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Help me dress for my suddenly giant chest!

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MollyBloomYes Sat 02-Apr-16 18:49:18

I'm breastfeeding an enormous baby. Nearly four months in so guessing boobs have 'settled' to what they're going to be. They look huge and my nursing bra probably isn't helping! Everything I wear looks matronly and dumpy. I've always been fairly hourglass and still have a waist that goes in, it's just accompanied by a bit of a wobbly tummy out front!

Can only afford eBay but want to get some summery tops ready for warmer weather and have no idea what sort of style I should be looking for. I'm useless at this sort of thing! Don't need specific nursing tops I just wear a vest underneath and pull one up and one down

daftbesom Sat 02-Apr-16 20:33:39

If ebay have any Pepperberry, zoom in on those, they are very flattering to large norks without acres of material round your middle. (Although quite a few of their styles are lower-cut than I'm comfortable with. Still get some gems though. And anyway if you're wearing a vest underneath you will not mind.) Have a look on Pepperberry's own website for advice about the sizing, it's tailored to largeness of chest.

Generically speaking, v-necks and a bit of structure are your friends. Jersey styles are move forgiving than cotton/ linen with no stretch, especially if you're pulling up and down to bf.

HappyAsASandboy Sat 02-Apr-16 20:40:12

If you're confident about correctly fitting an underwired bra, try a Freya Pure nursing bra. It fits like a 'normal' underwired t shirt bra but has nursing clips.

It has changed my breastfeeding wardrobe this time around. With a traditional non-wired nursing bra I had a matronly shelf that made me give up trying to look good. This time around, I have normal boobs! The Pure seems almost identical to the Freya Deco and so it makes a clearly defined two-boob shape smile

I can't offer any advice on dressing a mono boob because I didn't crack it last time and I don't have the mono-boob this time!

MollyBloomYes Sat 02-Apr-16 21:55:56

Amazing advice from both thank you!

MrsLettuce Sat 02-Apr-16 22:03:02

Properly fitted underwired bras really are fine when breastfeeding and it makes all the difference in terms of fit and comfort too. Official nursing bras in the size I was when BF were way out of my budget so I converted normal ones.

Do you know your proper size?

MrsLettuce Sat 02-Apr-16 22:09:07

Sorry, that wasn't clear! Used conversion clips like these. Thus. A bit nerve wracking the first time but very easy to do.

LBOCS2 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:10:13

After I'd established breastfeeding I sort of gave up with nursing bras - I just wore a normal one (underwired) and popped my boob over the top after dropping the strap down my arm. Having decent structure to it all made a big difference in terms of how I felt and how my clothes hung.

KP86 Sat 02-Apr-16 22:11:54

Freya maternity bras are fabulous. Worth the £ as they have Flexi wires, rather than full on underwire which is not great for BF mums.

MrsLettuce Sat 02-Apr-16 22:15:46

yy, I did that later on too. Didn't work with all bras but there were still plenty that were fine.
I tried it with DC2 reasonably early on but after things had settled well, so mayble at about 4 months, but there was just too much leakage caused by scooping the breast out of the cup, IYSWIM (might just be me, I was pretty leaky). Was fine once we got onto solids a decent bit and things had truly settled.

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