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post #101 of 178
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Originally Posted by nabisco View Post
I would love to avoid wearing a bra while nursing, but the breast my son is not on starts leaking... those of you who said you nurse without a bra, how do you handle this? I hate nursing pads but can't think of another way.
Have you tried hand compression? If you press the heel of your hand against the nipple you aren't feeding from you can stop it leaking. You will feel a bit zingy when you let down but once the let down passes you should be able to let go and it won't leak.
post #102 of 178
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Originally Posted by nabisco View Post
I would love to avoid wearing a bra while nursing, but the breast my son is not on starts leaking... those of you who said you nurse without a bra, how do you handle this? I hate nursing pads but can't think of another way.
I wear a tank top with a lightweight shelf (Walmart $5.99) with a t-shirt over top. That way I can pull the t-shirt up and pull down the tank and, presto, instant nursing top! If you needed to, you could tuck a pad in there. How old is your little guy? If he's super new, your boobs might settle down.

I have never really worn bras, except for with my paramedic uniform, and even then, I wear a sports bra a size or two too big, so it's more a formality.
post #103 of 178
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Originally Posted by Laur318 View Post
is there a nudist tribe here (no flames please)?
start one! i'll join!
post #104 of 178
i wonder how i'd do that?
let me take a look.

there is an actual nudist campgrounds/beach in my state (CT) that i've never visited. and a nude beach in RI. i bet there's lots of bra free mama's over there!
post #105 of 178
Hi, I'm back! I was on here a while back and, since i forgot to sub, forgot all about it...glad to see everyone's still posting-this is such an excellent tribe!! So here's my question, sorry if it's been answered/talked about, I only went back one pg to read! I'm preggers w/my first and due in a couple weeks and scared to death that I won't be able to go anywhere bc leaky nipples and I refuse to buy a nursing bra (I haven't bought a bra in 10 yrs, why start now?!). I'm super small, even being preg i don't think i'm even a B and I get by w/camisoles from Express (love, love, love them).
I figure if i need pads for leaking, I'll need something to keep them in, so was thinking camisole nursing tops, any good recommendations? They all seem so short or over $40 for long ones! I've got to be missing something, right?
Does anyone use just normal camisol shelf bra tops and is that really annoying to pull the straps down while nursing? Help!!

BTW, love the nudist idea, me and dh are total nudists at home-so comfortable!
post #106 of 178
I haven't worn a real bra (and even then it was wireless) in about 3 months. LOVE it! In the winter I was wearing camis with built in bras (but old ones from Goodwill, so the elastic was kind of shot anyway ) but now it is much too warm to wear camis under shirts. Sometimes I just wear the cami plain because I get too hot in the summer here. I'm not ready to go completely bra free, but I did buy those little crop top bras (basically, it's just the built-in bra part of the cami, minus the cami) and I feel like that is a good compromise. When I first started wearing no real bra, I was really self-conscious about my nipples showing, but it's not such a big deal to me now.
post #107 of 178
@Laur318, if you're thinking of Moonstone beach in RI, I believe that was closed years ago due to protecting the Piping Plovers. I have memories as a kid of walking down the beach a bit mortified because my not only was my mother in the buff but so was my grandfather!! Yes, it's all in the family and I've somewhat kept up the traditions, just not out in public.

@yippiehippie, I'm super small as well and my first bra purchase in many years was when I was pregnant due to my nipples being so sensitive and aching boobs. I found some really comfortable nursing bras at the Mothering store for only $15, I wasn't willing to spend any more than that and they worked really well!
post #108 of 178
Glad to see there are so many braless mamas! I'm a soon-to-be mom and have gone braless for the past 6 years. Well, there are certain instances when I will wear a bra-- like for formal events, I'm small so I don't always fill out the dresses. I also love wearing lingerie for DH-- but it doesn't stay on for long! I used to wear cami's beneath shirts to keep the nipple perkiness at a minimum, but since moving to Hawaii, well, layers just don't fly in Hawaii. I discovered these little silicone nipple covers called nippies and they work like a charm! No adhesive, they stick using body heat. Most of the time I don't wear them, but they're great if you're wearing semi-sheer or very light weight clothing.
post #109 of 178
Just wanted to say it's been about 8 months since I ditched the bras. I actually love the shape my breasts have taken on since then - I feel like I can really see a difference! (34-36Bs). DH no longer cares about my nipples showing (shape, not color because of a sheer shirt), because every time he pointed them out, I'd point his out. Lol.

Sometimes I'll weare a Lacie bra - but even those just bug the heck outta me...too many straps, buckles, harnesses, reins...

I'm happy to be bra-free! Especially as spring is coming to where I live, and one less layer when it's hot = love!
post #110 of 178
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Originally Posted by yippiehippie View Post
I've got to be missing something, right?
Does anyone use just normal camisol shelf bra tops and is that really annoying to pull the straps down while nursing? Help!!
I go only to about an A cup chock full of milk then settle at about a AA for about 2 years then back to a AAA when not breastfeeding.

I bought two of these cotton and one in a microfibre. They aren't outrageously expensive and both kinds washed and wore really well. They are stretchy enough to just pull the front to one side without needing to slide the shoulder spaghetti strap off.
post #111 of 178
oh man, I so hate bras. I put one on because I need the shape for the dress I wore tonight, and it was so uncomfy. I think when I have the money I should get something better for the rare occasions I wear one.
post #112 of 178
so mamas, what do you do if your nursling is a little , ahem, *rude* about your lack of a bra? my son likes to agtampt to latch himself on. he will aggressively pull my shirt u p/down, take down my straps, grab or pinch my breasts all because he can see the nips ...not because he is hungry. it is making me want to wean NOW! help!
post #113 of 178

nudists

Here it is: the nudist tribe!

please join me.
i'm all alone!

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1216903
post #114 of 178
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Originally Posted by Laur318 View Post
so mamas, what do you do if your nursling is a little , ahem, *rude* about your lack of a bra? my son likes to agtampt to latch himself on. he will aggressively pull my shirt u p/down, take down my straps, grab or pinch my breasts all because he can see the nips ...not because he is hungry. it is making me want to wean NOW! help!
my ds is sorta the same way. he also just likes to see them and try to play. We have talks about only nursing with our mouth, and if it's a bad time I try to redirect him. I'm trying to set some boundaries with him without weaning, but it's been hard. He's really bad about wanting to nurse on me while I use the bathroom for some reason Just one of the many joys of toddlerhood I guess.
post #115 of 178
I stopped wearing a bra a few months into breastfeeding my daughter. I'll never go back! Although I'm not really comfortable with nothing either. I wear a nursing tank, and for nipple coverage I got some bra pads from Jo-Ann's that I just stick in there. I feel a lot more confident knowing I'll never have to worry about poking out, and it's waaay more comfortable than any bra!
post #116 of 178
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Originally Posted by orangefoot View Post
Have you tried hand compression? If you press the heel of your hand against the nipple you aren't feeding from you can stop it leaking. You will feel a bit zingy when you let down but once the let down passes you should be able to let go and it won't leak.
thanks for the advice... I'm afraid I got plugged ducts from doing this though... not sure that pressing the nipple was the cause (I have read it could also be not drinking enough water and other stuff) but they plugged about a week after I started pressing... it was awful!

I am just posting as a warning in case others see this... also, when I initially posted my son was just a couple months old, now he's four months and my breasts have settled down, I rarely leak anymore, and if I do, it's just a tiny bit, so problem solved! thanks to all for responding!
post #117 of 178
i just tried out a cami w/shelf that was way more restrictive than any bra i have, so choose those carefully. but then my bras are loose because i wore them when i was nursing 2. i may cut the bra part out of that cami. i love leotards too, but they are expensive around here.
i'm a bit ashamed to admit this here but even my radical feminist self is still self-conscious when braless in summer shirts. my girls are huge, and my waist is small so the breasts seem more out of proportion. i will be looking for those nippies, and hope they help the issue. i can wear formless shirts, but don't have too many and don't have any cash to buy new.
post #118 of 178
I think I'll be joining y'all. I have gone bra-free on and off depending on the day all my life. I've never been particularly well endowed (34B/C) unless pregnant (36D/DD). I am more comfortable without a bra but get weird looks. After reading brafree I have decided to give it a try for a few months to see how it goes being bra-free all the time minus occasionally wearing a camisole with shelf tank top for anything where my constantly erect nipple might be disturbing to some (like my in-laws, lol). I have never been able to fit a bra properly-always in between sizes or they're just uncomfortable, so I'm going to try to do without after getting fed up! Nice to "meet" you all and know I'm not alone.
post #119 of 178
hello! This thread has been quiet awhile, I wish I had found it when it was active! I have been going mostly bra free since the summer before last. I had a huge flare of cystic breast tissue, and my breasts swelled up and got all red. I've always had breast cysts and pain, but not like that!!! I also thought I had to wear armor to help out, especially since I am 32 FFF. No more!!! I have pain still but it's soooo much less!
I found the cami tanks to be ok, but I hate uniboob, and they actually make me sore sometimes. I found the micromesh American Apparel bras to be awesome! They are very comfy for days when I want to reduce jiggle, but there's no lift or pressure. It's a thin flimsy cover and super stretchy. They would work great for nursing.
Most days I just go without. I get lots of snarky looks
But yeah, I love how my breasts have rounded out, they don't look deflated anymore.
post #120 of 178
I've been bra free since my oldest daughter was a few months old.
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