Nursing Bra Rant/Solution

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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After 4 months of nursing and many more than that searching for a good nursing bra I finally converted one of my regular bras to a nursing bra. I am a 36G and could not for the life of me find a nursing bra that offered support while making my cleavage look good. I was not small before I got pregnant (34DD) and when I got pregnant I went up to a 36E, when my milk came in I was a 36G. I searched high and low for a nursing bra that looked good and made me feel pretty; I need an underwire one and they are few and far between and are quite cost prohibitive. I know that it is something I will wear for at least a year but I DO NOT have $100+ lying around to purchase a single bra with, much less the $300+ it would cost to have a black one, a nude one & a white one to go under my various outfits. I attended a friend's wedding when I was 2 months post birth and so I had to find a good bra to wear. I went with a non-nursing bra and picked up 4 great fitting and flattering bras at Fredrick's of Hollywood for less than $60. When I was pregnant I had purchased a nursing bra based on how all the books said to measure yourself and it never fit me. So I had it lying around. After months of frustration I decided to modify one of my non-nursing bras using the clips off of my nursing bra. It was so easy I am going to look for the clips at a sewing store to modify my other bras, if I can't find them I may just buy cheap nursing bras for their parts. I definitely recommend to those of you who have the same issues to not be afraid to pick up a needle and give it a try. The original (no-used) nursing bra cost me $16 and the Fredrick's bra cost me $25, so in total my revised bra only cost $41 so it is like getting 2 for the price of one and the fit is so flattering! Good luck and thanks for letting me rant. :-)

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Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2009

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That one does look great except that, as usual, the cost is outside of my budget.  ($80+ shipping is more than I can afford to spend on a single bra.)  :-)  Gosh darn recession!  Let me know how it works out so maybe I can put it on my wish list.

Melody - posted on 01/19/2009

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Oh- sorry, they are the Gillian O'Malley tanks... I looked at mine and you're right!

Amanda - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi Jennifer,

They do have one underwire bra on the website and in fact it comes highly recommended from the store owner. I emailed them before I ordered anything and asked what they recommended. Underwire is a must for me as well. I ordered it last week and am eagerly anticipating it's arrival. Here's a link to it. http://www.milkface.com/detail.aspx?ID=4...
I'll let you know how it is when I get it.

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2009

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Amanda- thanks for the website.  The styles look great but they don't have any under-wire styles and for me that is a must, otherwise I look (feel) dumpy and as we know, how you perceive yourself is half the battle.



 



Melody- Couldn't find the Merona tanks but will have to check out the Gillian O'Mally ones.



 



Melissa- Just plain annoying, right!  As if you don't have enough to deal with!!!  It is so much easier to modify a bra that fits you perfectly than to find a nursing one that works.  Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks for the info on bra modification and Thanks for posting that website, I've been nursing 2 months now, the bras I tried on near the end of my pregnancy fit comfortable then and now but for some reason ride up and then my pads come loose and I'm in trouble.  Grrr

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2009

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I have been struggling with finding a nursing bra that fits and is comfy too, I wear a 34 E or F. I have recently been recommended this website. They sell all sorts of nursing wear and have bras designed for larger busts. I haven't tried anything yet but i have ordered a bra to try, they have a good return policy so at least i won't be stuck with another bad bra if it's not good.

http://www.milkface.com/

Melody - posted on 01/09/2009

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I was a 38C and shot up to a 42D or DD during pregnancy. I bought several of the Target Merona nursing tanks for my last few months of pregnancy and even now that my son is 5 months old they are all I ever wear. I bought 4 nursing bras and don't like any of them. One great thing about the tank is it's comfy to sleep in- no hooks poking me in the back. It's also a little more modest for nursing in public since it covers my belly. I tried the GlamourMom nursing tank and don't like it nearly as well even though it's more expensive.

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That's great!  I'm a La Leche League Leader and I'll share your information with some of the other moms who have a hard time finding comfortable nursing bras--you rock!

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