Top 3 Maternity & Nursing Bras for Large Cup Sizes

Many ladies we see and speak to find it difficult enough to find bras in large cup sizes for everyday life, but then once they get pregnant and their breasts increase in size, they just don’t know where to turn for their maternity and nursing bras.

Fortunately, we stock a range of bras which are designed with the larger cup sizes in mind.  Here are our top 3 choices:

Cake Lingerie Sorbet Nursing Bra for Large Cup Sizes

 

First up, is one of our favourites for comfort and shape – the Cake Lingerie Sorbet Nursing Bra.  This bra has been particularly designed for large sup sizes and is available in 32-40 band, D-J cups in this gorgeous lavender colour, or apricot if you prefer a lighter option. It also comes with matching briefs so you can continue to co-ordinate your lingerie!

 

 

HOTmilk Lingerie black nursing bra for Large Cup Sizes

 

The HOTmilk Eclipse Nursing Bra gives you the support you need yet still allows you to feel sexy at the same time, with the lace trim and diamante in the centre. From 32B to 42H in black or nude, again with matching briefs, there is no reason why you should feel frumpy whilst pregnant or breastfeeding wearing this bra!

 

 

 

Royce Ava Nursing Bra for Large Cup SizesAnd finally, new in is the Royce Ava Nursing Bra in 32-40 FF to K. A stylish new nursing bra with strong fabrics to support the bust and cotton lining for extra comfort against the skin. It is available in two delicate spot prints and perfect for under dark or light clothing.

 

 

 

 

All of these bras designed for the large cup are bras for breastfeeding with the nursing clips, but they can still be worn during pregnancy.  Remember though that you will need another fitting for your nursing bras at around 36-37 weeks.

Our Top Tips for Brafitting

So this morning, we hosted #BabyHour over on Twitter and it quickly became clear that lots of ladies were wearing the wrong sized bras, but didn’t really know how a bra should be fitting for them to be comfy.download

We quickly put together this list of top tips and the response was amazing! We certainly educated lots of ladies about brafitting this morning!

 

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1. Don’t expect to be the same size in every style of bra you try on!

2. You should be comfy & supported in whatever bra you are wearing. If it’s not comfy, it’s not right!

3. The support comes from getting the band size right. Many ladies wear a band far too big!

4. Your cup should be fully supported and no ‘double boob’ or ‘overspill’!

5. Some styles just won’t suit you! Find styles that work for you and stick to them!

6. You might need a different sized bra for different times during your monthly cycle.

7. A bra should only last for around 6 months. After that it will lose it’s support.

8. You should rotate your bras so that you don’t wear the same bra 2 days in a row.

So whichever style of bra you are wearing, make sure you follow these top tips and be comfy and supported!  We are always happy to give support and advice, either before you purchase or even after if you are not sure about the fit once it arrives!

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Royce Blossom Candy Nursing Bra

The Royce Blossom nursing bra is one of our bestselling styles, so we know you love it just as much as we do!

And we are delighted to announce that the new Candy Blossom is now available just in time for spring!

The super-soft stretchy fabric allows for the cup to expand and contract to accommodate 3 cup fittings. Using a hidden cord in the centre of the bra, the style can be altered from a plunge style look, to a bustier crop top style.

Suitable for wearing during pregnancy as well as breastfeeding this has to be one of the basic items in your wardrobe.

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

Blossom Nursing Bra Candy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royce Blossom nursing bra is available in the following sizes:

32 C / D / DD 32 E / F / FF 32 G / GG / H
34 C / D / DD 34 E / F / FF 34 G / GG / H
36 C / D / DD 36 E / F / FF 36 G / GG / H
38 C / D / DD 38 E / F / FF 38 G / GG / H
40 C / D / DD 40 E / F / FF 40 G / GG / H

Lorna Drew Grace Maternity & Nursing Bras

We are delighted to be working once again with Lorna Drew, who has created a fantastic range of maternity and nursing bras.

The first style we are introducing is ‘Grace’ which is available in both a soft cup maternity bra and a Flexi Underwired Nursing Bra.

Lorna Drew Grace Maternity Bra

Lorna Drew Grace Black Maternity Bra

Lorna Drew Grace Maternity Bra

Lorna Drew Grace Cream Maternity Bra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available in two colours, black & nude or cream & dove, we think you will love this style as much as we do!

Also available are matching briefs or high waisted shorts, so you can still feel comfortable and attractive whilst pregnant or breastfeeding!

The Lorna Drew Nursing Bra collection has been created for the modern woman who wants beautiful and flattering breastfeeding bras. All of their bras come with 100% pure cotton lining for full comfort and breathability.

The Grace Flexi Underwired Nursing Bra also features the signature patented nursing bra clip that can be adjusted over 3 cup sizes to suit a nursing mothers fluctuating body shape.

To understand how the clip works to adjust over the three cup sizes, Lorna Drew have produced this video.

We will be introducing more styles from Lorna Drew over the next few months so keep an eye out for these too!

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

Royce Poppy Nursing Bra

The Poppy Nursing Bra from Royce Lingerie has become one of our favourites since it was introduced last year.

Our customers love the gorgeous vintage-inspired floral print, moulded cups and the contrasting cuff and cradle.

It is lovely and soft, so comfy to wear, yet very supportive making it both practical and fashionable. A definite for your spring wardrobe!

This bra is suitable for wearing during pregnancy as well as breastfeeding and is available in sizes 32D-40FF.

As a special offer this week, we are offering 10% off the RRP by using the code VALENTINE at the checkout.  Offer is valid until midnight on 21st February 2016.

Underwired Nursing Bras – what you need to know

So the chances are that you are used to wearing everyday normal underwired bras, but then you find out you are pregnant. You start reading that you should stop wearing your underwired bras and it is a definite ‘no’ to wearing underwired nursing bras whilst breastfeeding.

Is that true?

Well, yes and no!

It is true that as your breasts change size and shape during your pregnancy, you should be very aware of how your bra fits.  An underwired bra may not fit as well as a soft cup bra.  We see many ladies who get into their second trimester and realise that their underwired bras are now causing them pain and are uncomfortable to wear all day.  The standard structure of an underwired bra, including the wire itself, does not allow for these changes in your breasts.  So you may decide to change to a soft cup maternity bra or an underwired nursing bra.

Banana Parfait Underwired Nursing Bra

Banana Parfait Nursing Bra

Underwired nursing bras usually have a ‘flexi-wire’ which means that the wire is not as firm as a normal wire and is flexible so will smooth around your changing breasts more easily.

Have you noticed that at certain times of the month your breasts are fuller and perhaps you need a softer, less structured bra because you are not comfortable in your underwired bra? It is no different in pregnancy when your breasts will be changing as your body prepares for you to have the baby.

You may not be planning on breastfeeding, but still want to have a comfortable but supportive bra during your pregnancy. You can wear nursing bras during pregnancy, so perhaps an underwired nursing bra is an option for you?

HOTmilk Lure Underwired Nursing Bra

HOTmilk Lure Nursing Bra

You might have a large cup size before you even got pregnant, never mind getting bigger again during your pregnancy and you feel that you need the underwire to continue to give you support. Again, an underwired nursing bra is a good choice for you.

If you are fitted in an underwired nursing bra at the end of your first trimester, it is likely that this bra will last you for the rest of your pregnancy.  You will need a new size for breastfeeding though.

As for wearing an underwired nursing bra whilst breastfeeding, we don’t advise wearing underwired nursing bras until baby is at least 12 weeks old.  This is because your breast shape and size will change significantly during the first 12 weeks of breastfeeding.

After 12 weeks, your breasts will start to settle into a more stable size and if you are breastfeeding beyond 6 months, then you may be ready to have a bit more support with an underwired nursing bra.

We stock a range of underwired nursing bras, which are suitable to wear throughout pregnancy as well as for breastfeeding, from the HOTmilk Forever Yours T-Shirt Flexi Wire Nursing Bra through to the prettier Cake Lingerie Banana Parfait or HOTmilk Lure Nursing Bra, so you should find something suitable for everyday wear or for a special occasion when you want to feel more supported.

Of course, we are always here to offer support and advice and with unlimited exchanges, we will work with you to make sure you have the right style bra, whatever stage of pregnancy or breastfeeding you are at.

 

 

Become a bras4mums agent

We know that very often and in many parts of the country, women find it very difficult to find a maternity or nursing bra. One that fits, one that is comfy, one that is pretty… the list goes on for what women are looking for in their maternity or nursing bras.download-150x150

We also know that despite all the support and advice we can provide, buying bras off the internet can also be a daunting task and many would prefer to try the bras on before buying.

With that in mind, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

Are you a new mum meeting other local mums?  Are you a midwife, doula, breastfeeding supporter or other healthcare professional looking for another way to support your clients?

With a minimal start up cost, negotiable to your local requirements, and some basic training, would you like to supplement your income?

We are looking for ladies across the country to support pregnant ladies and breastfeeding mums in their area and spread the bras4mums love!

Could this be you?

If you would like more information on this great opportunity, please email us at info@bras4mums.co.uk

Bras for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – what you need to know!

Bras! Where do you start? Some women when they get pregnant ignore the changes in their breasts and just carry on as usual and then finally when it all gets too uncomfortable buy new bras. But at that stage they then realise that they could have been comfy all along!

So, we suggest that you get new bras when you start to feel that the ones you’ve got don’t fit any more. Makes sense really doesn’t it? That’s what we do with our other clothing (unless we’re in denial about dress sizes!), so why not our bras?

Anita Maternity BustierOur breasts start to get ready for breastfeeding baby (even if you don’t plan to breastfeed, your breasts don’t know that!), when you first conceive. So we usually expect women to need a new bra during the first trimester. We suggest a simple soft bra, usually a bustier type bra, is a good buy at this stage. Women often get tender and sore breasts in the first 12-16 weeks, so a soft bra that you can sleep in is a good investment.

If you get more structured bras (that do up at the back, with a bit more support in them), I’d suggest you get them towards the end of the first trimester. Maybe after your first scan so you don’t mind too much about spending money now you know it’s really true that you’re pregnant! A rule of thumb for buying a maternity bra at this stage, is to increase the band size, and keep the same cup size, or increase it. You’ll know what’s best for you, and our specialist bra fitters can always advise you on what’s likely to last to the end of pregnancy.

There are a few unlucky ladies whose breasts continue to grow during pregnancy, but this is rare. So, the bra that you get at the end of your first trimester should last you to the end of your pregnancy, AS LONG AS YOU’VE FITTED IT ON IT’S TIGHTEST SETTING WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT, to allow for the band to grow with your rib cage during pregnancy.

HOTmilk Show Off nursing bra

HOTmilk Show Off Nursing Bra

The best time to get fitted for nursing bras, is at about 35-36 weeks, when your ribs are at their biggest. This way we know that your ribs will get smaller, but your breasts will get bigger – yes, again! You fit this bra on it’s loosest setting as you would a normal bra. So, the starting point at this stage is your pre-pregnancy band size, and 2-3 cup sizes bigger than you were before you got pregnant.

Always make sure the bra covers your whole breast as anything pressing on the breast can cause blocked ducts, and potentially lead to mastitis, which you really do not want. Sometimes you need to change the style of the bra, rather than just change the size. Ask our specialist fitters for advice on different styles you can try.

Bra fitting is not easy at the best of times, with all styles and manufacturers fitting differently. It’s even more complicated with an ever changing body and breast shape. But, it’s so important to be comfortable. Yes, comfort above style during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some would disagree, but if you’re not comfy, it can affect your milk let down when feeding, and can also make you feel grumpy about being uncomfortable.

There is so much selection out there of maternity and nursing bras (and you can wear nursing bras during pregnancy if they’re the right style for you.) Some of you will have more limited choice with your size. But there may still be a choice if you use a specialist bra shop, like bras4mums.

The bras4mums range caters for the many changes your body will undergo during pregnancy and breast feeding, with your complete comfort in mind. With bras4mums, you can be a loving mother and an attractive woman, presenting a stunning cleavage and curvaceous silhouette to be proud of! In a perfectly fitting, functional yet feminine bra you will feel beautiful inside and out! Happy, confident Mums produce happy babies – you and your baby deserve the best!

 

When should I be fitted for a maternity bra?

One of the first questions we get asked by women once they find out that they are pregnant is ‘When should I get fitted for a maternity bra?’

Recently we have had a lot of ladies a few weeks into pregnancy who have come to us as they are just so uncomfortable in their ‘normal’ bras that they need something softer.  Changes in their body will mean that the bras that they are used to wearing are no longer the right size or shape to give them the support they need.

As soon as you discover you’re pregnant, you’ll probably notice a change in your breasts. For some ladies, this change is what first alerts them to the fact that they may be pregnant! Breasts can be tender, tingly, sore and they can feel bigger from the very early stages of pregnancy.

Anita maternity bra

Anita maternity bra

We recommend you get a comfy maternity bra for this very early stage, particularly if you have sore breasts. Something like the Anita maternity bra, or Emma Jane maternity bra are ideal at this time. For larger breasted ladies, the Royce Sadie Maternity bra is an ideal solution.

You may find that wearing a bra at night helps with the tenderness, but we’re all different. What works for your sister or friend may not work for you!

Your first bra fitting for a maternity bra should be towards the end of your first trimester. This can be from week 10 – 14.  Anything pressing on your breast tissue can cause discomfort and blocked ducts, even at this early stage!  Depending on your height, the bras you get at this stage should last you until the end of your pregnancy.

bra fitting on tightest hookWhen you try bras on at end of the first trimester, make sure they’re fitting firmly when fitted on their tightest setting i.e. you can’t see any other hooks on the back of the bra. This way, the bra will last you during your pregnancy when your ribs grow during the rest of your pregnancy.

The only time this doesn’t always work, is if you’re on the shorter side! Your ribs will grow more than a taller lady during your pregnancy. You may be able to get away with using bra extenders, but as you can see from this photo, a bra extender may make the bra too wide for your shoulders & a new size bra may be the best option for you.

HOTmilk Show Off nursing bra

HOTmilk Show Off

You can choose any bras that are comfy and support your whole breast. These can be with or without nursing clips as they don’t show through clothing and you have more choice from suppliers like Cake, Bravado and HOTmilk. You may notice that one breast is bigger than the other – this is totally normal, and is often a more noticeable difference during pregnancy.

 

Underwires or no wires?

We suggest you avoid bras with wires in during your pregnancy, mainly for comfort, but mainly because they can be very structured and not flexible enough to move around your growing breasts and body. If you do want to wear wired bras, then we’d suggest the Anita underwired bras as they use more flexible wires and the fabric is more suitable for pregnancy.

If all goes well, your maternity bra will last until 35-36 weeks when it’ll be time to get your nursing bras fitted. This way, you get the best value out of all your bras during your pregancy and breastfeeding. We’ll cover nursing bra fitting another day.

We hope this helps give an overview of when to get fitted for a maternity bra during your pregnancy. We’re here to help answer your queries, and offer personal advice by phone, email, twitter or Facebook – whichever suits you!

Win Tickets to the Sandown Park Baby & Toddler Show 17-19 April

We are very excited about the new Baby & Toddler Show in April which is being held at Sandown Park.

We will be there on stand B38 to give advice and free fittings for pregnant ladies and new mums and we have 5 pairs of tickets worth £20 each to giveaway :)

Along with our usual popular styles from HOTmilk, Bravado, Cake Lingerie, Emma-Jane & Carriwell, we will be launching a new style from Cake Lingerie…. more details will be here soon.

We will also have a range of breastfeeding clothing and accessories, so we look forward to seeing and supporting you on your pregnancy and breastfeeding journey.

Simply enter the prize draw below, which closes on 12th April 2015.

All tickets have to be booked through the Baby and Toddler Show website by 16th April to be valid.

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