Q&A on Nursing Bra Do’s and Don’ts with a Review & Giveaway!! (CLOSED)

Many new moms make the mistake of buying the wrong size nursing bra, choosing the wrong fit or just plain have questions about nursing and what they should know. I had an opportunity to interview Amy from the Leading Lady team concerning nursing bras.


Amy is a Registered Nurse, Certified Lactation Consultant and, most importantly, super mama of seven.  Together with the Leading Lady team, Amy works to ensure new and nursing moms are armed with the support – physically, intellectually and emotionally – they need to nurture their babies through breastfeeding.

Many Moms are wearing the wrong size bra. What is the best way to determine your perfect size?

Proper fit is so important — for comfort and in order to maintain good breast health.  You definitely need to be fitted for a new bra as soon as your current bra starts to feel uncomfortable, too tight or too loose.  Leading Lady has created a handy fit calculator and printable measuring tape to help make this super easy for you!

 To determine your bra size, follow these simple steps while wearing a bra.  and make sure to keep the measuring tape level.  


Band Size:

·         Measure around the torso just under your arms but above your breasts.

·         If this measurement is an odd number, round it up to an even number.  Some may feel more comfortable rounding down.

Cup Size:

·         Measure around the fullest part of your bustline.  

·         Subtract the band size from the cup size.

·         Each 1” difference equals a cup size.  

o    1” = A

o    2” = B

o    3” = C

o    4” = D

o    5” = E or DD

Keep in mind these are just starting points.  It is important to try on bras to find a fit that is comfortable on you. 

Is it safe to wear a nursing bra with underwire? Is there any truth to underwire causing plugged ducts?
 

Whether or not to wear an underwire nursing bra is a matter of personal preference.  And frankly some women need the added support that an underwire provides them!  Regardless of the style a nursing mama chooses, proper fit is very important. 

Contrary to popular belief, it is not the underwire that causes the plugged ducts; it’s the pressure on the breast tissue that could lead to plugged milk ducts, pain and infection.  How can you ensure a proper fit to avoid this painful problem?  All of your breast tissue should be inside the cup of your nursing bra. Be sure that the wire and band are not pressing on any part of the breast — the wire and band of your bra should lie underneath the breast on the rib cage.  Once you determine your fit, select your favorite styles from Leading Lady.

Nursing mamas who choose to wear an underwire should not do so while sleeping.  Many nursing women may need the extra support through the night, but a leisure bra is most comfortable to sleep in.  They are made of soft, stretchable fabrics, as are Leading Lady’s selection of camis, chemises, and sleep wear. So whatever style you select, Leading Lady has you supported from morning til night.


What is the single most important thing to look for in a good nursing bra?


F
it, with comfort and accessibility coming in a close second and third.  The type of nursing bra you purchase should be based entirely on your personal preference, but any style you chose should fit properly, be comfortable to wear, and provide easy access for nursing.

Leading Lady’s line of nursing bras, camis and sleepwear is designed exclusively for nursing moms, meticulously tailored by engaging real women in wear testing to ensure every detail meets her needs – from coverage, comfort and support, to simple-access without sacrificing style. 

Have additional breastfeeding questions? Visit Amy’s Corner, or download Leading Lady’s free breastfeeding e-book.

I was sent Leading Lady’s Cotton Front-Closure Leisure Bra to test out. This is the bra that I’ve been sleeping in and lounging around the house in. It is really comfortable and I like how easy the front closure makes it to put on. It holds my nursing pads in place all night long and provides easy access nursing by uncliping the bra and moving it aside. It comes in 5 different colors and is now my go to nighttime bra. It’s on sale right now for $18.70!

I’m a huge fan of nursing cami’s because they can be worn alone or layered and when you are wearing one you don’t have to lift your shirt and expose your back and belly in order to nurse. I tried out the Shirred-Front Striped Nursing Tank from Leading Lady and I really like it. It gives me good support and provides easy access to nurse. It is really comfortable. This cami is also on sale right now for $19.20, down from the regular price of $32! This would make a great Christmas gift for the nursing mama on your list this year!

Why we love it: The leisure bra and nursing tank were both very comfortable and provided easy access to nurse my baby.

Suggestions for improvement: I’d love for the nursing tank to be a bit more fitted. I found the fit to be a little wide throughout the body. The leisure bra is very comfortable but I found it easier to just pull it aside to nurse rather than opening the front closure and trying to open/close it with a baby in my arms.

Buy It! Every bra is on sale right now so head over to Leading Lady to get yours! All bras are on sale, up to 60% off with no codes needed. Plus get free shipping on orders over $75!

Win! One reader will win your choice item from Leading Lady!
This giveaway has ended.
Congrats to the winner:
thight

Open to US only. Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59pm. Winner will be drawn by random.org and announced on this blog as well as emailed. Products reviewed were provided to me free of charge. No compensation was given in exchange for this review. My opinion is my own and is an honest view of my experience with the product. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn. Email address must be in at least one comment or visible on your profile to win. Good Luck!

Sarah

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