Monday, August 17, 2015

Nursing Essentials For Mama

We spend a lot of time talking about baby gear for our little bundles of joy, when in reality mamas need some gear too.
If you're breastfeeding, you'll need a good nursing bra & pads. Some people don't get their milk in while they're at the hospital, but since I have c-sections, I always pack my nursing essentials.

Finding a good nursing bra can be a difficult thing. There are so many options out there but today I'll be sharing several features to look for & a few that should be completely avoided.

 I remember when I was about to become a mother and wondering if it was truly necessary to purchase a separate bra just for nursing. After a very painful bout of mastitis & some stressful outings I discovered the answer was: yes! 

I've had a variety of nursing bras since having Mallorie, but my favorite nursing bra is this seamless nude bra. It's comfortable & gives me all the support I need. They also make these super absorbent nursing pads that are organic, washable & have a waterproof mid-layer that doesn't allow wetness to seep through. These give you such a piece of mind especially when you have unexpected guests popping in at the hospital or your home.

 Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of a nursing bra.
Nursing bras are designed to allow easy access to the breast as well as be comfortable as your milk supply increases & decreases {which happens on a regular basis: before & after feedings}. 

Easy access~ This is especially helpful when you are out & about. Nursing in public{even with a cover} can be stressful, you don't want to add to that stress by having to fumble around with your bra. You want a nursing bra to provide quick & effortless access. Ideally it should have a flap that can come completely down as well as good nursing clips that you can remove one handed.

Soft & Supportive~A stretchy seamless bra with pads for support & shape is a must. 
I prefer the seamless nursing bras the first few months, when you have a lot of milk, but as your milk decreases you might want to also invest in a seam-free  flexible wire bra like this. Traditional under-wire should be avoided since it's pretty painful to wear & it can obstruct your milk ducts which can cause mastitis.

Breathable fabric~ You'll want a bra that is made from a breathable material to deter any bacteria from growing & to have ample air flow to your chest. 

Adjustable width~This allows the bra to accommodate your changing size from delivery through the first year of nursing{or however long you choose to nurse for}. 

 *Another thing to keep in mind is that you'll want to have at least a couple pairs of these. Experts recommend at least three: one to wear, one to wash and one to have in the drawer. I think that it all just depends on you & baby though. Both my girls suffered from horrible Reflux & vomiting, so I had to plan on changing once a day{but it might be completely different for you}.  

What do you look for in a nursing bra? Have you found a favorite brand or style?
 Oh & in case you missed the last post in the series, you can check it out here.