I found myself messaging a client, who also happened to be my cousin, and the message was so important I felt the need to share it with everyone!
Your body is not more efficient because you deliver early.
Your body is not inefficient or incompetent if you deliver late.
So many moms come to me discouraged after experiencing start and stop labor patterns. Contractions start up one afternoon, mom is super excited and ready for labor, we chat, only to find the contractions simmer down and fade away after a few hours. And mom is left feeling defeated and frustrated, and doubting her bodies ability to birth.
Just because active labor did not begin, doesn't mean your body has failed you. In fact, your body is showing you that it is making progress!
Let's remember, giving birth isn't a race. Delivering at 38 weeks, doesn't make your body more efficient than the mother who delivers at 42 weeks. It isn't a great accomplishment to give birth ahead of schedule. If your body decides at 39 weeks that it is ready, awesome! But if your body feels that 41 weeks 5 days seems perfect, then that is equally perfect.
Trust that your body is fearfully and wonderfully made! It will help you deliver your baby at the perfect time... the perfect time for your baby and the perfect time for your body!
Struggling to find a nursing bra that will fit your ever growing breast tissue? Sister, I have been there! That is why I have compiled this list for the big breasted momma's out there! I hope my struggles will prevent yours and that my research will make your day a little easier.
The Underwire Options
Miss Anita Nursing Bra - (size options: 34-42 band, B-I cup)
Anita Stretch Microfiber Nursing Bra - (size options: 34-44 band, C-I cup)
Panache Eleanor Nursing Bra - (size options: 28-38 band, D-H cup)
Freya Pure Nursing Bra - (size options: 30-40 band, DD-HH cup)
Cake Maternity Croissant Seamless Underwire Full Cup Nursing Bra - (size options: 32-42 band, C-I cup)
The Wireless Options
Goddess Keira Side Support, Wire-free Nursing Bra - (size options: 36-46 band, DD-N cup)
Elomi Beatrice Wire-Free Nursing Bra - (size options: 34-44 band, DD-JJ cup)
Elomi Molded Nursing Bra - (size options: 34-44 band, DD-JJ cup)
Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra -(odd sizing system, but goes up to a possible 36J)
Sport and Sleep Options
Zest Nursing Sports Bra - (size options: 32-40 band, B-K cup)
Leading Lady Dreamy Comfort Cotton Sleep & Leisure Bra - (size options: S-4X)
Things That Cover the Belly
Maternity Seamless Cami - I loved to use this while nursing because it would cover my belly and I could just pull down the top. It isn't a nursing tank top, but I loved it.
Belly Band - I always continued to use this, even after birth. I never wanted people to see my tummy skin at least not at the beginning), and it helped me feel protected, comfortable, and confident!
Nursing Camisoles - These are a great option, unfortunately I never found one I liked, but this link will take you to one a friend suggested!
Last Ditch Tips!
Turn any of your favorite bras or camisoles into nursing tops! I had to do this a time or two and it was great. I had a seamstress turn a bridesmaid dress into a nursing dress. Usually it just requires a little snip and you can add a hook-and-eye, or a snap, or a button and loop. This has saved my life on a few occasions and hopefully it can help you!
Have you prepared for an amazing breastfeeding journey?
Birth Boot Camp has created an incredible breastfeeding class to prepare you to have a successful breastfeeding journey. It includes tips for pumping, and troubleshooting for all sorts of circumstances such as mastitis, blebs, and the like! Click on the image below to join the class and watch from the comfort of your own home!
My name is Jillian and I am a Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulator living in the Wilmington, North Carolina. I believe in women and that they deserve support throughout their pregnancy and births no matter what method of birth they desire. I myself am a mother to 4 girls, pregnant with a 5th (that is a boy); each of their births were vastly different.