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post #121 of 178
I am bra free and have been for awhile! I am a "34B" last time I checked but I am convinced that my breast have shrunk after nursing my LO,lol.... It's funny the stares I get from women, as if seeing a nipple imprint is offensive *gee*
post #122 of 178
i have recently lost a lot of weight, and been having to wear bras to apply for jobs, so i am interested to see if now that i can be bra free again that they will perk back up. fyi, plugged ducts and mastitis can be a wheat intolerance issue, as wheat elevates prolactin levels. after i went gluten-free i never had another plugged duct (and i had oversupply, even when tandem nursing). also, polycystic breasts can be iodine deficiency. many women paint their breasts with iodine (betadine solution, it's cheap) and take iodine or kelp supplements- you can check out www.iodine4health.com (.org?or .info?). i actually take a teaspoon of kelp powder a day to help my thyroid, and i megadosed selenium, that's how i lost so much weight. the iodine supps and kelp supps don't have near as much iodine as a tsp. of the powder.
post #123 of 178
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Originally Posted by provocativa View Post
i have recently lost a lot of weight, and been having to wear bras to apply for jobs, so i am interested to see if now that i can be bra free again that they will perk back up. fyi, plugged ducts and mastitis can be a wheat intolerance issue, as wheat elevates prolactin levels. after i went gluten-free i never had another plugged duct (and i had oversupply, even when tandem nursing). also, polycystic breasts can be iodine deficiency. many women paint their breasts with iodine (betadine solution, it's cheap) and take iodine or kelp supplements- you can check out www.iodine4health.com (.org?or .info?). i actually take a teaspoon of kelp powder a day to help my thyroid, and i megadosed selenium, that's how i lost so much weight. the iodine supps and kelp supps don't have near as much iodine as a tsp. of the powder.
Thanks for the info on iodine. I'm going to go check that out.
post #124 of 178
Doh!!! ok, I'll go back to taking my iodine. My doc rx'd lugol's iodine, I'm not sure what the difference is, but she was specific about it.
post #125 of 178
Big-ish brafree girl here at a 40DD. I wish I could do those camis with the shelf bras that the smaller chested girls can pull off, but the weight of my chest just pulls it down and makes it look more trashy.

I do the extra cami (no shelf bra) underneath most tank tops to just give my body some shape. Most of my ribbed tanks look all stretched out in odd directions if I don't wear a cami underneath. It's still 1000x cheaper and better feeling than my old pinching matronly looking bras.
post #126 of 178
Yay! So happy to find this tribe... I haven't read through the whole thing yet, but looking above and seeing talk about the Iodine and Booby connection is gonna have me going back and reading everything! I have had some really interesting boob action happening during my iodine supplementation. I am happily bra-less as well! My main motivator was trying to reduce my risk of breast cancer(my auntie died of breast cancer that metastasized into her bones)... But there have been so many other benefits! Awesome tribe ladies!
post #127 of 178
hey you should also look up the vitamin D3 breast cancer correlation. Deficiency = cancer = low survival rate. unfortunately, vegetarians are usually deficient because of inefficient D2 to D3 conversion. imo D2 is pretty useless. Re: Lugol's- some believe it's more absorbable. i did have good success with it, and def. some of the iodine in kelp is bound in the undigestible polysaccaride matrix.

i looked up those nippies, didn't see a great review, and was just wondering why one couldn't trim down a set of lilypads silicone nursing shields to function the same way? i never used lilypads, so idk if it would work. . . .
post #128 of 178
Yeah, hip to the D-deficiency and breast cancer connection. I think Vit. D-deficiency is implicated in lots of cancers, right? That being said, I am the whitest kind of white and I don't use sunscreen, and I am not vegetarian. I try to get regular good sun exposure, as well as eat foods naturally high in D... I love my pastured pork lard.

I use Lugol's (J. Crow's brand dilution) for my Iodine. After, say, two or three months of stepping up to therapeutic dosage my breasts, which were at the time very soft and low i.e. well loved kid soothers, started to get noticeably firmer and rounder(seemed higher, fuller). Provacativa, you said something in another thread about high Vitamin C doses punching up collagen formation... Well I was taking really high doses of C to help me detox junk liberated from the iodine supplementation(halides, bromine). I'm wondering if the new, pumped up tissue growth in my breasts was from the Iodine or from the C? I know Iodine helps with cell death of damaged tissue and spurs growth of new cells(why its so good for wounds and scarring)... Maybe it helped wipe out the worn out tissue in my breasts and, along with the C, worked to build up new healthy tissue?

Anyway, I am pregnant now so had to back off the therapeutic Iodine, and hence stopped taking the high dose C(still doing daily maintenance Iodine). I can't tell if there has been any more change, because any more change can be attributed to milky-boobs. But I am excited to see how my breasts are after this babe is done breastfeeding... I have a hunch that they'll fare better than with my prior two children, before I found out about the iodine. And I'm excited to get back to detoxing. Only a couple years now. *haha*

On nipples... I don't really care most of the time if they show. Sometimes men will oogle and be rude, but I ignore that. Women usually just ignore my bralessness(maybe they wish they could be out of theirs?), which I don't mind.

I like to wear snug/form fitting/stretch fabrics... Like a PP said, the mild compression/squish makes them feel a little less wild and wavy and it tends to keep the worst of my nippage under control. I REALLY like cami type shirts with "tailored" cups... Not so much a shelf bra, but designed to cup the breast. The feel of my jahoobie meat resting on my chest skin bugs me when its hot, so having the bit of fabric that sits under the breast coupled with the very light shaping of certain cuts of shirt feels better for me. I also like halter tops for this reason... I think it is the built in line under the breast that defines the shirts I feel most comfortable going bra-less out and about in. Shelf-bras are okay sometimes, but I find the elastic being too restrictive or uncomfortable at times... I guess thats why I go for the boob cupping designs. These often tend to be low/V cut... I suppose I don't mind letting em all hang out.
post #129 of 178
yeah, i like the feel of a tight shirt, too. but with all the weight loss it doesn't look as great as it did a last year. and mine are so big that everyone stares (didn't stop me from wearing the tight shirts when i was 28 rather than 39, though). you can take paba (para amnio benzoic acid, maybe?) one of the b vitamins, to reduce sunburn- remember all the sunscreens used to have paba, but now they are paba-free b/c paba burns the eyes. there is paba in your b complex, but i find i need an extra supp of all the minor b's as per adele davis rec's. oh, and there is also coconut oil on the skin, it helps with sunburn. there is another sunburn nutrient i can't remember. i am very pale too, so i looked into those long ago. i really didn't sunburn the last couple years taking the paba in the summer, but i don't risk long exposures. and now i've hijacked the jahoobie! thread. . .
post #130 of 178
Ok, sooooo glad I dug up this thread, I will be a good girl and take my Lugol's and my D3. I am deficient, my doc put me ona 50,000 IU once a week gel tab, thoughts? vs. the Carlson's drops?
post #131 of 178
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Originally Posted by harrietsmama View Post
Ok, sooooo glad I dug up this thread, I will be a good girl and take my Lugol's and my D3. I am deficient, my doc put me ona 50,000 IU once a week gel tab, thoughts? vs. the Carlson's drops?
that rx was probably d2, in which case it's pretty worthless. liquid or softgel capsules of d3 are absorbed pretty well.
post #132 of 178
Bra free here. I go through phases where I try to make DH happy. He is in the mind set that it should be I usually win out. I have yet found a comfortable one. Always avoided underwire. I like the tank with the built in
post #133 of 178
Ack, so my breast went nuts this weekend. I have fibrocystic stuff, and especially where the wires used to sit. I have a spot that blew up to about the size of a duck egg on Sunday and a sore spot in my underarm. Going back to the radiologist on next Wednesday, please send me healing vibes.
post #134 of 178
sounds scary!
post #135 of 178
I'm so glad to have found this thread, and also glad that it seems to have been reactivated (somewhat)! I've always felt like I had "difficult" shaped boobs when it comes to bras...I have a really broad back and very "heavy" breast...there's not much at the top and then they're really dense towards the bottom. And I think they've "sagged" since the day I got them! (My mom's exactly the same way.) I'm also really sensitive to a lot of fabrics and I hate constrictive clothes, straps digging in, having to adjust straps all day long, etc. And back fat...the worst!! So I bought these http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/inti...+Crop+Tops.jsp a few months ago. I'm always bra-free at home, but I'm a 6th grade teacher, so I'm kind of self-conscious being "bra-free" around adolescents, if you know what I mean. (I'm a 42C.)
But these are so great. The x-large fits me very well. It has taken a lot of getting used to in terms of feeling "okay" with not wearing an underwire (I work with some catty women -- I've actually heard them talking about people whose boobs are down to their belly buttons) but I don't really care anymore. And...no more back fat! Which makes me feel so much less self-conscious that I don't care about my supposedly "down to my belly button" boobs. :-)
The only thing I find now (like most of you who have said that you dress more conservatively once you're bra-free) is finding shirts that aren't quite so form fitting but don't look sloppy for work. Anyone have any "favorite" shirts that "work for work" when you're bra-free? (And I don't have to be too dressed up...so I'm not talking about suits and button-downs.)
post #136 of 178
I can't wear those but they look comfy. I've got the opposite of the broad back so they don't cover my breasts. I like the American Apparel crossover bras for jiggle control. Fortunately I don't have to dress up. If these aren't too casual, I really like to wear a lower cut V-neck top because I think it lengthens the necklines so it doesn't look like your breasts are so low.
Just for grins, here's some examples form Eddie Bauer that I saw in a catalog. Wish I could buy them!

http://www.eddiebauer.com/catalog/pr...e=EB&viewAll=y

http://www.eddiebauer.com/catalog/pr...e=EB&viewAll=y

Sorry for the long links, I don't know how to do the click on it thingy.
post #137 of 178
Thanks! Those are cute! I actually tend to wear a lot of v-necks and I never really thought about why they are so much more flattering but maybe that's the reason (because even when I wear a "real" bra the girls aren't very "high up"). I actually looked at the American Apparel bras because someone earlier on in this thread (maybe it was you?) recommended them. But the largest size they seem to come in is Large, which, according to their size chart, is 36-38, so I think it would be too tight on me. I'm also worried about the thin straps digging in from the weight of my breasts.

I've gotten a lot of cute v-neck tops from Old Navy...but sometimes their stuff is so thin and I feel self-conscious without a "real" bra. Which is so stupid, really, because you can almost always see "real" bra lines through people's shirts. Really, when you think about it, it's so odd...it's considered "okay" to see bra lines and boobs pushed up to there from push-ups but not slightly jiggly breasts. Sigh.
post #138 of 178
I find the American Apparel bras to be really stretchy, but I guess since I wear a large rather comfortably, it's possible they would be really tight on you since you have to get them over your head and I do struggle with that.
post #139 of 178
Hi Bra free for a while here!

I don't like having my nipples show so I've come up with a solution I love. I wear a chami (I've chopped it off so it doesn't get too hot) with a double bit over the boobs (is this what is ment by shelf?) and I tuck the padding from a old bikini top inside. Comfy and no nipples show (worn for job interviews and all).

I'm glad to read about so many bra free pregant and breast feeding mamas! One book I have keeps saying how a well fitting bra is essetial for both. I hope not!
post #140 of 178
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Originally Posted by provocativa View Post
vegetarians are usually deficient because of inefficient D2 to D3 conversion .
Are you sure about this? vit D is from sunlight which is animal free! what study did you get this from?
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