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Happy World Breastfeeding Week! A PSA from LeadingLady.com

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! In celebration of this special week, Leading Lady would like to share some fun, interesting and useful facts about breastfeeding and nursing bras. Whether you are currently breastfeeding, plan to, or have nursed your babies, read on! We encourage you to put these tips to use, and share with those who have supported your breastfeeding journey. Also, please check out our World Breastfeeding Week discount below, which you can pass along to all of the new mamas in your life.&

Did you know… 
  1. As early as your second trimester, your breasts are capable of producing milk. This is why many women feel their breasts are heavier and larger during pregnancy. 
  2. You can wear nursing bras during pregnancy. By the third trimester you should shop for nursing bras to be prepared for the baby. But don’t be shy about wearing your new bras during pregnancy since they should be comfortable and support your current size. Look for stretchy leisure styles with give-and-take. Nursing camis are also a great choice once the baby arrives because they allow easy nursing access while still covering your post-bump belly. 
  3. Studies show that moms who breastfeed within the first hour of giving birth are more likely to have long-term success. So bring your nursing bras to the hospital because you will need them right away! If you experience any difficulty, ask to see the hospital’s lactation consultant. And hang in there – you are giving your baby a wonderful gift! 
  4. Your milk levels will stabilize about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. You should re-measure yourself for nursing bras around this time, and you may be able to transition into more structured styles 
  5. Your bra size may continue to fluctuate somewhat throughout the course of breastfeeding. Bra styles with 4 hook-and-eye closures in back and adjustable straps allow for these common differentiations.
  6. You should not be afraid to try underwire nursing bras if that is the style you find most supportive. Just as you would with all other bras, you should ensure a proper fit. A proper fitting bra will allow your breasts to sit upright and centered on your chest, and the straps will remain in place while you are moving.
  7. Your breasts will need constant support while breastfeeding, and you will likely want to sleep in a bra while nursing. Sleep bras, leisure bras, nursing camis or a nursing chemise made of soft, stretchable fabrics will keep you supported day and night, and make night time feedings easier.
  8. Nursing bras can be cute and sexy too! You (and your partner) will be pleased to know that nursing bras are not all plain and matronly. From lace cup to lace trim, your nursing bras can be just as flirty as your regular bras! 
  9. Accessibility is one of the most important factors in a nursing bra. There are a variety of closure styles including cup clasps and hook-and-eye front closures. Play around with which style best suits your needs.
  10. You should replace your nursing bras about every six months or when they have lost their shape and support.
For more information about finding just the right nursing bra fit, breastfeeding tips & advice from Leading Lady’s lactation consultant, a downloadable breastfeeding handbook and our nursing blog, visit LeadingLady.com

This is not a sponsored post. No compensation or gifts were exchanged.


Maureensk said...

Nighttime nursing bras are always the hardest for me. It seems that I invariably roll over on one side or something, which puts pressure on that breast and the pads have always slid off to the side, of course. So I wake up in a puddle of milk, which is just not comfortable.

Ellen said...

Wow I had no idea and appreciate you sharing the information.

Anonymous said...

I love all the tips that you shared. The sad part of finding a nursing bra is all the variations you'll end up buying to accommodate your different sizes.

Suburban Style Challenge said...

I'm not ready for kids yet, so I'm not really all about this kind of info, but it was pretty interesting! Thanks for sharing. I imagine I'll have friends heading towards motherhood soon and I'll be sure to pass along the info!

Kristin said...

Great tips!! I breastfed when I could...unfortunately, I had a toddler who was very ill and was in the hospital for a month, so I was unable to nurse my newborn at that time. Big disappointment, but things happen outside of our control. :(

Lena B said...

When I hear breastfeeding, all I want is to say LALALALA, mainly because it was such a sore topic for me. I tried I did my best, but 6 months of torture and not producing enough just drove me insane

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