Special nursing items - neccessary?

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Special nursing items - neccessary?

Do I really need to buy special nursing bras, tanks and tops?

So far I have a breast pump, boppy, a few bottles, cleaning supplies, nipple pads and cream. Do I need anything else?

I'm planning on living in leggings and long loose tops to hide my belly bandit for the first 2 months or so. I'm wondering if I should go buy some special nursing bras and tops...do they make breastfeeding easier somehow? Can I get away with wearing my wire free sleeping bras?

Help!! lol

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Nursing tops/bras make it easier to breast feed discreetly. The nursing bra is handier IMO although I changed mine so many times from milk leakage I found it easier just to go completely topless when feeding at home. When I was out, I just lifted my shirt and bra (I wore a wireless bra, 38E, to make this easier) and this worked better for me. If it bothers you to have anyone see your breasts in public, you can always get a nursing cover up. You will find in the beginning, you will be changing your clothes a lot LOL Smile

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I picked up nursing bras and might get a cover for public nursing. I have a nursing pillow this time, I wished I had one for the short time I nursed DD1.

sounds like you've got it all under control Jina!

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I don't BF in public so I never saw the point of buying an extensive nursing wardrobe. However, I bought two nursing tanks to wear at night and around the house because it is so much more convenient to undo one snap than try to pull up a shirt and move a bra out of the way when I have a screaming hungry baby. I also did end up switching to nursing bras because I found it a huge hassle to keep my regular ones out of the way (but I'd recommend waiting a few weeks before buying because you don't know what size you'll be until things settle down). Nothing like having your baby totally freaking because they are getting a mouth full of bra instead of boob and can't latch! GL to you!!

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Thanks ladies. So, it looks like I should kind of wait and see whether I really need nursing bras and tanks. I'm not planning on nursing in public so I probably won't need any special nursing tops. Though, I think I do want some nursing bras and a few tanks since I don't want my normal bras to frustrate the baby.

Thanks again!

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I have 3 nursing tanks that I lived in, at home, with DS2. I didn't even wear a bra...just the nursing tank and a loose shirt over top. Really easy to pull up the shirt and undo the snap/clasp on the tank to uncover mostly just nipple to nurse. Also, kept me from getting cold while BFing. I personally wouldn't be comfortable just sitting around the house topless. Not because of an exposure to others issue but I'm just more comfy with clothes on. I get cold. Wink

I don't have much trouble with leaking though so not sure how it would work if you need to use a lot of nipple pads. :confused:

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I also have a nursing bra that I used more with DS1. I think starting with a couple of nursing bras and a tank or two would be a good idea. I didn't purchase my nursing bra until after DS1 was born and my milk came in. I don't think I would have gotten the right size if I purchased it before.

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I've ordered 1 nursing bra, and we'll see how that fits - They're so expensive, and because I have to order online, pay for shipping, etc, I wasn't willing to order a bunch and risk them not fitting! This way I've *hopefully* got something I can use until I know what size I need to get.

As for nursing tops, I bought 2 I think - and more to wear for pregnancy than for nursing (the red shirt I'm wearing in my maternity pics is actually a nursing top), but I also wanted 1 or 2 nicer tops to wear out in public.
Other than that, I stocked up on Old Navy tank tops and camis in the summer - I bought them all a size too big, but figured they'd last me through pregnancy and nursing, and at $5 each, it was way more affordable! they may not be the most classy or stylish, but they're comfy, cheap, and the neck stretches so much I'm hoping it'll be easy to nurse in them Smile

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I find that the support of a nursing bra to be essential! I couldn't just go around the house in a t-shirt, my boobs would hurt too much from the weight, especially when milk starts to come in. Plus its easier to take your boob out when you can just unhook the front. Just my opinion.

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Jina!! :wavehello: Miss you mama!

I love nursing bras. Even if I'm just at home, they are so much more handier, IMHO. This time I got my first nursing tops with the stretchy necks and they were great to use in the hospital after the birth. With so many people popping in and out of the room.....

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Hi Lynn and Marie!!! Miss you guys both!

Where are you guys getting your nursing bras? I want to wait until after baby to make sure I get the right size. Right now I'm looking at Gap and Destination Maternity. Any other suggestions? I'm very picky about bras...they *have* to be comfortable or else I won't wear them.

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I've had to order mine from Cheeky Monkey Baby Store in London, Ontario Canada www.cheekymonkey.ca There's also www.milkface.com that I'll probably order some from. Both of these are Canadian sites though, so I'm not sure if they ship internationally.

I'm also super picky about my bras as well.......that's why I absolutely hate having to order them online!! because it's underwear, it's no-refundable, so you're ordering something totally in the dark as to whether or not it's going to fit or feel good!

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I ordered mine from Motherhood maternity (caught a great sale - buy 3 get the 4th free) and ended up getting 4 bras for about $100 plus tax. They have a good sizing chart and you can enter your measurements into a calculator and it spits out your size.

I'm going to check out those 2 sites Jo!

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I like to wear a nursing bra, because in the beginning I leak like crazy if I don't have something on. The clips make them much easier to use then just wearing a regular bra, although I am sure a sleep bra would be fine.
These are my faves, very comfy and affordable. Bestform Maternity Sport Nursing Bras 2-Pack: Maternity : Walmart.com

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I love nursing tanks, though I don't buy expensive ones. I have also used just shelf bra camis with a top over it a ton. Why they even make underwire nursing bras/tanks is beyond me as underwire can encourage engorgement.

I do have a nursing sleep bra I got from Motherhood that I love. I usually just wear a sports bra to bed or a tank but it's super comfy. I use the Johnson & Johnson disposable nursing pads (you can get them at WalMart or most pharmacies) all the time to help with leakage. I find them to be more absorbent then the reusable ones I have.

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Thanks everyone for your input and advice! Biggrin

I'm going to buy one nursing bra and two nursing tanks to have at the hospital but I'm going to wait until after baby to buy more. Smile

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"MissMia" wrote:

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I love nursing tanks, though I don't buy expensive ones. I have also used just shelf bra camis with a top over it a ton. Why they even make underwire nursing bras/tanks is beyond me as underwire can encourage engorgement.

I do have a nursing sleep bra I got from Motherhood that I love. I usually just wear a sports bra to bed or a tank but it's super comfy. I use the Johnson & Johnson disposable nursing pads (you can get them at WalMart or most pharmacies) all the time to help with leakage. I find them to be more absorbent then the reusable ones I have.

I wish I could just use those camis! I'm so jealous you have no idea...

I've tried the nursing bras without underwire and for my size they just don't work. I need the extra support and the few that give any without wires are way more uncomfortable than the underwire ones. But I'm a 38 EEE before pregnancy....