Do I need a new nursing bra?

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Do I need a new bra during pregnancy?

Most likely! Like the rest of your body, your breasts are changing too, becoming bigger and more sensitive to the touch. With the weight gain, an expanding rib cage, and, later in pregnancy, mammary glands that are preparing to make milk for your baby.

While it may be tempting to make do with the bras you have (think of the savings!), it's best to invest in a few good bras. Your growing breasts are heavier – the developing glandular tissues can add on a few ounces per breast, at least – and deserve some comfy support.

How do I know when it's time for a new bra?

A good rule of thumb: Tight isn't right. 

Every woman is different, every pregnancy is different, and your breasts will change in a way that's unique to you. You may find that your cup size continues to increase throughout your pregnancy, or your breasts might grow during your first trimester and then not increase in size again until the last few months. Depending on how you grow, you may need to go bra shopping several times during your pregnancy.

Maternity and nursing bras differ in one basic way: Nursing bras have clasps or panels that allow easy access to the nipples for breastfeeding.

When buying nursing bras to wear during pregnancy, make sure they give you room to grow. Your breasts may go up another cup size or two after your baby arrives and your milk comes in.  

Our Bestseller: PB93 Padded Soft-Cup Nursing Bra

*Click on photos to go to the product page*

Basic Padded Nursing bra, made with soft bra cups. Seamless so you can wear your tight stretchy tops without worrying about your nipples showing right after you have nursed your child. And no worries about seams on your bra showing either.

Easy one-handed release/put-back hook for quick nursing while cradling baby. To Nurse, unhook, then fold the bra cup with your nursing pad INWARDS under your breast. Comes with adjustable shoulder straps. No underwire, but provides good support. No worries about any possibilities of the bra causing blocked ducts then!

 Coulour in Black or Skin Beige

Sizes: 34B, 34C, 34D, 36B, 36C, 36D, 36E, 38B, 38C, 38D, 38E

 

PMW Padded Multi-way Nursing Bra *Award Winning*

Our Award Winning Bra by Singapore Mother & Baby for 2 consecutive years, 2011 & 2012 and Women's Weekly in 2005!
In our unique quality and versatile fashion, the shoulder straps are  fully-removable so that for those who prefer a
strapped bra over a strapless one, this would be a great option - just change the straps to your favourite clear straps
or even use fancy straps, so that you can wear your strapless outfits or off-shoulder outfits with style!
  • Regular - the usual way
  • With fancy or transparent straps
  • Cross-back
  • Halter
To Nurse, undo the front bra cup and fold it down with your nursing
pad INWARDS and tuck it under your breast.

When done nursing, just unfold the bra cup from under your breast,
stretch it upwards and fasten it properly.
Sizes:  34B, 34C, 34D, 36B, 36C, 36D, 38B, 38C
Colour: Beige & Black
This multi-way seemless bra comes with underwired support.  For mothers who
have a preference for non-underwired bras, the underwire is removable.

If you need further assistance with bra fitting, feel free to call us for a fitting session (only on Saturdays). 

Email: thebirthshop@gmail.com 

SMS/Whatsapp: 9271 3335

Before you start

  • Make sure you are wearing an unpadded bra that is not a compression or a sports bra.

  • Stand straight and relaxed, with your arms down, and breathe normally

  • If you can, ask someone to help you measure

  • If you’re doing this solo, measure yourself in front of a mirror.


Band Measurement
Place the measuring tape around your back and underneath your arm pits. Check that the tape is on a bit of an upward angle and positioned directly under your arm pit when wrapping tape around your body. Tape should be lying flat and parallel on the hook and eye closure of your bra. Pull snug – you want it to feel tight, but not constricting. Look down and record your measurement.

HINT: If your measurement falls in between even numbers, round up. For example, a 33’ would become 34’. If you are just above an even number (for example, 32.5’), then round down.

Chest Measurement
Place the measuring tape around your back and place on top of the fullest part of your chest. Be sure to push the measuring tape in between the center of your breasts (it should be touching the place between your breasts) to ensure you account for your full bust capacity. Check that the tape is horizontal when wrapped around your body. Tape should be lying flat and parallel on the hook and eye closure of your bra. Hold the tape loosely in place. Look down and record your measurement.

HINT: It is ideal having someone assist you with this measurement.

Using your band and chest measurements, determine your bra size using the chart below:

STEP 01:
LOWER BUST MEASUREMENT (BAND)
While wearing a non-padded bra, measure around the 
band of the bra. (We recommend measuring in 
inches which will provide for a more accurate result) 
The measuring tape should be level and snug. 
Round to the next whole number. Then refer 
to the chart below to determine your band size. 
(If you measured 27.4 inches, then round to 28. Your band size is hence a 32)
STEP 02:
OVER BUST MEASUREMENT (CUP)
Now measure around your breasts where they are at 
their fullest. (Use the same care as in the previous step).
Round off to the next whole number (If you measured 
34.6 inches,then round to 35) to get your bust size. 
STEP 03:
CALCULATE YOUR SIZE
Now deduct ‘BAND’ measurement from your ‘CUP’
measurement and refer to the table below
to work out your ‘Cup Size’.
Example (inches): 35” (CUP) – 32” (BAND) = 3 (C cup)
- your recommended size is a 32C

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