A good time frame to get fitted, or fit yourself for your new nursing bra, is somewhere between days seven to fourteen post-birth. Pre-birth and for the first week or two post birth, you will need to wear a comfort style nursing bra, our most popular choices are: Bravado Body Silk and Original Nursing Bras by Bravado. Comfort bras fit a range of sizes, and that's most important when your bra size is fluctuating during the first few weeks post birth, before your milk stabilizes.
Measuring Yourself for a Fitted Nursing Bra
How to measure:
Step 1: Determine your band size (i.e. 36, 38, etc). To do this, measure yourself around by bringing the measuring tape around your back, under your armpits and up above your breasts. Round all fractional numbers to the nearest whole number.
Step 2: Determine your cup size - Now measure yourself around the same way but this time around the center of the breast (the fullest part of your breast), rather than the under the armpits. Round all fractional numbers up to the nearest whole number. Subtract your band size circumference from the mid-breast circumference to find the cup size.
Example: If your band size is 36 and you have a 40 inch mid-breast circumference, then you have 4 inches worth of cup size. Each cup inch stands for a bra cup size…. A, B, C, D, etc. You would be looking for a bra around 36D. If you are between cup sizes, always size UP.
|If the Difference is:||Your Cup Size is:|
|1/2" - 1"||A|
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The way the bra fits is the true indicator of size, however. Try the bra on (preferably with a dry breast pad) to make sure the band is not binding, too loose, or that any underwire does not cut into the mammary tissue. An improper fit to your nursing bras can lead to other lactating breast issues (see common lactation problems).
Lastly, the cup of the bra is something you must consider, as well. Many moms like to purchase the padded cup nursing bra, however, the padded cup tends to get in the way of the hand-hold when learning to breastfeed. I generally advise moms to use a soft cup nursing bra in the early days to allow more freedom to hold your breast properly when learning to nurse. If you are a mom who tends to “leak” quite a bit, the padded cup nursing bra may be a great option for you once you’ve gotten the hang of nursing. The padded cup nursing bra is also a wonderful way to disguise those clunky and not-so-attractive breast pads.
Good luck on finding the perfect nursing bra right here at Nursing Bra Express! We have a wide variety of nursing bras and we want you to find your perfect fit right here, please feel free to ask us any questions you may have and we will be glad to assist you during this precious time in your life.