Got large breasts and looking for a good nursing bra? Here’s some sage advice!
By Nikki Clarke
Even in this day and age, there’s not a lot around when it comes to nursing bras for women with a little bit, ‘more,’ so to speak. If you’re on a mission to find a nursing bra for your hefty, beautiful ‘girls,’ then check out these little snippets of advice, they just may help you to make the best selection possible!
It’s so very common for new mums to buy the wrong size nursing bra, especially as they get larger when pregnant, and even larger again when the milk comes in!
Trying to squeeze breasts into a nursing bra that’s too small can cause a plethora of issues:
So, to avoid all those nasties, if you’re buying in store, make sure you go alone, (without any children to rush you) and ask a bra specialist to measure you up correctly. Do not be embarrassed, they’ve seen so many breasts, they could care less anymore! Your boobs are perfectly normal, relax woman!
If you’re buying online, be sure to check the company’s size guide. If they don’t have one, be wary…you may end up with the wrong size and then have to deal with return issues. To that point, if buying online, make sure the company you’re buying from has a good return/exchange policy and top quality customer service to help you with your exchange. You don’t need any added stress in our life right now, no matter how small!
If you have big boobs, unfortunately your chances of getting blocked ducts or mastitis can increase (yay for us). So…you want to avoid…
As aforementioned, this is a problem for a lot of women. Most bras on the market are a size 12B, 12C, 12D, 12E, 12F, but once you get into a G, H, I or J cup, all of a sudden those cup sizes are only available for women in sizes 18, 20 or 22. Dumb.
This means many of us are walking around with the wrong band size, and if you’ve got the wrong band size then you’re not going to get the support you need…cue problems! Having a wider firm band at the bottom of the bra disperses weight evenly throughout the under bust, which is so important as the majority of support comes from underneath.
For whatever reason many women’s band size increases while pregnant and/or breastfeeding but the cup size remains the same. If the cups of your bra fit well but your band is too small then the bra needs to be able to allow for a few more centimetres in the under-band.
Cadenshae (them again?) have come to the rescue on this one as well, by creating the “Ultimate Bra” with a specially designed adjustable back band, as well as convertible straps which can morph into a racerback design. This gives you the flexibility of increasing the band size, without going up a cup size. Genius!
Large boobs have more needs than the average boob, no doubt. Here’s what you should be looking for in a quality nursing bra:
Breasts can weigh a lot – in fact the average weight of a F cup is 1.2kg and if it’s not being supported properly, you can’t move too much as it can rip the tissue in your breasts, ummm ouch! Having large breasts can be a massive hindrance for some, and if they don’t have the right bra, then exercise is simply out of the question. Boo!
Here’s what you should be looking for in a quality nursing sports bra:
So there you have it – seven tidbits of advice to help you with your purchase. All the best mum, you’ve totally got this!
Nikki Clarke is the founder of Cadenshae, the global leaders in activewear for pregnant and nursing mums, wife to Adam and a mother of four.
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