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It was brought to my attention that "previously used breasts" ... LOL... don't gain much during pregnancy.<br><br>
Now I'm trying to remember after milk comes in(this is a 4th nursling), will there be any real gain other than initial engorgement?<br><br>
I'm going for a custom fitted bra, but this woman is trying to tell me not good idea. I don't remember much change with the 3rd nursling.... what do you think, mamas?
 

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Well you have more experience than I do :LOL<br><br>
First time my boobs got HUGE, second time they didn't get so big, a little bigger, and remained a little bigger after the engorgment.<br><br>
This time, they've not changed at all - I've still got some time to go, but during previous pregnancy's I've grown during the pregnancy...... so perhaps there will be no change for me (darn and I was so looking forward to at least a C cup)
 

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My "previously used breasts" (love that term by the way) have gotten as much as two cup sizes of growth with each pregnancy - this is my third and the last nursing bra I tried on was an E cup! This for a woman who could hardly fill a B cup before my first. I personally would wait to get a fitted bra until after the initial engorgment period - my luck I'd get fitted then grow right out of it.
 

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Hehe..<br><br>
I went to the fitting. I'm wearing the same bra I did before I got pregnant. The fit hasn't changed.... It's 34B<br><br>
So she measures me up, and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I'm a 30E <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> She suggested the 32DD though to allow me a little more room for rib expansion.<br><br>
Apparently, my breasts are spread out pretty good under my arms. This isn't uncommon after nursing a few. And most nursing bras don't provide adequate support for the lactating breast for the type of breasts I have, which is why nothing was fitting me. And also why underwires irritate me so bad, they dig in the sides. This bra will work for nursing, for me, but not all women. She figures when the milk initially comes in I may want something else. But The last nursling didn't cause me to engorge a whole bunch, she nursed lots and long, and I also pumped when I started to feel too full.<br><br>
But a 32DD..... WOW. Dh can't wait to see real cleavage...LOL
 

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I went from 32A to 38D, back to 34A-B (breasts wide but not much "bulk"), now pg and outgrowing my B but not ready for C yet. I like right now-- not too big yet, and perky for probably the last time in my life (last pg). lol!<br><br>
Darshani
 

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That's the funny thing.... my breasts haven't changed, that's how mis-sized I was, the stores locally have NO IDEA how to fit a bra right, and neither did I..lol<br><br>
Dh is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"> now when he comes home..lol
 

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touch of sunshine, what kind of bra are you getting fitted for?<br><br>
I bought a Jeunique bra about 2 months ago, and I LOVE it! It pulls all the breast tissue out from under my arms, and actually gives my cleavage!!<br><br>
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Yes, my size went from a 38C to a 40DD!!! I couldn't believe it, but then the "bra lady" reminded me that their sizing is a little different.<br><br>
She did tell me that unless I just grew enormously, that my bra should fit throughout my pregnancy and while nursing. At the time, it wasn't an issue, but now, I'm about 8 weeks pregnant, so it's more important now. I guess we'll see how right she was.
 

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Where can i get the Jenuique? I've used Bravado bras the last two times, and liked them a lt but they really don't provide a lot of support.<br><br>
I was a nice full C before, then got quite large, after ds I could barely fill an A cup! So sad, but at least they have been put to good use! This pregnancy, they are just finally starting to fill out again and i am loving it. Nice and perky, for that last time for me too!
 

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Where are you going to get fitted for a Jeunique?
 

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I went to the fitting. I'm wearing the same bra I did before I got pregnant. The fit hasn't changed.... It's 34B So she measures me up, and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I'm a 30E <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> She suggested the 32DD though to allow me a little more room for rib expansion.<br>
can't wait to see real cleavage...LOL</div>
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Please excuse the long rant. After reading your post, I just had to get this off my "chest", so to speak! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Don't be shocked by the seemingly huge sounding 30 E cup size in the Jeunique bra (and all the other basicly identical brands of so-called "custom-fit" bras -ie- Jeunique, Penneyrich, Brantly, Norvalle, Ardyss, Symbra-Ette, Ger-O-Mar etc., that are on the market, btw).<br>
The method used to calculate the "custom-fit" bra size is completely differently from the size calculations for a "regular" store bought bra. I think they do this to convince you that you've been "wearing the wrong size all along" and that you absolutely need to buy their bra in order to get "your actual correct size" for a proper fit. They will also regale you with horror stories about the "damage" and "health risks" of wearing your old and now apparently "wrong size" bra, regardles of how it actualy fit and felt! I may be cynical and on a rant here, because I had a neighbor who was first a Penneyrich and then, later a Jeunique distributor and she sold and fitted them at high-pressure 'tupper-wear' like "home parties". (Yuch!) and this went on all the time. Besides the high pressure marketing hype, I was very, very turned off by the multi-level marketing scheme that all of these "custom-fit" bra companies use. The multi-level marketing plan is in reality, little more than a pyramid marketing scam. Basically, every woman who sells the bras is considered an "independent distributor" and is supposed to recruit other woman to sell the bras too, who then, each in turn, also recruit and everyone up the chain gets a cut of the sales from the woman (women) below them. The end result is that a very few people at the top, who actually own the company, make a make a huge amount of money, both the initial profit from the bra sales themselves, plus all the percentage cuts from the sales of all the distributors and the supposedly never ending chain of new sales recruits. Also, to start out, each new recruit is required to buy a way overpriced (500 to 1000 dollars each), "sales kit" to get a minumum amount of stock to sell. The multi-level marketing is why you end up paying 50 to 90 dollars each for a 10 dollar bra made in an overseas sweatshop and actually imported for 3 to 5 dollars a dozen! (I used to work for a major bra manufacturer and I know that this is what companies actually pay for overseas product in bulk.) Anyway, enough of my rant on multi-level marketing. About the custom-fit bras and their sizing system. In a regular bra, when you measure around the body, below the bust , you add 4 inches to the actual body measurement to calculate the bra band size. If you actually measured 30 inches around, below the bust, you would take a size 34 band size bra. The "custom-fit" bras don't add the 4 inches - thus a 30 inch actual below the bust measurement would be a "size 30" band size, in the custom-fit bra. Note that a "size 30" custom-fit is exactly the same band size as size 34 band size regular bra.) Likewise with the cup size calculations. In a regular bra, you measure around the fullest part of the breasts and compare this measurement to the bra size. Every inch above the band size would be a cup size. (ie- if your "below the bust" measurement was 30 inches - for a 34 band size, and your "around the fullest part of the breasts" measurement was 36 inches -ie - two inches more than the band size, you would be a size 34B in a regular bra. With the custom-fit bra, the same 36 inches "fullest part of breasts measurement would be calculated as 6 inches more than the 30 inch under the bust measurement. Using the "each additional inch is a cup size" formula, a 34B regular bra size would calculate out to a 30E in a custom-fit bra.<br>
I'm not saying that the custom-fit bras are not good - I owned several at one time and they did give excellent support, I did find the the tabs on drop cups finiky and a bit tricky to open for nursing and to close discretely, afterwards. I wasn't too keen on the scratchy feel of the nylon lace cup fabric or the noticably "pointy" shape they gave my boobs either although the scratchiness and the excessive pointyness did get somewhat better once the bra han been worn for a while and after numerous launderings. My main complaint about the bras, is that in my opinion, they are overpriced and over-hyped and I really don't like the way they are marketed. If you like the bra though, and it fits well, go for it. Just remember that *if* you were in the correct size bra already, that no-matter what the tag on the "custom-fit" bra says - it' and you are still the same size as what you already wear in your correctly fitting "regular" bra. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Martina, you da bomb. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><br>
That was a load of great information.<br>
Thank you!!!<br><br>
(coming from a woman who normally wears a D cup, and last time while fitting was told I need a G or an H. Jeesh. Way to make a woman feel like a freeeeek. When we get into letters that high, I think they should just change the sizing to "oh well")
 
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