Are Your Breasts Getting A Promotion?
Breasts are not purely ornamental. As much as you may want to disagree with me on that, your breasts were given one job to do and that job was to feed a baby. Are your breasts getting a promotion in the near future? OK…. maybe your breasts are unemployed at this particular time, but if they do get that job notice, it’s important to prepare them for the months ahead. If so, here’s some advice for making that nursing bra.
Speaking of bras to Retro fit
Retro-fit your current bra
It’s easy to do. Use the eye section only and sew the folded edge over the fuzzy edge of the eyes that sew to the bra as shown above. Once your ribs go back to normal (assuming they do) you can remove the extra set of eyes.
If you find that the straps are now too far apart, you can use a home made strap keeper-together (darn…what are they called?) This simple keeper can be made from fabric sewn into a tube or from strap elastic, with a bit of Velcro at each end or a single hook and eye. Simply loop it around the straps and fasten it together as shown here.
When it’s time for the Promotion!
Maternity bras and nursing bras differ in one basic way: Nursing bras have clasps or panels that allow easy access to the nipples for breastfeeding. Is that it? Yes, you can use the same features you added on your maternity bra for your nursing bra and voila, now you have a nursing bra!
Generally, a mother’s cup size will go up one or two letters when her milk first comes in, but she will usually not stay this larger size. Sometime between week two and week six of nursing the cup size will settle. Generally speaking, you will settle back down to the size you were in your last month of pregnancy. There are always exceptions, some mothers go up a few cup sizes and stay there for six months or more, some mothers do not increase in cup size at all. The size of your bra cup does not determine how much milk you will make – every size and shape of breast can make milk.
Making nursing bras in your last month of pregnancy means you will have some bras for baby’s arrival. You may not have time to sew after the baby arrives!