Lots of moms wear underwire bras – but when it comes to nursing bras, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to underwire bras.
Are they safe? Should I be avoiding them? Do they make them?
Most lactation consultants recommend avoiding underwire for the first six weeks after your baby is born. The reason – because during this time, your body is making milk based on the hormones that were released during pregnancy – and many women will over-produce during this time. At around the six week mark, your body switches over from hormonal-based milk production to supply-and-demand milk production. Many women will notice a dip in their supply at this time and many women will also go down a cup size when this happens.
Once your body switches to the supply-and-demand mode of milk production, then it is generally safe for most women to start wearing underwire bras again. If you have a properly fitting bra, then you should be able to wear an underwire bra at any time – but getting one that fits properly is key to wearing underwire without problems.
Once you have had clogged ducts or mastitis, it is probably best to avoid underwire bras. The added pressure on your milk ducts from the underwire may cause a recurrence and once you have had a problem, you are more prone to having one in the future. If you haven’t had any clogged ducts or mastitis, and you have been properly fitted, then you should be fine wearing underwire bras.
And there are LOTS of great nursing bras with underwires!! Do you wear an underwire nursing bra? Did you wear one the whole time or only after the 6-week mark? What are your favorite brands? We’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below!!