Weekly Chat - May 7 to May 13 - Page 5
I also have been buying bras on ebay as i need bigger ones. I have been buying nursing bras so as I (hopefully) go back down in sizes, I can get a second use out of them. I have mostly been picking random brands and styles that come in the sizes I need for cheap, so I have been able to try more than I would if I were spending $60 or $80 per bra.
I will be heading to Nordstroms! I had no idea they had a good selection. I would rather pay more and get something good. I bought crap last time and really suffered-- luckily I never had trouble with mastitis or anything, but my sister did so I want to be careful. I think I will only purchase 1-3 different bras to wear for atleast a year of nursing. 2 years would be better but I guess that's asking too much. They never, ever last that long!
Doesn't get the best reviews but I remember trying 8 or 9 different brands over 5 years, and that was my favorite.
Just bought two fancee free bras from ebay for 12 dollars each. I paid full price for them all those years ago but now the company is bust so the leftover stock is going cheap. I may have to stock up!!! I want to get these two in my hands first and make sure they still make them the way I remember from 8-10 years ago, and if they are that familiar perfection, I'll buy up 6 more so I have a large rotation to go through (they get HELLA dirty with milk leakage and get washed practically as often as cloth diapers, so they can start to show wear in half a year, but if I have a ton of them hopefully they will last longer).
Bras are one of my BIG BIG sticking points as a lactation person, so I HIGHLY recommend seeing if you were wearing the wrong size pre-pregnancy. Most women think they fall between a 32-40 A-DD and that's simply not true. Please use this calculator as a starting point to see what your REAL size is.
It's extremely likely you'll be stuck to shopping at Nordstrom's, Dillards, or online shops like herroom, brastop, and figleaves after this, but I PROMISE you for a correctly fitting bra it is worth every penny. If you don't find a nursing bra you like, then pay a WAHM a couple bucks to convert one for you. The parts are super cheap online and it is an easy fix.
This is a BIG BIG thing I go over (I present bra sizing and fittings at lactation conferences because it's a passion!) so if you have questions or want to know more, please let me know.
Agree with aidenn! Being professionally fitted is the way to go, and trying lots of different styles on because spacing between breasts, breast shape/droop, etc are all so variable. But it's true: the right size bra looks and feels like a million bucks. I was flabbergasted that I was actually a G cup ( having been wearing DD cups department store bras), but the fit was amazing.
Awesome news, haurelia! I've only recently begun to walk down the bravangelizing path (less than a year) but after I went from being so uncomfortable in my 38DD, I used Reddit's ABraThatFits community to discover that I was actually a 34GG. No more itchy wires, muffin tops on my breasts and painful straps digging into my shoulders! Some of my photos on the belly pics photo are wearing only a crop bra and the difference in how I look and feel with even those two is night and day!
I'm certain I've become a bit annoying to my friends, family, and colleagues, but I am the beast that cannot be tamed when it comes to bras now! I think lactation consultants (and OBs, midwives, etc.) have REALLY missed the boat in become educated about bras because we are often the first person to objectively and non-sexually to really LOOK at a woman's breasts. We could use our training to not only help diagnose breastfeeding issues, but also to help moms avoid reductions and to find comfortable support from a bra!