Do you wear a bra at night while breastfeeding?

Lynlee - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I am wondering whether or not people wear a bra and breastpads at night during the time they are breasfeeding or do you go bra-less? While I had milk I just wore a nightie so that any excess milk that built up overnight could leak out.

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Archana - posted on 04/15/2013

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Hi,
I recently gave birth to my son and i was feeling uncomfortable in night times to wear bra while sleeping but even i can't sleep without it also then i gave a try for morph maternity nursing bra with leak proof layer of pure cotton and even washable breast pads also i was so comfortable wearing it... just give a try ladies....

Korin - posted on 07/30/2009

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My babe is 6 1/2 months old and i STILL wear a nursing tank and pads to bed at night, because by about 4 am I'm leaking like crazy! I too, dream of the nights I can go to bed bra-less (sigh) but I count myself fortunate to be able to provide for my babe like I can. I imagine that soon, my supply will start to cut back because we've been doing solids for a couple of weeks now.

Kirstie - posted on 07/30/2009

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With son #1 i did for a while, once feeding was established i stopped leaking and didn't need to. Pretty much the same with son #2, if anything i used breastpads even less and never wore a bra (at night) apart from when the milk was just coming in during the 1st week.

Capricorn8907 - posted on 08/24/2011

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i dont, but i leak onto the bed at night! glad we bought the mattress protector

Danielle - posted on 07/27/2009

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the only time i haven't worn a bra since Niven was born 11 weeks ago is in the shower, i have woken up a few times in the morning when i have slipt out of my bra and had a very wet shirt, doesn't seem to happen so much now though but yes still wearing bra and breast pads all the time

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Clementine - posted on 12/10/2013

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I am a first time mom,I started sleeping with my nursing bra cause I would leak,which was very uncomfortable. Both I and Jesse,his a month and 5days would always wake up wet but my concern is that,is it true your milk will stop,when sleeping with a bra,please help?

Rhonda - posted on 01/23/2013

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There is a brand new product developed by a mom that had issues with leaking the entire time she nursed her kids. It is called Rest Assured Nursing Pads. They are designed to cover completely so moms do not have to sleep in a bra. They are great!! You wear them with a tank top or a nightgown that fits closely. It is easy to feed your baby then just go right back to sleep. My back felt so much better after using this instead of sleeping in a bra!

You can find them on Amazon or at www.restassurednursingpads.com

Hope this helps!

Antoinette - posted on 08/20/2011

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I had to wear a bra pretty much 24/7 because I leaked so much I would have to change my sheets daily if I didn't have nursing pads or shell to collect the excess. I also used singlets or boobtubes with the built in shelf bra because it was much easier access for night feeds.

Marcia - posted on 08/18/2011

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Yes i wear a nursing bra and pads at night, it'd be silly not to in my view. No point wasting all that good milk due to lack of support and no pads.

Jaime - posted on 08/17/2011

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I found that wearing a bra with leak pads at night actually helped me to be more comfortable. You just have to find a good bra for you.

Valerie - posted on 06/11/2011

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I wear the pads and bras all the time except when I work out. I tend to leak a lot and have woken up several times soaked just from the pad moving or slipping out of the bra. It doesn't happen as much since my son is almost a year, but still happens.

Kimberly - posted on 08/10/2009

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i wear a bra and pads to bed because if i roll over and lay on them i leak all over, and i found that walmart had cheap bras that werent for nursing or anything they are comfortable and easy to move aside to feed and they keep the boobs up high and so they dont get sweaty underneith

Jodi - posted on 07/30/2009

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Bra for me!!! my boobs went from A to D. I need the support. I also did a lot of leaking, my bed would have been soaked if not for the bra and nursing pads.

Marcia - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hi tthere



I wear my nursing bra and pads during the night. It's important to keep supported and you don't get all messy with any excess milk leaking all over your bedding.

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I wear a bra (with an underwire too) and breast pads while I'm sleeping. Otherwise I wake up wet and I hate that! I'm also a 36 F so I really feel super, super uncomfortable without the extra support. I haven't had any problems.

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Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If my baby sleeps more than 5 hours, I wake up wet so I usually don't chance sleeping without a bra and breast pads.



I like the Medela sleep bra that just pulls to the side so you don't have to think much. I've also used Lily Padz which keep you from leaking and adhere to your skin withouth a bra.

Liz - posted on 07/29/2009

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i did at first now i dont bother imogen is 9 wks old its much easier without but stilll wear one with pads when goin out just incase i leak

Nichole - posted on 07/28/2009

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I wore a bra with my daughter, but that made them wear out faster. Now, with my son, I'm wearing nursing tank-tops to bed. They have a built in bra. I also wear Lansinoh nursing pads, because they're awesome(lol), and they have an adhesive strip so they stay in place.

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2009

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I never wore anything at night. Your nipples need to breathe. Also if you let your nipples air dry for a minute after you break suction then your nipples won't keep leaking all of the time. This worked for me.

Kristin - posted on 07/28/2009

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I wear a sleep nursing bra at night or a nursing tank. I love the ones you can but at Target...the Gilligan O'Malley brands are comfortable and affordable.

Kari - posted on 07/28/2009

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I started using the nursing bras in the beginning. Now, I just use tank tops with the shelf. They are much more comfortable and can hold the breast-pads if needed. I found that the longer my baby sleeps at night, the fuller my breasts became, thus leaked more. Now, when I wake up at night, I pump real quick (10 min max). If I have to feed her, I pump one side and nurse on the other. I have very few leaks at night and sleep more comfortably. Hope that helps!

Brandie - posted on 07/28/2009

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My baby is only 4 1/2 wks old right now. I HAVE to wear a bra (wirelss/sports bra) at night because my breast feel so heavy. I also HAVE to wear breast pads because I leak like crazy still. In fact, right before I feed the baby in bed it comes out all over the bed and often have to put a towel down so that the bed doesn't get all messy. The milk even sprays in my baby's face. I wish and can't wait for the day that I can go braless at night and not need pads anymore. My nipples are a little sore and it would be nice to just lay there at night with nothing on them. But milk just leaks out. I am sure there's something I can do for that, but I just haven't looked into it yet.

Stephanie - posted on 07/28/2009

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I started wearing a bra at night about 2 weeks before I had my son because my boobs got so big, it was uncomfortable NOT to wear one! Then I nursed for 4 weeks and wore a bra and nursing pads all the time, except for in the shower. Now, my son is 3 months and 1 week old and I still wear a bra (sports bra) at night, because I just find it comfortable. The most comfy bras I wore were my nursing bras by Bravado (and the nursing tank by them) and my sports bras by Vogue.

Tabitha - posted on 07/28/2009

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YES! otherwise I would leak all over. Plus the girls need some extra support during these heavy months holing all that milk! Get a nice nursing bra that is comfy. And find the breast pad that is most fitting for you. I had to wear the pads until my son was about 6 months old. then i didnt leak so much, but I still wore a bra. My hubby just commented the other day that my chest hasnt changed very much since pre-Pregnancy. (I am done breastfeeding now after 9 mo. and I am back to normal) SUPPORT!!!!

Lucy - posted on 07/28/2009

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For about 3 months i wore nursing sleep bras that are just like a crop top and nursing pads but these last couple of weeks i've been ok at night without leaking, the problem comes when i do the first morning feed and the other side's like niagra falls!

Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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I use the tank tops witha comfortable shelf bra in it and breast pads . it is comfy and convenient.

Marabeth - posted on 07/27/2009

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i dont wear anything and fortunately don't have any problems leaking. my four month old nurses all night, though..

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