to ask you if there exists an underwired nursing bra for my udders?

(41 Posts)
mindthegap01 Mon 24-Mar-14 18:51:42

I'm a 32H and breastfeeding my 3 week old. I used to love my boobs, but a substantial underwired bra was essential. Now that I'm breastfeeding I'm wearing what can only be described as a boob hammock. It's hideous. Can anyone recommend a larger nursing bra which actually offers support or better still is underwired? Please help!

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:55:01

think it's not recommended something to do with the breast tissue or some such. sorry.

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 24-Mar-14 18:56:34
Snatchoo Mon 24-Mar-14 18:57:19

There is one (google it I can't remember the name!) but it's shit and when I got one I bought the H and it was too small.

Either modify a stretchy normal bra or just resign yourself to mono-boob for the time to come grin

Step it's only really a problem if the bra doesn't fit.

firstbaby01 Mon 24-Mar-14 18:59:04

Yes they do exist smile fig leaves do them. If you Google underwired nursing bras there's a few sites that do quite pretty ones. I had a hissy when I was newly PG and saw how hideous most maternity/nursing bras were and refuses to buy one! Get measured properly in a shop then order online smile

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 24-Mar-14 18:59:15

oh... long time since I breastfed blush

mymiraclebubba Mon 24-Mar-14 18:59:21

Anita bras I think are underwired and possibly debenhams ones

quietlysuggests Mon 24-Mar-14 18:59:39

I have the Anita x 4 and they are amazing!
I believed that you couldn't have underwire and spent a year with crappy mothercare and M&S ones feeling all droopy and horrible.
Then I discovered Anita and 3 babies pater I am still pert and proud.
Expensive but fantastic value as they make you look and feel great and last really well.
(I am a 34G)

PenguinsEatSpinach Mon 24-Mar-14 19:00:47

You can get Anita underwired nursing bras, but I'm not sure if they go up to your size.

You can get kits to modify normal bras too.

It is fine to wear underwiring during breastfeeding, though you might want to let them settle down from the initial engorgement first. They just need to fit properly and not press on breast tissue, same as underwiring in pregnancy, and in fact any time.

notoneforselfies Mon 24-Mar-14 19:04:17

Def Anita from nursing bra shop. Am 32 I...

Macocious Mon 24-Mar-14 19:11:12

I've got the Anita one but I think you need to size up as they skip some of the double letters. It's very full coverage though and can be seen above tops that aren't particularly low cut.

mindthegap01 Mon 24-Mar-14 19:12:21

Thank you all! I can't tell you how relieved I am and will look into all of these. I had no idea you could get kits to modify normal bras! Very very happy that I may not have to put up with the monoboob after all grin

Ohhelpohnoitsa Mon 24-Mar-14 19:12:59

yea yes yes get an ANITA. marvellous invention.

puggle01 Mon 24-Mar-14 19:17:35

I've tried the anita (I'm 34H in bravissimo) and even the 34I on amazon was a bit wee. After nearly killing our postie with online bra delivery I've bought 2 more normal bras and am going to convert them to nursing. I could have written your post btw...

drnoitall Mon 24-Mar-14 19:24:39

I never bothered with nursing bras because the support was non existence, my boobs where squashed into a big mono-booby shape and where very frumpy.
I had regular bras and pulled the shoulder strap down, worked brilliantly. I'm a 34 g and support, and a decent shape are a must.

Longdistance Mon 24-Mar-14 19:34:39

I think I had one from Debenhams that was underwired. It was my posh going out bra, as they hoiked them up wink

Dollydowser Mon 24-Mar-14 19:37:10

I couldn't find any to fit me when I was BF. I bought the converter clips and transformed a Panache super bra, worked a treat.

Livvylongpants Mon 24-Mar-14 19:38:20

Vertbaudet sell them

Geneticsbunny Mon 24-Mar-14 19:42:41

As a repeat sufferer of mastitis go see our gp at the first hint of a temperature or red patch or painful boob. Hope you don't get it but underwired bras can make it more likely. And congrats on your new baby.

FancySpaceGloves Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:07

I was 34H when bf. I wore a horrendous soft cup thing for DC1. Never again. I wore normal underwired bras for later DC. Like drnoitall, I just pulled down the straps and hoiked out a nork. Never had any problems.

If your bra fits well, such that the underwire never digs into your breast tissue, even just before a feed, then it is fine.

Imo, it is all a big marketing conspiracy to convince women they need speshul expensive nursing stuff, like bf pjs ffs.

FancySpaceGloves Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:08

I was 34H when bf. I wore a horrendous soft cup thing for DC1. Never again. I wore normal underwired bras for later DC. Like drnoitall, I just pulled down the straps and hoiked out a nork. Never had any problems.

If your bra fits well, such that the underwire never digs into your breast tissue, even just before a feed, then it is fine.

Imo, it is all a big marketing conspiracy to convince women they need speshul expensive nursing stuff, like bf pjs ffs.

BigTroubleinSmallBoots Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:15

The online NCT shop sold underwired nursing bras - hopefully they still do. I wore mine for over a year and it coped admirably with my maahoooosive boobs. Much better than the mothercare ones which actually made me cry.

FancySpaceGloves Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:27

Sorry about double post. blush

BigTroubleinSmallBoots Mon 24-Mar-14 19:44:55

(Because they were so ugly. Not because they were painful!)

It is ok to wear underwires, so long as you ensure that the fit is perfect i.e. that the wire is absolutely not resting on breast tissue

I'm pretty sure that Anita don't do double letter (FF, GG etc) so you need to count up through their sizes to get your equivalent. I think a normal H would be an Anita K but I would not swear to it.

Ewa Michalak, a polish brand who I have used several times, make underwired feeding bras in your size - linky. The other option is buying the clips and converting.

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