I have written a few articles about preparing to breastfeed while pregnant. I think there are many things you can do ahead of time, while still pregnant, which will make breastfeeding easier.
One of those is buying yourself a great nursing sleep bra. I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby wondering why I needed to buy new bras. I asked my mom group at the time, do I really need to invest in new bras? Why can't I just wear my normal bras to breastfeed?
Well, they quickly let me know a myriad of reasons why you are going to want not only nursing bras, but also nursing sleep bras:
- Your breasts change a lot while pregnant and nursing. While pregnant your breasts may be sore or enlarged, and that little bit of support while sleeping can really help with comfort.
- When breastfeeding you do not want to have to pull your regular bra down or to the side. This will stretch your bras out and ruin them with time.
- Underwire, which I always wore before breastfeeding, can cause clogged ducts and discomfort when nursing.
- Having a sleep bra is great for keeping nursing pads in place, and offering gentle support in those early days of breastfeeding. I leaked a lot at night so that was crucial for me.
Still, despite this information I did not buy any bras specifically for breastfeeding. I think I was overwhelmed with the choices and didn't know what to do. So I ended up buying my first nursing bras while I was in the hospital. I quickly learned the benefits of good nursing bras and have tried many over the years of having three babies.
A bra which is new to me and I recently tried is the The French Terry Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra
from Kindred Bravely and wow, this bra is so comfortable and soft!
Here is some information about this bra from Kindred Bravely:
The simple crossover front design and stretchy fabric make a super-comfy nursing and sleep bra with easy one-handed, pull-aside breastfeeding access and gentle support. This wire-free nursing bra is the ideal choice for night-time support and keeping breast pads in place. The French Terry Nursing Sleep Bras, also considered to be the best maternity sleep bras, are a great choice for walking, yoga, or anytime you want light support and comfort. Whether breastfeeding, pregnant, or none-of-the-above, you will enjoy the comfort and style this racerback maternity bra offers and pull it from your drawer time and time again.
The Kindred Bravely Racerback Nursing Bra is designed to fit multiple cup sizes — perfect for the normal fluctuations experienced in breastfeeding moms. If between sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size in these nursing sleep bras. Busty sizes feature an elastic chest-band to offer additional light support.
This bra comes in a variety of sizes to fit every shape. The material is Made from French Terry: 92% Rayon of Bamboo, 8% Spandex
I love this bra for sleeping. It is so soft and comfortable.
Kindred Bravely has a full line of maternity and nursing bras, pajamas, underwear and more so check them out here!