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If you are breastfeeding your newborn baby but are having trouble understanding how a nursing bra can help, then this guide will give you everything you need to know before investing in nursing bras. Nursing bras are very different to regular bras but they are really beneficial for new mums and you shouldn’t be worried about trying one out.

When breastfeeding, a woman’s breasts can become extra sensitive and tender, as well as increasing in size, so nursing bras are built with comfort in mind. Nursing bras offer excellent support whilst still remaining soft and secure. As with your regular underwear, it is always worth getting a professional fitting done at least once during your pregnancy so that you get the right size and shape for your body.

The good thing about modern nursing bras, as opposed to those made 50 years ago, is that they look as good as regular underwear. While still maintaining a high level of comfort, nursing bras are also stylish and fit perfectly under your clothes. They come in a range of colours, shapes and styles so you should be able to find the right one for you no matter what the occasion. You can even find nursing bras that are built similar to sports bras, which allow you to exercise more easily and still give you the support you need.

Easy Access
When your baby gets hungry, you don’t want to be messing around with taking off your bra. This is especially true when you need to breastfeed in public or when guests are around. Nursing bras are designed with a flap across the breast, allowing you easy access without having to remove your clothes. Most flaps are secured by a hook or clasp so that you can undo them and fasten them with just one hand.

Another reason to invest in a good quality nursing bra is because most of the time these are the ones that give you the option of inserting breast pads into the lining. This is especially handy when out and about, as you don’t want to be seen with leaking breasts! All good makes of nursing bra come with cups especially designed to allow you to discreetly insert your own breast pads. Nursing bras can also feature additional padding built in if you prefer that will also minimise leaking and help to keep your outer clothes dry.

Your Shape
Whether you are going through physical changes while you are pregnant or once your baby has been born, your shape will alter quite a lot and so a good nursing bra should come with a number of hook and eye clasps at the back. This is so you can alter the size of it as your body changes and this way you don’t end up with an uncomfortable and ill-fitting bra. The nursing bra should also be made from cotton or Lycra that will give the bra support as well as allowing your skin to breathe.

During this time, you will need a lot of support from all areas whether that’s from your partner, family or something as simple as a good nursing bra. You’ll be surprised at the difference it will make to your comfort while pregnant and your convenience once your baby arrives.

Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18

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