Nursing bras

Alyssa - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Having been pregnant once and not having a good breast feeding experience, I'm starting early with all of my research so I can make a better attempt this second time around. One of the problems I had while pregnant with my first was finding a good fitting bra with a ton of support in my size! I never was able to find a proper nursing bra after he was born and figured I'd start early in my search with this one.

I've looked in all the obvious places to start (the stores I have here in my city) and I can't find a bra with a band size less than 36 (I'm a 32). I realize this could very easily change late in the pregnancy but after this one is born, I still would really like to have the information just in case I still need a small band size. I naturally have larger breasts and haven't been able to find a nursing bra to not only accommodate the small band size but also a large cup size (E or more).

Can anyone please help me out?! I've done the traditional Google searches but am still coming up dry.

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Angie - posted on 09/15/2010

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I had the same problem! I needed a 34 E. I found a specialty shop in St. Louis, MO: http://www.brashop.com/
The brand I loved was Anita. They have a website: www.anita.com. They have 32-46 and cups C-H.
Good luck!
~Angie

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I would recommend altering the band if you can find something that fits in the cups. I am now a 36(very large) but my mom found a nursing bra at Walmart in a 44DDD for $6. I ordered more from walmart.com for $12 in a 46DDD which fits even better. I do it by hand and it doesn't take long. I just loathe ordering bras online because you can't try them on, how on earth are you to know if they fit! Then, you have to pay the return shipping. Return shipping is to these lovely big bra companies in the UK costs an arm and a leg.

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Have you tried the birthing centers? The one in my area sells a lot of nursing supplies. I had a hard time too. I finally had to get a larger cup size... which was a waste once my daughter was feeding less. For the first 5 months I used a sports bra and now I just use a regular one.

Lisa - posted on 09/17/2010

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I ment Medela sorry, they are a ton less pricey than those other pretty bras- I mean if you want to look sexy while nursing and can afford bras at over 60bucks a pop then go for it=) But these I found on Amazon are underwire and I go tthem on sale for 24$ each! A steal.

Lisa - posted on 09/17/2010

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I wear a 34 H and I found mine on Amazon they are Modela nursing underwire bras- I have been wearing mine for over 20 months and they are still in great shape- They are not a pretty bra, but they keep them up where they belong=)

Donna - posted on 09/16/2010

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im a 34-36 d cup. I just wear thoes padded, underwire pushup bras. When I nurse I just pull my boob out of the top of the cup and when im done i put it back in and readjust.

Trynitie - posted on 09/16/2010

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I didn't really use nursing bras. What was most comfortable to me was soft sport bras. They gave support but covered wat needed covered. If you have problems with showing the nursing pads help with that too!

Hillary - posted on 09/16/2010

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I have the same suggestion as everyone else. Try looking on-line. There's more of a chance for success in finding specialty items. Good luck. I wish you the best with this second breast feeding experience!

Nicole - posted on 09/16/2010

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I bought mine from Victoria's Secret. a little pricy but well worth it!!! no leaking and it was very comfy!

Natalie - posted on 09/15/2010

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There are some specialty bra shops that make bras to order and/or will take a regular bra and change it into a nursing bra. Unfortunately, my mommy brain will not let me recall any examples.

Kathy - posted on 09/15/2010

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kara- my friend had the same problem and she found this bra. It's not a nursing bra but it has little clasps in the front (at the top of the cup just like a nursing bra would) so you can make the bra straps cross etc.. She uses these bras, unclips them to nurse and just folds the cup down, just make sure the strap does fall back over your shoulder ;) It looks like the smallest size they have is 34A, but maybe you can tighten it in the back somehow. Good luck! http://www.barelythere.com/style.asp?cid...

Annette - posted on 09/15/2010

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HOnesly...my FAVORITE thing when my son was really new was the nursing tank tops from Target!
They are like $15 and come in a few colors. You put them under ANY clothing and you have belly coverage and easy access! TOTTALY worth it! I bought one "fancy" nursing bra for $40 at a maternity shop and it's the least comfortable one LOL

Alyssa - posted on 09/15/2010

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Thank you so much Angie for the place in St. Louis! We JUST moved to the state and I was having a tough time finding a bra shop and there was one within decent driving distance! I guess I just wasn't looking hard enough!! Now I know there's somewhere I can go to try on some of these styles I've seen online!

Kara - posted on 09/15/2010

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I have the opposite problem. I am nursing my baby right now and I am a size 32A. I can't for the life of me find a nursing bra smaller then a B cup. Any ideas???

Kathy - posted on 09/15/2010

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I feel you! I was a 32B when I got pregnant with my son and was a 34EE after he was born. Medela has great bras. I used to love the Motherhood line as you can get odd sizes like a 32G online but they changed there cuts and with my last child I'd get clogged ducts and it was like I was always 'falling out' in the cleavage area no matter how large of a cup size I got. i was even fitted so I know I got the right size :( One thing that I have to recommend is Medela's sleep bra! I bought one right after my daughter was born, 22 months ago and wore it almost everyday for a year and probably 3-4 times a week the past 10 months. Buy according to band size not cup size! I was 34EE and bought the small, it has incredible stretch yet was not to tight to cause clogging. I am now back to a 32C and it still fits perfectly. LOVE IT! it is for sleeping though so dont expect firm support, it just keeps the pads in place and you dont 'fall out' when you lay down like you do with other bras :) I also agree with Ranjana to get underwire! it's the best and she is right that if the bra fits properly you shouldn't have a problem. http://www.amazon.com/Medela-Womens-Slee...

Ranjana - posted on 09/14/2010

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I am a 32E normally and ballooned to a 34H when I was nursing. The bra that I would wear 24-7 was a Medela underwire. I know most lactation consultants will say don't use underwire but as long as all your breast tissue is away from the wire (meaning you have the proper cup size), it will be fine. It's worth it to not have breasts that sag down to your belly button when you're done nursing. Here's a link. http://www.amazon.com/Nude-Underwire-Sea...

Katrina - posted on 09/12/2010

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http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/the-a...

This is what I wear and it's one of the best bras I"ve had in the last 9+ years of nusrsing. I comes in a 32E. It's pricey but well worth the money. I have had so many bras it's insane! This one I really like!

Oh...I'm a 36E and it gives me really good support.

Kimberly - posted on 09/12/2010

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Hey I know how you feel I had a hard time finding nursing bra's, I was out shoping for a bella band and came accross the Bravado Bra. It looks like a sports bra when its on and is soo comfy, and I love for when Im at home the Tanks with the built in support I love them for the support at night and when your milk is leveling off to baby's needs it held a nursing pad in place in case of some milk leakage in the early weeks .... Good luck

Alyssa - posted on 09/12/2010

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Thank you all SOO much for all the ideas!! I checked out all the websites and found a few that I'm really interested in ordering (AFTER I check on their return policies). And I had NO idea this was something I could check out at the hospital! I think I may have to ask when I'm there for next appointment! Thank you!!!!

Nikki - posted on 09/12/2010

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You can try looking at Nordstroms. They are on the expensive size; however, that was the only place I could find a good nursing bra in a 38G

Monica - posted on 09/11/2010

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I'm a 42G and the brand that i love is Bravado. Go to Bravadodesigns.com. I got mine from my hosptial. i tried about 4 different bras before this brand and i hated all of them, i finally found this brand thru my hospital when i had my first baby...then before my second baby was born i went and bought me 4 of them so i would be stocked up. Also, i LOVE LOVE LOVE my nursing tank tops. I live in tank tops so having a nursing tank top that has the snaps on the straps makes it so easy to nurse in and out of the house. I have only found them on JCPenny.com with all the maternity clothing in the nursing bra catergory. The largest size they have is a 2X. They have the built in bra but its not enough to support me by itself, i still wear a bra underneath it...but i like wearing it as a pajama top because it holds my breastpads in place without having to wear a bra to bed. Hopefully this was helpful. good luck with nursing, it's always easier with good bra support, its one less stress you have to worry about.

Amanda - posted on 09/11/2010

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Motherhood Maternity has an awesome selection of bigger sized bra and their nursing sports bra is awesome support wise I have F's and I love them. They also have a sizing chart to help find the perfect size

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What Breanna said is spot on. With my first, I was a 28H and I went first to the hospital and got fitted. That is a really important step. After that, I went three places to get bras: biggerbras.com, bellamaterna.com (their bands run very small, so when they go down to a 32 G, that's a very tiny band), and for later, lionslairdesigns.com (bras and bikinis!!!). I list Lion's Lair because they have amazing customer service, but biggerbras.com will have everything Lion's Lair would stock.

Don't bother with regular stores. I've never found a band size less than 34 with a cup size of more than D, and definitely not a store like Target. Even specialty bra shops do not sell sizes like what we need, unfortunately. Even at the hospital nursing bra shops, it's rare for them to stock the most extreme sizes.

Hope this helps!

Catherine - posted on 09/10/2010

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Although I don't have any experience with finding odd bra sizes, I found the best nursing bras at Target of all places. They were a good price and I find them very comfortable. I tried some from a maternity store, but I found them to get uncomfortable after about 4 hours. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 09/10/2010

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I'm in Australia, and love HotMilk, they are nice bras and able to find my cupsize which is 32FF they are the only brand i can find. Hope this helps.

TAMMY - posted on 09/09/2010

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try bravissimo.com I think thats it, I'm a 34 H or I so I feel u. during pregnancy I gained 2 sizes and after birth I gained 2 more. There was another site but I cannot remember the name of it... Good luck, I still haven't been able to find anything yet with support enough for me but remember that an E is the same as a DD. Good luck! BTW what I have done in the meantime is to buy a regular supportive bra in a size bigger in the back "36" and that way the letter goes down one G or H and I have just been pulling it off of my shoulder and under my boob to BF. For now it works...

Breanna - posted on 09/09/2010

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Oh, also you can try biggerbras.com and figleaves.com. They are the only places I can find bras in my usual 34-E size, or my pregnant 34 to 36- F to I sizes. I think they all have nursing bras as well.

Breanna - posted on 09/09/2010

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Try looking on herroom.com. They have reviews of all the bras on there. I was a 36-I or something ridiculous like that when I started nursing my daughter, and I personally loved any bra by Freya or Le Mystere when I was that size. I am working on my second baby, and I really want to try out a Hot Milk bra this time around. They are actually pretty! Also, I found some hospitals had good inventories of nursing bras in all sorts of sizes, that you could try on and buy (if you don't like having to return bras online). But, it is pretty hard to find bras in large sizes in any stores, online is the easiest way to go. Also, I got sick of having no support after a month or two of wire free nursing bras, so I just caved and got ones with wire. I had one or two clogs that may have been the underwire's fault... but it was worth it to have some support!

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