When can I buy a nursing bra?

Maternity and nursing bra

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Why do I need a maternity bra?

Often the growing and tender breasts are the first signs of pregnancy and you may be amazed at how quickly your breasts grow in size. As a guide, you can assume that your chest is up to the point of the milk coming in around about enlarged one and a half times Has.

As soon as you get up in the morning, you may be happy if you can support your plump chest with a good bra. For this reason, a well-fitting brassiere is important during pregnancy.

What should I look out for when buying a maternity bra?

The right time for a maternity or nursing bra is when yours is yours normal bra no longer fits or he himself uncomfortable feels.

Special bras for pregnancy are available in specialty stores. It is worth investing in a well-fitting bra because you will be wearing it a lot. When buying the brassiere, pay attention to the following characteristics:

  • Soft and elastic material, because it can grow with the chest.
  • Wide straps and a wide waistband for optimal support
  • When trying on, make sure that you can close the clasp with the tightest hook. Then you still have the opportunity to loosen it up for the coming weeks.
  • Do not use brackets, they can be painful for your increasingly sensitive chest.
  • Do not buy several bras at once at the beginning of your pregnancy as the breast will continue to grow during pregnancy.

If you don't normally wear a bra at all, a bustier may do just fine during pregnancy. However, it will probably not work completely without support, even with relatively small breasts. Without the support of a bra, you risk one Overstretching the delicate breast skin and thus stretch marks.

A good bra supports the regression of your breast to its original size even after childbirth and breastfeeding.

If your breasts have enlarged significantly, we recommend that you wear a maternity or nursing bra even at night. You may be more comfortable sleeping if your chest is supported.

Maternity bra or nursing bra?

You need a nursing bra after the birth so that you can easily breastfeed your child. In addition, the front can be Open the cup and fold down. You can put your baby on comfortably without opening the bra completely. If you are out with your baby and want to breastfeed, you can do so with breastfeeding lingerie uncomplicated and discreet to do.

Since the breast is larger than usual even during breastfeeding, many nursing bras are made of soft and stretchy material. For this reason, many women choose to wear a nursing bra instead of a maternity bra right at the beginning.

On the other hand, there are nursing lingerie in attractive cuts and materials, so that after the days of especially comfortable pregnancy bras you might want to wear a fresher model again.

Find the right bra size

With this table you can determine the current size of your cups. Measure your chest and underbust circumference. With the difference between the two values, you can determine your cup size in the table. The measured underbust circumference is also the value that appears in front of the letter for the bra size (e.g. 75 B).

Example: Your under bust is 80 cm, your upper bust is 92 cm. The difference between the two values ​​is 12. Your cup size is therefore 80 A.

difference Cup size
12-14 cm A.
14-16 cm B.
16-18 cm C.
18-20 cm D.
20-22 cm E.
22-24 cm F.
24-26 cm G
26-28 cm H
28-30 cm I.

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Last update: 17-02-20, BH / KM