know…

1)     As early as your second trimester, your breasts are capable of producing milk. This is why many women feel their breasts are heavier and larger during pregnancy.

2)     You can wear nursing bras during pregnancy.  By the third trimester you should shop for nursing bras to be prepared for the baby.  But don’t be shy about wearing your new bras during pregnancy since they should be comfortable and support your current size.  Look for stretchy leisure styles with give-and-take.  Nursing camis are also a great choice once the baby arrives because they allow easy nursing access while still covering your post-bump belly.

3)     Studies show that moms who breastfeed within the first hour of giving birth are more likely to have long-term success.  So bring your nursing bras to the hospital because you will need them right away!  If you experience any difficulty, ask to see the hospital’s lactation consultant.  And hang in there – you are giving your baby a wonderful gift!

4)     Your milk levels will stabilize about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. You should re-measure yourself for nursing bras around this time, and you may be able to transition into more structured styles

5)     Your bra size may continue to fluctuate somewhat throughout the course of breastfeeding.  Bra styles with 4 hook-and-eye closures in back and adjustable straps allow for these common differentiations.

6)     You should not be afraid to try underwire nursing bras if that is the style you find most supportive.  Just as you would with all other bras, you should ensure a proper fit.  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.

7)     Your breasts will need constant support while breastfeeding, and you will likely want to sleep in a bra while nursing.  Sleep bras, leisure bras, nursing camis or a nursing chemise made of soft, stretchable fabrics will keep you supported day and night, and make night time feedings easier.

8)     Nursing bras can be cute and sexy too!  You (and your partner) will be pleased to know that nursing bras are not all plain and matronly.  From lace cup to lace trim, your nursing bras can be just as flirty as your regular bras!

9)     Accessibility is one of the most important factors in a nursing bra.  There are a variety of closure styles including cup clasps and hook-and-eye front closures.  Play around with which style best suits your needs.

10) You should replace your nursing bras about every six months or when they have lost their shape and support.

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