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#1 of 7 Old 01-02-2010, 02:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking to order my nursing bras pretty soon but I am having trouble with sizing. I technically wore a 42B pre-pregnancy, but that is a hard size to find outside specialty stores and since I was cheap and lazy I just wore 42Cs. The initial growth in my first trimester caused me to need another two inches or so of band and I ended up filling the C. So in the middle of my eighth month I'm a 44C.

*Side note - I don't trust bra fitters because I have never found one that gives me an accurate fit. They always either give me a band size that won't even go around me or tell me I should be wearing a huge cup size. Trust me, each one fits in a hand, they are not Ds or anything larger.

I don't want to wait until my milk comes in to order my bras but how am I supposed to guess how big I'll get? I mean, for me, there's a pretty big difference between 1 and 2 cup sizes, which will make the difference between one size and another. And I have barely grown at all through my pregnancy so I don't know what to expect.

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#2 of 7 Old 01-03-2010, 12:11 AM
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Get a couple nursing sports bras for now- places like Target and Walmart have them, but definitely wait until your milk comes in to order real bras. Your boobs will thank you for getting a good fit. You would not BELIEVE the size changes that can happen when your milk comes in. I have found that bra sizing is a crap shoot at best- take your own measurements (using a cloth or paper tape, measure around your chest under your arms and above your boobs- that is your band size- then measure around your chest and across your nipples- the # of inches different from the band size is your cup size (ie. 1 inch=a 2inches=b, etc.) This has never given me a perfect fit, but it gets you in the ball park.
I HIGHLY recommend the website they have the widest range of sizes in nursing bras I have ever come across (and I am a hard to fit 34/36I) and after the initial shipping charge ALL EXCHANGES AND RETURNS ARE FREE!!! I went through probably 20 bras, with 5 different shipments, before I got the one that was just right- all for about $4.00 shipping.
Having been nursing for over three years now, I am glad I got the best fit possible, and sorry I wasted so much time in the beginning wearing bras that weren't quite right.
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You should definitely wait and go the sports bra/shelf tank route at first (my boobs were too big for anything at Target, but I got a couple nursing tank tops with shelf bras from motherhood maternity...not great support, but good enough at first).

There's no way to predict how you'll change....I went from a 36DD to a 36H, my sister went from 38C to a 40F, and my best friend only went up a cup size. also has a great range of sizes and low shipping (free I think, or close to it). Their customer service people are really helpful too. Also, measure yourself...I too have had bad luck with getting accurate measurements.
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ITA w/the others. Get a nursing tank until you know what size you are when your milk comes in. I love Target nursing tanks. They are $17 and well worth it! And, I'm a DDD when nursing and the Target tanks fit really well.

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The site also has great help as far as sizing.

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yeah, start with some stretchy sports-type bras.

Here's another idea that worked for me. I hated my nursing bras. After the initial getting used to latching on and such, I just wore my regular bras and pushed the cup out of the way.
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Yeah, wait until milk comes in. I went from 36B to 40D and almost passed out from shock! I wear nursing tanks with shelf bra (from Target) pretty much daily. Much comfier/cheaper/easier to fit than nursing bras.

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