Breastfeeding bras

Should I use a breastfeeding bra?

Breastfeeding bras are designed to expose the main part of the breast so mothers don’t have to remove the breast from the bra or remove the bra entirely to breastfeed. It’s important to find a bra that is comfortable. It should not leave red marks on the breasts or shoulders and it should have a clip that can be opened with one hand so the mother can hold the baby with the other.

A) Bras and other options

A breastfeeding bra is designed to expose the main part of the breast so the mother doesn’t have to remove the breast from the bra or remove the bra entirely to breastfeed.

There are many different styles of breastfeeding bra. Mothers may prefer more or less support. Find a bra that is comfortable for you.

Some mothers prefer not to use a breastfeeding bra, or any bra at all, and this is a perfectly good approach. However, mothers whose breasts leak usually need some type of clothing to keep breast pads in place. This can be a tube top, camisole, or wrap.

B) Choosing a breastfeeding bra

A properly fitting bra should not leave red marks on the breasts, chest, or shoulders. Since your breasts will likely grow during pregnancy, you may want to wait until you are closer to giving birth before buying a bra. Also remember that many mothers’ breasts grow again once the milk comes in. The bra should have room to accommodate this increase.

Try to find bras that:

  • Are comfortable.
  • Will hold up well to frequent washing.
  • Have bra cups that open and allow you to breastfeed without removing the bra.
  • Expose enough of the breast to allow you to use the sandwich technique.
  • Have clips on the bra cups that can be opened with one hand so you can hold the baby with the other.
  • Do not have zippers, as they can pinch you and have sharp parts that pose a risk to you and your baby.

Small-breasted mothers sometimes find that padded breastfeeding bras are a nuisance, as the front flap is hard to tuck under a small breast. Instead, the bra front tends to pop up and get in front of the nipple.