important to always look after your breast as they have to last you a lifetime and endure
your monthly cycle as well as childbirth, breastfeeding and age.
A bra which fits well is imperative. It
must support the breasts and not be either too large or too small. A loose bra will not
support you adequately and a bra which is too small will rub against your skin and cause
Always wear a well supporting bra when you
are exercising or playing sports. You are able to buy special sports bras for this
To check your proper bust measurements -
Measure the fullest part of your bust, then
measure the area above the bust. The difference between these measurements gives the cup
size. They are as follows:-
- A - between 1 - 4 cm
- B - between 4 - 6 cm
- C - between 6 - 9 cm
- D - between 9 - 12 cm
When trying on bras, check the following
for a great fit -
- the cup needs to completely cover the breast
(unless the design is more cut away). If your skin is bulging over the top or at the sides
of the bra, the cup is too small. The sides of the cup should not be filled with space and
wrinkled up because the breast does not fill it up.
- the bra should fit well around the body -
not too tight that it will cause friction and also not too loose so it will not give
adequate support. You may also loosen or tighten the hooks at the back of the bra for a
better fit. Try to wear a new bra on the loosest fitting as the bra will inevitably
stretch with use and you can always tighten it up with time. If you start off on the
tightest hook, and the bra stretches it will become useless.
- The centre of the bra should lie against the
breast bone if it lies away from the bone the cup is too small for you.
sometimes this can occur
when the breast hasnt emptied fully, you are not nursing your child in the correct
position, missing feeds or the child is not nursing for long enough periods. Your breasts
may feel uncomfortable. You can try to express some milk yourself.
this can occur when your
breasts are too full. This usually occurs when the mild first comes in. You can usually
relieve it by having a warm shower and expressing some of the milk.
Sometimes the breasts are
too tight for the baby to feed properly - just
express a little before
feeding to soften them up.
if your baby is not sucking
correctly on your nipples, they can become sore. They will heal quickly if the position is
corrected. If your nipples are cracked or blistered, feed on the other side. Nipples tend
to heal quickly, so try to keep going with your breast feeding. See our Pharmacist for
products that may help the soreness and bring you some relief.
Some good products for your
breasts while breastfeeding are - either honey or almond oil and calendula ointment.
include arnica, and calendula taken internally as
well as in the form of an ointment. These are available from our pharmacy.