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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hi Ladies,

 

all of my bras still fit, but they are getting a lot fuller than they used to be (maybe almost a size B up from a) :)  What bras do you recommend?  Do nursing bras fit a wide range of sizes?  When I outgrow my a's, do I go right into a nursing bra?  Or should I just buy a few cheap normal bras.  How do I guess what size I'll be later in pregnancy and then in May when I have milk?  What are your favorite (cheapest) bras?

post #2 of 20
Victoria secret had a bra line called body. It has four clasps instead of 3 and I just switched to it yesterday. My normal c is getting too small but the c in the body line gives me a lot of room to grow. Its about 50$ though
post #3 of 20

I am planning to just switch to the Coobie.
I go braless at home already, and only wear a super soft , non supporting sports bra when I go anywhere.
The coobie will give me room to grow without binding anything.

post #4 of 20
All my nursing bras were from Motherhood Maternity b/c that's pretty much all they have around here. I might check out some on-line if I'm feeling spend-y but really all mine are in good shape. I am barely 34A not pregnant, at least 36B pregnant, and 36-38C producing breastmilk. I recommend avoiding anything with an underwire if you are looking for pregnant-to-nursing stuff, it depends on how much support you need I guess, but some of the cottony cross over styles are pretty flexible, and the sports-bra styles too. I liked the coobie-style bra while pregnant.
post #5 of 20
I am a B cup normally and have been wearing Beyond Bare by Barely There, which is a silly name for a lightly padded bra. What I like about them is that they have no wires or other discomforts, look good, and don't get sweaty smelling until I have worn them about 5 times and then always smell clean after washing. They are in most department stores and Target. The straps detach at the top of the cup, so they could be worn while nursing, but the strap might slither away.

I am at the point of wondering whether to buy larger bras or just get band extenders. I can't recall if I still have some packed away with my maternity clothes or I gave them to my friend when she was pregnant.

In my first pregnancy, I bought larger regular bras, 36C, and ONE nursing bra that was 38C. After my milk came in and I was sure that I liked the nursing bra and it was the right size, I gave the package (which I had saved for this reason) to my mother-out-law when she was going to Target and had her get 3 more just like it.
post #6 of 20

I'd just buy a few regular bras this early. I bought nursing bras to wear during my pregnancy with my first and they were already mostly worn out by the time I actually needed nursing bras. I just bought a couple regular bras during my pregnancy with my second and I liked them much better. I just bought nursing bras when I needed them and they actually lasted a long time. As for where to buy cheap bras, I hear good things about Target. However, I'm an odd size so no one that sells cheap bras has my size. So, I just buy two bras at a time and wear them until they are worn out. I like buying from http://www.breakoutbras.com/

post #7 of 20

I recommend NOT buying any molded nursing bras until after your milk has come in and settled down.  You have no idea what your size will be (rib cage AND breast size) until maybe 3 weeks PP.

 

Getting a super stretchy (comes in 3 sizes) kind of nursing bra is handy for the early weeks. My breast have gotten SO engorged and leaky with each newborn - I would fold a cloth diaper and stick that in the front until the milk eased.

 

And just as a side note - I did the majority of my nursing in regular bras. I'm a 34c/30DD and have saved alot of money just using regular bras.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Healthy_Baby View Post
 

I recommend NOT buying any molded nursing bras until after your milk has come in and settled down.  You have no idea what your size will be (rib cage AND breast size) until maybe 3 weeks PP.

 

And just as a side note - I did the majority of my nursing in regular bras. I'm a 34c/30DD and have saved alot of money just using regular bras.

 

agreed to all the above.  

 

right now, I would find some inexpensive bras that fit and go with those.  I have found the best deals at Ross or Marshalls, but Macys is having some pretty good sales this fall (you need to play the game - get a card, get coupons printed, etc).   I would only buy ahead in nursing bras if you find a really good sale, as that is anyone's guess.  I have found that I love nursing bras for the first 2-3 months, and after that I use normal bras that are bendable (you'll know what that means for you when you get past the first bit with baby).

 

 I also have found that nursing bras that stretch do not last well from baby to baby.  They get bigger over time.  So don't "invest" in those, kwim?  Get them inexpensively or on sale to have on hand when baby arrives, I usually buy two in the size I am around 8 months and one in a bigger size.  This worked well last time, but I don't need any bigger sizes anymore, lol, they are very worn!

 

I don't have any good brands to recommend other than to say that motherhood maternity has good sales at the end of each season, I plan to wait for winter clearances myself.  If I don't find anything before baby comes I will just get something when I need it.  We are all having our babies at the peak of garage sale season ;)

post #9 of 20

I ordered one of these and it's awesome. It's a lot like the Bravado seamless bra, but $20 cheaper. http://www.mothersboutique.com/senubra.html

I already jumped a cup size and underwires have been really uncomfortable, so I wear this one a lot. I got a cheapy nursing bra at Target but I doubt it'll fit by the time baby arrives. That one^ goes up and down in cup sizes so it should last me from now, through nursing. Super comfy. 

post #10 of 20

I bought a couple at Target that have no wire in them.  They were relatively cheap (less than $20 each) and I'm going to use them to sleep in for now.

post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 

So I can't put off bra shopping any longer...

 

Another question for you ladies who have done this before.  Do you feel you have gained pretty much all of the breast tissue you will gain during pregnancy and be the same size until your milk comes in?  I've always been barely big enough for my 34A's , and now I've got a lot more bulging out of my B's than is actually contained.  Am I going to keep growing all during the pregnancy?  Or will this be just about it until baby's born?

post #12 of 20

Mine seem to have stopped "enlarging" for now.  Once your milk comes in they might get bigger.

post #13 of 20

I had to buy a new bra over a month ago. I normally wear 34A's but they are pretty loose in the cups when I'm not pregnant... by 12 weeks I was starting to overflow my 34A's and by 16 weeks they really weren't comfortable anymore so I just went to a department store and bought a plain 36B with no underwire for about 20$. I wasn't sure how long I'd fit into that bra so I only bought 1 and I just wear the same bra every single day and wash it once a week. Since then I think I've grown a little bit more, I still fit into the 36B but I have more "cleavage" bulging out. I may buy one more bra before the end of the pregnancy just so I have one to wear on laundry days, but other than that I think I'll wait until my milk comes in to buy any more bras.

 

As a small breasted woman I gotta say I'm really loving my new boobs/cleavage and DH isn't complaining either! I can't wait to see how big they are when I start breasfeeding!

post #14 of 20

I'm not sure it's true of everyone, but I've found that my band size expands dramatically in my third trimester as the baby gets all up in my ribcage (my babies tend to go up more than out, which is why I'm not sure if this is the same for everyone, though it probably pretty much is). Motherhood does sell band expanders that help with that, but if I were buying something now, I'd choose something that fit well on the tightest set of hooks so I had room to grow.

 

I'm honestly not sure about cup size. I'm inclined to say that I don't think I'll grow much more until my milk comes in, as I know I wore the bra I'm wearing right now during the last month of my second pregnancy, and it isn't exactly super-roomy now.

post #15 of 20

I think it's going to be different for everyone, but I'd expect to still get bigger in the cup size by the end. If you can get some stretchy bras that have some flexibility, even if you outgrow them they might fit again a few months after baby. I recently bought a comfy nursing bra (Elle Macpherson brand because I need a G-H) but it's already snug in the cup :(  I know it will fit again at some point though so I'll just save it for when I've lost weight down the road. 

post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 

I just brought 2 of these bras and absolutely love them!! I had to buy XL--something I've certainly never done before.  But they're so comfy and seem like they'll expand/retract a lot as my size changes.  They aren't maternity/nursing, but I love them! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hanes-ComfortFlex-Fit-Bandini-Bra/22172442

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by MrsGail View Post
 

I just brought 2 of these bras and absolutely love them!! I had to buy XL--something I've certainly never done before.  But they're so comfy and seem like they'll expand/retract a lot as my size changes.  They aren't maternity/nursing, but I love them! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hanes-ComfortFlex-Fit-Bandini-Bra/22172442

 

 

YES - i have a couple of these (or something JUST like it) it I love them!  great choice!

post #18 of 20

Any suggestions for a gal with already large breasts?

 

Pre Pregnancy I was 1 38 DDD, now...now they're much large. I am on the last hooks and overflowing. I wasn something non wired, but supportive, and that will grow with me over time.

post #19 of 20

Yeah, I'm very busty as well, whether I'm pregnant or not. Just to warn you, nothing that is non-wired will be as supportive as a wired bra. I've only worn nursing non-wired bras and the best that I found were the Royce Lauren and Panache Sophie. You could also try talking to the people at Breakout Bras. They are very helpful and knowledgeable about bras - including the larger sizes that are harder to find. http://www.breakoutbras.com

 

My current favorite bra (which is wired) - http://www.breakoutbras.com/product/Fantasie-Esme-Seamless-Underwire-Bra/Underwire-Bras

post #20 of 20

I'm pretty large breasted and I found that the Bravada nursing tank bras are nice for weekend wear - I also now have a long, Glamourmom tank (that might be a Canadian company though) and it's awesome - there is a lot of support for a sports bra type bra.  During the week at work, I am still wearing a Warner's underwire - my boobs have grown, but not a ton yet.  Once my milk comes in I will look like a porn star for a few weeks (which is always kind of hilarious to see how gigantic and perky a bit of milk can make my breasts!) and then I will just feel...big...and leaky.  At that point, I found last time I totally preferred an underwire nursing bra - I had read all the dire warnings about underwire and mastitis and bad bad bad, etc. but for bigger breasts, as long as it's a comfortable underwire, I totally prefer it and it helped with nursing because it holds my otherwise sort of out of control breasts in a position that seems to help the baby latch.  Anyway, that's my plan for this time around:  nursing tanks and underwire nursing bras.  I had a good one from Vogue (again, possibly a Canadian brand) and I will have to see what I can find this time, since I foolishly gave it away.  I think three bras and two tanks are sort of my ideal amount that won't break the bank but also won't mean laundering them every day.

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