Underwire Nursing Bras: Dispelling The Myths

It’s late at night and all of a sudden you’re overcome by a worry. Welcome to motherhood! But we digress…

You realize that you need to buy nursing bras, or worse, you’ve already bought them and they have underwire inside. But now, you’re second guessing your purchase and wondering if it’s safe to wear your new, strategic lingerie.

Then you think, well, would all these companies sell underwire nursing bras if they weren’t safe? One would hope, amiright?!?! Unlike buying stylish nursing tops and pumping shirts, purchasing nursing bras requires much more diligence on mom's part.


So far, there’s no hard proof to suggest that wearing underwire will inhibit milk production – but that’s something you’ve probably heard.

The anecdotal evidence does suggest, however, that wearing an underwire too tight on her chest could lead to clogged milk ducts.


With mom’s constantly changes breast size in those first few weeks, it’s important for her to wear a bra that can allow for those huge fluctuations between feedings.

Nothing is worse than an ill-fitting underwire bra poking and digging in to your body, especially at a time when you’re trying to get the hang of your life as a new mom and breastfeeder. And if that discomfort could lead to a plugged duct or breast infection, it probably isn’t worth it. You’ve got enough on your mind.


But if you are all about the underwire, then make sure you try it on before you buy it. You might even be able to have a store’s staff member measure you to make sure it fits well.

If underwire bras help you get your sexy back, then there are a plethora on the market for you to purchase. You can even find sexy nursing lingerie available – lacy underthings to give you a little more pep in your step.

Experts do recommend buying nursing bras made of a breathable fabric like cotton. You don’t want any bacteria growing!

Just like every snowflake is unique, so is every woman’s nursing experience. You will learn what styles work best for you. When you figure it out, stock up! Doing laundry is hard enough when you don’t have a newborn…


The information contained on this site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician and/or lactation consultant. 

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