This thread started the discussion:
At least two of us are in the process of going bra-free and thought we'd start a new thread.
I have lumpy, dense breasts and found a pea-sized lump in one breast near the nipple and a larger lump in the outer lower quadrant of the other breast in my late 30s. "They" (allopathic doctors) took me seriously and I had a mammogram and breast ultrasound right away. Within a half-hour of the tests, I was told I have lumpy, dense breasts and that's just the way they are. Nothing to be concerned about.
At some point, not sure if it was before or after the lumps, my breasts starting hurting a lot. I started reading and talking to people and ended up taking evening primrose oil in capsules, which provided quite a bit of relief. I did some other things, too, for other health issues and have been consistently working on improving my overall health since my mid-twenties. Later, I started seeing an Ayurveda practitioner and she had me drinking tulsi tea for my breasts and menstrual cycle issues. This also helped a great deal. A little over a year ago (Sep 2009, I believe), I asked her about a bruise and deep ache in one of my breasts. We deduced it was due to my underwire bras. She strongly encouraged me to switch to wire-free bras. (She may have suggested bra-free, but I wasn't ready to hear that then so I don't recall it. However, she doesn't wear a bra.) This really, really helped my breasts a LOT!!!
Then, along came the above linked thread. I posted my story and then read a link to the brafree.org site mentioned about a quarter of the way down the first page. I read many sections of it and followed several links to other sites. I also have been talking to many female friends and healers of various types. Turns out, there is some secret cult that I never knew about. None of these women wear bras and already knew they were bad for you. I was raised by my father and taught to be rather conservative in my dress. A bra was always required (once I had breasts). I have gone mostly bra-free since that day of reading the bra-free site. WOW! This has taken my breasts to a whole new level of health and comfort!!!!!
So now, the challenge is finding appropriate undergarments instead of bras and dealing with the emotional and social issues.
Anyone else want to chime in???
Edited by sunnysandiegan - 1/9/11 at 8:34pm