Do I need to purchase special bras and if so when should they be purchased?
A nursing bra is not needed, however some women find a nursing bra helpful and convenient.
A nursing bra:
- usually has a flap over the cup that can be opened for feeding. Looking for one with a clip that you can open with one hand is most convenient.
- should be well fitted and supportive to limit the stretching of supportive breast tissues.
Purchasing ONE or TWO bras one size too big late in pregnancy will usually provide a good fit as the breasts will be larger after the baby is born. Bras that are too tight or with an under-wire can cause a plugged duct resulting in possible infection.
Around the second week after baby is born and the milk volume has adjusted to the baby’s needs, you can purchase more.