For many years,
nursing bras were primarily only available without underwires. The concern was that underwired nursing bras could restrict milk flow into the breast and cause clogged milk ducts, or Mastitis, an inflammation or infection in the breast. This concern about wires causing clogged milk ducts or Mastitis has subsided, as there are many other factors that can contribute to the conditions, although it is still important to wear a properly fitted bra while you're nursing to reduce this risk.
Most women in D+ cups wear an underwired bra for everyday wear, so switching to a non-wired nursing bra can seem like a compromise. Here we've broken down the benefits of nursing bras with and without wires, as well as the disadvantages of each.
Having the shape, support and style of bra more similar to your everyday basics will be the biggest advantage to an underwired nursing bra. Some styles of nursing bras, like the Anita Paisley and Freya Pure have more flexible underwires for comfort. The Ulla Lilly Nursing bra is unique, as the underwires can be removed, and the bra can be worn with or without the wires. By lifting up the elastic underneath the arm, the wires can be removed for comfort, or for laundering.
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It's important that when choosing an underwired nursing bra that the cups and wire fit well when your breasts are at their fullest, for both comfort and minimising your risks of clogged milk ducts.
Comfort will be the biggest advantage of choosing a non-wired nursing bra as your breasts will become engorged throughout the day between feedings, changing the size of your bust.
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There can be some compromises with the support and shape when larger busted women choose a non-wired nursing bra, but can also be the most comfortable option as your size changes between feedings.