Do I need to go up a cup size for a nursing bra?

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I'm not sure how I go about buying one. I know your breasts will increase in size so I'm not exactly sure how many sizes I need to go up. Help Please!

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Karen - posted on 01/02/2010

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I think it's best to go to a shop where they can fit you for a nursing bra towards the end of the pregnancy. Also don't buy too many, i'd say just 2, 1 to wash and 1 to wear because after a couple of months your size will change again when your supply gets established and a good bra isn't cheap!

Nicole - posted on 01/02/2010

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with regards to the width - i have always bought my bra's to fit on the first/tightest clips (the bra fasteners)

so my baby weight didnt cause me to change the width of my bra. but my cup size went up by one and for a short while could hav gone up by two but like someone lese said previously - i just wore my sleep bra or sports bra during that time. i have four feeding bra's (Playtex) and they are more than enough.

try get a bra that is easy to unclip and clip back in with one hand. even if ou done get it perfect the first time around, asong as ther are no 'buttons' on the feeding bra - you'll be able to use it with one hand once you're used to it

also the ones with a 'button' clip tend to come undone everytime some thing (your bag/baby) presses on your shoulder basically

Nikki - posted on 01/01/2010

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its recommended to get measured at the 7th or 8th month mark for a new bra. that will usually be your nursing size. i did that and it helped alot.

most bra shops will measure you for it and make it fit perfectly.

Melissa - posted on 01/01/2010

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I thought I gained all the boob I was going to during pregnancy.. I was wrong!! I went from a 34C to a 36E once my milk came in. What I did is waited until I was in my 3rd trimester, closer to 37 weeks.. Then I bought just sleeping bras. My LC told me no underwire for the first month, plus it hurts. Once I was ready to buy a "real" bra I went to Motherhood and got fitted. I would not buy a lot of bras before your milk comes in.

Sophie - posted on 01/01/2010

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Unfirtunately you wont know until it happens! Its different for everyone. I am a bra fitter and general advice is as follows- get fitted 2-3 weeks before you are due and buy a bra with at least a cups worth of room for when your milk comes in, fit the bra on the LOOSEST hook and be prepared to wear it on a tighter hook once your bump is gone and your ribcage is no longer extended. personal experience I was a 30 f upon getting pregnant by the end i was a 32 h (but wearing a 34 that rode up my back as I couldnt stand ANY tightness at all) then when my milk came in i went up more than 2 cup sizes (the 32 J i had was too small) Now my LO is 9 weeks my milk supply is established and I am back to a 32 H. Get a bra that is a cup size too big but check the refund policy and be prepared that it may not be the right size!

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2009

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I breast fed my son, and I only needed to go up one cup size in my bras. I wouldn't go too much bigger because if u decide to stop, they're not gone fit, so just go up a cup size. Good Luck! Enjoy

Bec - posted on 12/30/2009

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I was a B then C while pregnant now a D while nursing my first baby. I brought a pack of nursing singlets from Glamour Moms on the net to start with and went and brought bra's after I had my baby and had been nursing for a week. The singlets just go off your normal top size (s,m,l - 10,12,14 etc.). I still wear the singlets quiet often. Good luck!

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I bought a cup size bigger in a stretchy nursing bra just to start out. I ended up going up 3 cup sizes when my milk came in 4 days after he was born and had to buy bigger ones but after they first month or two they will go back to ur regular size or a cup size bigger (not 3 lol)

Kristina - posted on 12/30/2009

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The Bravado Body Silk Nursing Bra is the best bra ever! I started out a 34 D (pre-pregnancy) and ended up being a 34 F! And I was able to wear this same bra. It is so comfortable I sleep in it all the time too. You can find it at many places, I got mine at lactationconnection.com. Shop around, you might find it cheaper :)

Liz - posted on 12/30/2009

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I went up two cup sizes and two band sizes from my pre-pregnancy size (which fit me all through my pregnancy). I would suggest buying only a couple nursing bras at most before your supply has regulated (about 1 month after delivery). Make sure that they do not have an underwire because if they are not a perfect fit the wire can mess with your ducts. Also, I would get really stretch material, not a preformed cup, because that will allow for more growth and comfort when engorged. What I have found that I love more than my bras is nursing tanks. I wear those to sleep and almost every day instead of a bra.

Ashley - posted on 12/30/2009

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i bought the same band size as i didnt gain alot of extra weight.. i went up two cup sizes from my normal size. it all depends on how you are changing. go by what you think will be best. leave the tags on tho if you are wrong so you can exchange!

Rebecca Anne - posted on 12/30/2009

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When I bought my maternity Bra, I just bought it in the same size as my normal bras, cause they are slightly adjusted to expand with your breast size, well mine did anyway. The swelling is suppose to only last for two to three weeks, when the milk flow get into a normal routine.Wearing the breastpads help because at first they are very sensitive to touch. Hope you the best with breastfeeding it is hard but very rewarding when you final settle into a routine. And they look at you with all there love.

Erin - posted on 12/30/2009

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First off, wait until you're in your 3rd trimester before buying a nursing bra. This will lessen the chance of buying the wrong size. Then when you go shopping, buy 2 regular bras and one sleep bra at most. You may not fit into your nursing bra while engorged. I didn't. In fact, I found through that time that the sleep bra was most comfortable. It has little support, but stretches better while still holding nursing pads in place. As far as sizes, try going up one size in band width and try on the bras to see if you fit better going up 1 or 2 cup sizes. Hope this helps. If you have more questions, you can message me.

Minnie - posted on 12/30/2009

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It entirely depends on the woman. I am a C while pregnant, and when my milk comes in I go up to an E.

What I did with my first was buy a couple of fairly cheap ones two cup sizes larger, and then went from there. I can't even tell you how many bras I've bought over the course of being pregnant, nursing a baby, not being pregnant, nursing another baby, and now nursing a toddler...lol.

Becky - posted on 12/30/2009

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I didn't need anything bigger except the width. After a couple of months I was back to where I started. I do have friends that got a lot bigger, though.

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