Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Whose chest is this anyways???

Statistics show that as many as 75% of us wear the wrong bra size...add to that the fact that your size can change dramatically over the course of prenancy and after the baby is born, and you have some seriously uncomfortable women out there! It is so important to have a well-fitted and comfortable bra at any time, but it is especially important for pregnant and nursing moms. Not only is an improper bra fit uncomfortable, but it can also cause problems once your milk comes in (when the milk glands are compressed, they can become clogged and a very painful infection called mastitis can result). Speaking from first-hand experience, I can tell you that this is NOT something you want to experience if you can avoid it, and a well-fitting bra is one of several key components that help ensure a comfortable post-partum and breastfeeding experience!

If you have questions about breast health during pregnancy or post-partum, speak with your doctor or midwife, or contact your local health department. And once your little bundle of joy has arrived, you may have questions as well. Breastfeeding takes practice, and like any relationship, it takes work (I nursed my daughter for 14 months, so I know how challenging it can be at times)! It can be overwhelming once you have a little bundle in your arms, but it's important to have faith in your body's ability to nourish your baby. It is NOT a sign of weakness to ask questions or seek help...it shows that you are a great parent for wanting to do the best for your child!

For help with breastfeeding, ask your health care provider, local health department, or lactation consultant. For more information and peer support, La Leche League can be a great source of help. Choosing to breastfeed is a great way to provide the best start for your baby...studies have shown that breast milk helps to provide protection against infections, lowers risk for allergies, asthma, and diabetes, and also helps mom to lose pregnancy weight and reduce the chance of developing breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer. Best of all, breastmilk is specially formulated for your baby and his or her specific stage of development (and you don't have to worry about pthalates like BPA leaching into your baby's food from formula containers and plastic baby bottles).
If you have questions about sizing a maternity or nursing bra or tank, feel free to contact me. I have just become a Bravado Certified Fitter, and I look forward to helping pregnant and nursing moms feel their best! I can help you to find just the right fit that will help keep you comfortable and looking your best throughout your pregnancy and beyond! The best way to fit a bra or tank top is in person, but it is possible to fit over the phone as well.
Remember, we're here to "support" you (sorry, couldn't resist a little bra humour there)!

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