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#1 of 19 Old 01-18-2003, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay, I have OUTGROWN my nursing bra that I love and they don't offer any larger cup than a DD. I'm assuming I need an E? And I'm not talking about the 'E' cup offered by Motherhood (not a true 'E', in my opinion). I'm talking about a strong, sturdy size E nursing bra.

I am literally falling out of this 42DD. My breasts are SO VERY HEAVY and I know will stay that way for some time - yes, even after my milk production regulates.

Please do not suggest BRAVADO . . . I'm looking for a form fitting looking bra - not the uniboob look that I have in my Bravado. And even though I know Bravado goes higher in sizes, they just are not supportive for the heavy-boobed large breasted woman.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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I'm an F or G cup, depending on brand. My favorite bra is Fancee Free. I get mine from a local store, but they happen to have a website as well. It's http://www.breakoutbras.com. If you need help placing your order, you can call. The lady who owns the company is extremely nice, and she'll always let you return anything that doesn't fit right. I don't have any interest in the company at all--I'm just a very satisfied customer.
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I went and ordered one and a sleeping bra - if it works I'll be ordering more! Thanks for the link - I've been measuring wrong and wear an F and 2" less in the ribcage
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I had this problem too!!!
I ended up going to a specialty bra store and got fitted by one of the old gals on staff. My breasts did not stay huge for a super long time but long enough that I was glad to have the support. I ended up in a 36 GG.
I looked like I was carrying two basketballs under my shirt.
It was expensive but well worth the dollars.
Now it is so nice to be in a plain old nursing bra from Target.
(36D) I never did have any luck with the bras from Motherhood/Motherwear.
Good luck!
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I'm a DDD right now and feel for you. It's really hard to find something that's supportive and comfortable at the same time.
I think that since you've grown out of a DD, you should be moving on to a F cup now. That's just my understanding of the confusing sizing system.
I have had luck with two bras--Norvell and Goddess. Norvell makes every size under the sun (and I mean EVERY) and it's best to be fitted by someone who sells them. Their company number is 615 529-2831; if you give them a call, they can probably point you to a rep. They look funky and grandma-ish, but boy--they hold those boobs wonderfully!
Goddess is more comfortable than Norvell, but not as supportive. They're available all over online, but I got great service from Mommy Gear. They have fabulous prices and a great return policy (since it's hard to get a good fit the first time).
Good luck finding a bra
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Melanie,
Yep, I figured that too . . . ordered an F and don't give a rip about the size anymore (it used to be a sense of shame or something - I'm weird) . . . I just want FIT now!

One day I'm getting these babes lobbed - off! I want to wear those cute little sweet bras, y'know?!
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I went from a DD to an H cup while nursing ds. I found that Goddess was wonderful... If you want an "industrial" supportive bra, Medela makes a great one (http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/seamb....html#Extended).

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I think the website is www.breastisbest.com

they sell all sorts of large size bras. I am a 40 F/G when nursing and I used the Goddess 511 and it was a soft cup (the underwires would give me mastitis) and it is SO supprotive (pricey but supportive) and i have big pendulous breasts. If you go to their "fitting room" they will list bras that are best to your shape, like different boob shape not just size. They will ship quickly and accept returns to make it easier to try on at home. I had them ship me like 13 bras, only bought 4 and it was great.

Give it a try. They also have great customer service too.
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You hear that?
That is me scribbling down all these sites.
THANK YOU - I'm waiting for my first shipment, but now that I know there is so much MORE variety out there in the way of larger style, supportive maternity bras . . . I WILL NOT KEEP another bra that doesn't fit wonderfully!
YAHOO!
Thanks Again Ladies!
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Heather, I hear you!! I had to buy bigger for dd#2, also!! I LOVE the Playtex bras with underwire. It's hard to find underwire nursing bras, but that's what I like. I am also glad to get all the links--I'd like to get a new one (my three are getting trashed after only 6 months of getting washed a few times a week--wonder why?!?)!! Thank you ladies!!
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AM Mom . . . yea, and I had to bleach mine b/c we were treating thrush . . . or what I thought was thrush anyway.
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Haven't had to use bleach yet, but I am still hot so much of the time (and leak so much) that I HAVE to wash constantly! Do you think the postpartum hormones that cause the hot flashes will ever go away?
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Do you think the postpartum hormones that cause the hot flashes will ever go away?
Mine have already gone away, but the leaking . . . that is with us a good while. I love my MOE Stay Dry Breast Pads for their softness, but when I have a good leak going, they do soak (fortunately they don't soak through my shirts). Uggh . . . hate that damp/wet breastpad feeling!
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Uggh . . . hate that damp/wet breastpad feeling!
:LOL :LOL

I hate it when the wet breastpad sits out long enough that it's cold when you put it back on... argh!! It makes me squirm!
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I hate it when the wet breastpad sits out long enough that it's cold when you put it back on... argh!! It makes me squirm!
Or when you allow a wet breastpad to sit out long enough that it hardens and gets crunchy! Ugggh!
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still an I lol
but Fancee Free had great support and the Pennyrich bras-the way they unhook lend to nursing just lovely
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As a 42H (oof), I second the vote for Goddess bras, definitely my favorite. If you do buy from breast is best don't fall for that Jeunique bra. I ordered one and it literally made my boobs point straight up. Not a sight I was ready for. I just started laughing! I guess it's good support, but there was no way I was leaving the house like that.
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Okay, got my 40F and I'm thinking I need the next size up b/c my breasts do that 'rollover' the top of the bra - so, with my shirt on it looks 'lumpy' at best. THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!!! Why are there no good maternity places nearby to buy BRAS! They could charge an arm and a leg and I wouldn't give a rip!
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