Nursing Bra: FSA Eligibility
What is a nursing bra?
Breastfeeding is one of the best choices a new mother can make to lay the best possible nutritional foundation for a child's future development, but when new moms head back to work, travel or will be away from their newborn for any period of time, being able to continue the breastfeeding regimen is vital for the baby's health and future development. As such, a wide range of breastfeeding products like breast pumps, breast milk storage bottles bottles and bags and much more have been developed to extract breast milk and preserve it for future use.
However, one of the best investments a new mother can make when shopping for breastfeeding accessories is the nursing bra. A nursing bra has two primary benefits: it provides additional support to women who are lactating and permits comfortable breastfeeding without requiring the mother to remove her bra. It is recommended that women purchase a nursing bra that is 1-2 sizes larger than their standard bras, as breasts can expand significantly post-birth as the body prepares for nursing (BabyCenter).
How does a nursing bra work?
A nursing bra is designed to make hands-free pumping easier with openings in the front of the bra that can hold breast pump shields in place during the pumping process, or they can include specially designed bra cups that include flaps that can be opened with one hand to expose the nipple and begin nursing.
Another popular variant is the sleep bra, which is designed for nighttime nursing and provides less support for the breasts and is meant for lounging at home. This design has the same bra cups and sliding flaps that provide easier access, but they are designed primarily for comfort and to allow the mother to sleep comfortably and still have the most utilitarian option available for nighttime breastfeeding. Nursing bras are available in countless styles to suit the lifestyle of the wearer, all of which have the primary goal of making it easier for moms to breastfeed at home or on the go.