1. It feels too tight!
It’s no major secret that your body will change during pregnancy and after you give birth. That’s a given. With that in mind, you absolutely have to make sure that you get fitted for your nursing or feeding bra at the right time. Typically, fitters recommend that you get measured at around the 36-week mark or later.
Getting fitted any earlier than this could mean that you end up getting a bra that is just too small. Needless to say, your breasts will be highly sensitive when you first start breastfeeding. If you find that the bra feels too tight and uncomfortable, you need to do yourself a favor and throw it out. Don’t make the mistake of believing that things will ‘get better.’ They won’t.
2. The material does not breathe
One of the major signs of a high-quality nursing bra is that the material breathes. When you use a bra that has this type of fabric, you should find that it gives an added level of comfort to the breastfeeding experience.
Should you find that your bra is made out of heavy, thick fabric, you will likely find that it’s not the right one for you. That’s a real problem. It’s worth looking around until you find one that’s perfect for your needs.
3. It irritates your skin
Again, it’s worth remembering that your skin will be more sensitive than usual when you’re breastfeeding. Your breasts will swell and become engorged. That means that you will feel every single movement. It’s a whole lot to handle. As that happens, you need to put your comfort levels first. If you don’t feel right, it can ruin your entire day.
Every woman out there is different. We all have different thresholds when it comes to irritation. What works for one woman out there may not work for you. That’s okay! You just need to take the time to figure out which fabrics are right and getting rid of bras that simply don’t fit the bill. It can be that easy.
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4. The bra looks worn/unclean
Cleanliness is key when you’re nursing. You’re feeding your newborn baby, which means that you need to make sure that everything is 100% clean. It should go without saying that you need to wash and dry your nursing bra as often as possible. However, one of the side effects of this is that the bra can become worn and old before its time.
Should that happen, you need to take action! The last thing that you need is to use a bra that is worn-out and uncomfortable. As soon as you notice this issue, do something about it. Invest in a new nursing bra so that you don’t have to rely on this old one. Hint: It may even help to get fitted once again before making a purchase.
5. You bulge out of the cups
Yikes. Are your breasts bulging out of the bra cups? Sometimes, our breasts get larger than we expect when it comes to breastfeeding. A fitting that may have been accurate a few weeks ago could be way off the mark now. When you see that familiar bulge, you need to do something about it. It’s clear that the bra does not fit.
You’re not imagining that there is a problem here. Before long, the fact that the bra is tight will take its toll on you and your body. Don’t let things get that far! Get refitted the moment that you see the bulge and find a nursing bra that fits you well. It’s the best thing that you can do for your breast health and your body in general.
6. You’ve been wearing the same bra every day
Have you only got one nursing bra? Sure, you might be trying to save some pennies, but you should make something of an investment here. When you’re feeding your baby, you need to make sure that you have enough bras for daily (and nightly!) use. Buying around four-to-five new nursing bras could be the key to your problems.
Aside from regular nursing bras, you might find that it’s worth investing in some sleeping bras too. These will provide extra comfort as you get the rest that you need. Many new moms find that these types of lingerie are an absolute lifesaver in the first few months!
So, is it time that you threw out your nursing bra? Life is far too short to be uncomfortable especially as you move into the realms of parenthood. If you’ve noticed the signs here, take the time to search for a nursing bra that is perfect for you.
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Happy bra shopping!