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Already during pregnancy, it is important to get yourself equipped with special nursing and maternity wear in order to meet the needs of your changing body. Even right at the beginning of pregnancy the body changes in terms of hormones that also cause the breast undergo a small metamorphosis. In this early stage of pregnancy mammary glands are arranged, the breast tissue is supplied with larger amounts of blood and the nipples get more sensitive. Also, your breasts begin to grow fuller and bigger – that is why you need to support them with suitable nursing and maternity bras which feel soft on the changing sensitive skin and adapt perfectly to the growing size. More information >
It is not for nothing that doctors and advisers highly recommend and praise breastfeeding as a very important base for helping your baby make a good start in life. Breast milk is not only a thirst quencher for your new-born baby but can be seen as one of nature’s miracles, because it features the ideal composition of nutrients needed for all essential steps in the development of your child. Comfortable and pretty nursing and maternity bras suitable for pregnancy and the breastfeeding period belong to a field of motherhood you should engage yourself in – because only when breastfeeding feels comfortable for you, will your little one be able to enjoy these intimate moments, too.
A good nursing bra does not only feature cups that include convenient flaps that can be opened on the front which enable you to breastfeed your little one effortlessly wherever you are. Due to the fact that your body is in an exceptional state and thus is in need of special and strong support, the nursing bra is also supposed to supply you with high wearing comfort during pregnancy and the nursing period. As emphasised by the research-based Swiss company for lactation consulting and nursing products Medela, you need to get a nursing bra that is made of elastic fabrics and doesn’t feature any disturbing components such as bra wires or seams but help your breast develop freely and you to feel as comfortable as possible even when not currently breastfeeding. That is why, Medela offers one single nursing bra type that is characterised by being both elastic and completely free from seams. Apart from the easy-to-open hooks on the front end of the straps that allow the flaps to be folded down, this nursing bra is made of a one-piece stretch fabric which supplies your breast with soft support and maximum flexibility.
Also the materials and fabrics of which the nursing bra is made are an important factor. Apart from the elasticity you need to be provided with when your breasts grow bigger, the nursing bra should also feature breathable and skin-friendly materials and fabrics so that you feel comfortable during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period. More sensitive skin and nipples will immediately feel better when they come in contact with soft materials such as cotton – preferably in an organic quality – or even soft and elastic microfiber. Decorative elements such as lace or the like which are made of synthetic materials posh up the bra from the outside but can be rather inconvenient and might feel uncomfortable on the inside. Furthermore, you should pay attention to fabrics which contain harmful whiteners that can come in contact with your skin when you perspire and thus can cause allergic reactions. Nursing bras that come with poppers which might contain nickel can be dangerous, too, because nickel can lead to reactions that can cause allergies and even cancer.
A nursing bra that can be opened on the front and thus avoids removing when breastfeeding the baby, is of little use when the clothes on top of it do not guarantee direct access to the bra. Thus, Medela and many other manufacturers of nursing and maternity underwear offer tops or shirts with foldable flaps in the breast section that not only ensure quick exposing of the breast but also feature all the comfortable characteristics of nursing bras such as flexibility and softness. Especially in winter, when you tend to wear more pieces of clothing, good and convenient undergarments will help you ease everyday life as a breastfeeding mom. In addition to the elastic nursing bra, Medela also offers the matching nursing top which features a bra-like cut in the breast section and thus feels particularly comfortable when worn on top of a nursing bra. Even its flaps can be opened in the same way as the bra’s flaps underneath. This nursing top is particularly suitable for being used as an undergarment when it’s cold outside.
In addition to standard nursing bras, there are also advanced bras which are specially designed for the use of breast pumps. These bras can be used in combination with appropriate breast pumps. Medela, for instance, offers a nursing bra which is suitable for several of their breast pumps and ensures a comfortable, free-handed pumping. Due to special nipple attachments, the hood of the breast pump cannot shift about so that you can have your hands free for all sorts of things. Due to a vertical zipper placed in the centre, you can easily put a nursing bra on and take it off again.
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