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Underwire vs. Softcup

During Pregnancy: Contrary to the belief that only underwires can provide good support, there are many well designed softcups that provide excellent support and comfort, as well, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. During pregnancy, there just doesn’t seem to be enough room for an expanding uterus and an underwire that presses against the rib cage! Every woman is looking for comfort – especially during the last trimester – and an underwire often does not provide that feature!

During Breastfeeding: Many breastfeeding specialists recommend avoiding the wearing of underwires during the first six months of breastfeeding because of the fluctuation in breast size during that period. Underwires certainly should never be used for sleeping as wires can easily move onto the breast tissue causing restriction of the milk ducts resulting in blocked ducts. The most significant problem in wearing underwires is an improper fit often allowing the breast to “ride” on the wire rather than the wire resting against the rib cage. Many women find their milk ducts extend back and under the arms, so fitting an underwire properly can be challenging. You could be one of the lucky ones to never have a problem with underwires while nursing, but underwires can contribute to plugged milk ducts. Want to play it safe for the health of your breasts? You may want to avoid underwires for at least the first six months.

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