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I'm just starting the third trimester of my first pregnancy, and I need some help figuring out the whole nursing bra/tank thing.<br><br>
I'm a 34E right now, up from a 32D pre-pregnancy. I know that I shouldn't buy any fitted nursing bras until my milk comes in, but I was hoping to have something bra-like at home so that I could get by in the first few days after my baby is born and not have to go out right away. Bras like the Bravado seem like a good bet, but I've seen that several heavy-breasted women here don't find them supportive enough. (Even before pregnancy, my breasts were too heavy to go without a bra for very long.) I'm interested in the nursing tanks like Glamormom and Target sell, but the sizes don't seem like they would work for a narrow-chested, large-breasted woman like me.<br><br>
How soon after birth am I likely to feel well enough to get up and go bra shopping? How many fitted nursing bras am I likely to need?
 

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I'm a small breasted woman, so my advice isn't much help I'm afraid! I'd go with a Bravado for now. I loved the target bras and used them exclusively. But they provide almost no support. The Bravado one was slightly better. I lived with one bravado and one Target bra for the first week or so and then went and bought some more. Going out was hard, since I was still healing. Hopefully someone else will offer some more relevent advice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I did go from a 36A to 36C, but not big enough to help. But there was a thread here not to long ago about Glamour Tank's being great and we'll worth the money. I do have a Target tank and they run extremely small. Not sure about support in Glamour Tanks, but everyone had great things to say about them.<br><br>
Have you looked into MotherWear... they have great stuff.
 

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Motherhood maternity has a great sleep bra that is comfortable and supportive enough for light activity. And you won't want to do more than light activity for a while, believe me. The sleep bra is sized S - XL so no cup size worries.
 

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I think it might be hard to guess. I was a 30AA pre preg, a 34 B to 36 C preg and then a 34 J!! for nearly the first year post partem with my first then back to a 32 AA after a few years nursing. After my second, I am a comfortable D post partem. However, I found bras the first few days completely useless. I was feeding so much and then of course around "Engorgement Day" my breasts hurt so much I go around topless. A pp sugested a sleep nurse bra. If you think you can get by with that and just see how it goes for you before you buy more, that might be good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you want a tank for big boobs, check out the Blue Canoe one I use: <a href="http://bluecanoe.com/e-store/prod_details.asp?pcid=310163124488&pid=31118183595" target="_blank">The Jane Tank</a> or <a href="http://bluecanoe.com/e-store/prod_details.asp?pcid=310163124488&pid=3111818355357" target="_blank">the mama version.</a></div>
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The jane tanks are EXACTLY what I've been looking for! I am definitely going to try one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br><br>
I was a 36B pre-pregnancy and am now a 38DD postpartum. What a wild ride! I mostly wear Bravado bras, but I do sometimes wish I had a little more support. I do think they make great sleep bras though, so they might be a good starter item.<br><br>
The Target tanks were literally absurd on me. I don't think you'll have luck with them. Try one on in the store before buying if your interested in them. Glamourmom is better, but not great for those with bigger boosoms. They do have a bra version with thicker straps and more support which might be better. I think that when/if I drop back down to a D (or even better, a C) that my glamourmoms will become my favorite tops.<br><br>
As for how many you'll need, that may depend on how leaky you are and how often you want to launder your bras. I have four nursing bras and two tanks in regular rotation. I was VERY leaky in the first three months and often went through three or more bras in one day! (Yes, I was using nursing pads, I just leaked right through them.) Going topless would have been extraordinarily messy for me. Unfortunately, leakage level is something you're just not going to know until your milk comes in. I would definitely plan to have at least three bras, though. One in the laundry, one on you, and one in reserve. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks so much for your help! Keep it coming!<br><br>
My main concern about any kind of tank or bra that comes only in S, M, L, etc., is that the band won't be small enough or the cup won't be big enough. For example, the Glamourmom medium would fit me around the band, but the cup is only made for B-D. The large would be the right (pre-lactation) size, but it's too big in the band. And really, when you have dense breasts, it's crucial to find something that's going to be supportive.<br><br>
Jenneyrebecca, those Jane's bras and tanks are really cute! Do you just pull the cup off to the side in order to nurse?<br><br>
Mighty-mama, I looked around the Motherwear site a little. Is there a specific product there that you would recommend?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My main concern about any kind of tank or bra that comes only in S, M, L, etc., is that the band won't be small enough or the cup won't be big enough.</div>
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Good point. (Though I have to say I'm a bit jealous of that problem! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) I also had pretty good luck with the Playtex nursing bras, which are available in most department stores, I think. They are a sized bra, and they come in both underwire and non-underwire. I did find the underwire more supportive, but they don't recommend underwires because they can cause plugged ducts if not sized just right. Anyhow, this is a style you might try <a href="http://www.playtexnet.com/detail.asp?id=38&bId=4" target="_blank">http://www.playtexnet.com/detail.asp?id=38&bId=4</a>. As a plus, they're relatively inexpensive ($24 at JC Penney. I think I got one for $18 at a playtex outlet store.)<br><br>
If you're still having trouble, I've heard good things about <a href="http://www.breastchester.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastchester.com/index.html</a>. They carry a whole lot of different lines and will help you over the phone if you're having trouble choosing.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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