I'm going to go out on a limb and assume a fair few of the mamas here are planning to bf. Pre-pregnancy I wore an 18/20 top and wore a 42DDD bra. I'm already spilling out of the cups on since becoming pregnant and rather than buy new 'normal' bras when we have the funds, I'd prefer to just skip to nursing bras. So, any recommendations for what'll most likely be a 42F-H cup? I wear pre-formed cups now with underwires for support atm. I tried Hotmilk last time (no underwires) and they didn't do ANYTHING to support me.
Nursing Bra for large busts
I'm no help in this department. I can rarely find a decent non nursing bra.
I remember getting a bravado last time, but i can't remember the style.
I loved it at first, thought it was the greatest thing ever...after going naked pretty much the first couple weeks, because no bras fit, having some support felt great.
After about a month or so, I didn't like it as much. I felt saggy. Either my breasts did a number on that bra fairly quickly or it really wasn't that great to begin with.
Anyhoo- I'm sure non of this helps you, but I'll be hanging out in here to find a good nursing bra as well.
I just realized after re-reading that my breasts probably got much smaller after the first month of engorgment and what not. maybe that's why the bra didn't support me much anylonger?? Maybe, I need to get a couple different sizes?
Oooh, ooh! Ask me! Ask me!
I actually sell bras online (don't have any nursing in stock, though), and like to kinda specialize in large cup bras, as I wear a UK 32FF/G (now more like 34G* or so). I kinda bet you might be more comfy in a smaller band and larger cup-- but that's a discussion for another day! Maybe... If you have a Nordstrom anywhere near you, I'd recommend trying on various brands (the British are the best-- Elomi, Freya/Fantasie, Panache/Cleo/Harlequin, etc.) 38-42 bands in UK E (US DDD) to UK G cups or so, and figure out what works best for you. You don't have to buy if they're too rich for your blood-- I know I can't be spending $55-80 per bra! But Nordstrom Rack, and ESPECIALLY ebay.co.uk are MUCH cheaper, even with shipping from the UK. Nothing amazing, but frequently under $35, sometimes as low as $15. Yes, if you're used to paying $10 for a bra, it's pricey, but soooo worth it to me, and I'm cheap. (I usually end up paying $15-25.)
Check out bravissimo.com -- a little cheaper than Nordstrom or a specialty store and loads of styles, including nursing (!!!), in all kinds of sizes.
Really, the best place to go is ebay.co.uk though-- as long as you know what brand and size you need, or at least approximately.
My personal fave brand is Freya-- I like the way it works with my boob shape. I plan on remeasuring my boobs when I'm at least 34 weeks, and then finding maybe 1 nursing bra in that size-- possibly 2, if I can get a good enough price. I won't buy more than that, as I'm sure I will keep growing, etc., but it will get me by for the first 6 weeks, as I just can't go to Target and "make do" with like a 38DDD or something... I can't go back to that.
*In case anyone is wondering, since you've seen photos of me, and maybe my boobs don't look "that big" or I don't look "that thin"... I didn't know this for the first 30 years of my life (!), but if you're like me and weren't aware...
Actual cup volume varies based on band, with lettered cups on larger bands corresponding to larger letter cups on smaller bands, etc., etc. All you have to do is look at a 32A and a 40A and you can see that it's not just the same "A" cup pasted on to a larger band-- the 40A has a much larger cup. So that means, to simplify... in actual cup volume, a 32FF is like a 34F is like a 36E is like a 38DD. If I wore a 38DD instead of a 32FF, the cup would fit my boob, but I'd be getting no support via the very loose band, which is the way most women are living their lives (and I did, until about 3-4 years ago). Why do we live like this? Because American bra manufacturers are cr@p and rarely make cup sizes above a DD. So when the 34DD doesn't fit you, you keep going up in band size instead of cup size and think that's how a bra is supposed to fit. Boo to that! Some chick at Vicky's once "measured" me as a 40C... LOL!
Plus there's a whole stigma about being-- GASP!-- a G CUP OMG! Because we think of a G cup as universally big, when it's not on a smaller band. So it's hard to make that mental shift (it was for me!) from "being" a C-cup or D-cup to "being" a G-cup.
Oh, and as an aside, British brands (which have loads of "crazy" cup sizes) tend to run a bit large in the band, it's true-- I'd be more like a 34/36 band in American bands.
Sorry, off my ! But it's like some kind of religious passion with me now!
Buy new normal bras and convert them - even if you don't sew much, it will not take you more than $5 in supplies and 10 minutes. Or Nordroms I believe converts any bra they carry for $10. I love my Panache bra. I found there is no need to be afraid of underwire if it fits properly, and most american bras do not.
I am a 40/42 F-ish. Due to the variation in US and UK sizing it's a little tricky. I usually spend $30-$40 per bra, and find that's reasonable. I really like www.herroom.com - good customer service and reviews, carries a wide variety of US and UK brands, prices are good, and they are good about returns.
They have a great selection of bigger sized nursing bras, I just had a hard time finding a good quality one in my size in a price I wanted, so a friend convinced me to convert. Here are supplies and instructions:
buko- yes. I am a 34 (sometimes36) H/I and since I can not find that in stores, when I am in a pinch for a bra (like post partum, for example, I have to go sooo far up in band size that there is absolutely no support! I, too, have been measured, just to prove the saleswoman WRONG on several occasions.
I usually get bravado brand nursing bras. I have had much luck with them. One of my bras is three years old and has plenty of support and wear left in it. I go to a local baby shop to get them. You can find local to you retailers here.
I am SO happy to learn that Freya makes nursing bras!!!! I have one Freya bra and I lurve it but it doesn't fit me anymore (sigh). It was my go-to bra when I needed a "my boobs are AWESOME" day. Now if I put it on it's like "oh, my boobs are overflowingly awesome...and that doesn't look good under a shirt" LOL
I too used to wear a 38D and they were crap. Then I went to a Nordstrom's and got measured and ended up in 34Fs and felt MUCH better. I am not looking forward particularly to looking for nursing bras but maybe I will try to get some Freyas online since I can guess my size pretty well.
www.herroom.com carries Freya nursing bras and has great customer service and returns. I do love shopping at that site, though I have really given up on good inexpensive nursing bras. Converting is so easy, and it's far cheaper to find non-nursing bras that fit well and are comfortable. And pretty :)