(Closed) Maternity/ nursing bras – sizing?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I had to go get measured and try stuff on.  Go to a nice maternity store where they have time to take care of you and let them help you out.  I was kind of horrified by the size I had to buy… and then I had to go up yet one more size.  Sigh!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m a 38D and now I’m a 38DD/E. I’ve found so far (I’m 7 months) that staying with my regular band size gives me more support that going up a band size. I bought some cheaper bras at target (regular molded cup bras) and a few soft nursing bras. I went to the target store to try on brands, but they pretty much stopped at a Dirty Delete, except for a couple playtex bras. I would advise at least getting sized somewhere.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Definitely see if you can find a lactation center in your area.  I went to one in DC and they were super helpful.  The girl who measured me said they usually recommend going one band size and 2 cups sizes up (which is exactly what I measure at 37.5 weeks.)  I was a 36A and my nursing bras (some from the lactation center and some from Target) are a 38D (the D fit better than the C in these brands).  Also, target has AWESOME nursing tanks for like 15 bucks!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

After a few months of pregnancy, I went up from a 34D to a 36DD- I didn’t get measured, just bought a couple new bras at Target (which were cheap and fit really well/were comfortable).

Right now I’m at 27 weeks and I need new bras- I’m spilling out of the cups a little, but mainly the band is too tight and hurts my back. However, I did buy a bra extension thing (off Amazon for like a dollar, but I’m pretty sure they have them at sewing/hobby stores too) so I expect that will also help a lot.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

I’m up from a 34B to a 34D which I’m now spilling out of! Seriously I’m gonna end up toppling over if they get any bigger. Anywho, I went to Target and tried one cup size up from my old size and found I was too big for that, so I went up another cup size and it fit. And the Gillian O’Malley bras there are typically less than $15 – I didn’t want to spend a ton on bras I’d only be wearing for a few months, so these were perfect. I will say now though that the 34s are getting tight around my ribcage so I may have to bump up the band size to a 36 at the next bra outing. I’d say just go and try on a cup and/or band size up from your regular size and keep going up until you find what fits you now.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I’ve gone up a couple cup sizes and a band size.  I always try them on anyways cause I feel like even though bras are supposed to be the same size from brand to brand they’re not.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My small boobs have only gotten slightly bigger during this pregnancy (but I’ll take it!).  And then I hear they’re supposed to grow a bit more once milk comes in.  I can attest to the fact that at 38-ish weeks, I do need a bigger band size.  Seems like everything gets wider here at the end but I’ve heard that that goes back down post-delivery.  I was told to buy bras now that fit on the last hook so that I can make it tighter later.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@cheese: Might not be a bad plan to hit up a maternity store anyhow and just get measured. Also, if you’re ever going to find a bra in a store, a big maternity store might be your best bet since they’re catering to women with ginormous knockers.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If you’re going to buy a new bra, then get a nursing bra since you’ll need one of those anyways (if you plan on nursing). I’m only 21 weeks, but I went from a 34 B to a 36C.  I got some at Motherhood Maternity for only $20.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I maybe lucked out and didn’t have to buy maternity bras… I was able to use a band extender on my “old lady” bras {which are apparently the same size as my Vic Secret bras which I grew out of pretty fast!}.

As for a big maternity store, I had horrible results at both Motherhood and Thyme… the Motherhood nursing bras were so poorly made, and the advice at both stores was against everything I’d read in preggo books or been told by my new-mom friends. Was not impressed.

Oh, and sleep nursing bras! Don’t buy them at maternity stores, waste of money! Get some inexpensive cotton “sports” bras {low impact/support} at a place like Target or Wal-Mart. They’re basically so you can use pads for when your milk comes in, I picked up 2 for $12 instead of 1 “nursing” bra for $20+. 

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