Frequently Asked Questions


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The Questions

1.  What is the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra ?

2.  What should I look for in a Maternity Bra ?

3.  What should I look for in a good Nursing Bra ?

4.  How does bra fitting change when I am pregnant ?

5.  How will my boobs and bra size change during my pregnancy ?

6.  Can I wear an underwired bra during my pregnancy ?

7.  What bras should I take into hospital with me

8.  How do I support by bump to stop my back aching

9.  Will my boobs sag after I stop feeding ?

 

The Answers

1.  What is the difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra ?


A maternity bra is one you wear while you are pregnant and before you begin feeding.  A nursing bra is one you wear while you are breastfeeding, they have some form of opening to allow baby access to your nipple without the need to remove the whole bra.
 

2.  What should I look for in a Maternity Bra ?


When choosing a good maternity bra you should look for the following:

3.  What should I look for in a good Nursing Bra ?


When choosing a good nursing bra you should look for the following:


4.  How does bra fitting change when I am pregnant ?


When I fit ladies for a "normal" bra I usually fit them so the bra fits perfectly on the LOOSEST set of hooks.  This means as the bra is washed and the elastic properties relax a little - the band can be tightened to maintain support and prolong the life of the bra.

When I fit ladies for a maternity bra I fit them so the bra fits perfectly on the TIGHTEST set of hooks.  This means as your band size increases (as the body increases its fat levels in preparation for producing milk) you can move to a looser set of hooks.  As your back size tends to increase before your boobs start getting materially larger - this means your maternity bras will last you longer.

 

5.  How will my boobs and bra size change during my pregnancy ?


Both you back size and cup size will change significantly while you are pregnant.  Every woman's experience will be different.  To see, on average, how your back and cup size might change you can take a look at my more detailed article by clicking here.
 

6.  Can I wear an underwired bra during my pregnancy ?


I get asked this question a lot - women seem really afraid to let go of their underwires !

To answer the question you need to understand what is happening to your body when you are pregnant - and how underwires work.

During your pregnancy your body starts to lay down fat around your chest and within your milk ducts will start to develop and the blood supply will start to increase (the main blood supply to the breast comes from the side).  You do not want any constriction of the blood supply from the side of the breast - or pressure on the breast itself as this could damage the milk ducts.

With this in mind just think about where underwires are positioned and how they work.  Underwires are generally made of steel wire.

 

7.  What bras should I take into hospital with me


When you are in hospital the last thing you want to be worrying about is your bra - and remember it is going to be really warm in there.  So I always recommend going in with something that is comfortable and flexible, its not that important that your boobs are perfectly supported for these few days.  So I would recommend:

A couple of nursing bustiers like this one:

http://www.totallyblooming.co.uk/maternity--nursing-bustier-by-anita-10092-p.asp

A very accommodating bra like this one - you can wear a bit like a crop top:

http://www.totallyblooming.co.uk/spring-blossom-nursing-bra-21081-p.asp


8.  How do I support by bump to stop my back aching ?

There are a number of different ways to try and support your back.  I have included on the website three of these that provide a bit of compression to your back, and support under your bump.  You can see a brief overview of them here:

http://www.totallyblooming.co.uk/blog/?p=161


9.  Will my boobs sag after I stop feeding ?

When you boobs swell as your milk ducts develop it puts a lot of strain on the internal structure of your breasts.  The shape and structure of your breasts is maintained by the "Coopers Ligaments".  The extent to which your boobs will sag after feeding depends on how much damage is done to these ligaments.

You can find out more about the Coopers Ligaments and how to protect them here.


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