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Can I Wear an Underwire Bra when Breastfeeding?

Written by Vanessa on November 8th, 2017.      0 comments

Great news, the answer to this is yes, you can!

Concerns about wearing an underwire bra while breastfeeding originate from the idea that the rigidity of the wire could inhibit blood flow and hamper milk production or lead to a clogged duct or even mastitis.  However there is no real evidence that (correctly fitted) underwire bras are linked to lactation problems. The bigger issue is that almost 80% of women are still wearing incorrectly sized bras.

Excerpt from The Australian Breastfeeding association:
"Many women prefer underwire fashion bras and are confused when told these are not recommended during pregnancy or lactation. The reason for this is, once again, your changing breast shape. When breastfeeding, the breasts can increase and decrease in size during the day, as milk is produced and removed. Retained fluid in late pregnancy can also cause the breast to swell. Although only a slight change in size is occurring, a rigid underwire may put pressure on the breast when it is fuller. Such pressure can lead to blocked milk ducts or mastitis and it is for this reason inflexible underwire bras are not recommended. However there are now nursing bras available that have a flexible metal support, similar to an underwire, designed to flex and change position with your changing shape. These are less likely to cause problems."


Our friends at Hotmilk Lingerie have developed a range of products with a metal flexi-wire support for the following reasons:
 
  • Flexiwire support holds the shape of the cup and supports rather than flattening and compressing the bust.
  • Flexiwire support is better at holding the bra against the frame of the body for increased cup and band support.
For the majority of women wearing a flexi-wire while pregnant and breastfeeding is safe. Our recommendation is that you should not wear a wire when 'you' feel like your breasts are changing in size throughout the day, not for the first couple of weeks after giving birth, and not if you are highly sensitive to issues like mastitis.

The Hotmilk Lingerie Forever Yours Nursing Bra is ideal for wearing under tight fitting tops or dresses. The flexiwire underbust and the padded contour cup gives your breasts a little extra shape and make you feel a little more like your pre-baby self in the sense of pre-breastfeeding days. Designed with a slightly lower plunge, it is your go to bra when you feel like wearing that top with the lower neckline. As the name suggests, it is a style you absolutely should have forever in your lingerie drawer!

Available in Nude, Black, White & now a gorgeous Mood Indigo, there is a colour to suit every occasion & priced at $59.90, it is an affordable option to make you feel glamourous again!

Hotmilk Forever Yours Mood Indigo Nursing Bra - Front-755
 

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