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How many have I tried? It seems like 90! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><br><br>
I've had my Medelas for less than a year, and they are TOTALLY shot. I have a conventional department store bra I've been wearing for about two months, and it's actually pretty good, but of course it's getting worn out because I'm lifting the cup over my breast when I have to nurse while wearing it.<br><br>
By my measurements and online calculators, I'm a 36 I (approximately). Of course all brands run different. My breasts are headed way, way south, and the sheer amount of tissue which wants to hang down makes any bra's job a labor of Hercules. I mean, you can put all the wire you want at the underseam of my breast, but there's a good six pounds, or four and a half inches of flesh and fat that wants to sit against my abdominal wall rather than point out horizontally. Of course, this makes clothes look awful on me unless I can get the girls to sit up a little bit.<br><br>
Have any mamas here with plus-sized boobies had any luck with ANY nursing bras? It seems they're all wrong in some way, especially in the ptoia department. The wires poke, the elastic gives out after a month, the straps are too narrow, the backstrap wants to ride up to between my shoulder blades, on and on and on. I'm pretty much at the point where I'm thinking a corset is my only option, or maybe traction. I'm having back and neck pain, puncture wounds, skin abrasions ... I need help!<br><br>
So, any help anyone can give is majorly appreciated.
 

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Actually, band size is pretty much standard. Thirty-six inches is thirty-six inches, after all. You might bump up to a 38 for comfort, but if you're in a 36 now & it's comfy, then there's no need to.<br><br>
It is the cup size that changes from brand to brand, and honestly without even a guess from you I can't be of much help. But I haven't worn a nursing bra since my first child; it's much easier to find bras in my size (38H to 38J, depending on which nursling) that aren't nursing bras. Most of the recommendations on this site simply don't come in my size, but if you're wearing off-the-rack bras now, you probably aren't too hard to fit.<br><br>
I like the bras from Decent Exposures.com; they're expensive but they are made to order & they last. I have a bra from them I bought when my almost-2-year-old was a newborn, & it was my only bra for about 18 months & it's still in good condition.
 

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I DID guess! I measured this morning. Size I.<br><br>
I actually wear a 40 band right now, but that was measured for me in February, when I weighed about 25-30 more pounds than I do now. So, my two Medelas are size 40 H, and the department store bra is a 40 DD (that's about all you can find at Macy's, kwim?)<br><br>
I got a Fancee Free online back in the spring, an extra support softcup, and it sucked big time. So, Goddess, then? It's such an f'ing pain not to be able to try stuff on before purchase!! Ack.<br><br>
Anyway, thanks!
 

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Have you tried <a href="http://www.birthandbaby.com/" target="_blank">http://www.birthandbaby.com/</a>? they have large sizes and encourage you to get lots of different bras and return what doesn't fit.<br><br>
And I have a friend who swears by Anita brand, though I'm still wearing my Bravados (really, really need new bras...once the budget allows).<br><br>
Is there a Nordstrom's near you? They carry nursing bras and have excellent fitters - I went in there thinking I knew what size I was, and was able to try on 10 or so different bras; I was an H in some, and F in others, so it really helps to be able to try them on...
 
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