Must Support the Bust! - 4 Benefits of Wearing a Maternity Nursing Bra
As a mum-to-be, you will experience different kinds of discomforts which your pre-pregnancy bra just isn’t cut out to handle. Your everyday underwire bra and lace bras don’t have the capacity to accommodate the changes that happen while pregnant and nursing, and run the risk of causing discomfort like chafing and skin irritation. Wearing a pregnancy bra or nursing bra during your pregnancy to nursing journey has a lot of benefits and can help you to feel your best in this beautiful transformation. They are specifically designed for motherhood to give you the right support and optimal comfort. We’ve listed 4 benefits of wearing a maternity bra during pregnancy and a nursing bra while breastfeeding:
In choosing the right maternity or nursing bra for you, comfort is, and always will be, key. The Australian Breastfeeding Association recommends underwire free bras for the duration of pregnancy and breastfeeding. This is because wire can cause compression on the breast tissue responsible for milk production (your mammary glands) which can then lead to swelling, discomfort and mastitis (during breastfeeding). An underwire-free maternity bra will help with avoiding mastitis by avoiding pressure areas in your breasts. Mastitis is an infection caused by a blockage in your milk ducts, often when we have oversupply, change feeding schedule, or are away from our baby or pump too long in those early months. Wearing a maternity bra or nursing bra will help to ensure that your baby grows strong, beautiful, and healthy with uninterrupted milk flow! They are also made out of breathable and soft fabric that reduces the chances of irritation and chafing.
2. Breast Health
Despite ditching the wire, we do want to ensure we have adequate support, as your growing bust places extra pressure on your postural muscles and spine, and you may find you are getting some pregnancy-related neck and back aches. Investing in good support, ideally with included postural support (such as our Ultimate Nursing Bra) will help to nix these discomforts. The hormones of pregnancy and breastfeeding also mean some changes in the collagen or connective tissue in the body, and so some of the sagging that commonly occurs with a woman’s breast tissue throughout the pregnancy to motherhood journey is attributed to these hormonal changes. Wearing a supportive and well-fitting bra can help to minimise sagging breasts and reduce the impression of stretch marks (or tiger stripes which we like to call them - as mums are fierce and amazing!)
Most maternity bras also double as nursing bras just like our Ultimate Nursing Bra with its discreetly but conveniently placed nursing clips allowing quick and unhindered access, making breastfeeding easier. It can also be used as maternity activewear whilst exercising in pregnancy and as a nursing sports bra while doing postpartum exercise - as well as provide maximum support and ease of movement.
A good maternity and nursing bra will definitely give you a boost of confidence and empowerment with the support and comfort it provides. Its functionality will help you get moving without worrying about any discomfort and make feeding your bub in between, during or after a workout a breeze. Mums and mums-to-be now have a wide range of stylish options to choose from that accommodates the changes that happen during pregnancy to breastfeeding.
Our Ultimate Nursing Bra is one of the best nursing bras Australia has to offer. It provides you with all of these benefits giving you support, comfort, and functionality without compromising style. It’s definitely a bra that grows with you during your pregnancy to breastfeeding your adorable little bub.
Not wearing a maternity bra means you will likely be compromising on comfort – every pregnant woman’s nightmare. Do yourself a favour and invest in quality, comfortable, and supportive maternity nursing bras to serve you from pregnancy into motherhood. You can read more here about When to Buy a Maternity Nursing Bra and A First Time Mother's Guide to Picking the Right Maternity Nursing Bra.