The right nursing bra is key to keep your latching breasts comfortable and healthy.
By Sonali Shivlani an Internationally Certified Pregnancy, Lactation and Child Nutrition Counsellor.
For women, when it comes to fashion, it’s not what she wears, but why she wears it. There is always a thought and a concept when choosing a piece of clothing or accessory for an ensemble. Every outfit, piece of cloth or inner wear should be in sync with her body structure. This makes her feel comfortable and boosts her confidence level. Let’s face it—clothes enhance one’s personality and brings out the best in them.
Intelligence and comfort must run parallel while choosing the right apparel for the body. From buying clothes to buying bras, one needs to look at a range of options to find the right fit. It is not about age alone; style and comfort factor in, too. It is imperative for a woman’s health to keep a check on the bra she wears. Nowadays, comfort takes a backseat. Trendiness, style and the colour tend to surpass the primary focus of bras—comfort and support. Luxury lingerie has now become the want of the youth, while women who have entered the maternity period don’t look for style. They just want what’s comfortable or allows for easy access when nursing.
Post pregnancy, a mother’s body undergoes a host of changes. From her ability to produce milk, emotional changes, weight gain and several other factors, the need of special care and cautious measures is the primary focus for a new mother. Apart from nutrition, another fact that should be taken seriously is the need to choose the right inner wear that suits the demands of her new body. This is the best time to go shopping for newer bras, particularly ones that can enable them to be breastfeeding ready, always!
What’s more, lingerie brands in the Indian market have also understood the need and have a special collection of maternity wear in their product portfolio for newbie mothers. They put in a lot of innovation with researchdriven insights to come up with a collection like such. Medela India also recently forayed into the intimate apparel wear, comprising nursing and maternity tank tops, nursing and sleep bras, as an effective solution to new lactating mothers.
Therefore, new lactating mothers should start choosing a well -fitting, supportive maternity and nursing bra for comfort, which further prepares her for the breastfeeding journey based on body transformations. Here’s how you can develop a detailed understanding of your needs to enable you to select nursing lingerie:
BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT MATERNITY BRAS: It is often difficult to know how much one’s breasts will change through the entirity of one’s maternity and nursing experience because each woman’s body is unique and changes differently. For this, it is always beneficial to wear welldefi ned bras and tank tops that will adapt to the body’s changing shape, and provide a comfortable experience. Invest in a bra that has four to six hooks and eyes on the back band. This will help to tighten the back band post-birth as the rib cage contracts.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE: As a rule of thumb, the bra should fit snugly around the body. It should neither be too tight nor too loose. Women should always bend forward and wear the bra so that everything goes into the cup and nothing hangs under the wire. Wire bras are fine during pregnancy, but not during the nursing period. Always be sure the cup is taut and there is no extra room. The cups will do the heavy lifting and the straps will support them, so do not forget to adjust them the first time around. During pregnancy, the size generally is expected to change till about week 35. Post that, the cup size remains more or less the same. A woman can expect the size to expand during the initial days of breastfeeding when the milk starts coming in. However, once the demand and supply rhythm has been set, the size is expected to stabilise.
DESIGNS AND PATTERNS:
During the day, a comfortable wire-free, seam-free and supportive nursing bra is the best option. For nursing, bras with full drop cups will help to breastfeed the baby easily and discreetly. For easy feedings at night, a sleep bra gives you a headway as it is comfortable, breathable and keeps breast pads in place. It is recommended to have full drop cups or cups which open completely as this allows for maximum skin to skin contact with the baby.
FEEL THE FABRIC: Comfort is paramount and it’s the premium stretch fabric which lets you feel it. This kind of fabric adjusts to the changing shape and provides great support during pregnancy and while nursing. The onehanded easy ‘open and close’ clip makes the breastfeeding process effortless. It is advisable to choose cotton fabrics as these are more breathable and have less chances of causing infections.
WHY ARE THE TANKS NEEDED:
Tanks have a great length and can be layered with clothes. It is versatile for an active lifestyle during maternity and nursing. It combines a tummy-slimming styling with utility comfort. It is made from soft, breathable cotton fabric and features a wire-free and seam-free design.
With time, the Indian maternity and baby care products market has also been witnessing tremendous growth in comparison to the other emerging markets across the world. There is a need to spread awareness about choosing the right maternity wear, as every mother needs that perfect innerwear which fits into their breastfeeding routine. | MB