Breastfeeding Bras for Bigger Boobs

What?

In my page on Statistics and Breastfeeding, I sought to dispel some widely propagated myths and put it on record that bigger women don’t necessarily need ‘extra support’ with breastfeeding.

So now I’m going to go back on that, and say we do need extra support; preferably with attractive fabric, comfortable straps, and drop cups for ease of access!

Bravissimo Nursing Bra

Bravissimo – £26
up to 40K

As with all plus-size clothing, our selection is somewhat restricted, but I’m pleased to report that a few manufacturers seem to have realised recently that there is a market for decent large maternity bras, and so the options are increasing.

Just be aware that the usual advice given to pregnant mums of an increase of one or two cup sizes may not quite measure up when you’re well-endowed to begin with! You may find that you increase a couple of cup sizes during pregnancy, another couple after giving birth, and still more as your baby’s intake of milk increases, up to peak demand at around six months old.

Bra Back Extenders

Bra Back Extenders
Debenhams
– £5 for 3

If you you can find the cup size you need, but the back size is a size or two too small, you might get away with a back strap extender.

Bra extender straps come in 2 or 3 hook varieties, and generally in white, nude or black (these ones from Debenhams come in white or in a multicoloured triple-pack, and are pretty reasonable at £5 for 3). Of course, there’s not much to them, so if you’re handy at sewing, you could probably easily make your own, but at that price it hardly seems worth the bother.

Unfortunately, if the cup size is too small, there’s not a lot you can do, other than shell out for another bra.

Where?

The greatest choice is likely to be online. It’s not as convenient as being able to pick up, feel, and try on the bras before buying them, but you do at least get a wider range to choose from and can try them on in the comfort of your own home.

Many stores offer a bra fitting service where you can be measured. Having a well-fitting bra can do wonders for your posture, your comfort, your silhouette, and ultimately your confidence, so it’s worth getting it right. You may find however, that after measuring, the store can’t actually provide you with anything in your size in stock.

If you can’t (or are too shy to) go for a fitting, there’s a really helpful instructional video on how to fit bras:

 What if I can’t find anything in my size?

Nursing Bra Conversion Kit

Nursing Bra Conversion Kit

If you really can’t find anything, which is unfortunately perfectly possible if you have a large back and/or cup size, you could always look at converting a regular bra you find comfortable into a nursing bra with the aid of a Nursing Bra Conversion Kit.

There are helpful tutorials online like this one and it really doesn’t take a lot of sewing.

Online stores with UK shops where you can potentially get measured

(check with your local store to see if they offer a measuring service)

Bravissimo Nursing Bra

Bravissimo – £30.50 – up to 40G or 38HH

 

Bravissimo – 21 stores across the UK

4 options for large size nursing bras – up to a back size 40 cup size K

Marks & Spencer – 2 for £29.50 – up to 38G or 40F

 

 

Marks & Spencer

6 options for larger size nursing bras – up 42G (or 38GG, 36H)

 

 

Debenhams £28 – up to 38H

 

 

Debenhams

9 options for larger size nursing bras – up to 40GG or 38J

 

Mothercare – 2 for £30 – up to 40G

 

 

Mothercare

7 options for larger size nursing bras – up to 40G

 

Online retailers (or retailers who don’t offer a fitting service)

EnVie Nursing Bra

EnVie £34.99 –
up to 42G or 40H

Brastop Nursing Bra

Brastop £29 –
up to 38HH

 

<< En Vie – up to 50G

 

Brastop – up to 40G (or 38HH) >>

 

 

 

Ample Bosom Nursing Bra

Ample Bosom £26 – up to 40L

Simply Be – £35 – up to 40HH

 

<< Ample Bosom – up to 44GG

 

Simply Be – up to 40HH >>

 

 

 

Figleaves Nursing Bra

Figleaves £40 –
up to 42E (or 38G)

Bon Prix – £14.99 – up to 46DD

 

<< Figleaves – up to 48E (or 42H)

 

Bon Prix – up to 46E >>

 

 

 

Fashionworld Nursing Bra

Fashionworld £15 –
up to 44DD (42F)

LaRedoute 2 for £27 – up to 42E

 

<< LaRedoute – up to 42E

 

Fashionworld – up to 44E >>

 

 

Hotmilk £23.95 – up to 42H

 

 

 

 

Hot Milk – up to 42H >>

 

 

 

Nursing Bra Shop

Nursing Bra Shop £35.49
– up to 48E

From Here To Maternity Bra

From Here To Maternity £23.99 – up to 40J

<< Nursingbra-shop.co.uk – up to 48E, or 46G, 42H, 40L

 

From Here to Maternity – up to 46F, 44G, 40H, 38I >>

 

 

 

Curvissa Nursing Bras - £28 for 2 (B cup only up to 44B)

Curvissa Nursing Bras – £28 for 2 (B cup only up to 44B)

<<Curvissa

and of course, there’s always

Amazon and

eBay

 

 

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