So today I learned that some people wear nursing bras to sleep for support and leakage. And they have special sleep nursing bras. Any of you planning to use these? Can I just wear a camisole with built in bra to bed?
Also when if/when you go back to work do you wear nursing bras at the office to pump? Or can you wear a normal bra?
How many nursing bras/camis are you planning to buy/use?
I had 2 nursing bras, and just regular bras and sports bras for daytime with DS. The nursing bras were nice but not necessary in my opinion. I never had any issue just pulling one side out of the bra to nurse. I did occasionally have issue with the nursing flap disconnecting in the nursing bra leaving my nipple to show through my shirt. oops!
I would just pull my bra up over both of the gals when pumping at work.
I had to wear something in bed for support, but cami's with the built in shelf worked with a nursing pad stuffed in.
I've never used special sleep nursing bras, but I would definitely recommend getting some nursing bras. I would also recommend wearing them to bed, with nursing pads. I didn't do that in the beginning with T and the leakage was awful and I actually ruined a shirt between the leakage and lanolin cream getting on the shirt. The nice thing about nursing bras is that you don't have to take your bra off or try to like, pop a boob out of the top or bottom so that you can nurse or pump. You just pull your shirt up or down (depending on the neckline) and pop the flap of your bra down, and have at it. I think I had 3 or 4 nursing bras last time, and I will probably do the same this time.
I never had any special nursing camis or nursing tops, so I can't speak to those. I think a nursing cami would be great if you are doing a lot of NIP, but I was always too chicken and mostly snuck out to my car to NIP. Then again, maybe I would have been less chicken if I had a nursing cami to cover my tummy while I nursed.
Speaking of bfing gear, while we're giving recommendations, I recommend using disposable (vs washable) nursing pads in the beginning because I found them to be more absorbant (you'll probably leak more at first) and because I found them to be softer and more comfortable and less likely to stick (owwwwwww) on sore nipples.
I also recommend Medela Tendercare Lanolin nipple cream over Lansinoh every day of the week. Lansinoh is thicker and you have to, like, warm it up on your fingers to get it to spread. Medela is a little thinner, so it spreads more easily without having to massage it in your hands first.
Good to know. I will get 2 nursing bras and 2 camis and skip the sleep bra. Those nursing camis can be hella expensive. What is up with that?
Thanks for the lanolin advice too! Do you prefer medela over lansinoh for everything? I have a friend that says the lansinoh freezer bags are better than medela. Do you agree?
I only used nursing bras when I was dressed up and going out with baby-Maybe I just had lousy bras, but I found them kind of a pain to latch and unlatch. especially if you are holding baby in one hand with no one to hand him/her off to while you relatch the bra. I actually inadvertently twisted my daughter's arm pretty badly once when I was trying to juggle her and refasten my nursing bra-I felt so terrible. For pumping and most of the time when I was nursing I wore a regular bra that didn't have an underwire and cheap cami's for $5 from Walmart or Old Navy-they weren't nursing cami's but I would pull the bra and shirt up and the cami down on the side I wanted to free so it worked fine-the cami straps were strechy enough that I could pull them down to free a boob. I also always wore a cami under my shirt at work when I was pumping and would just pull my whole bra and shirt up and my cami down when pumping so my stomach would stay covered-I pumped in a public restroom so I also wore my nursing cover up over the whole thing so no one had to see anything they wouldn't want to.
For sleeping, I didn't wear any sleeping bra, I just made sure whatever pj shirt I wore was kind of tight fitting so it would hold the breast pads in place and also would allow easy access to the boob for baby to nurse. I also kept several cloth diapers handy to press against my boobs in case of heavy flow and we put a waterproof mattress cover on our bed for as long as baby was sleeping with us for both leaky boobs and baby spit up/leaky diapers.
I only pumped with my first and used a sports bra that held the horns in place while I pumped (hands free!!). I might invest in some tanks and maybe a few bras for this one. Thankfully, I was never much of a leaker, but I did sleep with a looser fitting sports bra that would hold the nursing pads in.
I just added that to my Amazon registry, thanks! I never liked the Lansinoh kind, yuck. Also, I added the Medela Hydrogel pads because I've never had them but have always REALLY needed them in the beginning because of my flat nipples.I also recommend Medela Tendercare Lanolin nipple cream over Lansinoh every day of the week. Lansinoh is thicker and you have to, like, warm it up on your fingers to get it to spread. Medela is a little thinner, so it spreads more easily without having to massage it in your hands first.
Anyway, to answer the original question, I have 2 nursing camis (one black, one white) from Target by Gilligan O'Malley. Then I have 2 nursing bras in black and pink from Gilligan O'Malley as well. I'm not sure if they still carry the ones I have because I looked once for a friend and couldn't find them but they were awesome. They have some lace on the outside but you can't tell, no padding, super comfy.
I also bought a bra from Motherhood and I hate it. It's padded and really hard to keep away from babe when you're nursing.
I bought a sleep bra as well that was a good deal at Kohl's. I think it's a Medela brand, not sure though. It's SUPER comfy.
Anyway, I definitely didn't have all of this with my first. I think I had one tank and 2 bras and then bought another couple bras and tank with the next kid. So I understand, it's expensive!