Flexi Underwired Nursing Bras
What is Flexi underwire or Flexi-wire?
Typically, wired bras feature a ridged structure (wire) that is located in a channel just below the cups, centre and sides. This wire is intended to prop breasts up and propel them forward, giving them an enhanced look. This wire is usually made out of a strong metal, and is narrow and firm.
As an alternative, Flexi-underwired bras feature a much softer and flexible form of wire. Much like the ridged wire described above, the flexi underwire sits in the same wire channel aiming to give the female body the same look that the regular wire gives. Yet, it is more yielding on the pressure it poses on the breasts.
Flexi-wires can be made of various materials such as soft metals, plastic and sometimes even thin rope.
Unlike wireless bras, which might sometimes give a flattened look, flexi-wired bras provide the support needed to create the look one might be used to in pre-pregnancy days. This way, flexi underwire bras allow you to move around comfortably as you grow safely - and feel good about your look.
Is Flexi underwire safe to wear during pregnancy?
Some Mamas are told to avoid wearing underwired bras during pregnancy and the breastfeeding stage to avoid the risk of mastitis or blocked milk ducts. There is no proven evidence that underwire may lead to such painful situations.
There is also no evidence that underwire bras and lactation problems are linked together. In fact, while Flexi underwired bras are relatively new to the market, they are being adopted more widely, doing away with the common misconception that these are not to be used by nursing mothers.
That said, while we suggest that these are not worn during your first 3 months of pregnancy, it is always recommended that you speak to your physician to see what is best for you.
While on the topic, little attention is given to a more common problem: an incorrectly fitting bra (underwires or not!). A bra which fits too small, too tight or is not flexible, can result to far more damage than a bra which fits properly. A poor-fitting bra can cause premature sagging and/or ligament damage. So, make sure you pick the right size to give yourself the right support and comfort.
What is the take on Flexi Underwire while breastfeeding?
Ideally, during the first 4-6 weeks after having their baby, women are recommended to wear seamless bras with soft stretchy fabric as to move around them comfortably as they grow while their body adjusts and regulates its milk supply. At that time a woman’s breasts experience fluctuations in size by the hour.
That said, by the time your breast size has settled, as long as the flexi underwired bra fits comfortably and correctly around your chest, it may be worn during your pregnancy stage as well as after you give birth.
In addition, according to the Australian Breastfeeding Foundation “There are now nursing bras available that have a flexible low-gauge wire support, designed to flex and change position with your changing shape. These are less likely to cause problems.”