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Jul 29, 2020
I’m already well endowed and now I’m pregnant. How am I going to find a nursing bra for a fuller bust like me?
We all know that during the early stages of pregnancy and immediately post birth, our breasts fluctuate (ahem, increase) in size.
On average, women will experience growth of about 3 cup sizes, and sometimes even more when your milk comes in. I increased 5 cup sizes and (oh my) was not prepared.
This increase can be especially difficult if you are already fuller busted. Not only will you be fuller but heavier too. Did you know that a breastfeeding breast is heavier than one that isn’t breastfeeding, even at the same size?! That’s why it’s so important to find the right fit and help ensure optimal breast health.
The best nursing bras are those that are great fitting and supportive. They will not only make you feel beautiful and comfortable but will be your best (or should I say breast) friend for your breastfeeding journey.
Around 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra in general, so combine this with being fuller busted AND the extreme size fluctuations during and after pregnancy, and you’ve got yourself a problem. Your bra might fit you perfectly at 10am, then by 11:30am you’ll be spilling out.
Hot tip: Buy a multi-size fitting bra for the first 6 weeks to accommodate size fluctuations, such as SugarCandy.
Wearing a bra that is too small or lacking support can be an uncomfortable experience and can cause you lots of problems, from quad boob to clogged ducts.
If you experience any of these scenarios, you may be wearing the incorrect size.
No matter what size you are, the same rules apply when fitting a nursing bra.
It’s important to invest in a good maternity or nursing bra early on. For some women it may only be a matter of weeks until their pre-baby bras no longer fit.
Hot tip: The size of your breasts at 8 months pregnant is approximately the same as 6 weeks postpartum, once your milk flow has regulated. This is the perfect time to purchase a nursing bra, as it will most likely fit you for the duration of your breastfeeding journey.
If you’re going to breastfeed, you will need a nursing bra before you have your baby. For the first 6 weeks after you’ve had a bub, your breasts will have a mind of their own, so a supportive and stretchy seamless bra is perfect at this stage.
Your breasts will be at their largest in the first 6 weeks of nursing. After this your supply will regulate. Instead of buying a cupped size bra for these 6 weeks, go for a stretchy seamless bra that will support you and fit you in multiple cup sizes.
After 6 weeks of nursing you should be the same size for a few months. If you didn’t purchase any bras during your 8th month, this is the perfect time to reintroduce flexi-wire and cupped sized bras.
Searching for supportive and comfortable maternity and nursing bras that are still pretty and feminine isn’t always easy, particularly if you have large breasts.
While bra shopping in department stores seems like the easy choice, their size range and expertise can often be lacking. The lack of a personalised service can leave many women without a correctly fitted nursing bra.
We recommend visiting a specialist fuller bust bra boutique. They specialise in fitting women with larger breasts and have a wide range of products that will support and lift you in all the right places.
Not only that, but online purchasing has come a long way in recent years. There’s an abundance of fitting tools which help ensure your purchase will fit you well. So take some time to follow the questionnaires and fitting guides set up specifically for you.
Good fuller bust nursing bras will provide the support and comfort you need, with the added bonus of nursing functionality.
Here are some things to consider when buying a nursing bra:
Invest in a good transition bra in the first trimester. Seamless bras are a popular choice and are designed to stretch and grow with your changing body.
Available in easy sizing (XS-XXL) they will fit a number of cup sizes into each size, which makes them perfect for this period of change.
Tip: Not all seamless bras are created equal. Spend some time researching the market first before investing.
A seamless bra should feel comfortable and lift and support your bust. You don’t have to settle for monobood! There should be minimal contact between your breasts. The Sugar Candy seamless bra has been designed with this in mind, and its unique construction lifts and separates fuller busts without any uncomfy wires.
By your second trimester, your breast size should have stabilised. You can now start wearing flexible wire bras (avoid traditional wire bras). Invest in a good flexi-wire or cup size non-wire bra.
Croissant is a flexi-wire bra made from a spacer fabric, which gives the wearer a smooth profile under clothing without the bulkiness of padding, because let’s be real, busty women don’t need any extra help!
Croissant is the perfect t-shirt bra for pregnant and nursing mamas, and is available in 32C-42K (US).
Tip: You might like to use your seamless bra from trimester 1 as a sleep bra during this period. It will help to keep your bust in place and provide good levels of support while you sleep.
Towards the end of the third trimester, it’s time to jump back into your seamless bra. Your rib cage will be at its widest and you’ll want to be as comfy as possible.
After you have your baby, your milk will come in whether you breastfeed or not, so you’ll need to wear something that will allow for some pretty crazy size fluctuations.
At the end of the day, your choice of bra is totally up to you. But if you’re fuller busted and want to have the most comfortable experience possible, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever style, size or shape you’re searching for, we’ve got you covered, literally.
Disclaimer: Cake does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Any information published on this website or by this brand is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.
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