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When Should I Buy Nursing and Maternity Bras?

Jun18

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Hey Amy!
I’m 8 weeks pregnant with my first child, and over the past few weeks my breasts have been swelling. I’m now well out of all of my bras, but I’m not sure what to do. I mean, obviously I should go buy new ones. But what kind of new bras should I get? Should I just switch to nursing bras and get it over with? Is there some sort of pregnant lady trick to selecting bras that I won’t just grow out of in another month?
To make matters more complicated, I was about a 38DD or E before I got pregnant (yeah, and that was AFTER reduction surgery). I’m not plus sized though, and it’s always been extremely difficult to find stores that carry bras large enough for me. When I do find them they’re always expensive, so I’m not thrilled about buying a new set of bras every month or two for the next seven months.
I live outside of Baltimore (in the south), if anyone has specific local recommendations.
Please, I really need your help. Only one of my friends is or has been pregnant, and she’s only a couple months ahead of me. My mother is not the greatest source of information for this, as she has…issues with her breasts. She hates them. She routinely mashes her breasts into bras 3 or 4 sizes too small for them in a misguided (but ironclad) belief that it will make her look thinner. She also routinely criticizes me if I wear clothes that don’t actively minimize my breasts so…yeah, I don’t want to go to her for advice. So…I need help from you and your readers! Please!
Q

Bah! You’re asking the boob-challenged pregnant lady what to do with your boobs. And the truth is, I don’t know. Firstly because I’m as flat-chested as your friendly neighborhood wall, and secondly because it’s just plain different for every pregnant woman.
0622.jpg Here’s what happened to me, and what seems to be happening again this go-around: my chest went up a little over a cup size in the first trimester (from a small A, practically AA, to a B) but the band size stayed the same (32). Then at some point in the early second trimester, I moved up to a 34B. I bought a small handful of 32B bras at Target (I admit being small-chested has its benefits, what with the cheap price tags and general cuteness of available bras) in the first trimester, and then went the bands started pinching I bought these awesome little expander things at Mimi Maternity for $2.00. They hook onto your bras and add that extra inch or two or three (they’re available in two lengths), WITHOUT having to buy new bras.
In the third trimester, close to my due date, I grew again, although I can’t remember what size I got. But I figured the third trimester was the right time to make the switch to “real” nursing bras. I bought two or three in my current size, and surprise! They never, ever fit properly postpartum. My cup size went up AGAIN when my milk came in, and then after we got our breastfeeding routine established, my cup size went down and my band size went up. So…yeah, I ended up at a local lingerie boutique (armed with a coupon from my lactation consultant) getting professionally measured and spending a fortune on a couple nursing bras, but wouldn’t you know it, those suckers were COMFORTABLE and I wore them until they disintegrated off my body.
This time, I plan to get through the third trimester and the early breastfeeding days with some maternity camis (again, a benefit that applies mostly to the small-chested) and supportive nursing tops. I’ll purchase the actual bras a week or two weeks later, once the initial rush of milk and swelling calms down.
So. Your instincts are right — at 8 weeks, you still have a whole heap of breast growth and changes ahead of you. But. You need to be comfortable along the way. If I were you, I probably would go ahead and buy maternity/nursing bras. You at least have a shot at wearing them longer than special-ordered large sizes that most likely won’t fit you again after you’re done nursing. If you can find it and stand it, seriously consider buying a cup size larger than you currently wear. (Buy the right band size, since you can easily expand it with the aforementioned thingies.) Your cup size WILL go up more, as mind-boggling as that sounds. Don’t buy anything with an underwire (wires can clog ducts and cause mastitis while nursing) and use a lingerie bag or handwash them to protect your investment.
A note on maternity vs. nursing bras: Some stores call nursing bras (the kind with the flaps and clasps and openings) maternity bras, while others actually sell regular non-opening bras and call these “maternity.” I’m actually unsure of whether there’s a difference between these “maternity” bras and just…regular bras. They come in the standard colors and styles, including underwire. From a cursory look at the “big” online maternity stores, they do seem to offer a pretty good price on larger-sized bras, although a 40E seems to be the max you can buy. Perhaps someone can offer some insight or other shopping recommendations for good prices on the bigger sizes.
And not to be all gross, but buy as few as possible. Since this is your first pregnancy and your mom is not offering any What To Expect From Your Boobs advice, there’s just no predicting what size you’ll be when all is said and done. Just…do a lot of wash, even if it means there’s constantly a bra drying on the shower curtain rod.
(Also possibly gross: our local maternity consignment store sells used nursing bras. I was personally too squicked to even go NEAR that bin, although I’m betting it’s full of bras women bought during pregnancy and never actually used while nursing. I’m not sure I could ever bring myself to wear secondhand underwear, but hell, if I ended up with a stack of overpriced nursing bras that no longer fit after giving birth I CERTAINLY would take some money for them.)
Sports bras are another trick a lot of women use to get through the weird not-quite-settled-on-a-size times, but again, in your size, I don’t think these are any kind of bargain either. Unless some intrepid commenters of the voluptuous variety have any tips and tricks, maternity bras are just one of those imperfect things you’ll have to muddle through the best you can.
Also, and I know this is advice you didn’t ask for, do your homework on nursing after breast reduction surgery. I had no idea that my previous breast surgeries (cyst aspirations, including a spectacularly botched one) would have such a negative impact on breastfeeding, and I imagine it’s extremely easy to assume your breasts will make a ton of milk when you’re in the upper stratosphere of bra sizes. But the truth is that even large-breasted women can have supply issues, especially those who have had reductions. But thanks to the Internet, you can find plenty of information and tips and resources to help you succeed (and don’t be afraid to interview lactation consultants right along with pediatricians and/or obstetricians, and tell them about your surgery) — but being prepared for the potential challenges makes alllll the difference.

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28 Responses to “When Should I Buy Nursing and Maternity Bras?”

  1. Maggie Jun 19 at 11:29 am Reply Reply

    I worked in a Mimi maternity for YEARS during college. “Maternity” bras are actually made to minimize the “spillage” look, which, while attractive to many, can actually exacerbate stretch marks in the dĂ©colletage area. Also, they are generally more supportive around the sides, since they are made for growing breasts.
    One thing you don’t want to skimp on? BRAS! Seriously, I know it sucked to have to buy a bunch of bras when I was pregnant and attempting nursing, but totally worth it….the last thing you want when you either feel huge or are leaking milk or just are having one of “those days” is to be uncomfortable.
    A small investment, IMO, in your sanity, ya know?

  2. shannon Jun 19 at 11:41 am Reply Reply

    Bravado bras are what worked for me the first time around — I was a DD to begin with, went up to a G while pregnant. I did the whole Motherhood Maternity/Mimi bras route, and all it did was frustrate me. The instant I switched to Bravado bras, total happiness.
    They’re nursing bras, and really comfy. I still have the ones I bought for the first pregnancy, and I’m getting ready to wear them this time around. (18 weeks on Monday) I also kept all the Motherhood/Mimi bras, they worked well for the first trimester, because I seemed to grow a little slower this time around.

  3. jodifur Jun 19 at 11:46 am Reply Reply

    One thing to think about is not to buy too much nursing clothes. For reasons not worth going into, i was unable to nurse and had bought a ton of nursing tanks and nursing pjs. I returned the pjs but wore the tanks when i was pregnant so was stuck. So, don’t go too overboard, you never know what can happen.

  4. Mrs. CPA Jun 19 at 12:01 pm Reply Reply

    As a large chested person even after a reduction as well, this is what happened to me.
    When I had my surgery 8 years ago, I went from a DD to a B/C, so I had A LOT of tissue taken out. My boobs did not fluctuate a lot while I was pregnant. They grew some, but really only a cup size. And they haven’t grown the second time around either. They just feel heavy on my chest.
    I bought some nursing bras at some point in the late second/early third trimester, and made the mistake of buying one that had snaps. Please don’t do that. The snap will not stay closed! And it will make you angry. Get the kind with the clip. I bought these in a size bigger than when I was currently wearing.
    After Hudson was born, my boobs did not get any bigger with milk, they were never rock hard or engorged. But I also couldn’t get much out either. I think all the internal mechanisms were there, but the plumbing to get the milk out was not hooked up anymore. Add to that no nipple sensation, so nothing happened when my son tried to latch on. I got the breast pump as my free “thanks for giving birth here!” gift from the hospital. I had no colostrum in the hospital and I pumped for several weeks with diminishing returns.
    It depends on how much tissue they took out when you had your surgery. Some people can still breastfeed without any problem. I knew someone who had the surgery and chose not to breastfeed, but had engorged breasts when her milk came in and probably could have done it no problem. My advice would be to get one of the nightime nursing bras that is more like a sports bra. It was nice when I was not really leaving the house anyway and it wasn’t very expensive.
    I’m going to try again this time, but I haven’t bought the first nursing bra. I have been sleeping in a sports bras because my chest is so heavy to me, and I don’t plan on dropping a lot of cash until I see how it’s going to work out. I’m not trying to discourage you at all from breastfeeding, but I would wait until you see what is going to happen before you go out and spend mucho dollars on something that you will hate. Because no matter what they say those nursing bras are not cute.

  5. Bekki Jun 19 at 12:25 pm Reply Reply

    Nordstroms has a great selection of bras in larger sizes and I’m nearly 100% certain they also carry nursing bras up to some pretty big sizes as well. I would go there for a fitting and see what they suggest.
    On the other hand, I’ve been living in target sports bras as much as I can to cope with this issue (I’m a DDD as well)

  6. Nic Jun 19 at 12:34 pm Reply Reply

    I have ginormous breasts too (um, 34 H anyone?) Go get properly fitted and talk to the consultant. Buy only one or two at a time and rotate those to keep the costs down. You can also get properly fitted and find good bargains on the net. But get good, supportive bras or you will be in pain. I don’t have any Baltimore recs, but if you wanted to drive to Philly, I would recommend Coeur. While I haven’t been pregnant, my best friend’s cup size went over the other half of the alphabet… And, uh, solid support is really important. (she may have ended up with a boob/coughing related injury.)

  7. ohkwarimama Jun 19 at 12:35 pm Reply Reply

    The women I know who had breast reduction surgery were not able to nurse either, although I’ve heard stories of women who could. It would be a good idea to talk to your obgyn/midwife about it, and also to a lactation consultant or two. La Leche League probably has some advice on how to prepare for nursing after reduction surgery. But I wouldn’t invest in nursing bras until you’re sure you need them. Everyone’s body is different, so try and go slowly and adjust along the way. I’d stick with Amy’s advice about frequently washing a few things, because none of it will fit in a year or two anyway.

  8. Nic Jun 19 at 12:42 pm Reply Reply

    I second Bravado bras. Totally awesome, though I did not use them while preggo, only while nursing. I did wear my to destruction as well. And when you are stocking up on the maternity bras, get the undies too. For me, they were 1000x more comfortable. Also, check out Her Room, they have a really wide variety of maternity bras, you might be able to find your size pretty easily — http://www.herroom.com/maternity-underwear.aspx.

  9. Nic Jun 19 at 12:45 pm Reply Reply

    Also, the ladies on What Not To Wear (the British version) rave about Elle MacPherson maternity bras…I see they come with 6 clasps in the back rather than 3, which would obviate the need for the bra strap extender…

  10. Liz Jun 19 at 12:48 pm Reply Reply

    Hello!
    I am of the large breasted variety – with BONUS breast reduction in my past as well!
    Not only that… but I have a 11 month old that I nursed (creatively) so I’ve got some thoughts.
    If you’re interested in any of them… please do drop me an email! We’ll get you all figured out!

  11. psumommy Jun 19 at 12:53 pm Reply Reply

    I can’t give any advice specifically for a large-chested woman- just for those in the AA-turned-C category. So while not entirely relevant, it’s something for anyone who might be reading with the same question/different size.
    I *hated* nursing bras. I tried a few different types- the bra-hook-at-the-top ones (WORST), the snap-in-the-middle ones…everything, including the expensive ones. It is such a huge pain to try putting yourself back together after nursing. And especially if you’re a first-time mom, and maybe a little shy in public- well, I showed way more while trying to re-snap-fasten than I ever did while actually nursing.
    So now, when I get bigger, I go out and buy those soft Hanes bras at Target. I can get them in a size larger than I am and it’s ok…I grow into them throughout pregnancy. Then they stretch when I get bigger in the end, but fit perfectly when things have evened out after the engorgement is over And the best part is that all I have to do when I want to nurse is to pull down the top, then just slip it back on when I’m done. They’re fantastic! And CHEAP…the best part.
    Anyway, that was my experience, for what it’s worth!

  12. RJStewart Jun 19 at 12:59 pm Reply Reply

    You have my sympathies! I’m 18 weeks, and I’ve always been on the busty side, though the rest of me is on the petite side. I started out at a 34 D, and am a 36 DD/E right now. I too am dreading more boob growth and all that happens to them when you start nursing. I think if you’re large-breasted, you just have to suck it up and spend the money on good bras, because the cheap brands just don’t make sizes to fit us or be supportive enough. I just spent a lot of money on 2 new bras because the weight of my big pregnant boobs was killing me, causing shoulder & neck pain, argh. I’ve worn Wacoal bras for a couple of years and really like them. Yes, the 2 bras I just bought were $55 each, but they are SOOO comfortable and supportive and feel so much better that I felt it was instantly worth the price. IMHO, the “maternity” bras in Pea in the Pod/Mimi Maternity were crap – bad quality, poor support – I wouldn’t bother. Nordstrom online has a wide selection of sizes. They have also usually been pretty good in the Nordstrom stores about fitting me correctly and having a good selection of sizes. I have also heard good recommendations from other women about the Bravado bras. In the DC area, I can recommend Sylene in Chevy Chase, Trousseau in Vienna, VA, and I have heard good things about The Full Cup in Old Town Alexandria, VA, as far as custom fittings, and wide selection of sizes & styles for the boobalicious. I know these might be a bit far for you, from Baltimore. Good luck!

  13. Janine Jun 19 at 12:59 pm Reply Reply

    While there’s NO substitute for getting properly fitted, Bravissimo (http://www.bravissimo.com/) has some absolutely lovely and pretty bras for both non-nursing and nursing. They are a UK-based store, and I was fitted in one of their boutiques while on vacation (34G, when I had prevously thought I was a 36DD) I have since bought a lot of things from them online. Bonus tip – they now sell some really pretty clothes tailored for the busty gal.

  14. LGraves65 Jun 19 at 1:48 pm Reply Reply

    Apparently, Janine and I are the same person, because I was just going to say Bravissimo! Pre-reduction, I was a 34J in US size and 34G in UK size, and found many, MANY bras through Bravissimo (even camis with bras in them! Huzzah!). The shipping isn’t much, either, considering. I’m way past child-bearing and BFing, but I know they have a lot of bras for maternity/nursing.
    I can’t for the life of me figure out WHY US bra manufacturers refuse to see that big cup doesn’t ALWAYS equal big back (which is what the band size is). Don’t they watch porn? Where do THOSE women buy bras?

  15. Arwen Jun 19 at 1:54 pm Reply Reply

    I HIGHLY recommend the website http://www.birthandbaby.com The woman who runs it personally tests all the nursing bras she sells herself, and has notes about them. She carries sizes up to 48L/M (did you know there was even such thing as a size M?) and actually encourages her customers to order bras in several different sizes ($1 shipping!) and send back the ones that don’t fit. In my early days with a fussy baby who made trips to any store an absolute nightmare, this website saved me. And my favorite bras – I bought just two nursing bras, and wore them until they died – cost less than $30 each. Qwyneth, and anyone else in a similar situation, should totally check it out.

  16. hydrogeek Jun 19 at 2:18 pm Reply Reply

    I’m a pretty standard 36D, but almost immediately went up a size when I got pregnant. I bought a few regular bras in that size, then went up another size in my last trimester. So I was a 38E then and bought a few nursing bras in that size, even though they were a tiny bit big when I bought them. I grew right into them. After the baby was born and I got engorged NOTHING fit, but I don’t think I could have stood for anything structured to touch me anyway. I lived in a few of the nursing ‘sleep bras’, which were kinda like soft sports bras that crossed in front so I could just pull them open to nurse. After the engorgement went down though, I was back in the 38E’s for the duration of nursing.
    Good luck with nursing, and listen to Amalah about doing your research. No matter your issues, being prepared is always best!

  17. Q Jun 19 at 5:17 pm Reply Reply

    Oh my god, wow! Thank you for all of the wonderful advice! And Amalah–you responded so fast! Thank you!
    Ok, so Bravada, no underwires (great tip–all of my bras are underwire, so I would have stuck with them), buy bras bigger than I need, Nordstroms, Bravissimo (camis with good bras? HUZZAH), don’t buy nursing bras until after engorgement, and lactation consultants. (And Coeur! My husband’s from Philly and we go up a lot for Phillies games, so that’s definitely within reason! Thank you!) God, seriously, thank you all. This is more help than I ever could have imagined when I wrote the email! I will start looking into things tonight, and go to Nordstroms soon to be fitted. :)
    I had the surgery when I was a month shy of 19, and I’ll have just turned 26 when I give birth (if all goes well). They’ve been hurting a lot since I got pregnant and I have some nipple sensation (though it varies). I’m choosing to take those as good signs and hoping I’ll be able to breastfeed. (The doctor did say I’d be able to and he was a good doctor…though I know that’s no guarantee. I just wish I’d known that *then*.) I’m definitely doing my research. I plan on pumping like a crazy woman, and possibly taking supplements, for the first month to try to establish my supply. I haven’t looked into lactation consultants yet, but I will, I promise. Thank you–Amalah, your posts on your struggles with breastfeeding have actually been what made me look into breastfeeding after surgery. It’s been scary, realizing that the information I was given may not have been correct, and you’ve really helped me to get over my fear and figure out what I need to do.
    (Liz, I would love to hear about your creative solutions to breastfeeding, but I can’t seem to access your site and email addresses aren’t displayed. I just get the index page and a bunch of forbidden messages. You can drop me an email at qcassidy [at] gmail [dot] com.)

  18. Imanitsud Jun 20 at 9:46 am Reply Reply

    I third the Bravado reccommendation! So glad to see two other people popped in with that. I never ever sleep in bras, and then I got pregnant and I was never ever comfortable up top/front, and after finding Bravado stuff I could sleep in them and oh yeah it was worth every penny. I owned three bras, three maternity panties (again, seriously worth it), and a ‘lounging’ outfit. It’s worth your time to check it out. I think it’s Canadian based. Good luck!

  19. Ros Jun 20 at 11:49 am Reply Reply

    I speak as another DD/E girl who is hopefully just a week away (please god) from having a second baby. I dont have anything else helpful to add other than you CAN wear underwires as long as they are well fitting. I can’t bear wearing softcup after all these years of wearing underwires. The girls need all the support they can get and especially with all the fluctuations right after birth that support was totally necessary to me. Don’t wear them for sleep of course but if they fit well you should be fine. Good Luck!

  20. Megan Jun 20 at 12:01 pm Reply Reply

    I don’t actually remember what I did with bras when I was pregnant, but I do recall the whole nursing issue–I had a lot of trouble finding supportive nursing bras (and I’m pretty small on top, even with the nursing)–if there’s any time that you would want supportive bras, isn’t it when you’re nursing? Anyway, I struggled few with a few ill-fitting, unflattering soft-cup bras for MONTHS until I finally went to a place that does bra fitting (first time ever), and they actually took the nice-looking, supportive bras I picked out and had fit and added hooks to make them into nursing bras. Who knew?

  21. Melissa Jun 20 at 9:26 pm Reply Reply

    I’m in Baltimore. I would try Lingerie Lingerie in Towson, if you’re willing to drive. They have a heap o’ nursing/maternity bras in a HUGE range of sizes and the ladies will help you find a good bra or two for the pregnancy and after.
    If you’re far south of Baltimore, I’ve heard good things about Dor Ne Corset shop in Silver Spring. When I lived in DC, Sy-lene (in Chevy Chase) was a big help to me.

  22. suziwon Jun 21 at 5:56 pm Reply Reply

    Check out http://www.bravissimo.com they have a large selection of bras that extend well above the DD limit that most US stores seem to have. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for years.
    As most of the cup sizes are very different than US cup sizes, you might want to break out the measuring tape and this chart http://www.plussizebras.info/size.html to help you along.
    Or you could just e-mail your questions to the very friendly and helpful people at Bravissimo.

  23. Jessica Jun 21 at 7:43 pm Reply Reply

    Bravada bras…. super comfy. I was a 34 C and now at six months preggo with my second I have grown out of a DD and these bad boys show no signs of stopping. This didn’t happen with my first so I’m a little confused… If you’re near Baltimore and don’t mind a little drive to Alexandria go to The Full Cup for nice bras, and a proper fitting. After the baby is born and you’re through nursing. They’re a little pricey.

  24. attilathehen Jun 21 at 11:37 pm Reply Reply

    Having just had my first child three months ago, and having had reduction surgery myself, I may have a few helpful insights. Unlike Amy, my cup size went up only once, at about 12 weeks and my band size didn’t change at all, although I am a “plus” sized woman who only gained 15 lbs through my whole pregnancy. I decided against buying nursing bras (the flap kind) until I knew for sure whether I could breast feed, and just bought a few regular ones in the larger cup size for during the pregnancy. If cost is an issue and you are crafty, you can get swimsuit strap clips for about $2 and make the nursing kind of bra yourself (cut the band just above the top of the cup, sew in the clip, you get the idea – google for step by step instructions). As it turned out, due to the surgery and a lovely bout of hypertension, my milk never came in so nursing bras weren’t an issue and my breasts have gone back down one cup size since I stopped pumping a few weeks ago (oh breast pump, how I hate thee). My biggest piece of advice only marginally related to your question is – do NOT beat yourself up if you can’t breastfeed due to the reduction. You will get a lot of pressure at the hospital, but I would say do your best, use what services they offer (lactation consultants are fantastic) and give your baby the best headstart s/he can get with whatever you can produce (I got up to a whopping 3 oz. per day – and pumped every 4 hours to get it). Also on the cost front, renting a hospital grade breast pump for a few months from a local drug store was a much better plan for me than buying one outright – or at least wait and see before you plunk down multiple hundreds of dollars for one. Also, my consultant had a patient while I was there that had been unable to breastfeed her first child due to reduction surgery, but had developed new pathways since then and was breastfeeding her second child without problem. So there’s always hope. And fenugreek, if you don’t mind smelling like an IHOP. Best of luck and sorry to be so long winded.

  25. Kate Jun 22 at 1:40 am Reply Reply

    Can’t advise on the bras, but my La Leche chapter’s library lives at my house, and there is a book published by LLL called “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery” by Diana West. Sounds like it could be very helpful!

  26. Jen Jun 23 at 3:32 pm Reply Reply

    I wear a very large size also, and am even bigger when pregnant even though I am otherwise a small person. For regular bra, I order Fantasie bras from http://www.figleaves.com. There is no need to buy special maternity bras when pregnant- get a good, supportive bra that fits correctly and use a bra extender if you need to as your ribcage expands. For nursing bras, good sources are http://www.ladygrace.com and Figleaves. I get Fancee Free nursing bras from Lady Grace- if you call them they can help you out over the phone with choosing a size and everything. But it is also good to get fitted by a professional if possible at a bra store.

  27. Kristen Jun 26 at 5:38 pm Reply Reply

    While I am not as well-endowed as you, I am a 34C/D, which requires some support during the trying times of pregnancy. One thing that I found was that I was unable to comfortably wear underwire bras while pregnant, especially once my ribs started expanding. Because I am usually an underwire fanatic, this discovery required me to purchase new bras.
    I swear by these, which come in a wide-range of sizes.
    http://www.mimimaternity.com/Product.asp?category_Name=Maternity+Bras&category_Id=3261&product_Id=91833261&MasterCategory_Id=17
    http://www.mimimaternity.com/Product.asp?category_Name=Maternity+Bras&category_Id=3261&product_Id=94213261&MasterCategory_Id=17
    I love them so much, that when they came in the mail I almost cried. I wear them everyday.
    With regards to nursing bras, Amalah is right that your boobs will change a lot, so it is not worth buying a whole bunch before the baby comes. Also, sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t work out, and it would have been unfortunate to spend $$$ on bras that you’ll never use. I highly recommend speaking to a lactation consultant regarding bra recs. Most will tell you not to use an underwire. However, all that being said, it is nice to have at least one before the baby comes so you have it in the hospital. The bravado ones below are very stretchy, so they will fit a wide range of sizes.
    Here are my picks:
    Bravado! These are amazing. The original nursing bra is supportive, but comfortable, and is stretchy enough to last through all the changes your body is going through. It comes in a few different styles, including one for well-endowed ladies.
    http://www.bravadodesigns.com/category.asp?ID=1
    I never had any luck with the medela bras, although i did like their sleep bra. It was very stretchy and held in those gel pads I wore 24/7.
    http://www.amazon.com/Medela-Sleep-Nursing-Bra-White/dp/B000JK0FOW
    my lactation consultant also really liked the la leche league bras, which are available here. They are pretty affordable too.
    http://www.llliclothes.com/Bras/Nursing-Bras.html
    Hope that helps!

  28. Wendy Jun 26 at 10:31 pm Reply Reply

    OK…so here are my picks on nursing bras for bigger sizes. I went from a 38F before pregnancy to a 40H while nursing…and never went back down (but that’s a whole other story….damn boobs).
    I got fitted by the lactation consultant at the hospital and got 2 Medela nursing bras right then. They were the best and most comfortable…pricey, but worth it!
    Another place I get my bras is from http://www.biggerbras.com They carry all bras from sports to nursing to strapless. And they aren’t that pricey!
    Good luck…hope you can find something ;)

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