Is Wearing a Bra during Breastfeeding Safe?

A woman breastfeeding

Women invest a lot of time and energy in finding the perfect bra, but pregnancy and childbirth may change your preferences. After delivery, one of the most sensitive areas are your breasts, and you want something comfortable to wear, be it your clothes or your bra. Your breast size increases and you may not find your regular bras comfortable while breastfeeding. Therefore your maternity clothing will include maternity bras too. If you are wondering about how bras affect breastfeeding, then you should read this article. In the following article, we shall discuss everything you need to know about wearing a bra during breastfeeding.

Is it Safe to Wear an Underwire Bra While Breastfeeding?

There is no denying that underwire bras provide optimum support to your breasts, but is it a good choice during breastfeeding? Here are some reasons that will help you make an informed decision regarding wearing an underwire bra while breastfeeding:

  • Your breasts may feel tender when you are breastfeeding, and underwire bras can make you feel extremely uncomfortable.
  • The underwire of your bra can dig into your skin and cause unnecessary pressure to your breasts.
  • You may even feel pain and discomfort when your breasts become full with milk.
  • Wearing an underwire bra may also lead to blocked milk ducts, mastitis, and various other problems while breastfeeding.

Underwire bras are a good option but not during breastfeeding. You should opt for good maternity or nursing bras that are not only comfortable but also provide necessary support to your breasts.

Why can’t You Wear a Regular Bra During Breastfeeding?

Pregnancy and childbirth cause a lot of changes in your body and also to your breasts. Therefore, your normal bras may not be suitable to provide the much-needed comfort and support to your changing breasts. Hence, you should opt for a good nursing bra that provides optimum comfort to your changing breast size.

When Should You Start Using a Nursing Bra?

As soon as you get pregnant, your body starts preparing for the upcoming labour and childbirth. Your body changes and your breasts may become fuller and bigger too. The changes in the breast size are more evident as you enter your second trimester or in some cases even earlier than that. Here are some tips on using nursing bras:

  • It will be a good idea to start wearing maternity bras as you enter your second trimester.
  • Maternity or nursing bras are excellent for your changing breasts.
  • Don’t worry about providing support to your breasts while breastfeeding as the nursing bras are not only comfortable but provide good support to your breasts.
  • You can procure 3 to 4 bras in darker and lighter shades to go with all your outfits.

    A nursing bra

How is a Nursing Bra Different from a Regular Bra?

Here’s how a nursing bra is different from a regular bra:

  • The cup sizes of a nursing bra are bigger to cover the entire breast providing good support.
  • The inner lining of the bra is also very soft and provides extra comfort.
  • The bra comes with two cups; the outer one is detachable.
  • The detachable outer cup is secured with hooks and eye clips.
  • These bras also do not have an underwire in them.

Is it Ok to Sleep with a Bra on While Breastfeeding?

You may be sleeping with or without a bra before pregnancy and the birth of your child. But as soon as your baby arrives you take decisions keeping your baby in mind. If you are uncertain about wearing a bra at night while breastfeeding, think about comfort. As long as you are wearing a good comfortable nursing bra, there is no problem sleeping with a bra or without a bra.

What Kind of a Bra Should a Breastfeeding Mother Wear?

If you are finding it difficult to decide the kind of bra to wear while nursing, here are some ways to shortlist a good bra:

1. Invest in a Good Quality Bra

Buy a good quality bra and not the cheap imitations that are available in the market. You should pick a bra that is durable and will last you long, even if you have to shed a few extra bucks.

2. Buy Different Varieties of Maternity Bras

We often get stuck up with style and may keep buying it over and over again, but the same may not be applicable for maternity bras. There are many varieties available, where some may be very convenient for daytime use, others might be ideal for night-time nursing.

3. Buy a Well-fitting Bra

Though your breasts may keep changing size but refrain from buying an ill-fitting bra. Nursing mothers usually make a mistake of buying bigger sizes thinking they would be more comfortable. But it is very important that you buy a bra that gives good support to your breasts even while breastfeeding.

4. Say No to Underwire Bras

Do not buy an underwire bra at any cost as they are not only extremely uncomfortable but they may put pressure on your breasts. Also, refrain from wearing a sports bra while breastfeeding.

5. Buy Considerable Number of Nursing Bras

Lactation is the time when milk leaks from your breasts. This may make your bras wet, and you may e required to change them often, as the wet bras can stink and may cause infection in your breast too. It will be a good idea to buy 4 to 5 bra of various colours.

A bra does have some negative effects on your body while breastfeeding. However, you needn’t abandon the bra completely. Use the above-mentioned tips while selecting a good bra.

Also Read: Tips for Breastfeeding with Large Breasts