If you’re preparing for a baby, decision fatigue can quickly set in. There’s no shortage of baby gear on the market, and it can become overwhelming to sort through all of the options.
Some items are non-negotiable. You’ll absolutely need a car seat, diapers, clothes, etc. Some baby gear is more-or-less optional. I’m looking at you, Wipes Warmer.
But if you’re planning to breastfeed, nursing bras are on my list of non-negotiables. Planning to pump? You might even want to add a few pumping bras to your registry.
Nursing Bra 101
Nursing bras look like your normal bra (they’ve come a long way in recent years!), but they provide easy access for your baby to nurse. Nursing bras can feature:
Stocking Up on Nursing Bras
Wondering how many you need? At a minimum, four is ideal – two for daytime use and two for nighttime. This allows you to have a fresh bra while you launder the others. As your body adjusts to nursing, you may experience milk leaks – which is 100% normal. Nursing pads can help prevent messes, but depending on how long you leak, you may opt to purchase more bras up front.
You may also need different types of nursing bras: fancy ones (because why not?), sleeping ones, one for working out, and one (or two) for pumping.
A tip on leaks: If you leak a lot, try a Haakaa to collect your letdown during nursing sessions. You can also double up on nursing pads.
Nursing bras are designed with … well… nursing in mind. While you can pump in a nursing bra, a regular nursing bra won’t hold your flanges for you. A pumping bra will though! Pumping bras are designed to secure the pump flanges in place while using your breast pump. Because the bras hold the flanges, it allows you hands-free time while you pump.
How to Choose a Bra
When shopping for a nursing or pumping bra, it’s tempting to choose what’s cute. However, there are many factors that make a bra awesome.
3 Reasons Why Pumping Mamas Need a Pumping Bra
Nursing mamas know that nursing bras make your breastfeeding journey oh-so-easy. But if you’re an exclusive pumper (or even if pump more than you nurse), you’ll need a pumping bra.
Our Review of the Lotus Hands-free Pumping Bra
I’ve had my eye on this bra for a while, and I’m pleased to report that the Lotus Hands-Free Pumping bra didn’t disappoint.
With 3 kids and 8 years (and counting) experience of breastfeeding, I have had my fair share of horrible breastfeeding bras – bras that pucker, bras that pinch, bras that dig into my shoulders. The Lotus Hands-Free Pumping bra was not one of those.
When I unboxed the bra, my first reaction was: This is really a nursing bra? That’s because it’s super trendy looking. It looks like it could come out of a yoga catalog, but I digress.
Gear we used:
You can find a large selection of nursing bras, pregnancy attire, and more on the Cake Maternity site.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a favorite nursing or pumping bra?
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