54mama -- I've seen the Goddess brand. Did you hate it for being ugly? 'Cuz what I want to know is, IS IT COMFORTABLE?
I'm going to buy 3-4 new nursing bras this time around. (I like to have a week's worth so I don't have to worry so much about getting to the laundry.)
My Medela bra was the prettiest nursing bra I had with the best support, but as I shrank down in DS' waning nursing months, it became painful, like there was so much fabric it started to poke me somewhere?
The Decent Exposures bras didn't give me as nice a shape as I am used to with fashion bras, but they were the most comfortable. (And, lately, my non-nursing DE bras are the most comfortable thing for my poor tender pg bosom.) Also, if I *HAD* to use a regular bra and pull up/down to nurse, these bras didn't jab me in the underarm like an underwire bra would.
I had a couple of "plus" Bravado bras, but, seriously, those are for little girls. I wore them because I'd bought them, but I'm glad they are worn out. Washing them made the wide elastic underband curl up into a lumpy, painful rib-irritant. (Sure I should've hand-washed, but DH did laundry while I had a newborn. He had no idea!)
I found that lifting up/down the cup on a bra hurt me too much during our early (tender/frequent) days of nursing. When DS was 2+ and nursing was an occasional need due to stress, it was fine and I went back to my fashion bras and lifted them up. One time per day wasn't too difficult/uncomfortable.
My bra size started at 36D (pre-pregnancy), and I became too sensitive to wear my fashion bras before I outgrew them, so I can't say how big I got during pg. When DS was a couple of weeks old and I was fitted for the Medela bra at the lactation consultant's store, I was a 38F (borderline G, but I couldn't psychologically bear that size and told her I was sure I was engorged right then!) Nowadays, I'm back in my old bras (36D) but they fit a little differently. I think the girls are a bit... deflated.
In addition to DS weaning in August, I also lost about 15 pounds this year, so I don't want to blame my boob loss on pg/bf/weaning exclusively!