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Nursing: Fitting a Good Nursing Bra

To find the correct fit for nursing bras, simply follow the same fitting techniques as listed previously and then check for the following:

  • Bras should securely support but not bind under the breast. Constricting the breast could affect milk flow.
  • Breasts continually change in both shape and size throughout pregnancy. Choose a bra with a roomy cup design so that the breasts can expand once your milk comes in.
  • The upper side of the cups should be loose without sacrificing comfort or support. If breasts enlarge beyond a couple of sizes, refitting may be necessary.
  • Try on bras with a breast pad or shield. Place the pad inside the cups to check for fit.
  • The center of the bra should lie flat against the breastbone and the bra shouldn't ride up in the back. Ride-up indicates that the band may be too large, the cups or shoulder straps too tight, or the need for more support.
  • The bra should fit comfortably when fastened on the middle row of back hooks. This will allow for changes in body size as the pregnancy progresses and after delivery.

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