Post # 1
How many weeks along were you when you bought your nursing bra? I assume you should buy them later on in pregnancy so that you get a better fit. I am 37 weeks. Can I start buying them now?
Where did you buy your nursing bra? I bought one this weekend at Target for about $25. It’s kinda like a sports bra. Would you suggest buying ones that are more like “real bras”? I had a small chest before pregnancy… size 34B. And I’m still pretty small chested. I didn’t have to go out and buy new bras when I got pregnant. I just used the ones I already had.
Would you suggest buying “good” bras? Or, how much money would you spend on a bra?
Post # 3
Posting to bump and follow. I’ve been thinking the same thing, I know I’ve increased in size, but when do they stop growing? I don’t want to shell out $50 for a bra if I’m going to outgrow it in a few months.
Post # 4
I bought one nursing bra in the middle of my pregnancy because my boobs were too big for my normal bras. I went out about a week post-partum to get another 4 bras since my milk ‘came in’ and they were even bigger than before (but not as much).
I went to Motherhood Maternity and they weren’t cheap. I’d definitely get the kind that unhook at the top since that’s been the most convinient kind for nursing and pumping for me so far.
Don’t buy bras when you’re full or engorged, but make sure they aren’t tight when you’re empty either. Most of the bras I bought have a bit of stretch to them, so they do get snug when I fill up, but they are never terribly restrictive.
Nursing tanks are great too if you don’t have too much going on up top. Women with really large breasts might not find them to be supportive enough. I was 34B pre-pregnancy as well, now I’m between 36 & 38 C/D and I can wear nursing tanks around the house without feeling like the girls are about to bust loose!
Oh, and one small tip that I figured out after about a week of trial and error: after you have a full supply of milk, when you go to nurse the baby tuck a burp cloth or rag into the bottom of your bra- I leaked alllllll over everything a few times before I realized I could prevent an outfit change every time we had a feeding! I’m exclusively pumping now so it isn’t an issue, but it would have been helpful at first to know that.
*ETA- to answer KH- I guess it depends on the person when the boobs are done growing/swelling/filling… I got the one nursing bra to hold me over but I wore a lot of sports bras and built-in-bra tank tops throughout the second half of my pregnancy, and splurged one some nicer nursing bras after the baby was born.
Post # 5
I’m 12-weeks post-partum and living in nursing tanks. They are nice because you don’t expose your belly by lifting up your entire shirt. My favorite is a pricey one by the brand Ripe, I ended up buying 3. I wear them solo around the house, and under hoodies or other shirts. I bought a few maternity/nursing pieces from Figure 8 online. No tax and free shipping, plus you get 5% credit on each purchase toward your next.
Post # 6
I bought mine about mid way through my pregnancy at Motherhood. I didn’t really care for them when I was nursing b/c I got an underwire. When I was nursing, I preferred sports bras. I got them for like 10 bucks at Old Navy. I just got a size or two up. And I always kept nursing pads in there. They absorbed any leakage and were soft on my super sore nipples.
Post # 7
@DaneLady: Thank you! Very helpful feedback
@RoundtreeBee: Thanks for introducing me to Figure 8, such cute cloths!
Post # 8
Motherhood bras are pretty cheap like $22-25 bucks a piece & always on sale. When you buy them depends on big you’re getting. I know lots of women who buy bras 2nd tri & then go back to get a bigger size. Think eventually you’ll fit back into the 2nd tri bras. So if bras are buy3 get 1 free. I’d get 2 that fit now & 2 a little bigger just in case. You can always exchange them if they don’t fit. For high quality bras pea in the pod has beautiful bras. $45-$55 a piece usually on some sort of sale too. Only regular type bras & 1 seamless or sports bra. I don’t like those kind too much.
Post # 9
Nursing tanks make life much easier too & are comfy.
Post # 10
I’m 34.5 weeks and I bought my first nursinf bra this weekend. The reason why I bought it is because I’m leaking and I was tired of waking up with collostrum on my shirts, pillows adn sheets. I was wearing sports bras with nursing pads but my breasts have grown and no longer fit in my sports bras. I didn’t know what size to buy so I went to Motherhood Maternity to get measured and hopefully buy one. Well… I was a 44Dirty Delete pre pregnancy abd now…. 46F….. I cried after she told me. And then the sales lady proceeded to tell me that they don’t carry bras in my size… So she gave me a few recommendations of stores to try. I called around and found a store called Bussom Buddies out here in Colorado that carries bras in in larger sizes. I went in and they only had 1 in my size. Luckily it fit and it was only $29. It’s a wireless nursing bra and it’s comfy to sleep in which is what I wanted.
The lady at Bussom Buddies and my aunt who is a labor and delivery nurse said that when my milk comes in my breasts will probably grow a cup size. However the bra that I got has room for me to grow with no issues. Also when I have it on I have it hooked in the last set of hooks. The sales lady said that I wanted it like that because after I have the baby my ribcage will start to go back to the size it was adn I’ll be able to tighten the bra. I may buy one more just to have and then wait until after the baby to look around for more.
Post # 11
I bought mine actually at Wal-mart about a week after giving birth. They were reality cheap and worked great.
Post # 12
i havent given birth yet but so far i bought 1 wireless just soft one and 1 with wire. my boobs were a 34Dirty Delete before pregnancy and im only 5’2.. theyve grown since and i dont know what theyll be like when milk comes in but i figured i need the support of one with wire like a regular bra for when im out in public because im too self conscious about these being heavy and saggy. once my milk comes in and baby is here, i imagine ill buy more comfortable wireless ones and sports bra like ones for around the home and bed. especially if my boobies are sore! ive gotten 2 nursing tanks at this point too… everything is the gillian o’malley brand from target.
Post # 13
I bought the same sports bra type ones at target around 38 weeks or so. I didn’t want to invest too much in “real” nursing bras until I knew how big I would get when my milk came in. So I have 4 of the sports type ones, because I plan to sleep in them too. And I also got 2 nursing tanks. I figured that could get me by in the first week or 2, then I’ll venture out and get some real ones (the clip down type) once my milk comes in.
Post # 14
You know what? I totally skipped nursing bras, and I’ve been breast feeding for 13 months. I wear my regular old bra, with a scoop neck tank top and t-shirt (assuming I’m just dressing casually). When it’s feeding time, the outer t-shirt comes up, the tank gets pulled down under my breast, and then I pull my bra cup up and over. Baby has full access, but there are no huge exposed swathes of skin, and I don’t have to buy any special equipment.
Post # 15
@wifegoodman: Love the G & O’Malley stuff.. that’s what all my gear is too and when I get wired/structured nursing bras it will be by them too.
Post # 16
@moriah: Thank you for posting. I’ve been following this thread hoping for advice, and I’m just seeing dollar signs. Your method sounds like a way cheaper solution.