Does breastfeeding require you to wear a maternity bra ALL the time? My memory is foggy as I had DS 13 years ago..
Was just thinking about it and recalled all the leaking etc.. so you'd have to sleep in them as well, right? With nursing pads in all the time? How often do the breasts leak?
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05-05-2012 10:31 #1
Speaking of bras...
05-05-2012 10:38 #2
It varies between people. I'm a 'leaker' - I've been wearing breast pads since my milk came in, so almost one year now. If I don't wear them, I wake up with a soaked top. I wear a really comfy crop top to bed instead of a bra.
On the other hand, my sister has a baby the same age and hasn't needed breast pads since her DD was a few months old.
You can buy cloth breast pads instead of sposies
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05-05-2012 10:42 #3
I had to wear them 24/7, except for showers of course. I had oversupply issues and serious leakage both times. Others I know are fine to sleep braless and still fully breast feed. One friend needed to wear one constantly for her first but had no leakage for her second. I guess you'll get a surprise when the time arrives!
If you do need to, I personally found the Bonds maternity singlets brilliant to sleep in. Not only were they comfy but I didn't have to reveal and get a cold tummy during night feeds.
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05-05-2012 10:44 #4
With jasper I wore one 24/7. I think because he coslept I leaked at night because he was snuggling boobies all night. Because I dont leak with katelyn often but she sleeps in the cot.
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05-05-2012 10:59 #5
I wear maternity crop tops from target, very comfy and my pads stay in place. They're pretty cheap too!
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05-05-2012 11:00 #6
Sorry thought you were just along about nights...I wear a maternity bra throughout the day too...packed all my normal bras away!
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05-05-2012 11:10 #7
I wear a maternity bra all day when I'm breastfeeding, (put my 'normal' bras away) because I demand feed, wearing a maternity one makes it easier to feed wherever I am etc.
To bed/overnight, in the first few months I would wear one because of the leakage from the let down in the other breast where I would wear the breast pads, but after those months I am not much of a leaker, so then just wear a maternity singlet (I like the Lovable ones) or go topless under my pjs/nightie.
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05-05-2012 11:20 #8-
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I'm another with an oversupply and even after months of breastfeeding I still had heavy leaks, so I wore a maternity bra 24/7. I also demand fed, so it was easier for me having a maternity bra on at all times and carry around plenty of cloth breast pads (the disposable breastpads didn't so anything for absorbtion) as I tended to leak quite a fair bit after each feed.
Overnight was even worse, especially once they got older and were sleeping longer, my supply just kept producing which meant I had to wear somekind of tight croptop/maternity bra with breastpads and a towel down, we coslept/bed shared so if I didn't either me or bub would wake drenched in breastmilk and I would have to change sheets/clothes in the middle of the night. It was like this with both my boys, I'm pregnant with my third and haven't breastfed in almost 2years and my milk still hasn't dried up, so expecting another over supply this time too.
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05-05-2012 11:58 #9
Thanks, I'm definitely going to check out those maternity/crop tops mentioned.. even if it's just to wear to bed and of course wear the maternity bra during the day. I hate bras (like most of us) and the first thing I do when I get home is take it off!! Lol.. and hate the thought of sleeping in one. Those singlets sound good.. I didn't even know they existed!
05-05-2012 12:30 #10
i too am currently wearing a bra 24/7, sleeping with one on just because my nipples are very sensitive and I can't bear anything chaffing! I have these wonderful soft mat bras from Kmart. For reference DD is only 5 weeks old, so we'll see if they de-sensitise in the future!
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