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    Default Nursing bras and underwires - question

    In one of the 'what to pack to bring to the hospital' lists I saw, there was a caveat that the nursing bras needed to not have underwires. And last night, the lactation specialist giving the bf class at the hospital said that wearing a bra with underwires could squish my milk ducts?

    I'm due June 10th, and the two bras I have right now that actually fit are nursing bras with underwires. The non-wires I tried on did not fit at all. They were either entirely too big or very muffiny.

    So, how big of a deal is it? Do I need to replace the bras I currently have? The lady at the maternity store who measured me said that after my milk comes in I'll have to go up a size anyway. Is that necessarily true?

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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    I think everyone's different. It is better to avoid underwires, because they can contribute to plugged ducts, leading to mastitis etc. But if that's all you can find that works for your breast size/shape, I'd say don't stress about it too much. As for going up a size, I did all/most of my growing before the birth.

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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    I nursed DS for 33 months and wore CORRECTLY FITTED underwire bras the whole time.

    For the first couple of months after DS was born I mostly wore soft nursing / sleep bras / nursing camis. After my breast size stabilized I got fitted for underwire nursing bras.
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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    check out bravado
    http://www.bravadodesigns.com/

    they have great assistence for getting the correct fit. I did eventually (after 15 months) start wearing and underwire nursing bra, but for the first few months you want to avoid them in my opinion for the reasons pp stated.

    and yes I went up 2 cup sizes after having DS, bravado has a great chart and assistance for this situation.
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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    Underwire bras do contribute to plugged ducts for some moms- that's why we're all told to avoid them. IMHO, it's a good idea to avoid underwires for the first few months, while your milk supply is getting established and you're figuring out the whole confusing world of lactation... But once you've figured out how your body works, and whether you're someone who is prone to plugged ducts, then you can decide whether or not to reintroduce them.

    I didn't even wear a bra for the first 3-4 months unless I had to go out in public, and I'm a 40DD... It was just so much easier that way!
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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    I with PP's. A WELL fitted one would be ok I think. The first and last time I ever wore a under wire (which I wore exclusively before nursing) gave me a plugged duct. Just buy good bras!

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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    The two bras that I brought to the hospital were uderwires. However, I wound up cutting a tiny hole in the bra so I could rip out the underwire. SOOOOO much more comfortable that way. Since then, the bras that I have purchased are w/o the underwire. My boobs did get bigger as my milk came in. Get two now then a few more when your milk comes in.
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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    I have a nursing bra that has an underwire and one without and as long as it fits, I don't think you'll have a problem. If you get a plugged duct, stop wearing the underwires and see if it helps.

    However, I would strongly recommend that you get some nursing tanks. I am the sort of woman who does NOT just go wearing bras around the house. I would always take off my bra about five minutes after I got home, because I hate wearing them. But if I don't want to leak all over, I have to wear something all the time now. So I discovered the nursing tank, which is what I wear most of the time (all the time I am at home) unless I have to get dressed up for something.
    Mom to Jack 11/27/08 (Our Thanksgiving Baby!)




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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    I have to admit, I'm a bit skeptical of nursing tanks. Mostly because regular bra tanks were never enough for my plentiful breasts.

    I can't imagine not wearing a bra! I don't wear one while sleeping, but that's pretty much it. If I have to go up/down stairs, anything that might cause some jogging, owwww I need the support.

    I'll definitely check to see if the bra store has any tanks in when I go. Just checked out the ones on Motherhood Maternity's website, they don't seem to have any 'bra' to them.

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    Default Re: Nursing bras and underwires - question

    The Bravado nursing tanks have decent support. They actually have a bra built into them, and are sized by bras size as well. They're almost all I wear!
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