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Thread: Will a sports bra reduce my supply?

  1. #1
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    Question Will a sports bra reduce my supply?

    I am an EP-er, own a PISA and was tired of holding the bottles. Being the crafty and impatient person that I am, I decided I could just make myself a pumping bra. So I cut holes out of a sports bra and it works great! I can wear it all day and it has cut my pumping prep time by a few precious minutes, plus made the experience much more bearable. For example, I am pumping and typing right now!

    Anywho, DH said he heard sports bras decrease milk supply because they kinda compress the breasts.

    I don't wanna give up my free hands free pumping bra ... does anyone know if there're any facts behind this??

    Thanks in advance!
    FTM to Dante
    Birthday: June 15 2008 (Father's Day!)
    Birth Time: Crack of Noon
    Birth Weight: 8 lbs 4 oz


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    Default Re: Will a sports bra reduce my supply?

    I wore sports bras while I was nursing and had no problems. I am curious too if this could of been a problem...
    Allie
    Wife to T
    Mother to 4 crazy ones

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    Default Re: Will a sports bra reduce my supply?

    Not sure about a sports bra per se. IME, if I wear a bra that is too constricting/tight I'll get sore nipples/achy breast - this happened with my first baby in 2002 and again after my 4th baby this year. I didn't notice a decrease in supply though. The bra that I'm currently having luck with has a sort of sports bra style to it though so as long as your sports bra fits really well I'd think you'd be okay.
    Laura, proud vbacing, ecological breastfeeding mommy to four ages 8, 6, 5, and 2. That's Kate nursing her doll, Adam.

    The Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding: (1) exclusive breasfeeding for the first 6 months (2) pacify baby at your breast (3) don't use bottles and pacifiers (4) co-sleep for night feedings (5) take a nursing nap (6) nurse frequently day and night; avoiding schedules (7) avoid practices that restrict nursing or separates you from your baby. The average return of menstruation for ecological breastfeeding mothers is between 14 and 15 months.

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    Default Re: Will a sports bra reduce my supply?

    Lots of mothers have created a pumping bra the same way and have no problems.

    Binding breasts in order to reduce or eliminate milk supply is so tight that it is painful to the mother.

    Hope that helps reassure you.
    Marianne
    LLL Leader

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