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What size bra for breastfeeding?

(10 Posts)
jaqphil Tue 12-Apr-05 13:13:16

Being 38 weeks I am trying to buy a bra for breastfeeding. Should I buy the size I am right now or do your ribs move in quickly after the birth? And what cup size?

mummytosteven Tue 12-Apr-05 13:14:12

go somewhere good like mothercare and M & S to get measured up and they will tell you what size you will need.

coldtea Tue 12-Apr-05 13:16:54

As an ex m&s bra advisor(10 years ago)we would advise you to go up a cup size & keep the back size. I would go & get measured now though as the bra you are wearing may not be the correct size.

bonym Tue 12-Apr-05 13:35:41

I was measured at a specialist maternity shop at 38 weeks and they fitted me in a 34G, when I was at the time wearing a 38DD/E. After my milk came in I measured myself and concluded that I was actually a 36E and bought a Mothercare bra in this size which fits fine. Tbh the 34G also fits fine so I would suggest buying just oneor two bras beforehand and then get more after the birth when you can get accurate measurements. A good tip is to buy one ordinary breastfeeding bra and one sleepbra - the sleepbra will be more flexible size-wise and as you are unlikely to be going out in the first few days you can wear it during the day as well.

JoHo Wed 13-Apr-05 20:18:14

The best bras ever whilst breastfeeding are the sports bras from ASDA they are only 5 quid and are so comfortable,they are all cotton, not underwired but still hold your boobs up ! I think that they go up to a 42E and they do black and white.

eidsvold Thu 14-Apr-05 07:05:05

John Lewis were brilliant - they measured me at about 38 weeks or so and said if they did not fit after milk coming in to just bring them back. I then bought a couple of bras from them and used that sizing to buy some at mothercare etc when the babe had been born.

jaqphil Thu 14-Apr-05 15:00:54

Great. Thanks. I now have a couple of mothercare breastfeeding and sleep bras so I am sorted for the short term! As they are so plain I was thinking of splashing some cash on a nice fancy one. I suppose it will be a bit further down the line before I start thinking beyond the essentials of just getting the feeding to be successful at all!

chipmonkey Thu 14-Apr-05 15:18:57

I have to say that I find nursing bras a pain in the t**s! I can never fasten/unfasten them with one hand. I have always found ordinary sports bras better, just pull the cup down and pull it back up afterwards.

PiccadillyCircus Thu 14-Apr-05 15:25:25

Definitely get yourself measured. I thought I was wearing the right size bra but was SO wrong. I think it contributed to the horribel painful experience that was breastfeedimg (until I got the rigth size bra and all became better )

lunarx Thu 14-Apr-05 15:38:44

i got measured for nursing bras at 38+ weeks. i went up 2 cup sizes when my milk was in full bloom, so my first 2 nursing bras did me no good.. definitely get measured some place reputable. i went to Contessa as the local M&S measured me too small. good luck though. (once you have your proper size, has good nursing bras reasonable)

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