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<p>I have been noticing back pain lately and I am pretty sure it is because of my increased breast size.The pain is mostly on the side of my larger breast. I was between a D and  DD to start with. Don't know where I am now or where I'll end up!  I am wearing a sports bra now (which is kind of on the old side.)  It helps a little but not much.  I am not sure if it makes sense to get another sports bra or get some sort of maternity bra or what?I would also like it to be somewhat affordable : )  Any ideas?</p>
 

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<p>I bought a Medela sleep bra and really love it but I'm not a D or DD. Just a large B/C. It was well priced (16.00) on Amazon.</p>
 

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<p>It's a little pricier, but I like Bravado nursing bras.  But then, I'm nursing, so if you don't need that function yet, you have more options.</p>
 

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<p>Pea in the Pod has a wonderful maternity bra (and nearly identical nursing bra) that is sooo comfy.  I'd probably call moderately supportive but that might just be because it's so comfortable..I don't really notice the structure of it. I love it, but at $40 a piece I can't buy near as many as I'd like.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.apeainthepod.com/Product.asp?product_Id=19557Z10361&MasterCategory_Id=MC29" target="_blank">http://www.apeainthepod.com/Product.asp?product_Id=19557Z10361&MasterCategory_Id=MC29</a></p>
 

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I've been having a really hard time finding a comfortable bra. I'm a DD now. I'm not much concerned with support as comfort so I'm now wearing a Majamas sleep nursing bra. It's the only thing I can stand. I have some Q-T nursing bras that I loved when I was pg and nursing ds2 and ds3 but can't stand them this time. I bought some new LLL front snapping nursing bras that were comfortable at first but I have since grown out of them. I bought a LLL sleep bra but it apparently runs very small (which I didn't know when I ordered it) so I can barely get it over my head.<br><br>
If you plan to nurse, I wouldn't waste money on a maternity bra and just get nursing bras, although I can't really suggest any. I tried a Bravado 2 kids back because so many people said they love it but I hated it. I found it very uncomfortable and difficult to use one-handed for nursing. Definitely not worth the price to me. They have several different styles, though, so that might make a difference. Mine was pretty basic, medium support, and had only snaps on the shoulder straps for the cups, no extra sling/band that went around the inside of the breast.
 

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<p>At this point the only thing that I think will support my chest is some sort of complicated pulley system. They are out of control lol</p>
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<p>I don't know about supportive but for comfort (and price) I'm going to give this a try.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_id=925010120&Mastercategory_Id=MC13" target="_blank">http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_id=925010120&Mastercategory_Id=MC13</a></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lovelylisa</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287884/supportive-bra-ideas#post_16500202"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>At this point the only thing that I think will support my chest is some sort of complicated pulley system. They are out of control lol</p>
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<p>I don't know about supportive but for comfort (and price) I'm going to give this a try.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_id=925010120&Mastercategory_Id=MC13" target="_blank">http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_id=925010120&Mastercategory_Id=MC13</a></p>
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Yeah. I measured myself again after reading this thread and may have discovered part of my problem. I think I'm now a 38C or so rather than a 36DD. That would explain at least partly why the bras I have are so uncomfortable.<br><br>
I'm not sure if they are exactly the same but I have a few bras like that wrap nursing sleep bra from when I was nursing ds2 and ds3. They are comfortable if they fit but they don't fit great and don't provide really any support at all. The two things I didn't like about them the most were the wide straps and that they didn't provide much coverage in the middle. I always felt like I was going to fall out the front. They also didn't hold nursing pads very well for night time nursing, which was a very bad thing for me since I leaked a lot. I mistakenly ordered the wrong size when I wanted some new ones (small, what was I thinking?) and never got around to returning or exchanging them.
 

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<p>Right now I am just wearing nursing tank tops. I wore them as sleep tops at the end of my pregnancy and now that I am home nursing. I need to get some supportive nursing bras soon but am waiting to see what size I will end up once my milk comes in and settles down. A lot of nursing bras that are comfortable don't have enough support. </p>
 

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Reading this thread with great interest! I was a 40G prior to pregnancy and am a 42G/H now. Even bras that fit properly are SO uncomfortable. I don't even care about the support, I just want something that's comfortable - AND available in large sizes. Oh, and not $80+ per bra. Any of the larger bust-ed ladies out there have any luck with a particular wireless nursing bra or tank?
 

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<p>I'm a 42F now so I second that. Especially the not 80 bucks part.</p>
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<p>There's a "good" (read expensive) bra shop here that I know I'm going to have to go to to get my nursing bra but I really really really don't want to spend a million dollars on one bra. And I would ADORE a tank but they seem to not come in my size.</p>
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<p>I never bought any with my son and I think that's another one of the 340923942390 reasons that I didn't get the hang of nursing  with him.<br>
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Reading this thread with great interest! I was a 40G prior to pregnancy and am a 42G/H now. Even bras that fit properly are SO uncomfortable. I don't even care about the support, I just want something that's comfortable - AND available in large sizes. Oh, and not $80+ per bra. Any of the larger bust-ed ladies out there have any luck with a particular wireless nursing bra or tank?</div>
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<p>This site seems promising. <a href="http://www.expressiva.com/store/European-Seamless-Maternity-Nursing-Tank-p-100006.html" target="_blank">http://www.expressiva.com/store/European-Seamless-Maternity-Nursing-Tank-p-100006.html</a></p>
 

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Reading this thread with great interest! I was a 40G prior to pregnancy and am a 42G/H now. Even bras that fit properly are SO uncomfortable. I don't even care about the support, I just want something that's comfortable - AND available in large sizes. Oh, and not $80+ per bra. Any of the larger bust-ed ladies out there have any luck with a particular wireless nursing bra or tank?</div>
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<br><br><p>I'm a 34 F now which was surprising, I won't do wires so I ended up buying a few Hotmilk one's (on sale now so a good bargain) and a nice looking Bravado one that fits me well and seems very supportive- not as supportive as Hotmilk one's. I also have other brands but they don't seem as supportive as those two. I hate wearing bras though and when I went to get measured the woman scolded me for coming in not wearing one but after seeing boobies said I was doing well (no sag ) for having nursed 5 kids so far (and for so long). Yuck, bras are just so restrictive in feeling.</p>
 

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greenmama66: Where do you buy those from? Online or locally?
 

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greenmama66: Where do you buy those from? Online or locally?</div>
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<br><br><p>Bought the bravado one locally and the other's online from Cake and Hotmilk. These links carry Cache Couer- <a href="http://www.mamanana.com/manufacturer.php?idm=59&language=en" target="_blank">http://www.mamanana.com/manufacturer.php?idm=59&language=en</a></p>
<p><a href="http://www.tilaure.com/Nursing.bra-2-0-0-0-0.htm" target="_blank">http://www.tilaure.com/Nursing.bra-2-0-0-0-0.htm</a></p>
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<p>and this Canadian site also carries Hotmilk, Cake, Cache Couer etc; <a href="http://evymama.ca/collections/nursing-bras-1" target="_blank">http://evymama.ca/collections/nursing-bras-1</a></p>
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<p>Cake- <a href="http://www.cakelingerie.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cakelingerie.com/</a></p>
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<p>Hotmilk- <a href="http://www.hotmilklingerie.com/" target="_blank">http://www.hotmilklingerie.com/</a></p>
 

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<p>I went to a specialty shop and got fitted. It was just too intense otherwise, and I am no good at guessing my size. Anyway, turns out I am about a 36J, which I honestly didn't even know was physically possible. LOL. That's saying a lot, too, coming from a woman who was 34DDD pre-preg.</p>
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<p>ANYHOW, the bra I ended up buying has been the most amazing lifesaver EVER. It's by Anita, and it cost me $50, and is worth at least twice that, if you ask me. It's an underwire, which is usually not recommended in nursing bras, but the woman said that as long as the underwire clears the breast tissue, it can actually be really beneficial for larger-busted women. As soon as I tried it on, I knew I had been wearing the wrong size, cut, shape, whatever...  That was about three weeks ago, and since then, my chronic back pain seems to have disappeared. They have all different models. My point here is that if you have specialty bra requirements, it might be worth it to go to a shop catering to the larger-chested amongst us, if there is one available in your area.</p>
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<p>I also have a few Bravados that I use. I don't find them as awesome but they are a little cheaper and more stretchy option, if you are not totally sure of your size and need something quickly.</p>
 

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<p>When they measure your cup size do they take into account the droopiness factor?  <span><img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif">  Like if I measure my bust without a bra, it's much smaller because the girls... they hang low and wobble to and fro if you catch my drift.  If I scoop them into a bra, the cup size needs to be larger so there isn't the spillage factor.  So are you supposed to measure them in a cup already?  I've always wondered this. </span></p>
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<p><span>Right now I'm wearing a 38C.  Pre-pregnancy I was in a 36B.  The maternity bra I bought is a tight 38C and i think I'm going to have to get a larger one, at least for the engorgement period, or I'm going to be miserable.</span></p>
 

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<p>I have 2 bras that I got as I started to grow during pregnacy closer to my regular size - I'm a 36C but these are 38 D & DD, and when they started to get tight I got an extender - this mondo thing with the 3 clasps and extends 3 sizes - and with that I have been able to wear these 2 bras very comfortably without having to buy bigger sizes. So now I usually rock the DD with the extender. Anyway, saved me some $$ and I was able to keep using these bras that I really like. I got it in the maternity clothing section at Macy's. Granted, I seemed to expand rather than grow in the bust :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SuburbanHippie</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1287884/supportive-bra-ideas#post_16510584"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>When they measure your cup size do they take into account the droopiness factor?  <span><img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif">  Like if I measure my bust without a bra, it's much smaller because the girls... they hang low and wobble to and fro if you catch my drift.  If I scoop them into a bra, the cup size needs to be larger so there isn't the spillage factor.  So are you supposed to measure them in a cup already?</span></p>
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Most websites will tell/show you how to measure. They can be slightly different but all that I've seen say to measure yourself in a well-fitting bra. The thing that confuses me is whether to measure only across your chest above your breasts and just under your armpits or to also measure around your ribcage under your breasts and take the average.<br><br>
For example, I'm about 37" across the top of my chest and 40" across the middle of my bust. That would mean a 38B because if you get an odd number for the band size you are supposed to round up and each inch more for the bust is one cup size. However, if I factor in the measurement underneath my breasts, 34.5" rounded up to 35", I'm a 36D. I've tried on 38" bras and they feel way too loose to me but I've been having trouble lately with my 36D bras so I don't know. My 36D bras are around 4 years old, though, so they may just be worn out.</span>
 

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<p>DDCC. There's difference of opinion on whether to use the overbust (above your breasts) or the underbust (around ribcage, below your breasts) measurement to determine the band size. Either is really just a starting point, IMO.</p>
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<p>The bit that really gets me, though, is that most manufacturers and websites will still tell you to add 4-5" to either of these measurements to get your band size. So if my underbust is a 32, they would put me in a 36 or 38 band. That is way too loose for most people (definitely is for me), and the straps end up bearing most of the weight of the breasts, causing women to hunch forward and have shoulder pain. Most of the support of a bra should come from the band.</p>
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<p>Right now at 39 wks pregnant I'm wearing a 34FF/G. I have noooo clue what I'll do for nursing bras! Right now my plan is "wait, measure, and order something off the Internet", because no store carries anything that is anywhere near my size. (Well, Nordstroms has ONE nursing bra. Which doesn't even come in the size I am now, let alone in whatever size I end up in when my milk comes in. They're pretty good for larger sizes normally, but apparently not in nursing.) </p>
 

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The bit that really gets me, though, is that most manufacturers and websites will still tell you to add 4-5" to either of these measurements to get your band size. So if my underbust is a 32, they would put me in a 36 or 38 band.</div>
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I have never heard this. When I'm not pg I measure 32-33" under my bust and wear a 34. A 32 band is too small but a 36 would definitely be too big. I usually take the average of my under and over bust measurements. That seems to work best for me.
 
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