How to Use a Nursing Bra

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Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest things you can do for your baby. Breast milk is full of vitamins, nutrients and antibodies that help keep your baby healthy. Breastfeeding can be a challenge for many mothers. Nursing bras were developed to make breastfeeding easier and are extremely useful. Nursing bras are different from regular undergarments in that the cups are adjustable to make access for feeding easier. They can seem confusing at first, but are an asset to any nursing mother.

Things You'll Need

  • Nursing Pads
  • Place the nursing bra on your body just as you would a normal bra. Center the bra over your chest, slide your arms through the straps and fasten the bra behind your back. Adjust the shoulder straps so that he bra fits comfortably.

  • Apply a nursing pad to the center of each bra cup. Nursing pads are designed to absorb any milk that might leak while you are not nursing.

  • Secure the cups of the nursing bra. Most nursing bras are designed with cups that fold down and are secured with a clip or snap at the top of the shoulder strap. Close the clips tightly to assure they don’t come open unexpectedly.

  • Unclip the cup when it is time to nurse the baby or pump your breast milk. You can unclip just one side or both sides depending on your needs.

  • Fold back the cup of the bra to nurse. The cups of nursing bras are soft and fold down to make nursing easy. Make sure you don’t lose your nursing pads when opening your bra.

  • Pull the cups up and resecure the clips when you are finished nursing. Make sure the clips are fully closed and your pads cover your breasts to prevent any embarrassing leaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy a nursing bra that is an appropriate size. Most nursing mothers need to buy a bra bigger than their usual size, so try on different sizes to get the correct one.
  • Do not use a worn-out nursing bra. Old or worn bras do not fit well and the clips don't always work correctly.
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