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Breastfeeding Bras and nighties.

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Writerwannabe83 Sat 22-Feb-14 17:39:57

I have no idea if this is the right place to ask about this smile

I'm having an ELCS in 4 weeks and am anticipating being in hospital for about 5 days. I want to get some simple nighties with buttons down the front so they are easy to breast feed with, does anyone have any advice where I can get them from? I've been looking online and the ones I've seen are £10 a nightie, I don't think I want to pay that much....

Also, what nursing bras do people recommend?
I don't even know where to start!!!
Do I need to buy a bigger size than the bra size I currently am as I assume breasts get even bigger after the birth and when the milk comes in??

Thanks for any advice you can give me smile

MyNameIsSuz Sat 22-Feb-14 17:56:40

I got measured for nursing bras at 38 weeks, they had me sticking my fist inside the cup to estimate the growth, this is in Bravissimo and was kind of accurate. Next time I think I'd wait until afterwards - I mostly wore nursing tank tops under hoodies at first (like these ones or those Belvia bras you can get in Boots. I was feeding a lot and those were more comfy and easy to access, I think I'd go and get measured a couple of weeks in, or measure myself and order a few online to try.

If you do get measured beforehand, I'd just buy one in that size and then buy more afterwards once your supply is settled and you can tell how well that fits. I ended up ordering the same bra again one size smaller.

I can't help with nighties I'm afraid!

MyNameIsSuz Sat 22-Feb-14 17:57:18


TheScience Sat 22-Feb-14 17:59:20

I got some button front nighties from Matalan and Primark. Nursing bras - last time I waited til after my milk came in, at first I just wore stretchy "comfort bras", you can get them in Asda for about £6.

ShadowFall Sat 22-Feb-14 18:01:33

I bought a pack of 2 maternity nighties from Mothercare that had the sort of camisole type straps with the drop down clips for easy breastfeeding. I can't remember how much they were now - I think more than �10 / nightie - but I'm still using them now, 5 months on, as they're easy for night-time breastfeeding, so they were good value for money for me.

For nursing bras, as my breasts were big to begin with, I went to Bravissimo towards the end of my pregnancy and bought some there, so the assistants in there checked the fit and so on. The ones I got were for the size I was then, as I figured I'd get another one if my breast size changed a lot after baby arrived. But they still fit fine, so I've not needed to buy more.

AnythingNotEverything Sat 22-Feb-14 18:01:54

For nighties try the supermarkets and primark. I had two brushed cotton check nighties, one from Tesco and one from primark. About £8 I think and I wore them for night feeds for ages.

The bravado bras are great for the early days. They do crop top styles or non wired bras.

Karen1226 Sat 22-Feb-14 19:21:47

As above really, the stretchy support belvia bras are brilliant to start with and I still use them for night times as they are comfy to sleep in. I went and got fitted for a nursing bra once my milk came and glad I waited as I went from an A cup pre pregnancy to a F! Also get a few as I still leak even with breast pads!

KatharineClover Sat 22-Feb-14 22:13:58

Peacocks have button-front nighties for £6 each smile

Cariad007 Sun 23-Feb-14 09:51:47

I bought a couple of short sleeve button down nighties from Marks. The were £12 each but there's a buy one, get one half price offer on at the moment.

fruitpastille Sun 23-Feb-14 20:11:13

I think comfy pj bottoms and feeding vest tops are better than nighties myself and I have just had my 3rd section. 2 to 3 days is the average hospital stay. My milk is in today on day 3 but it can vary. I am going to wait a couple of weeks for supply to settle before buying bras. I am managing with a couple of vests with support for now.

eltsihT Sun 23-Feb-14 20:19:04

I use mamaway link bras to wear at night and proper nursing bras through the day. I just wear cheap pj's and lift the top up.

puddock Sun 23-Feb-14 20:20:26

Bravado bras / nursing tank tops were great.

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