There are countless caveats that exist when you buy and wear an ill-fitting size of a nursing bra. Overall comfort, convenience, and the ease at which you can privately feed your baby in public areas or at home are of the utmost concern. There are some downsides to using a poorly fitted bra when nursing. Use these tips to avoid any mishaps with your bra selection.
Tight fitting equates to many problems. A bra that fits too tightly when nursing can cause you a slew of undesirable issues. Primarily, if the bra hugs your breasts too tightly, it can actually contract the milk ducts and cause them to become clogged. Clogged milk ducts can result in a nasty buildup of spoiled milk and will ultimately lead up to bacterial infection that can be passed along to the child.
Ensure easy access, adjustable cups. The cups on your bra should be able to open and close to ensure effortless feeding when the time arises. They should be roomy and able to be adjusted to the size of your breasts. Furthermore, the cups should be able to be released by only using one hand; as you will have to hold your baby in the other most times when nursing.
Try to avoid wearing your standard nursing bra to bed. Instead, purchase a separate and specialty bra that’s designed for nursing mothers while sleeping. These bras will fit differently, and they are not designed for everyday wear. The goal of these bras is to protect your breasts while you sleep to avoid any ailments and aches that can result otherwise.
Avoiding mastitis is a primary goal. If you are unfamiliar with mastitis, it is defined as inflammation of the breasts, and generally occurs as the result of wearing bras that are too tight when nursing a child. This condition can be amply compared to dry socket that people who have had their wisdom teeth removed can suffer from. In short, you want to avoid this condition at all costs, and by assuring proper fit of your bra you can easily do so.