Nursing bra problem... need help ASAP!

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Before I was pregnant, I wore a 36C. During pregnancy, I jumped to a 38D. I figured that when my milk came in, I would be wearing a 38E. So, that's what I ordered. HOWEVER. My milk came in yesterday and my bra is WAY too tight now. It hurts my poor boobs, and I've already had to massage out a couple clogged milk ducts. So, naturally, I figure I need to order a bra in 38F. Unfortunately, everywhere I've looked only stocks nursing bras with cup sizes up to 38E, no higher.



Now, I know for a FACT that there are women out there with much larger boobs than me, and those women must get nursing bras SOMEWHERE. So, where???



Is there a site somewhere that I can order large nursing bras from? I wish I could just go to Walmart, but our Walmart only sells them in size 34B and 36D. No nursing mother in the world wears a 34B, and 36D is obviously too small for me.



I've already checked JCPenney and Motherhood. Where do I go from here??? My boobies hurt!

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Amber - posted on 04/24/2012

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Try HottMilk nursing bras. They are very supportave, and very cute! They are soft inside the cups, and Do Not streatch out right away. I have a very small band size and large cups, so my size is hard to find. Make sure you check how to measure, and measure correctly for each brand of bra...they are different! correct band size is most important! I wear a 30 F or 30FF in Hott Milk. I hope this helps!

Chantelle - posted on 07/29/2009

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I'm in the UK so unfortunately can't really help on store recommendations sorry! But as an F-cup nursing mum who has also struggled to find good, well fitting nursing bras in my size, I have a suggestion:

If you can't return the nursing bras you have already bought, and can get a decent normal bra in the style that you like, you could use the nursing clips from the too small bra, to make the normal bra into a nursing bra. I'd avoid underwire as it can cause mastitis especially in the first couple of weeks while your milk supply is regulating. This is pretty simple to do by hand, there are instructions at:

http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/bra...

If you've never seen this site before, there are quite a few different sewing projects on here, all baby related.

In the meantime, if you can get away with not wearing a bra at home until you have a proper fitting bra, I'd go braless (and did!).

Hope this helps :)

Chantelle

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Morgan - posted on 01/27/2013

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Your comment about no mom wears a 34B was very rude and insensitive. I was very small to begin with at only a 32A and throughout my first pregnancy and breastfeeding I only ever got to a 34B and now during my second I haven't even reached that. You may struggle to find ones that fit you, but I cannot even find ones that are small enough for me. Please respect that there are plenty of women out there that have almost nothing, even when breastfeeding.

Lindsay - posted on 08/04/2009

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I wore a F/G cup when I was nursing, and I used Medela nursing bras - very comfortable. They had them at Babies R Us, but I had to order mine from their website. Not sure what it is, but just do a search for them.

Martha - posted on 08/03/2009

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So, I checked out your profile and I see that your baby is only a week old. I used the Medela soft cup bra early on because it is stretchy and accommodates your fluctuating milk supply until it starts to regulate. Unfortunatley, they aren't terribly flattering. The bra that I love is made by Anita. www.barenecessities.com carries them in the range of sizes anyone with common sense would stock nursing bras ;). I haven't had any problem with the underwire, and I love the shape these bras provide. They keep the girls up and in front where they belong. I did have to order up a band size. I thought it was just me, but when I compared the band length to other bras, it actually is short for its size. My other nursing bras are 34E, but my Anita size is 36E. You might want to wait a couple weeks before ordering, though, to give your size a chance to stabilize before spending lots of money on bras. In the short term use something soft and stretchy (like the Medela) that you can continue to use for sleeping.

Congratulations on your new arrival, and best wishes for a long and happy nursing relationship!

Tiffany - posted on 08/03/2009

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I have always had a problem finding good supportive nursing bras. My daughter is 3 now and my son is a month old. I just found a website that actually carries plus size bras and it has a really easy "search your size and style" option. Try Ladygrace.com hope this works for you.

Kristiana - posted on 08/03/2009

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Oh - and no underwires involved in the Jeunique bra line. Underwires are generally bad for your breasts and are considered to be *especially* bad for nursing moms, who are much more vulnerable to clogged ducts due to underwire constriction.

Kristiana - posted on 08/03/2009

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http://brasforu.com/
http://brasforu.com/Fitting%20Bras.htm

As a decidedly full-figured woman, I've been wearing bras that were fit to my changing body for the past fifteen years, and I'd never ever ever go back. At the moment, I'm between a 38 and a 40 KK, either of which is a size I can virtually guarantee you'll never find in a store. But my boobs are where they belong - in front of me, rather than spilling under my arms or out the front of my top.

You will need to get fitted by a local rep (who often will come to your house) and who will figure out your *real* band and cup size. I suspect that you are NOT a 38D, E, or F, even now. Many times the rep will be able to fit you into something right away for you to wear immediately - if not, it will take a week or so to get the new bra in.

These are more expensive than Walmart, but they're going to suit you MUCH better than anything off the rack ever would. Best of all, you won't end up with grooves in your shoulders from trying to support the weight of nursing boobs. All of the bras have built-in hooks to allow for nursing, so you can continue to wear this style going forward.

Hope this helps - good luck!

Leah - posted on 08/02/2009

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zodee.com.au Look for the Hotmilk range. Its in Australia, but is comparatively cheaper. Or just google the brand Hotmilk. Awesome brand. Look great and fit so well

Hannah - posted on 08/01/2009

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FYI.... I am strictly breastfeeding.... and wear a small 34B, just had to point that out. When my milk came in, I was a 34D, but that only lasted a week. Now I am back to the size I was before I got preggers. Hope you find the size you need!

Libby - posted on 08/01/2009

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Hi before I was preggo I was a 36 C. During pregnancy I wore a 38 D. My 38 E was also quite tight after lil one was born. I wore mostly the sleep bras (Motherhood.com size large) at first and I believe I also got my 38 F bras from motherhood. Now my baby is almost 9 mos and I am wearing a 32 E if you can believe that. I have spent so much money on bras over the past year. I always buy from motherhood. Different bras from them run smaller or larger. I like the ones with the underwire and lace the best. Bonus: they are affordable!

Kristina - posted on 08/01/2009

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I wear a very odd size and usually have bit of trouble find bras no matter what.. let alone nursing. We have a specialty shop here in town where we were lucky to find ONE bra out of 20 that would fit me, and it only fit me after I took up the band by about an inch. It was the only one she had so for a while we were having to do "emergency laundry" when I would leak or when Ricky would spit up on me. A friend told me about Bravado bras... you can use Google to find several places that offer them on the internet(they have a shopping option that is good for comparing prices). The site I chose might not have had the cheapest prices, but I had questions (being such an odd size) and I managed to talk to a real person, she even put me on hold and asked the experts in the office and came back to me with suggestions specifically for me. I love their bras. I got two "supportive" types for daytime and a easy-peasy one hand one snap loose bra for sleeping in. This is where I got mine... http://www.nurturedfamily.com/

Hope that helps!

Melissa - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have that problem as well. I had to go up a size and a cup. Try a 40D .. I wear a 42D but the wwas too small so I went up to a 44DD, becase the next cup size in the was still to tight. Try that.

here's a Website for breastfeeding bras.

http://nestmom.com/nursing_3/Original-Nu...


I hope that it works. Please let me know.

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2009

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google nursing bras. also try hospitals. sometimes they have specialty shops right there. Consult a local lactation consultant they may know where to go also. Good luck.

Joanne - posted on 08/01/2009

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Hi Jessica,
Do you guys have Kmart? I know in Aus they stock heaps of bigger sizes maternity or not and for a decent price. I managed to get all mine for like au$10 each on sale.
Otherwise maybe try ebay.

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2009

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I was fitted for a nursing bra at the hospital and I know there is another breastfeeding center in my area that sells bras and will fit you and you can try on bras. I didn't have much of a selection in my size but I was able to find something that worked. I wonder if your local LLL could provide resources? I also bought nursing camisole tank tops at Target. They go up to XXL. They aren't in the maternity section but you will find them in lingerie or online (even better color selection and free shipping over a certain $ amount). Good luck!

Iona - posted on 07/31/2009

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I too jumped up that much in size! I got mine at motherwear.com (the one I got is called extra support I think!). They also have a wide range of nursing tops that are great!

Shana - posted on 07/31/2009

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Bravado bras are great! I have 4 of 'em! I tried motherhood, but didn't feel the bra did enough to support me. I love the Bravado Body Silk Seamless bra. You can order on Amazon or at Bravadodesigns.com. They are little pricier, but worth it, I think. Great support, nice selection, and some "pretty" bras too. You can also keep a look out for deals.

Lynn - posted on 07/31/2009

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I had exactly the same problem. Breastfeeding was excrutiatingly painful for me. I was on the verge of tears each feed but I persevered. I would actually go braless and believe it or not 4 months later my boobs are not dragging around my ankles ;0) and they have now shrunk to a 36D. I would wear loose vest tops with milk guards stuck inside. Very easy to slip your boob out at feed time and no more painful boobs

Sarah - posted on 07/31/2009

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I wear a lot of sports bras, i find them a lot more comfortable and easier than fiddling with the straps and clips

Cara - posted on 07/31/2009

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sports bras and nursing tanks were my savior.... also any bra without an underwire... you can get away with just using a bra exteneder. My boobs are still as big as when I was nursing and scarlett is weaned for a few weeks now. Im a 36F. or 36DDD. Nordstrom carries awesome nursing bras in that size, they are pricey though. Dont go braless!! Youll get strechmarks, and sagging.... youll already have enough of that.

Quinn - posted on 07/30/2009

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I got mime at Nordstroms. Pricy, but worth it. I went from a 34 DD to a 40 G. I had my baby a bit over two months ago and I am breastfeeding. I am now at 38 F. BNordstroms has helped in person, and then I can order more of the size I need on line on Amazon.com.

Sarah - posted on 07/30/2009

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i just wore sportsbras! 3 for $10 at walmart... good because they stretch when you're full of milk and still fit when your breasts are empty.

Chantal - posted on 07/29/2009

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go to motherhoodmaternity.com they have sizes up to H...thats what i had to order and they are not very pretty but they fit and they are only $16 plus shipping

Stephanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I'm wearing a 40 F and bought mine at the motherhood store. Maybe they don't sell them online but they do have it in the store. Plus it only cost 12 bucks!

Debbie - posted on 07/29/2009

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www.breakoutbras.com has a great selection of "larger" sized nursing bras. I have purchased several from them and I have been very pleased. They offer free shipping to US and Canada.

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