When you have a baby, things change.
Lumpy and saggy are just a couple of words that come to mind and could be said for both stomachs and breasts in the weeks following postpartum. And after you breastfeed, other things change more.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve nursed your child into toddlerhood or just gave it go for 6 months. Your breasts morph just from taking on milk after the baby is born, but oh my goodness do they go through so many stages while nursing!
In the weeks after the body stops producing milk on demand, breasts will begin to eat themselves… yes, you read that right… and with such a drastic transformation (even if you can’t see what’s going on), you better believe you deserve a better bra!
Tips for finding a supportive bra after breastfeeding and weaning a baby
Shopping for a bra after weaning your baby can be stressful.
And you will fail.
It’s hard to know what size you are now because so much has shifted, been bitten, been traumatized, and ultimately just changed. You could be a larger or even a smaller size. And what you loved previously may not be as flattering as your remember. Because maybe you’re like me and have been a milk factory for 4+ years or maybe you converted your favorite bra into a nursing bra.
Just know that it takes time. Trial and error are a part of re-learning your body.
Get a fitting
Take a moment to stop by your local specialty shop and get fitting for a bra that will fit just right. The right fit will help push your chest where you want it and keep everything in line.
Know the styles
You get to choose a bra that it best suits your needs, your styles, and your confidence.
So look at yourself, know what would make you feel like a million dollars and what maybe isn’t as flattering as your would like. Understand the styles and even ask an employee at a bra specialty shop to explain the differences in each.
Don’t buy a bunch of bras at once.
In the weeks and even months following nursing, your breasts will change a lot. Make a small investment at first. After a couple months, get refitted to see if things have changed.
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Get a bra for sleeping.
Many women love to take their bra off at the end of the day. But a sports bra is great for supporting your chest while you relax. And so many women find that this helps when going through the awkward transitions (you know, that part about the insides of your breasts eating themselves?!).
So if it works for you, do it! Regardless, comfort is vital.
Your breasts are all yours again. Enjoy it!
Mark your calendars
Be prepared to shop again between 6 and 9 months after weaning when your breasts will start to gain a bit of fat again and take back the full shape you once had.
Basic bra shopping tips for moms
- Look for straps that can be adjusted down as they stretch over time.
- Pic a bra with a band that is comfortable on the end connection. As the band stretches you can move further in for the perfect fit.
- Try on several cup styles. After weaning your baby you may find a push-up gives you the look that makes you feel the most confident as your breasts change shape.
- Try on a sister size. Bra sizes have sister sizes where you can go down a cup and up a band or down a band or up a cup. After getting your measurements give sister sizes a try. One may give you a better fit.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!