Tips on Choosing the Right Bra for You
Confused on how to kick off your nursing/pumping-bra journey? Consider these five quick tips while you get started.
1. Who are you?
Okay, so who are you right now as you are reading this? Are you the lounging kind of mama (which is most of us in the beginning, so don’t worry!) the fitness buff, or the fashionista? How about all three?
Now you’re talking!
Then our bras have got you covered.
If you're the Lounger... try the Rose. She has no underwire, she is soft, comfy, can pump and nurse too!
If you're the Fitness Buff... the Arden. She is super supportive, wire-free, and fits like a sports bra. Plus, she has a lot of adjustablity in the front and back.
If you're the Fashionista... oh Ayla, with all her frills - we do love her. She will make sure the girls are beautifully held in place, while still offering feminine support.
2. To wire or not to wire, that is the question.
No seriously, it is. Do you like having the support of a structured bra with underwire or not?
That is one of the biggest reasons we return, throw out, or store a bra in the deep dark depths of your undies draw (I'll save this for another time when… I... will... um, wear it). We are SO guilty of this, but it’s okay.
In fact, it is quite simple. Do you like underwire? If you have never bought an underwire bra or have always felt uncomfortable in one, don’t go out and buy a underwire nursing bra just because you’ve been sold on “it’s more supportive."
Support can come in many ways. From the materials to the construction. Rigidity of underwire isn't necessary if other components of the bra offer structure. Our Rose, Arden and Pippa are great options and FYI, these are hands-free nursing AND pumping bras.
3. Get fitted!
The tatas change during pregnancy. From delivery to when your milk comes in, and once breastfeeding has been established for some time (this can take weeks to a few months).
What you want is a bra that can be adjusted. Four to six hooks are ideal in the band (you can buy extenders, too) to accommodate the expansion and shrinkage of your ribcage - it can shift quite a bit to allow movement for all the unimportant bits inside and make room for the *ULTRA* important little babe.
We have a no-brainer sizing conversion guide for you HERE. We all know that sleep-deprived mamas shouldn't have to do complex math.
4. Get a sleep bra.
Soon after birth, your breasts grow overnight (literally) and may become engorged. This can be mighty uncomfortable, especially when you're NOT wearing a comfortable bra.
Sleep bras typically have little-to-no hardware to ensure there are no hard bits pressing into your skin while you get your beauty sleep.
And just when you start to enjoy your little sprite sleeping through the night, you discover that your milk makers don't stop working while baby is asleep. This can create a supply issue (just when you start to catch some ZZZZs).
Engorgement and leaks definitely don't make for a restful night. This is why you want a bra that is very stretchy and supple: one that will accommodate the expansion of your breasts.
Check out Coco or Emma for the softest and comfiest options.
Even better, discover the benefits of nighttime pumping. It's ok, you don't even need to have your eyes open if you have a great nighttime pumping bra, like our Rose style, which is soft, uber-comfortable, and works for nursing and hands-free pumping.
5. Invest in nursing bras... but not all at once.
It’s important to have more than one bra on hand. Considering baby burps, you'll want one to wear and one to wash.
But! Don’t buy them all at once.
Take your time, break them in. Look for options that go the extra mile, and provide extra functionality like nursing and pumping and can carry you from maternity through postpartum. This will give you the most bang for your buck. Mamas are spectacular at multi tasking, and your bra should do the same for you.
We hope that these 5 tips have helped you out in some small way!
And remember, The Dairy Fairy team is always here to support you and to answer any of your questions. Slide, tumble, or crawl into our DMs any time! (links below)