Becoming a Mum should be a very exciting time in your life. There is a prolific amount of literature informing you on what changes to expect with your body, how to look after your new baby, whether to breast feed or not to breast feed, how a new addition to the family may impact on family dynamics and overall lifestyle. Amazingly, with all the discussions on the benefits of breast-feeding, there is very little information on how to look after your breasts during and after pregnancy, what happens to your breasts during the nursing phase, what to look for in a nursing bra and the importance of wearing the correct bra for your shape and size.
As with regular bras, not every nursing bra will suit your needs and shape. For that reason, we stock a variety of styles and brands. Our main aim is for total comfort at all times – this translates to bras that support, lift, do not feel restrictive, have an inner cup lining made from a natural, breathable fibre and with enclosed inner cup seams to minimise any nipple chafing.
During pregnancy, the milk ducts in your breasts are preparing themselves for feeding. Coupled with hormonal changes, you may experience tenderness and/or breast enlargement. Metal underwires are restrictive and may lead to later issues such as blocked ducts so invest in some wirefree bras. If you find you cannot do without underwires, flexi wired bras are a good option. These are made from silicone and are softer than metal wires. You could even purchase nursing bras to wear now as you can always use them again post pregnancy. All good nursing bras have six, instead of the standard three, hook and eye placements, to allow for your ribcage to expand.
Most nursing bras have either an inner side sling or an inner A frame. In our opinion, side slings offer sufficient support up to an E cup but, with larger cup sizes and larger band sizes, we recommend bras that have an A frame as these offer more support. While the cups come up higher, to hide the frame, larger busts require as much support as possible to retain a suitable level of comfort.
When trying on nursing bras, make sure that you can place two fingers inside your neckline comfortably. This lets you know that you have room inside your bra for you bust to expand.
After your baby arrives, it normally takes about 2-3 days before your milk flow begins. Once it starts, you may find that you are lactating more than what your baby needs. Don’t worry too much if your bras are a little tight during this time as your milk flow will regulate itself after about 7-10 days and your bust should settle down. During this time, you may find nursing sleep bras to be more comfortable – these are feeding bras that can accommodate several cup size changes and are highly recommended for night feeds as they are far more comfortable to use at night than regular nursing bras.
Whilst you’re nursing, you will find that your bust is always changing in size. When you’re shopping for nursing bras, after your baby arrives, a good time to try on bras is just before a feed, so you know the bra you buy will fit comfortably and offer the necessary support, or use the two finger test.
As your baby becomes less reliant on breast milk, you may find that your bust decreases in size. If you intend to feed for longer, it may be time to purchase some new bras. Bras only have a lifespan of 6-8 months anyway, if you wear the same 2-3 bras on a regular basis, so if you have worn them during pregnancy and for the first few months after the birth, you will need to update at some time.
We have an extensive range of maternity bras anc cater up to a J cup. Our brands include Cake Lingerie, HOTilk Lingerie, Berlei, Elomi and Freya
There is a significant demand for ladies pure cotton sleepwear in Australia because cotton garments compliments our climate so well. In the harsh, Australian weather conditions, natural fibres allow our skin to breathe as well as being non-static and cotton is still an affordable commodity.
There are many Australian owned women's sleepwear labels that offer good quality and well designed, cotton nighties and pyjamas. Familiar names include Kaye Jones, French Country, Vikki James and Victoria's Dream. These brands all offer beautiful quality cotton sleepwear for ladies, using different styles to target specific needs and wants, as well as different styles of cotton fabrics. The main issue when purchasing sleepwear online, as with all clothing, is sizing as there are no standards for sizing in Australia.
At Matilda Jane Lingerie, we have tried to create a seamless onine purchasing experience by actually listing measurements of many of our ladies cotton nighties and pyjamas. If we have not listed any measurements, and you are unsure which size to purchase, please contact us by phoning (02) 9398 9431 or emailing at email@example.com
This is a sneak preview of some of the styles in Amoensa's Spring 2014 collection. As well as their everyday, sportwear and sleepwear lines, Amoena are introducing their new "Seduction" line which includes a beautiful lace teddy and sexy cami-bra and knicker set. Yes, you can still be sexy after breast surgery and Amoena is reinforcing this message. All of these styles come with breast pockets for your breast prosthesis.
All these Amoena styles require pre-ordering. More styles are available by clicking this link. If you would like to place an order for any of these styles, please contact me on 02 9398 9431 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the style and size details and your telephone number.
Introducing the new Theraport post surgical mastectomy recovery bra from Amoena, this amazing cotton rich bra has loops on the lower band to securely hold a lymphodemam drainage bag in place (Amoena 2107 drain pouch sold separately) and is designed to be used immediately post breast or other chest surgery. Other comfort features include built in, seamless, knitted panels for support, seamless T-back, velcro shoulder straps, cotton pockets to hold your Amoena post-surgical or leisure form and velcro front fastening closure.
This bra is also suitable for ladies following shoulder surgery who may lack the strength for front fastening bras with front hooks. These bras still require the wearer to pull the front panels to gether and hold them in place whilst fastening the hooks.
Style: Theraport 2161
Colour: White only
Fabric: 80% cotton, 16% nylon, 4% spandex
Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Pro's: Whilst not an attractive bra, the new Theraport post surgical mastectomy recovery bra from Amoena offers unique functionality that is not available with other post surgery recovery bras. The velcro strips on the shoulder straps and front opening makes this bra much more manageable than sliders and hooks while the drain loops makes it much easier to hold the lymphatic drain pouch in place. The price is also very affordable.
Con's: The cotton jersey fabric of the Theraport post surgical mastectomy recovery bra is a little on the thicker side so some people may find this bra somewhat hot to wear. During winter, it's ideal as an extra layer. It's also chunky looking but, being a post surgery bra, it needs to cover the whole bust area and it's only worn for a short period of time. The white colour may discolour in the wash so we recommend washing separately or with other whites.
Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing this bra and we will be able to advise you on stock arrival dates.