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Fitting Yourself for a Nursing Bra?

Not everyone has the luxury of having a certified bra fitter in your neighborhood.  Everyone who measures you for a nursing bra is not necessarily qualified either.  To get a good fit, you will need to take three measurements, not just two.  Measure high under the armpits while making sure your elbows are at your side while reading the tape, measure the fullest part of your breast with a bra on, and measure underneath the breasts where the bra would sit on your ribcage.  Make sure the bra you are wearing during your measurement is not compressing the breast or does not have padding.  The armpit measurement is the closest to your band size, so if you are measuring a 37, your band size is 38.  Take the rib measurement and subtract it from the fullness of the bust measurement to get the cup size.  For example, if you are 43 in the bust and 36 in the ribs, the difference is 7" which is roughly an F cup.  Also take into consideration how your current bra is fitting.  There should not …

Cup Size Confusion: DD, E, DDD, F

One of the most common questions I get as a professional bra fitter is where do I find a DDD?  There are several reasons moms are having such a hard time finding their bra, even after they have been measured.
1.  They don't understand the cup size equivalents.
2.  They haven't been properly measured.
Let me address the measurements first.  If your bra fitter did not take three measurements, she has been trained to fit you into certain brands of bras.  Many companies do not offer cup sizes larger than a DD so they use two measurements and add 4 or 5 inches to make up the difference.  Another problem with fitting is when moms measure themselves, the assume the size under the bust is equal to the band size. 
Here is the scoop on bra fittings:
1) Make sure you get three measurements.
2) Understand whether you are buying a full figure bra or a standard bra.
Not all bra companies use standard equivalents.  Most brands like Bravado Nursing Bras, QT Intimates, La Leche League Intimates and 

Nursing Bras: Underwire vs. Soft Cup

The age old question for nursing mothers is "to wire or not to wire".  Most Lactation Consultants agree that wires are not healthy for the nursing breasts.  In fact, most wires are not healthy for any woman's breasts.  Wires in nursing mothers can cause plugged milk ducts which can lead to breast infection (mastitis).  Mastitis can lead to abscess and early weaning.  Why are wires not good other women?  Most women wear ill-fitting bras which when removed leave an ugly uncomfortable red mark where the wire was.  This is your first clue that the bra is unhealthy for your breasts.  Even if you are not nursing, this can cause or aggravate cysts.
     So how do you get a bra that lifts without a wire?  Not all soft cup bras are created equal.  Just because you tried one soft cup bra that made your boobs droop, doesn't mean that none of them will work.  Every style of bra is not made for every woman.  If you are a perky B, C, or even D cup, you have it pretty easy in…