How Long Do Nursing Bras Last?
There’s a couple do’s and don’ts when it comes to buying the right nursing bras.
Your breasts become one of the most sensitive parts of your body before and after delivery.
For this reason, you'll want a bra that’s comfortable, stylish, and gentle on your skin.
Nursing bras are essentially made for convenience, but is there anything else they are good for?
Here's all you need to know to find the right nursing bras for you!
Common Nursing Bra Mistakes to Avoid
Nursing bras have an approximate lifespan of 6-9 months. They are worn down by multiple washes, and the elastic loosens due to heavy wear.
Of course, this all depends on how you take care of your bras too. Some actions add to their longevity while others age them faster.
Regardless of wear and tear, there are some things to look out for when you purchase your bra.
Going for Price Over Quality
It's really tempting to buy bras that feel like a steal. Who doesn't wanna save a couple bucks? Be on the lookout for inferior trims and fabrics when you choose price over quality.
A good bra should be noticeable at first glance. You will notice the multiple layers in the bra and how substantial it feels to the touch. You will also notice the firm elastic which doesn’t have much give.
Going for quality means you will be comfortable and enjoy longer support!
Buying the Wrong Size
Did you know that 70% percent of women (or more) wear the wrong size bra? Bra size is important, especially for breastfeeding mothers. Wearing an ill-fitting bra can cause you discomfort. When shopping for a nursing bra, you shouldn't:
Ignore Your Breast Shape and Form
Women come in all shapes and sizes. Our bodies vary, right down to our breasts. You need to find a bra style best suited for you.
Full coverage bras are best for women who have larger busts. The cups are made to cover the whole breast area. This gives more support and a better fit.
Plunge bras suit women with small busts that are heavier at the base of the breast.
Avoid Getting Fitted
Bra shopping can be a frustrating experience. It doesn't have to. Getting fitted at a department store or local bra boutique will ensure you always get the right bra size for your body type. It also ensures you get the right bra when ordering online.
Buy a Bigger Cup Size for Later
It's tempting to buy a bigger bra that you will 'grow into' when your breast size fluctuates. Don't.
A bra with extra room is noticeable under clothing as it doesn’t accentuate your frame correctly. You also risk aches on your back and shoulders as the bra does not provide adequate support.
Buying Few Bras
Your body goes through many transitions during pregnancy and right after birth.
Your second trimester shows more evident changes in your breast size. In some cases it can be even earlier.
Going for Synthetic Fabric
When you think of comfort, think cotton!
Bras that have cotton lining and slings are great for comfort and they also keep you cool. Irritation and sweating can be caused by wearing synthetic fabrics because they are not breathable.
How Should I Take Care of My Nursing Bra?
All the factors mentioned above (done right) can extend the lifespan of your bra.
Here are a few more tips:
Avoid wearing the same bra two days in a row, your bra needs a break too!
The elastic in your bra stretches and loosens after hugging you on repeat. A break will make it last longer and keep the elastic firm.
If you want your favorite bra to last longer you should probably buy a couple more of them. This stops you from constantly reaching out for your favorite bra every single day.
Your favorite bra probably loves you as much as you love it, but do it a favor and stock up. Have a bare minimum of 3 bras.
Wash Them Well
The best advice you'll ever get when it comes to washing bras is to stick to handwashing. It's up to you on whether you want to throw them in the washer, but if you do, consider placing your bra in a lingerie bag first.
Bleach is one way to shorten the lifespan of your bra real quick. This is because it causes your bra to lose its stretch. If you really need to use bleach, go for a non-chlorine formula.
What Nursing Bra is Best for Me?
Your breasts start to grow as your body prepares for breastfeeding. This is the time you often find yourself looking for a couple of new bras.
When the time comes to accommodate the changes in breast size during pregnancy, maternity bras are a great choice. They provide the utmost support that prevents aches on your back and shoulders.
They have secure hooks, breathable cotton lining and broader straps.
Why not go for a bra that will see you through pregnancy to breastfeeding? The New Bloom everyday maternity bra has drop-down clasps that allow you to feed your little one one-handed and maintain support while doing so.
Some Bra Styles to Consider:
A Sleeping Bra
Postpartum season may have your breasts feeling sore and quite full. You need the support of a sleeping bra at night. You also want a bra that is convenient for nighttime feeding.
The Pregnancy Sleeping Bra is designed to expand up to 3 sizes. This accommodates your breasts as your body changes.
A Nursing Bralette
Nursing moms often come to terms with replacing bras more often.
Your breasts are much heavier than normal breast tissue which makes your bra work a lot harder.
You also find yourself constantly pulling the cup up and down for feeding time. These fluctuations in size will leave you needing bra replacements more often.
Nursing bralettes will provide better comfort for you than a regular bra. How so?
- They don't have an underwire.
- The inner lining gives extra comfort and is very soft.
- They’re made from plush cotton mixed with stretchy spandex for that snug fit.
- They provide easy access for cluster feeding times.
A breast pad is circular in shape and made of absorbent material that is placed inside the bra. It is right over the nipple and it absorbs breast milk that leaks out.
Leaking milk is a common occurrence in nursing moms when the breast is full or has a milk ejection reflex. Yes, you read that right.
Your baby's cry is enough to call forth a let-down reflex from your breasts.
It’s also possible to leak a little in the opposite breast during nursing periods, especially in the early weeks. Breast pads come in handy and keep your outfit dry!
You need to change them to avoid sore nipples when they are damp or soggy.
New bloom Ultra-Thin Bamboo Nursing Pads absorb up to 40 times their weight and are 100% biodegradable.
All New Bloom bras incorporate UGrow technology™ that allows the bra to expand and contract with your body.
Choose New Bloom for All Your Bra Needs Today
The number of bras you need depends on your personal preferences, lifestyle, and habits.
Having fewer bras also means you find yourself wearing the same bra through multiple pregnancies. This is a no-no.
Your pregnancies may vary from one to the next. By then your bra will have lost its ability to support you as well as it used to. This leads to discomfort, ligament damage, or premature sagging.
At New Bloom, you get all the help you need when selecting your nursing bra. We provide quality, style, and comfort wrapped up into one!
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