for big busts that don't break the bank? one of mine bit the dust...has a hole right around the nipple. suggestions?
nursing bra suggestions...
I am with you Vegan Princess- camis are what I spend 90% of my time in. When I go out I have some super stretchy bras I bought mid-way through my pregnancy that work well as pull down instead of clipping open. It gives a little extra support while nursing I bought mine at the Playtex outlet store, but I am 99% sure this is what I am wear Bali Bra . I am using it with an extender per my chiropractor's advice (she is super smart- I did not even know extenders existed and were so cheap until she told me!) until my rib cage is back to normal.
I tried the Motherhood Maternity Bras, but their nonunderwire selection was really small, so I bought one of each of the three styles they did have and they all had plastic ribbing on the side of the cup that caused me ridiculous pain and I only wore it for 4 hours! I nursed once before I made it home to take the bra off and while nursing the bra caused a painful lump. I was able to massage it out in the shower, thankfully. Also, they have a really bad return policy. The lady at the store took pity on me and let me exchange the worn bra (which they are not supposed to allows return on) for a nursing cami.
Hope this helps.
Forgot to add they are on sale all the time, I only paid $18 a piece and they were running a buy 3 get one free deal. Looks like now they are $16. I am normally a C and currently a DD, but these bras have fit the whole time- even when I am engorged they still fit really comfortably in the cups with my nursing pads in.
So, I used to fit nursing bras in my MIL's store. It's been a while, so I'm not up to date on some of the newer companies, but I have some ideas.
Anita makes great bras in lots of sizes, but they are pretty spendy being a European import. They do seem to fit a wide variety of breast shapes though, a lot of the cheaper brands don't fit unless you are a very specific shape.
Goddess, Medela, and Bravado have some nice bras in large sizes, they run about $50, still kinda spendy, but not as much as the Anitas.
La Leche League has a line of bras that are pretty good in the $30 range, but most of their styles only go up to DD, a couple of them go as high G, so if you're not bigger than that, if might be worth a look.
Fancee Free also runs in the $30 range and has several styles up to size H, but it looks like a lot of them have been discontinued. You could probably get them on sale if someone has your size in stock still.