when are you supposed to get a nursing bra?

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when are you supposed to get a nursing bra?

Does it makes sense to get sized for one before you get engorged (and while still pregnant?) Or, after milk has come in and milk production has been adjusted to baby?

Or does it not really matter?

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I would get one or two training type, less support nursing bras that adjust to a couple of different cup sizes before your milk comes in... generally going up a size or two from what you are now just to wear the first couple of weeks and to bed at night. Bravado has this type.

http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/the-original-nursing-bra

And then wait until your milk supply has come in and settled (2-4ish) weeks to get sized and purchase 3 or 4 normal/good quality nursing bras then. I personally love underwire nursing bras because I get so large when nursing (34 F or G :eek:) that I need the support... but, they can also cause issues with mastitis or clogged ducts.

http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/the-allure-underwire-nursing-bra

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I will probably stick with my nursing tanks til the enforcement goes down, I like how much they can stretch and I don't need to get a shirt out of the way.

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I don't think it hurts to get it now.

I got two sports-type nursing bras from Motherhood, and wore them daily for two years :bwush: since that's how long I bf'ed DD. They were so comfy, and seemed to fit well through all the stages of engorgement, etc.

This time, I got two more of the same style, along with a couple more formal/fitted nursing bras. I got them a size up from my normal, but they still fit ok now.

And side note, 4 nursing bras from Motherhood cost only slightly more than 1 strapless bra from VS (for a wedding).. Oy!

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I'm sure it depends on the individual but to be completely honest, after my first baby I really didn't get much bigger while breastfeeding. More 'full' but only one cup difference in size. I'd buy one now that is a little big and see what happens after the birth.

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Maybe one or two now and one or two later, just in case? For me, while I definitely got fuller when my milk came in, I didn't stay at that size. I had gone up a cup size at the very end of the pregnancy, and that was pretty much where I stayed the whole time I was nursing. So the ones I got at the end of my pregnancy were fine... I might have worn them on a looser hook for a few days when my milk first came in, but that was it. But I don't really think there's any way to know ahead of time. I have no idea what I'll do this time... maybe start by trying to find the nursing bras I already have?!

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I used the Bravado brand and lived in it for over a year. I found this site that has free shipping and usually always has discount codes.

http://www.breakoutbras.com/product/Bravado-Original-Nursing-Bra/Nursing-Bras

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I needed new bras so bought nursing bras a while back... I'll probably need bigger ones by the time this baby comes, but that's the way the cookie crumbles...

That being said- I am so tired of fuddy duddy nursing bras that I ordered from this site... I like the quality and they are nice bras...

http://www.hotmilklingerie.com/

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"Barbee06" wrote:

I used the Bravado brand and lived in it for over a year. I found this site that has free shipping and usually always has discount codes.

http://www.breakoutbras.com/product/Bravado-Original-Nursing-Bra/Nursing-Bras

That bra looks awesome!!!!! After Izzy I lived in sleep bra's for ~1 year! I lved them , but I am not big breasted so I dont need alot of support just convenenice Biggrin I am going place an order very soon!

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I have some bras that I purchased with second dd. I bought them the same day my milk was coming in and they didn't fit too well after my milk production became regulated. My sister in law (who is due 3 weeks after me) was asking when she should get some bras and I thought that was a good question!

Thanks for the responses!!!

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"mandi04" wrote:

I'm sure it depends on the individual but to be completely honest, after my first baby I really didn't get much bigger while breastfeeding. More 'full' but only one cup difference in size. I'd buy one now that is a little big and see what happens after the birth.

This was me as well! I don't anticipate changing much so I have been picking up the same size I was with DD

"Barbee06" wrote:

I used the Bravado brand and lived in it for over a year. I found this site that has free shipping and usually always has discount codes.

http://www.breakoutbras.com/product/Bravado-Original-Nursing-Bra/Nursing-Bras

I ditto this as well! Bravado is my favorite (it washes extremely well). I live in their tanks pregnant, nursing or not because they hold their shape!

this is a great site and the best prices I was able to find! I have ordered several times (and you get a 10% off code for each additional order from them!)

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typically you buy a nursing bra the same normal size that you are, because most nursing bras are stretchy and made to expand for when the milk comes in. Smile

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I can't imagine having time to get fitted ofr a bra after LO arrives so I will be getting mine now. I prefer the front closure bras and the new Incredible front closure bra from VS is super comfy so I will be getting a few of those. I hate be engorged and having to tight of a bra so I think 2 cups sizes bigger is perfect!

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Last time I was pregnant, I was still happy to fit in VS bras, so I bought one I liked and converted it to a nursing bra myself... just bought some elastic and the hooks/clips and did it myself.

This time I'll probably do the same with a recent Lane Bryant bra I have purchased after baby comes.

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and as far as reccomendations, I can't speak for big breasted mommies because I'm only a B-C while nursing, but I really love the Target brand nursing bras. Gilligan O'Malley? Something like that. They are super comfy, not anything fancy but very comfortable and cheap (I think the most I paid was $14 for one that was kind of lacy, but my favorites are still the basic nursing bras, maybe $12?) Target's nursing tanks are a lot cheaper than those you'll find elsewhere too.

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I guess I should start looking for bras. i hate bra shopping at the best of times :eek:

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I've been wearing them from day one. LOL

I don't buy bras very often and my nursing bras from DS#1 were great and lasted me most of the 4 years between him and DS#2. And considering I've only just finished nursing Daniel a little over a year ago, there was no point in buying NON-nursing bras. Motherhood maternity bras are just as cheap as the non-nursing bra's I'd be buying, so it's no biggy for me to get nursing. I find the support is better anyway.

Now with Daniel I was so ENGORGED before I left the hospital that I needed a bigger bra, but I didn't think to buy one cause I didn't get engorged like that at all with Jacob. So this time around since I lost one of my bra's while MIL machine wash and dried it, I went ahead and got a replacement in my current size and only one bra in the next size up, cause I tend to go down in size while breast feeding. With Jacob I started my pregnancy at barely a B cup and I went up to DD/E through the pregnancy and then down to about a D at 2 months post partum, then I ended up a comfortable C cup after I was done nursing him (8 months). With Daniel I started the pregnancy that comfortable C, then went up to a DDD/F, but after nursing was done (a little over a year) I landed at the barely B cup I was before Jacob.

So this time I started a B, and I'm now sitting at a lovely D. I have a DD/E waiting for if I go bigger before baby's born, or if I get engorged again. If not, I have another bra to add to my give away stock when I'm all done (since this is my last pregnancy).

I really can't afford sleep bras and found them too difficult to fit me properly, so I just will sleep in my day bras, otherwise my bbs fall into my throat and choke me or fall out of the bra and I leak everywhere.

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How many nursing bras does everyone have? I changed my bra once or twice a day while nursing DD and because I line dry them, I have an huge inventory. I have been stocking up since the beginning of this pregnancy as well. Nursing tanks alone I have close to 20 (but I wear then even when not nursing)

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I just got some this weekend. I really like the Pea n the Pod brand...they are a little pricey, but they hold up so well! I have worn the ones from DD #2 for 2 years and they were still in good shape, unfortunately I've gotten bigger...if that is even humanly possible Sad I'm now an F...I was an E pregnant/nursing with DD #2 so I'm praying I don't "grow" anymore. I lived in nursing tanks the first few weeks while my supply was adjusting and then switched to bras and nursing tanks layered...it seemed to control the girls better. I have 7 nursing bras and as many tanks. Even though they aren't very "sexy" I LOVE my nursing bras...they are the most comfy and supportive bras I have ever owned.

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I only have 4 nursing bras, that has been fine for me though I'll probably buy a few more this time. Actually I have 6 including the nighttime ones, I just don't wear those at the moment. I've been in nursing bras since a little bit before DS was born, whenever I outgrew my regular bras during his pregnancy I went straight into nursing bras and since he just weaned in March I didn't see the point in digging my other bras out Lol

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After the kids go to bed I am on the hunt for nursing bras! Online shopping here I come Wink

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i cant shop for bras online i have to try them on cause some bras make my boobs look horrible. ROFL

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I think I have 3 regular nursing bras and 2 nighttime ones... but, I really hate wearing the nighttime ones.

What brand of nursing tanks everyone like? I've never used one, but seriously considering it this time around as I will be nursing more during the winter than before and want layers.

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"AirForceWife1" wrote:

I think I have 3 regular nursing bras and 2 nighttime ones... but, I really hate wearing the nighttime ones.

What brand of nursing tanks everyone like? I've never used one, but seriously considering it this time around as I will be nursing more during the winter than before and want layers.

I just bought 2 tanks from Target online, Gillian O'Malley and I set of sleep bras. I think I am also going to purchase a nursing gown from JCP.

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"AirForceWife1" wrote:

I think I have 3 regular nursing bras and 2 nighttime ones... but, I really hate wearing the nighttime ones.

What brand of nursing tanks everyone like? I've never used one, but seriously considering it this time around as I will be nursing more during the winter than before and want layers.

I use Bravado. They provide terrific support but I don't get bigger than a D cup even while BFing. I just bought a cantaloupe tank. The fabric is to die for but not a lot of support.

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I plan on waiting until after I have the baby to get a real nursing bra and even then I will most likely get one to last for a few weeks.

Having said that, my maternity bras are all nursing bras (I have two plus a sleeping nursing bra) so I may be able to use those after the baby is born to help me get by for a week or two.

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I've gotten all my nursing tanks from Target. I have to wear a bra along with because I need the support, so they are the cheapest I've found and the hold up pretty well. I don't think they offer much support, but I guess with size of my chest that's to be expected.

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"3xthefun" wrote:

I've gotten all my nursing tanks from Target. I have to wear a bra along with because I need the support, so they are the cheapest I've found and the hold up pretty well. I don't think they offer much support, but I guess with size of my chest that's to be expected.

I would have to do this as well Heather probably... I really dislike my huge nursing boobs... DH doesn't seem to mind them though. Wink