Nursing Bras and BreastfeedingBecoming a new mom brings so many changes to a woman's life and body. While your unborn baby has been growing, your rib cage has been expanding, resulting in an increase in your back size (in addition to a larger cup size). Within hours after giving birth, your rib cage begins returning to its normal position, and soon your bra and back size will decrease too. To help your body limit the amount and intensity of any stretch marks that may form during and after childbirth, it is very important to wear a soft-cup bra during the last few weeks before birth, as well as for a few weeks afterwards.
As your body adjusts to childbirth and breastfeeding, Dianes team of bra fitting experts can outfit you with the proper nursing bras to accommodate this exciting and sensitive period in your life.
Dianes team offer these quick fitting tips for nursing mothers:
Purchase your nursing bras within one month of your baby's arrival, so you will have them on hand in the hospital as you begin to nurse.
Your bras should fit comfortably on the last hook so that after delivery you will be able to adjust each one to a gradually smaller fit as your body returns to normal.
To ensure a comfortable fit when your milk comes in you should purchase one-cup size larger than the bra size that fits snugly at the time of your purchase.
Make sure your nursing bras are fully adjustable with plenty of fit options. Between feedings when your milk ducts are refilling, if you wear too tight a bra you could inhibit your milk supply, in addition to being very uncomfortable. After feeding, you can adjust the straps to take up any slack in the fit.
We recommend that you purchase a minimum of three nursing bras: two for day wear and one to provide all-over support during sleep and exercise.