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How To Use a Nursing Bra: 9 Breastfeeding Tips

How To Use a Nursing Bra: 9 Breastfeeding Tips

As you embark on this exciting journey of nurturing your little one, we know that the challenges can sometimes seem overwhelming. One of those challenges is finding and using the perfect nursing bra. Luckily, we're here to guide you.

In this article, we'll delve into nursing bras and share some of our favorite tips for using them effectively. Whether you're at the beginning of your breastfeeding journey or a seasoned pro, these tips are designed to make your life a little easier and more comfortable.

What Is a Nursing Bra?

“What is a nursing bra,” you might ask? Well, it's your best friend during the breastfeeding phase.

A nursing bra is designed to provide additional support to your changing breasts and make nursing your little one as hassle-free as possible. It features special clips or panels that allow easy access to your breasts for feeding without having to remove your bra.

How Do You Use a Nursing Bra?

Now that you're familiar with the different types of nursing bras, let's dive into some tips on how to use them most effectively.

1. Use the Correct Size

First things first, let's talk about sizing. Did you know your breast size can fluctuate during pregnancy and nursing? It's true! So, getting measured and ensuring the right fit for your nursing bra is crucial.

A well-fitted nursing bra should feel comfortable, provide ample support, and shouldn't squeeze or press your breasts — even when closed. Remember, a tight bra can lead to clogged milk ducts, so when in doubt, always opt for a slightly looser fit.

2. Understand Clips and Fasteners

Your nursing bra is equipped with either clips or fasteners that allow you to easily lower the cups for feeding. Practice unclipping and re-clipping these with one hand (since the other might be busy holding your little one). The easier you can manage this, the smoother your nursing sessions will go.

3. Comfort Is Key

While the practicality of your nursing bra is important, let's not forget about comfort. Your skin may become sensitive during breastfeeding due to hormonal changes and the frequent touch from feeding.

Therefore, choosing a nursing bra made from soft, breathable fabric can reduce the chances of irritation and help keep your skin comfortable. Natural fibers like cotton are often a good choice, as they allow air to circulate.

4. Change It Often

Another essential tip is to change your nursing bra regularly. Milk spills and leaks are common occurrences when breastfeeding. These can dampen your bra, which can lead to discomfort, chafing, and potentially even infections.

It's a good idea to change into a fresh bra as soon as possible if it gets wet. Keeping a couple of extra bras on hand can make this easier.

5. Sleep Smart

Sleeping with a bra on might not be everyone's cup of tea, but for breastfeeding moms, it can be a lifesaver. A sleep nursing bra can provide you with the right support to help prevent painful breast engorgement and leaks on your sheets.

Our Nursing Sleep Bra is soft, comfy, and comes without any uncomfortable wires or fasteners. With easy pull-aside access for those middle-of-the-night feedings, it ensures you can maximize your sleep while still tending to your little one's needs.

6. Plan Ahead for Feedings

To keep breastfeeding smooth and stress-free, a little bit of planning can go a long way. If you're going out with your little one, wear your nursing bra and dress in a way that makes feeding easier.

Choose clothing that pairs well with your nursing bra and allows for easy access when it's time to feed. That way, you won’t have to wrestle with your clothes when your baby is hungry.

7. Take Breaks When You Need Them

Being a mom is a full-time job, and it's totally okay to need a break! Whether you're feeling overwhelmed or your body just needs some downtime, listen to your needs.

If you're feeling discomfort from wearing your bra for an extended period, take a break and free yourself from your nursing bra for a while. This little act of self-care can make a big difference to your overall comfort and well-being.

8. Using Nursing Pads

Milk leaks happen, even when you're not nursing. To keep your nursing bra and clothes from getting soaked, consider using nursing pads.

They're designed to absorb leaks and can easily be slipped inside your bra cups. There are disposable and washable options available, so you can choose what works best for you.

9. Have Fun With Your Choices

Who says nursing bras have to be boring? While comfort and functionality are important, it doesn't mean you can't have a little fun.

Choose nursing bras in colors and patterns that you love. There's no reason why you can't maintain your sense of style during your breastfeeding journey.

Nursing Bras at Motherhood

At Motherhood, we've got you covered with a variety of nursing bra styles to suit any of your needs — from the early days of nursing to when you've basically gone pro. Want a bra that offers coverage and versatility? Try our Underwire Nursing Bra or our Molded Wireless Nursing Bra.

They fit like your favorite non-nursing bra but have the clip-down straps you need when duty calls. This makes them perfect for office wear, date nights, or when you need a little extra support or lift under clothes.

Looking for a flexible fit? Check out our award-winning Seamless Nursing Bra. This bra is constructed to cover a range of sizes, it provides a comfortable fit throughout your breastfeeding journey.

And if you have concerns about clogged ducts or mastitis, our Rib Knit Seamless Nursing Bra is a great choice. This pull-over style bra offers 360-degrees of support, without any wires, ensuring you get the support and lift you want without any pinching or irritation.

The Bottom Line

Embarking on the breastfeeding journey is an amazing experience, but it doesn't come without its challenges. With the right nursing bra and the practical tips we've shared, navigating this journey becomes significantly easier and more comfortable. From sizing to skin comfort, from feeding planning to fun choices, each detail matters.

As you stride through motherhood, remember that the right nursing bra not only supports your breastfeeding needs but also caters to your personal style and comfort.


Breastfeeding: Overview | American Pregnancy Association

Breast Changes During Pregnancy | APA

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Skin Changes During Pregnancy | APA

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