How to find the right sized nursing bra questions and answers...
When is the best time to buy a nursing bra?
The ideal time to buy your nursing bras is in the final weeks of your pregnancy. This way, you can have a couple with you in the first few hectic days at home with your baby.
How should I measure myself?
To get a good fit, measure yourself in the following ways:
- Firstly, measure around your body just under your arms with a measuring tape. Try to keep the tape measure snug, but not too tight. If the measurement happens to be an uneven number, round it up to the next even number. This measurement is your band size.
What happens to my sizing after delivery?
- The next step is to measure around your bust. Do this whilst wearing a well fitting, unpadded bra. For every 1" difference between your band size and this measurement will represent one cup size. For example, if your band size is 36" and the measurement of the fullest part of your bust is 38", then you should wear a 36B bra. You should ensure that there is no breast tissue beyond the side seam or "spilling" out of the top of your cups.
Most women will find that their upper body will slim down after they have given birth, so you should make sure that you have the ability to tighten the band of the bra in the future. So, if you are buying a bra in the last weeks of pregnancy, you should choose a bra that you can wear on the last set of hooks, or one which is stretchy around your rib cage. You should make sure that your bra is snug at this stage, but it should not ride up your back. If your milk has not yet come in (this typically happens 3-5 days after you have given birth), try to allow some extra room in the cups for this to happen, or have hooks that accommodate your changing breast size. If you find that once your milk has come in, you need a larger size, you may be able to switch back to the smaller size after your milk supply is regulated (this is usually about 3 months after giving birth).