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this being my first baby, i have some boob questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
i am fairly concerned about the state of my boobs, because up until now i have been happy with what mother nature gave me, and i have concerns that they will never be the same again. i will breast feed and have worries about them never being perky again, and about my nipples becoming huge and ugly.... so i want the TRUTH!!! no pussy footin' around ladies!!!!<br><br>
what is the best nursing bra?<br>
the best nursing top?
 

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They'll change but it's mostly pregnancy that does it. I really think it's an individual thing...so you'll have to wait to see what you get<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.<br><br>
For me, I started out really small. I guess a AA but I never wore a bra before so I don't know for sure. But flat, basically. And now I'm a 40D <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">: , even though my dd has been weaned for 7 mos or so. And they're not getting any smaller.<br><br>
Nipples didn't really change except now they're always ,um, erect? . Before they were inverted unless I was cold or happy to see someone.<br><br>
Really my boobs have never been bigger or perkier after having babies, but I'd still like the small ones back<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I hate bras.
 

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I like my post baby boobs! I used to be a B and became a C instantly! Yahoo!<br><br>
Here's a related question. I'm pregnant now again. I wonder if the second time around will stay their current size (I hope, perfect for my frame) or get even bigger?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I am normally a small B cup. I just finished breastfeeding for 2 years and my boobs are still perky! Breastfeeding didn't change them at all except they were bigger while I was nursing. They gradually went back to normal size (my milk decreased around wk 20 of pregnancy). Now they're getting bigger again. Dh says YAY! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My nipples though, have always been huge and always erect. Let's hear it for padded bras!
 

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I don't think I've ever been perky. Always big. I didn't expect them to be the same afterwards. I had to embrace my new body. Saggy boobs and stetchmarks. My nipples have been darker ever since, too. Maybe it's different if you're smaller and already perky.
 

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in my experience the huge nipples go away sooner or later, but the larger breast size is here to stay. and smaller breasts defy gravity much better than large ones, so people like me who went from c to dd are doomed to droop.<br>
one thing probably no one will tell you is that a few days after the birth your milk will come in and you will be HUGE and incredibly painful. i woke up at least an e and couldn't move in case i jostled them. it hurt soooooooo much. some people don't experience this but i think most do. they calmed down and settled in a dd, but those couple of days were torture. i recommend hot showers where you squeeze as much of that liquid gold down the drain as you can, since pumping is really painful when engorged.<br>
this time around i have a toddler to lend a hand with the engorgement so it won't be as bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">in my experience the huge nipples go away sooner or later, but the larger breast size is here to stay. and smaller breasts defy gravity much better than large ones, so people like me who went from c to dd are doomed to droop.<br>
one thing probably no one will tell you is that a few days after the birth your milk will come in and you will be HUGE and incredibly painful. i woke up at least an e and couldn't move in case i jostled them. it hurt soooooooo much. some people don't experience this but i think most do. they calmed down and settled in a dd, but those couple of days were torture. i recommend hot showers where you squeeze as much of that liquid gold down the drain as you can, since pumping is really painful when engorged.<br>
this time around i have a toddler to lend a hand with the engorgement so it won't be as bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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I could have written your post. (Then) DH came home one day to find me sitting topless in the kitchen (I could not stand for anything to touch them they hurt so much.) I had gone from a D to an F overnight. It looked like I had a gallon jug on each side. (In that moment they were pleanty perky) It all settled down after a few days. I found raw cabage leaves directly on my breasts/in my bra helped...But I smelled like wilted cabage<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I am a DD non pregnant now. I did not have the same difficulty in my second pregnancy and do not expect it this time.<br>
I council friends that the first 2 weeks of BF can be really rough, and to plan on sticking with it for at least a month before forming an opinion as to whether they will continue BF.
 

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I was also a AA before pregnancy. With my first, I went to a B and after weaning, etc went back down to an A. With my second, went to a C, then after weaning went down to a B. With my third, I am now a D, but will probably go back down again...I seem to be gaining a cup size with each pregnancy!!! Of course, exercise and all that play a part with mine...if I'm on a really good exercise roll, I seem to go down faster and stay "perkier" but at this point, I'm not really worried about perky. We'll see in 2-3-4 or so yrs when this one weans!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">this being my first baby, i have some boob questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
i am fairly concerned about the state of my boobs, because up until now i have been happy with what mother nature gave me, and i have concerns that they will never be the same again. i will breast feed and have worries about them never being perky again, and about my nipples becoming huge and ugly.... so i want the TRUTH!!! no pussy footin' around ladies!!!!<br><br>
what is the best nursing bra?<br>
the best nursing top?</div>
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I could have written your post.<br><br>
So far, I have gone up about a half to 3/4 of a cup size, and about half an inch in the band.<br><br>
I can still go bra-less. I am still fitting in the same bras as before, just that I fill the cups much better and I have to use a looser hook setting.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am normally a small B cup. I just finished breastfeeding for 2 years and my boobs are still perky! Breastfeeding didn't change them at all except they were bigger while I was nursing. They gradually went back to normal size (my milk decreased around wk 20 of pregnancy). Now they're getting bigger again. Dh says YAY! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My nipples though, have always been huge and always erect. Let's hear it for padded bras!</div>
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You give me hope!<br><br>
I have heard that if you nurse very frequently, you can get less sag. Supposedly, the sagging comes from certain cells being stretched and relaxed repeatedly. Frequent nursing can prevent the stretching.
 

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Mine went from a B to a DD, and then down to a D. And, yeah, big, dark nipples... I'm not crazy about my post-baby boobs, but DH thinks it's the best thing ever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also, my sister went through the same thing... breastfed two kids for a year and two years each... had HUGE boobs (I don't know the size, but they were BIG!), and now, years later, has tiny A cups. It just depends.
 

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I have heard that the most changes are due to the pregnancy and not related to nursing. Not sure. BUT, I have to say, i can't relaly remember what my boobs were like before. LOL I was probably a good sized B cup, but due to a lot of weight gain over the last 10 years they would have changed a lot. I am definitely daggier, but I wasn't very perky ever, so not a big deal there. I love knowing that my breasts have fed and nurtured 4(soon to be 5) little people, it amazes me every day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well it depends on who you ask. My DH loves my breasts both pre and post baby. He thinks they are beautiful. You will get perma-nipples which is my biggest challenge I haven't nursed for about 2 months now and they are still pert so I wonder if they will ever calm down. They did get thicker kind of like a Playtex bottle nipple but a little smaller. Your boob size will increase before baby and that by itself will cause sag. I have stretch marks from when I initally got my boobs when I was 12/13 and didn't get any with nursing even though I went from a DD to an I.<br><br>
I really like bravado nursing bras. I also bought nursing bras from Motherhood. I could never use a nursing top because the slits weren't big enough for my boobs. I would just pull up my shirt and then nestle it down by DD's nose covering most of the breast. Camisole tops are really good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">in my experience the huge nipples go away sooner or later, but the larger breast size is here to stay. and smaller breasts defy gravity much better than large ones, so people like me who went from c to dd are doomed to droop.<br>
one thing probably no one will tell you is that a few days after the birth your milk will come in and you will be HUGE and incredibly painful. i woke up at least an e and couldn't move in case i jostled them. it hurt soooooooo much. some people don't experience this but i think most do. they calmed down and settled in a dd, but those couple of days were torture. i recommend hot showers where you squeeze as much of that liquid gold down the drain as you can, since pumping is really painful when engorged.<br>
this time around i have a toddler to lend a hand with the engorgement so it won't be as bad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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I just wanted to add that not all women get engorged. I don't know if it is because my container was big, I was an *I*, but I never felt let down and was never in pain from my milk. The only reason I knew my milk had come in was DD started swallowing louder and faster.
 

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The engorgement was a shocker for me too. Luckily I had a visit from a nurse who told me it would happen and showed me how to hand express.
 

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The engorgement was a shocker for me too. Luckily I had a visit from a nurse who told me it would happen and showed me how to hand express.</div>
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I have gotten engorged with all of my kids, even though the last three I have had toddlers nursing to help(maybe that's why?). I also have over active let down, or something. My babies sometimes will get so much milk they puke it right back up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Sucks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have gotten engorged with all of my kids, even though the last three I have had toddlers nursing to help(maybe that's why?). I also have over active let down, or something. My babies sometimes will get so much milk they puke it right back up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Sucks.</div>
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Do they gulp a lot too? DD used to gulp and it would give her the worst gas. She also learned if she wanted to comfort suck to let the milk dribble out of her mouth. I had to lay nursing pads under her or I was soaked.
 

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Oh yeah, gulping and choking on it after I let down. I need a cloth under too. LOL The milk just runs down their faces often. It settles down after a couple of months, but man, at first it's not very fun.
 

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Ahh yes, babies and boobs.<br><br>
Well, in my experience, my breasts have never been the same. I was a fairly perky C before babes. With #1 I swelled up to a DD and got a lot of stretch marks, which is the worst of it. After #1 I went back down to a C, but with the stretch marks, they did sag more. With #2 I stayed about a C, maybe a small D, but then went down to a B after nursing for a couple years. Now pregnant again my nips are huge and dark. I know they will lighten and shrink a little after babes are done with them.<br><br>
My biggest complaint about my breasts are the stretch marks which I know is the reason they are saggier. But you never know. It is very individual what will happen to your own. You'll just have to come to a place where you accept your body for what it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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gwneth paltrow made a comment once about how she thought it was perfectly ok for women to get boob jobs after breastfeeding, that it's totally different than just getting a boob job for the heck of it. i agree. if someone gave me a reduction & lift when i'm done breastfeeding for good, i wouldn't say no. and if they threw a tummy tuck in there, too...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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