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Can I hijack slightly? I'm pregnant and cannot for love nor money find a non-wired bra that doesn't just squish them together in a crop-top-mono-boob sort of way. I'm currently a 34GG so if they're squashed together they rub really painfully in the middle. To the extent that I'm bleeding
Does anyone know of any non-wired bras that keep boobs separate from each other? I'm really in a lot of pain and having to come up with all sorts of novel ways to stop them touching. Currently have a folded tissue between them a la my grandmother.
First, absolutely agree, do not go to mothercare. Many sources will recommend getting fitted a couple of weeks before due date. I, from personal experinece, disagree - your rib cage is likely to get smaller and there's no telling how big your boobs will get. At least don't go all nuts buying up the whole shop, as the bras might not fit you for too long.
So I would recommend - measure yourself, get a couple of soft stretchy bras to start with that would accommodate several sizes. (like Royce Blossom). After your size has settled down, if you still want a personal fitting, go to Bravissimo. Or just use the fitting guide here: http://thebetterbracampaign.blogspot.com/ , order online and try at home - just order from a place offering free delivery and returns.
But now the most important question - sure you even want to torture yourself with nursing bras? Even the best non-underwired nursing bras (and I've tried many) will not give you the same support and you are likely to end up with droopy monoboobs. Contrary to popular opinion, it is actually totally fine to wear underwires during breastfeeding - unfortunately there are very few underwired nursing bras available, especially in bigger cups. So my solution was to get my normal Freya, Fantasie, Curvy Kate etc bras cheap from ebay and convert them to nursing bras myself. You can find instructions and clips online.
That Carriwell bra looks perfect! Thank you so much.
Erm, why do I want non-wired? I don't know. Because I thought that's what you're supposed to do? I got measured at a great independent place in my last pregnancy and they told me not to wear wires. I was kitted out with a few Hot Milk bras that were fab but since then my boobs must have changed shape as I didn't have the squashing issue last time despite being a similar size! I suppose also mine seem to grow so fast and so much in pregnancy that I'm worried it I wear underwire it'll be too small quite fast and do some damage before I have a chance to get another size. I'm usually a 32F, am currently 14 weeks and already much bigger and assuming I'm going to get bigger still.
It is fine to wear underwires during pregnancy. Of course, as your size shanges, you don't want to invest in a drawer full of fancy bras - but there's no need to walk around with a painful monoboob. I used to seach ebay for bargains - if you're not that picky about a certain model or style, there are plenty to be found.
(I have that carriwell bra by the way, was 32FF pre-pregnancy. Unfortunately did not find it supportive enough to actually go out of the house in it, so just used it for sleeping)
I went from a 32g to a 34j and got all my bras from Bravissimo. Wired during pregnancy (just be vigilant about replacing them as you grow) and non wired Royce now I'm breastfeeding. I haven't yet found an underwired nursing bra but am hoping to try hotmilk, or get a lady on eBay to convert a normal bra for me (£9.50 - bargain!).