I had my daughter 5 days ago (Saturday 25th)! We are both doing pretty well, sleep deprivation aside. So she is nursing avidly and I have to figure out what to do about nursing bras? It's been my understanding that I should buy them once my milk has come in. It came in probably Monday and I was pretty engorged Tues and Wed but it seems to be improving a little today. I went to a breastfeeding support group on Wednesday and the facilitator there said the same as the lactation consultant in the hospital: I should wait 1 1/2 to 2 weeks for my size to stabilize before buying nursing bras (as opposed to waiting for milk to come in).
So what would you do in my shoes?
Several factors in play here:
I have a small frame (wore a 30 band pre-pregnancy and up to a 34 in pregnancy) but a large cup size (around a G now). Sleep bras or shelf bras/camis typically do not work well on me, b/c the size that fits around my boobs is too loose around my underbust to provide any support, so the prevalent advice to buy one of these for early nursing is not very helpful for me. Oh, there are a couple of places in town (at the hospitals) that fit nursing bras and they have a selection of these, so I'll probably try them on, but I don't really anticipate them working. Typically, bras that fit me have to be purchased online and run $50 a pop, so it's pretty important to me that I get a size that works on the first try, whereas if I bought a bra from Target for $12 and it didn't fit after a week it wouldn't be as big a deal.
I'm pretty darn uncomfortable. It's not comfortable for me to jiggle around without a bra, most of my bras don't fit right, and those that do are not good for nursing, so I can either a. take off the bra entirely or b. pull the cup down on one side to feed her, and soak through my shirt on the other side.
I have a couple of bras that still fit from pregnancy, though they are a little tighter than they were then. They were a little roomy when I bought them at 3 1/2 months pregnant and not as roomy towards the end of pregnancy. This tells me I gained only a partial cup size since my milk came in. And they were 2 band sizes above my pre-pregnancy size but still fit in the band (but for how long until it goes back down? If it does?)
So, any thoughts? Thanks ladies!