Wearing a bra at night helps firm your breasts and reduce sagging. The bra offers support for your breasts. This helps maintain the shape.
Yet, over time there have been endless debates on whether women should or shouldn’t wear bras at night.
One school of thought believes for breasts to grow perkier, you need to wear a bra at night. The other says that wearing a bra at night isn’t good and will make your breasts sag.
Neither of these is correct. At least not the reasoning behind the claims.
A woman’s body changes because of several factors. Age, hormones, and pregnancy are among these. They can cause breasts to sag. But wearing a bra at night doesn’t. It does the opposite.
Lactating experts say that it is safe to wear a bra at night, especially during pregnancy and nursing. But, it needs to be a nursing bra and not your everyday bra.
Often, a pregnant and lactating mother suffers from a deficiency of sleep.
To curb sleeping problems, you can find workable solutions. These include:
- Creating a sleeping schedule
- Eating a healthy diet
- Drinking 9 glasses of water a day as recommended by the European Food Safety Authority.
But, you are likely to forget a little detail important for a good night’s sleep. This post will show you the benefits of wearing a bra to bed when pregnant and breastfeeding.
Why Wear a Maternity Bra at Night?
1. To Accommodate Your Changing Body
Your body goes through several changes during pregnancy. Some common changes you will notice are to your breasts. They are preparing to produce milk, hence the changes as they prepare for your little one.
Yet even these changes are not the same among all women. For example, one woman may have noticeable changes in breast volume such as an increase of four cup sizes. Another has an increase of one cup size only.
Other breast changes include:
- Breasts becoming tender and swollen.
- Discharge from nipples.
- Breast tissue growing quickly.
- Veins under the skin becoming prominent.
- Feeling of heaviness because of increased blood flow.
- Nipples and areolas darkening.
The changes don’t stop there. Once you begin breastfeeding you will notice even more differences, including:
- Cracked nipples
“Change is the only constant in life.” Heraclitus.
The changes in your breasts are countless. Embracing them will help you deal with these changes.
Begin by investing in New Bloom's Maternity bras. Think of them as your snug friend, designed to provide comfort and support. Properly armed, you will have a good night's sleep.
They also make it easy for you to breastfeed and bond with your baby.
These bras will accommodate all your body changes and can expand up to 3 sizes. This allows you to experience comfort when sleeping. It also means you don’t have to keep buying a new bra as your cup size increases.
If your breasts leak a lot, sleeping throughout the night can be difficult. You also don’t want to wake up in a wet puddle.
New Bloom Maternity bras are made with breathable cotton fabric. They absorb sweat and breast milk through the night.
You can also use nursing pads in your bra. They absorb milk and prevent your clothes and bedsheets from staining.
So how many nursing pads should you get?
The number of nursing pads you need will depend on your milk production. New Bloom Ultra-Thin Bamboo Nursing Pads come in a box with 30 pieces. This will last you for a few weeks.
2. To Avert Health-Related Complications
The bra you wear can affect your ability to breastfeed your baby and your mental health. Experts say nursing mothers shouldn’t wear regular bras with underwires.
Underwired bras exert pressure on the milk ducts. This may lead to plugged ducts and blockage of your milk flow.
Lack of enough flow of milk affects a nursing mother. Feelings of guilt and shame can overwhelm you because of the inability to feed your baby. This affects your mental wellbeing.
Clogged milk ducts also cause pain and swelling around the breast. It can lead to infections such as mastitis, which is common among nursing mothers.
Poor-fitting bras are another leading cause of mastitis. Ensure you get professionally fitted before buying a nursing bra. You can get your fitting from a lingerie store or measure yourself at home.
So how do you fit your bra at home?
It is advisable to fit a bra when you are between 36 to 38 weeks of pregnancy. By then most of your breast changes will have taken place.
Step 1: Grab a notebook, pen, and tape measure (with inches for measurements).
Step 2: Stand in front of a mirror wearing a regular, unwired, and unpadded bra.
Step 3: Take a tape measure and place it underneath your bust. Note down the measurements. If it is an even number, add 4 to it and for an odd number add 5 to it.
Step 4: Again, take the tape measure and place it around the largest, fullest part of your breasts. Ensure the tape measure is not too tight. Note down the measurements.
Step 5: Work out the difference between the above two measurements to get your cup size. If the measurements are the same, you are an A cup. If the difference is by two sizes you are a B cup, 3 size difference is a C cup, and so on.
Now you know your cup size.
This video will give you easy steps for your bra fitting
3. To Make Breastfeeding Easy
If you don’t already know, babies are very demanding when it comes to breastfeeding. But don’t let that stress you.
Since babies breastfeed 8 to 12 times daily, you will need a bra that’s easy to unfasten.
Nursing bras have many hooks that make it easy for you to access out your boobs whenever you need to breastfeed.
This makes your breastfeeding time easy and enjoyable.
What Should I Consider When Buying a Bra?
Now that we have established you need to wear a nursing bra at night, what kind should it be?
Let’s begin with the features it shouldn’t have.
- Underwires. These will exert pressure and hurt your breasts, which are already sensitive. As a result, it will interfere with the flow of milk production.
- Fixed clips. They make it difficult to breastfeed your little one.
- Bra cups that are stiff. These cannot accommodate your breasts, which are growing and increasing in cup size.
- Narrow straps. They are not strong enough to support heavy breasts.
The above features make this kind of bra uncomfortable for a pregnant or nursing mother.
A nursing bra will increase your comfort during pregnancy and after your baby is born. Their wide straps provide the extra support needed to hold breasts when they are full of milk.
They should be made of soft and absorbent fabrics such as cotton.
New Bloom Maternity Bras are made with the innovative U-Grow Technology. It stretches and grows with your body to accommodate different breast cup sizes.
Nursing bras have more hooks. These are adjustable and make it easy to loosen the bra when breastfeeding.
Where Do I Get The Right Bra?
Many women prefer to get maternity bras before delivery. The best time is around the eighth month of pregnancy. By this time your breasts have undergone most of the changes.
Experts recommend you buy at least three nursing bras:
- A bra to wear
- A bra in the wash
- A bra to spare
You have the liberty to get more depending on your preference and budget.
Nursing bras also come with a variety of styles. Find one that suits you from New Bloom Maternity. They have plenty to choose from, including nursing essentials, and breast pumps.
Their bras are also excellent quality, comfortable, and affordable. You need not leave the comfort of your home as you can shop online.