“Ask Linda” – Nursing Bras, Beyond DD

By Linda the Bra Lady on November 4th, 2010

Hi Linda!

I am currently nursing and before I was pregnant my bra size was a 36F. Now after giving birth and 5 1/2 months of breastfeeding they are a 36 H/I but I still cant find a bra, nursing or not, that will hold me in. I went to a specialty store in the mall near me and after trying on 6 bras even the saleswoman told me there was nothing that could help me and wished me luck.

Do you have any suggestions for a nice bra that will lift me up, hold me in and still look pretty? I am 26 years old and am not interested in a “granny” bra.

Thanks for your help!

Thank you for sending me your bra question!

In a strange twist of fate, it’s difficult to find nursing bras in larger cup sizes, even though nursing women have larger breasts! Luckily, there has been a growing movement not only to increase the size range of nursing bras, but to offer styles that are more fashionable. At this year’s lingerie trade show I saw new brands that are aimed at stylish moms, plus some “regular” bra companies expanding into nursing bras.

Panache Sophie Nursing Bra

My bra recommendation for you would be the Panache Sophie Nursing Bra. Panache specializes in bras for DD cups and up, so they fit well and are very supportive. But instead of bland beige, the Sophie bra is covered in black lace! This is a soft cup, or non-underwire, nursing bra that has easy-to-use drop down cups.

Because Panache uses UK bra sizes (and that’s an article for another day…) they do not have I cups. Instead, you would want to wear a HH or J cup in this bra.

For an everyday “T-shirt” bra style, I recommend an Anita Underwire Nursing Bra. Because you have been nursing for five months, your cup size is probably much more consistent than when you first starting nursing. This means that you can begin wearing a properly fitted underwire bra. Anita Nursing Bras are available up to H cups and are known for their fantastic quality.

I’ve left the most important advice for last: Work it, sexy mama!

Stay Fabulous,

Linda the Bra Lady


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