i have recently lost a lot of weight, and been having to wear bras to apply for jobs, so i am interested to see if now that i can be bra free again that they will perk back up. fyi, plugged ducts and mastitis can be a wheat intolerance issue, as wheat elevates prolactin levels. after i went gluten-free i never had another plugged duct (and i had oversupply, even when tandem nursing). also, polycystic breasts can be iodine deficiency. many women paint their breasts with iodine (betadine solution, it's cheap) and take iodine or kelp supplements- you can check out www.iodine4health.com (.org?or .info?). i actually take a teaspoon of kelp powder a day to help my thyroid, and i megadosed selenium, that's how i lost so much weight. the iodine supps and kelp supps don't have near as much iodine as a tsp. of the powder.
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I do the extra cami (no shelf bra) underneath most tank tops to just give my body some shape. Most of my ribbed tanks look all stretched out in odd directions if I don't wear a cami underneath. It's still 1000x cheaper and better feeling than my old pinching matronly looking bras.
I'm Brooke! I'm a breastfeeding advocate and IBCLC. Homeschooling mama to my girls, Maiya (4/2009) and Jenevieve (2/2011) and my new baby boy, River (9/6/2013).
i looked up those nippies, didn't see a great review, and was just wondering why one couldn't trim down a set of lilypads silicone nursing shields to function the same way? i never used lilypads, so idk if it would work. . . .
I use Lugol's (J. Crow's brand dilution) for my Iodine. After, say, two or three months of stepping up to therapeutic dosage my breasts, which were at the time very soft and low i.e. well loved kid soothers, started to get noticeably firmer and rounder(seemed higher, fuller). Provacativa, you said something in another thread about high Vitamin C doses punching up collagen formation... Well I was taking really high doses of C to help me detox junk liberated from the iodine supplementation(halides, bromine). I'm wondering if the new, pumped up tissue growth in my breasts was from the Iodine or from the C? I know Iodine helps with cell death of damaged tissue and spurs growth of new cells(why its so good for wounds and scarring)... Maybe it helped wipe out the worn out tissue in my breasts and, along with the C, worked to build up new healthy tissue?
Anyway, I am pregnant now so had to back off the therapeutic Iodine, and hence stopped taking the high dose C(still doing daily maintenance Iodine). I can't tell if there has been any more change, because any more change can be attributed to milky-boobs. But I am excited to see how my breasts are after this babe is done breastfeeding... I have a hunch that they'll fare better than with my prior two children, before I found out about the iodine. And I'm excited to get back to detoxing. Only a couple years now. *haha*
On nipples... I don't really care most of the time if they show. Sometimes men will oogle and be rude, but I ignore that. Women usually just ignore my bralessness(maybe they wish they could be out of theirs?), which I don't mind.
I like to wear snug/form fitting/stretch fabrics... Like a PP said, the mild compression/squish makes them feel a little less wild and wavy and it tends to keep the worst of my nippage under control. I REALLY like cami type shirts with "tailored" cups... Not so much a shelf bra, but designed to cup the breast. The feel of my jahoobie meat resting on my chest skin bugs me when its hot, so having the bit of fabric that sits under the breast coupled with the very light shaping of certain cuts of shirt feels better for me. I also like halter tops for this reason... I think it is the built in line under the breast that defines the shirts I feel most comfortable going bra-less out and about in. Shelf-bras are okay sometimes, but I find the elastic being too restrictive or uncomfortable at times... I guess thats why I go for the boob cupping designs. These often tend to be low/V cut... I suppose I don't mind letting em all hang out.
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But these are so great. The x-large fits me very well. It has taken a lot of getting used to in terms of feeling "okay" with not wearing an underwire (I work with some catty women -- I've actually heard them talking about people whose boobs are down to their belly buttons) but I don't really care anymore. And...no more back fat! Which makes me feel so much less self-conscious that I don't care about my supposedly "down to my belly button" boobs. :-)
The only thing I find now (like most of you who have said that you dress more conservatively once you're bra-free) is finding shirts that aren't quite so form fitting but don't look sloppy for work. Anyone have any "favorite" shirts that "work for work" when you're bra-free? (And I don't have to be too dressed up...so I'm not talking about suits and button-downs.)
Just for grins, here's some examples form Eddie Bauer that I saw in a catalog. Wish I could buy them!
Sorry for the long links, I don't know how to do the click on it thingy.
I've gotten a lot of cute v-neck tops from Old Navy...but sometimes their stuff is so thin and I feel self-conscious without a "real" bra. Which is so stupid, really, because you can almost always see "real" bra lines through people's shirts. Really, when you think about it, it's so odd...it's considered "okay" to see bra lines and boobs pushed up to there from push-ups but not slightly jiggly breasts. Sigh.
I don't like having my nipples show so I've come up with a solution I love. I wear a chami (I've chopped it off so it doesn't get too hot) with a double bit over the boobs (is this what is ment by shelf?) and I tuck the padding from a old bikini top inside. Comfy and no nipples show (worn for job interviews and all).
I'm glad to read about so many bra free pregant and breast feeding mamas! One book I have keeps saying how a well fitting bra is essetial for both. I hope not!
Missing my dh everyday and hoping there is a brighter future for me out there
Missing my dh everyday and hoping there is a brighter future for me out there
bra free for about three months now. I would usually go in phases where i would be bra-free for a number of days, and then go back to wearing one. but, i literally lost my bras (no clue where they are, and that is weird because i own so little currently). so, instead of replacing them, i'm just wearing my tanks (with shelf bras) under my shirts. it's very comfortable, and after my first period without it, i felt great. they look good too, and DH is quite happy about it too.
so, it's working out nicely.
This is exactly what I'm looking for! Can someone recommend a brand or give me a link? I HATE wearing bras. I bought two of these form-fitting camis about 10 years ago but they are pretty threadbare now and I need new ones. Unfortunately I cut the tags out because they were scratchy, so I don't know what brand they were. I got them at a big department store, like Kaufmann's or Macy's or Dillard's or something. They do not have a shelf- I hate shelf camis too! Can anyone help?
anyone have any links to organic shelf-bra tanks or molded camis? if you know of ones that are made in the USA, it's a plus! tia!
I have been bra-free before I moved to the US nine years ago, and immediately number of people here, including my American husband told me that I MUST wear a bra because my nipples stick out. I have 34A but my nipples are longish, so yes, they are quite visible but I never cared about that and no one else cared either. I am from Russia and the guys there could care less about the breasts (well, at least those I have met:)) but the all have leg fetish. They absolutely love looking at girls' legs, and if you have long, slender and straight legs (which is my case), expect to be the center of male attention anywhere you go. And here it is all about breast which very much bothers me. I mean, I never wore bras, I find them very uncomfortable and now I must wear them. My boobs get sore no matter what brand I try. I only wear them for work, and I am bra-free at home.
I need to find a substitute that I can wear. Shelf camis are not an answer as they cut under my breasts and it hurts. Sports bra also cut under my breasts and I do not wear those as well. Perjaps, I should go with few sizes larger. I also have ezcema on my chest and sports bra lead to flare ups because they are nylon and cover a lot. Any advice would be appreciated.
Oh, and after my pregnancy, my breasts went to their normal size and look as good as ever. It just the nipples that are sticking out and are very visible even if I wear thick sweater.
I truly believe bra's are unhealthy and cause problems. After all for thousands of years woman went without them and did just fine and in many cultures still do so.
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I've been officially bra-free for about 2 months now. For years I had the hardest time finding bras that fit, and I abandoned underwires when I got to a D-cup. After DS1 was born, I wore the motherhood sleep bra 24/7 for the next 2 years (I rotated 2 of them - they were really threadbare when I was finished!) Then I switched to nursing tanks or Bravado bras. A few months ago I started having pain in one breast. I was in a lot of pain, and was ready to go see a breast surgeon to rule out anything serious but decided to stop wearing a bra for a few days after coming across some info online about the link between bras and breast pain. Sure enough, after just a day or so the pain lessened, and after a week it was gone.
If I'm wearing a thinner shirt or something that's a little see-thru I wear a plain cami with no shelf or molding. Otherwise I don't bother. My boobs have actually gotten a little perkier since I stopped wearing a bra. I was petrified that everyone would be staring at me since I'm a saggy DD, but nobody seems to notice.
This afternoon I grabbed one of my old nursing tanks to wear under a sort of sheer t-shirt because it was a good color match. I put it on and literally within 5 minutes was in pain. Needless to say I wore my cami happily instead.
I've been mostly bra-free for about five years now. I'm usually a 36B, but I'm up to 38C now at 21 weeks pregnant, so they're going to end up bigger than I've ever had before, so we'll see how things go. I usually wear one to work, mainly because it's pretty obvious when I don't. My nipples are pierced and you can see the shape of the jewelry. I'll be taking them out soon to nurse and I'm going to give the LilyPadz a shot. I love the days when I can just wear a cami and no bra. I love the Motherhood sleep bras if I have to wear something, but they come up really high with my smallish breasts and show over the neckline of most of my shirts. The bras I do wear don't have underwire. When I stopped wearing a bra regularly and wore an underwire again, I realized how insanely uncomfortable those things are. Why would anyone torture themselves with a huge piece of metal under their breasts?
Outside of work, I only wear a bra when I'm wearing something sheer. My nipples are visible in a lot of my shirts (especially with the piercings) but I just don't care. I have nipples, you have nipples, we all have nipples. So why are women expected to keep theirs hidden like they don't exist? The whole breast can be exposed, but it's ok as long as you can't see the nipple. Makes NO sense!
I actually wrote a post a few weeks ago on my blog about this very subject. It's here if anyone's interested.
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I'm still cosy and bra free in my cami here in the freezing cold winter. Can you believe that we have had -17C here in the UK? It's unheard of!
Not much else new here but I thought I'd share this. I have been married to my dh for nearly 9 years and not worn a bra for all of that time. Out of the blue the other day he said to me "I never thought I'd end up with a girl who didn't wear a bra" He had just come home from work and hugged me as he does every day and when I asked him if that bothered him he said of course it didn't but he'd realised he can hug me and run his hands up and down my back without hitting any hardware which is nice.
He never thought he'd raise a child without ever having put a nappy on her bottom or co-sleep or be a babywearing dad so it's another thing to add to his list of non-mainstream marvels!
Also freedom-boobed here! I stopped wearing one in 1998, started again for a while when pg with ds4, and have worn camis since. I get very cold if I don't wear a cami, especially because they keep me covered up while I nurse. :)
I was a 36DD when I wore a bra, and being on my fifth nursling, my breasts are healthy, firmer and perkier than ever before! I'm also much, much smaller than when I wore bras. I stopped wearing a bra when I developed breast-concentrated cancer. So, I quit the bra, th solvent-based art supplies, isopropyl alcohol, processed and/or packaged food, all "beauty" products, and in four months with lots of sleep and fresh air, my free breasts were tumour-free, and I have had no further incidence.
Recently, a friend asked me about giving my girl-child her first bra, and I said, "What are you, crazy??!!! Why would I ever do that?" Then there was a long, weird, stunned silence, so I added, "Well if she wants one, I'll get one for her, but you'll never hear me encouraging anyone to wear a harness." Then with incredulity, "But you, wear one; why wouldn't you let her, too?" My surprised response was, "I don't wear a bra. I haven't for 13 years minus a few months." Then it occurred to me that in all of the time we've spent together, they had no idea that my boobs have been free! They've not noticed or deliberately observed my breasts; how awesome is that?! :)
Well, I've been absent for 8 months, and during that time, it turns out that I have completely transformed. You are all precious. Thank you for being here and sharing your lives. You are truly a gift. Jan. 23, 2012