Thanks to YooToo for sponsoring today’s post.
Being a new mom can be hard and when you throw in breastfeeding challenges things can be extra tricky. I have breastfed 6 babies. I know breastfeeding comes with all kinds of ups and downs.
What if I told you that there was one thing that made my breastfeeding journey so much easier every single time?
Other moms gave me all kinds of “must-have” product recommendations while I was nursing. I tried most of them. The one thing that really and truly made my breastfeeding life easier though was a great quality nursing bra.
A great nursing bra made a world of difference to me. You wear your nursing bra 24 hours a day. It is the single most-used baby item that you will own. Make it a good one.
It’s hard to know what to look for when shopping for a nursing bra though, especially if you are shopping during pregnancy and aren’t quite sure what you are going to need.
We have some tips (along with a fabulous nursing bra recommendation) for you.
Look for Comfort
Being comfortable while you are breastfeeding is a must. It’s nearly impossible to get your milk to let down when you are uncomfortable or stressed so I made comfort a priority.
The times I skimped on my nursing bra I ended up frustrated and sore.
I love the YooToo Bra for so many reasons but comfort is right at the top of my list. Many nursing moms (myself included) opt to sleep in their nursing bra at night and this one is definitely comfortable enough for sleeping, but still supportive enough for daytime wear.
I love that it still has some nice details that make it pretty. Being comfortable doesn’t mean you have to give up wearing pretty things.
Get the Right Size
This one can be a bit tricky, especially if you are shopping during pregnancy because your bra size changes so much. Even after your baby is born, your size will fluctuate a bit based on a number of things including, how recently you have nursed your baby to how quickly the baby weight is coming off.
Look for a bra that will adjust with your size a bit. Some fabrics definitely have more stretch than others. You want something that will work with your changing body.
YooToo has a patented Ugrow knit weave that is super soft and really moves and adjusts the way you need it to. It really feels like a second skin.
Even the size of your rib cage will be changing once your baby is born. That’s tricky for sizing a bra because your band measurement will change dramatically so you need a bra that can accommodate that. The YouToo Bra has 6 hook and eyes so you can keep the fit you need without buying a new bra.
If you are worried about finding the right size, many maternity stores offer free sizing consultations and they often have a good idea what size will work for you after your baby is born if you are shopping while pregnant.
Look for light padding
Padding is important in a nursing bra. Too much padding and it’s bulky when you go too nurse. Too little padding and you are risking your nursing pads showing through your shirt. Most moms are super sensitive while nursing too. Brush into something the wrong way or move your shirt too much and suddenly you are leaking milk.
I have gone back and forth on this because generally I prefer bras with an underwire for support. Underwires can be tricky while nursing and often can lead to clogged milk ducts which is painful and can lead to infection. I was surprised to find that there are some great, supportive bras that don’t have underwires.
I’ve dealt with three nasty cases of mastitis that I at least partially blame on a poorly placed underwire and I would not recommend it. I rarely get sick but mastitis did a phenomenal job of knocking me down.
Look one-handed clasps
I’ve used a huge variety of nursing bras over the years and some were way more complicated than I expected them to be. You want a clasp that can be opened and closed with one hand because you’ll be using your other hand to hold your baby. If you want to have any chance at nursing discreetly in public, that one-handed clasp is a necessity.
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