how to choose a nursing bra

Once you've made the decision and plan on nursing your baby, you will need a couple of essentials to make things easier. One of the must haves is a good nursing bra.

Choosing a well fitting nursing bra can help you avoid mastitis and makebreastfeeding in public easier.  Here are some tips on how to choose a nursing bra that's perfect for you.

1.      Choose a nursing bra with flaps that can be opened with one hand.  What can be more frustrating than trying to hold your hungry baby while struggling with your bra?  Choose a style that makes this easier for you. Try on
the bra is possible to see if you can open it quickly and easily with one hand. If not, skip it. Some nursing bra styles feature stretchy cups that merely move to the side. These are great for nighttime use.

2.      Your nursing bra should fit comfortably.  Wearing a bra that is too tight can leave you vulnerable to plugged ducts and mastitis.  For your comfort, and to minimize this risk, choose soft cup styles. If you are large busted, use wider shoulder straps. Keep in mind that your breasts will get larger a week postpartum when your milk supply
increases. Then after a few weeks, you may be able to go back to the size you wore in your last weeks of pregnancy.

3.      Buy at least three bras.  You will want on to wear, one that can be on standby and one that you'll obviously be washing.  This way you never are totally without.

4.      Choose a bra with breathable fabric.  If your breasts remain too moist this may cause a yeast infection of the breast (called thrush). Therefore you want a bra that will allow airflow and minimize moisture. Avoid plastic backed nursing pads for this reason. Cotton is more comfortable and looks more natural, and can be washed and reused.

These tips should help you choose a nursing bra that is perfect while you're breastfeeding your little one.  Having the right bra can enhance your nursing experience.