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Recent recommendations for nursing bras??
Anyone have a good place for nursing bras where they do good
fittings? Mama's hooter holder?
My favorite nursing bra right now is the hug bra. It's very
comfortable and easy to use/adjust when nursing and done
nursing. You can get it at Japanese Weekend:
I recommend Fashion After Passion in Alameda. Also nursing
In Full Swing in Rockridge. They fit me with nursing great
bras a few months ago. They are pricy, but they are really
good quality. And it really helps to have them explain the
proper size you'll need and try a bunch of styles on. I have
since gone to Target to get a couple more, but would have
had no idea what to purchase without getting my first set @
In Full Swing. I highly recommend the Belabumbum bamboo
sleeping bra they carry - it is unbelievably comfortable.
I'd skip their tanks - I think the one I got was $55, and
given that you'll get Lanolin stains on them (even if you're
careful, it'll happen) I don't think it's worth it. Again,
got those at Target. The women are really nice. I think you
need to call for an appointment though, because the woman
who does the fittings is not there every day. Good luck!
Another nursing mom
I went to Nordstroms in WC and they were very helpful.
Fashion After Passion in Alameda- biggest nursing bra
selection in the East Bay, and lots of great help! Laura
Where to buy small-band big-cup nursing bra
While I've been happy over the last few years to play the lottery with
ordering small band/big cup bras online (Herroom.com and
Biggerbras.com are my faves for reliable, friendly online vendors), I
would love to find a Bay Area store that actually stocks *nursing* bras I
can try on in a 32-34 band and H/I/J cup. I'll happily travel through the
Caldecott, to SF or down the Peninsula for a reliable store with a good
range of bras and knowledgable staff.
The usual places, like Day One, tend to stock only brands like Anita that
don't even *make* true-to-fit small band/large cup nursing bras.
Thank you for ANY suggestions!
Need a real bigger bra store
Get thee to Alameda...see Jaye at Fashion After Passion.
Look them up on Yelp!
Fashion after passion in alameda - open Wednesday thru
Sunday. Incredibly knowledgable, huge inventory, mom owned
amazing bussiness. Thousands of nursing bras - but more
importantly they know how to fit the bras. Good luck
I recently went through the same thing during the pregnancy
and subsequent birth of my daughter. On a referral from
someone else I went to Fashion After Passion in Alameda.
This is a consignment store; however, they stock both new
and used nursing bras in the back of the shop(I opted for
only new, though I tried on some used that I could not tell
had been previously worn). They also stock nursing tanks for
us bigger gals - as you can imagine those Target styles just
aren't going to cut it. Because of the growth I experienced
during my pregnancy I had no idea how to fit myself at 36
weeks. The owner handles fittings. Now, be warned, she needs
to get a little 'hands-on' to get the job done and she's
busy (that day she was the only one working while half a
dozen shoppers came through). But, I was so grateful to have
her there. Not only did she understand small band/large cup,
but she knew her bras and had several options to choose
from. And, she advised me on how to estimate my sizing for
after delivery. I also overheard her working in the next
fitting room with a 2nd time mom suffering from an infection
and told her the size you were nursing #1 doesn't usually
work for #2. I'm tucking away that bit of info. for the next
time around. I also loved that they were major name brads,
because I ended up ordering a second tank from Amazon.com
after my baby was born. Best of luck! Been there
At my peak I wore a 32J nursing bra. I too mostly purchase
bras online but also had luck at Natural Resources in SF and
In Full Swing in Rockridge (it's a plus size store but also
stocks nursing bras.) I would definitely call first to find
out brands/sizes in stock though b/c they don't always have
the harder-to-find sizes on the shelf. If you're interested,
I have a very gently used Bravado that I believe is a 32J.
It's not an underwire so it wasn't my favorite but if you're
interested, email me and I'll dig it up to check the size.
Also heard Fashion after passion in Alameda has a good
selection but never made it over there. Anna
Try In Full Swing on College Ave. It's a plus-size clothing
store, but they also do fittings for nursing bras. I got a
few Bravado options that worked well. I was only a 32F, but
if you call ahead I imagine they can order some options to
meet your size if they don't have it in stock. The people
working there are very nice. Fellow bra buyer
I have gone to Fashion After Passion in Alameda and they are
the best! It is a resale store with new maternity and
nursing bras. The owner will fit you and they have the best
bras. It changed my life...seriously. They have every type
and size you could want.
I saw you got a lot of replies for In Full Swing and Fashion
After Passion. Neither place worked for me - I was a 32 H/I.
I ended up have a great phone conversation with someone at
The Pump Station in L.A.
http://www.pumpstation.com/pumpstation/ They put me on to
the bravado bliss bra, which is a soft cup but very
supportive. I've since gotten them on Amazon, too. I've worn
them for 17 months and counting and they have adapted really
well to changing boobs as they went from engorged to almost
weaned. feel your pain!
Where to stock up on nursing bras?
I am pregnant with my second, and nursed my first for a few
years, so all my nursing bras are worn out. Can anyone
recommend a good place to stock up on nursing bras if you're
going to buy 4 or 5 of them? It can be local or online. Or
are there any annual sales that are worth waiting for? I
liked the medela bras last time around (they held my girls
UP!) But they seem not to have lasted all that long, so I'm
not wedded to that brand. All suggestions appreciated. Hate
paying $40 for a bra
If you want a decent bra that isn't too expensive (not fancy
either), and you want to get several, I suggest Target.
That's where I bought mine and they are all around 20ish
dollars if I remember correctly. They are simple, lightly
padded where the straps snap at the shoulder so you can pull
it down. You can try them in the store and see. It's worth a
Hope that helps.
I think that Fashion After Passion in Alameda has the
biggest variety of nursing bras at reasonable prices in the
Bay Area. The owner is incredibly patient, experienced and
personable and will help you find exactly the bras you're
looking for. Visiting her store is always a pleasure. The
address is 1205 Lincoln Avenue. Best wishes getting the
support you desire! Lisa
I highly recommend Birth and Baby
(http://birthandbaby.com/). I had better luck with them
than with local retailers such as Fashion after Passion
(they were very friendly but didn't have any bras that fit
me well), perhaps because I am an unusual size. The service
was personal and friendly, with helpful advice via email and
special orders. Prices were competitive as well, and the
return process, should you need it, is simple. Really great
service. If/when I need more nursing bras, this is where I
will turn. Check them out! -big boob mama
Bao Bei Maternity is a local, San Francisco based company
that makes a great nursing sport bra. It really carries
over to your casual wear because it is so comfy and
New Momma of 3
Nursing Bra Fitting
Does anyone know a good place to get a fitting for a
nursing bra, either in Oakland/Berkeley or Walnut Creek?
Caludette from Cotton & Co. in Berkeley used to be the
best (she knew my size when I just walked in her store,
with my clothes on!!!). Now that Cotton & Co. is closed,
I heard a store next to it (In Full Swing) does the
nursing bra fittings, but wonder if someone actually went
there for that.
thank you for your help!
Go to ''Fashion after Passion'' in Alameda. It has the largest
selection of nursing bras in northern California. J is very
kiind, very experienced and she really knows what she's
doing. FAP also carries a lot of new and gently-used
second-hand maternity clothes, baby clothes, parenting
books, and gear of all types for ages 0 to at least 4.
Note: I am not an employee or close friend, and my offspring
is now 11, but I'm a very enthusiastic former customer!
... best of luck!
I had the best bra fitting of my entire life by the owner at
''Fashion After Passion'' in Alameda. It is worth the drive,
esp if you are even considering Walnut Creek!!
The best part about it ~ other than my super wonderful bras
~ is that she buys back baby gear/accessories, clothes, and
maternity wear. I went during her buying hours (call for
details) and she took some things, giving me credit towards
half the purchase price of a NEW BRA. She is not uber uber
picky like some of the stores in Berkeley. It was awesome to
1) have a bra that fits
2) get rid of stuff I don't/can't use
3) get a discount on my new bra b/c of my old stuff!!
She even had the info about my bra purchase written down in
a book (from over two years ago!) that she was able to refer
to and get me back in the same bra asap. The owner is a
little quirky (asking me if I was having another baby ~ ''I
think you are, if you're considering that black lace bra!''
?!!??!) but who cares when my girls are SO HAPPY?!
happy with my puchase!
I went to In Full Swing, and I thought they were great. The
women who work there are so welcoming and patient for
nursing bra fittings. You can call ahead and make an
appointment, or probably just drop in. I still go there to
buy sleep bras as shower gifts because I loved one of their
brands so much. They've even been willing to ship a second
sleep bra to a friend of mine who lives out of town.
I highly recommend you make an appointment with Luz at Baby World on
Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. (www.babyworldonline.net). She helped me find
the perfect bra (im on the larger size and its very hard to find bras that fit
well!). She special ordered them for me and they arrived within a week and a
half. I was also having problems nursing (sore nipples etc..) and she knew
exactly what i needed. 510-547-7040
Try Beauty and Attitude on Vine at Shattuck. The women who
work there are very good at fittings, and they have a selection
of nursing bras that are attractive as well as very functional, a
refreshing change from the standard selection of nursing bras
that I have encountered.
I absolutely loved going to Fashion after Passion in
Alameda. They do trades for baby and maternity stuff too,
so I got a great deal off of my maternity bras for bringing
in some unneeded items. I got great help and advice and
some excellent bras!
Fashion After Passion, located in Alameda, has a great
selection of nursing bras. You can find reviews on Yelp.
The owner, Jaye, is very helpful. It's also a consignment
shop for maternity clothes, baby clothes and gear/furniture.
Nursing bras that conceal the nipples
I am about to embark on having baby 2. One of the things that bothered
me the most the first time around is that u could always see my nipples
through my nursing bras even if I wore nursing pads. I know cotton bras
are better for nursing but was hoping to buy at least 1 more nursing bra
that was seamless and thick enough where persistant and hard nursing
nipples would no peek through!
Try Lilypadz - they're a silicone nursing pad substitute. I'm done with nursing,
but still find them useful for cold days, under tanktops, etc. as they do a great
job concealing the 'headlights'.
While I don't have a specific bra to recommend, I do know of
a good place to get a bra fitting/consultation. The store
has a horrible name: 'Fashion After Passion' (honestly!),
but the woman who runs it is very knowledgeable and has a
really good selection of bras. Sometimes having a seam in
the right place really helps.
I am nursing now, and one of the best nursing bras I've
found is made by Motherhood Maternity. I bought mine in the
store, but I'm pretty sure it's this one:
No seams in the front, it's padded enough so that you can't
see a nursing pad or nipple through it, and it has the
additional benefit of being cut so that you can wear low-cut
tops with it (many other nursing bras come up way too high
in the front for my taste). It is not underwire, though it
has a hard piece of plastic on the side of both cups - I
just made a small cut in the inside seam and removed those,
and it is very comfortable and still perfectly supportive
(I'm a 38DD right now).
Current source for nursing bras in Berkeley/Oakland
I'm looking for a good source for a nursing bra in the Oakland/Berkeley area. Friends had recommended Cotton & Co., but when I tried to call them I found that they have gone out of business. Looks like most of the recommendations on the nursing bra advice page are at least a little out of date.
I am a 44D but could probably use a good fitting as well. Does anyone have any suggestions where to start?
Fashion After Passion in Alameda - make sure you get their new address - they moved about a year ago or so. They had a lot of sizes and there were bargains to be had on some good bras. Or the Nurture Center in Lafayette - they had a good selection of european bras that were supportive and comfy - important if you're a bigger size.
try natural resources in SF, they have an online store and carry a huge selesction of Bras. Greta place only carry products that are sustainable, organic and all the toys have been tested for led etc...Cara is the owner but all the girls are real helpfull. 415-550-2384, 1361 Valencia, www.naturalresources-sf.com
Mathew Carson email@example.com
Although Cotton and Company has closed, they are still doing nursing bra fittings and sales through ''In Full Swing'' - a plus-size clothing store up the street. Give them a call and schedule a fitting. 654-5144.
Hoping to be helpful
I believe that In Full Swing on College Avenue in Oakland has just started a fitting service for nursing bras. They began offering it after Cotton Kids closed. http://infullswing.com
I had a good experience at Fashion After Passion in Alameda.
Try Mimi Maternity in Emeryville (expensive, but they will probably be helpful in fitting).
I'm expecting my second child in July, and I'm at a bit of a loss
for a good nursing bra... I was hoping some of the other
voluptuous women on this board could help :-).
Last time the biggest I got was a 40F... but my favorite nursing
bras by far were the Medela softcup seamless bra, either in 38 or
40 DD. They fit well, they were very comfortable, they didn't
make my breasts pointy, and they were easy to unhook and rehook.
Alas... I'm 7 months pregnant and already wearing a 38 G. I am
kind of afraid of how big my breasts are going to get when my
milk comes in, but I am right now going on the assumption that I
will need a 38 H. The wonderful, comfy Medela bras don't come in
cup sizes higher than DD.
By the way, yes, I have visited Cotton and Company in Rockridge,
twice, been helped twice by the expert there, and both times I
have ended up leaving the store with a bra or two that kind of
fit well in the store but was really so annoying or uncomfortable
in actual practice that I never wanted to wear them. In my
experience, they don't have enough brands or enough large-sized bras.
Soooo... here's what I'm looking for - please, if you have a bra
that fits all these criteria, let me know! I don't have the
money to buy a bunch of $40 bras that probably won't work, and I
ONLY had luck with the Medela before.
--When you unhook it, there is still fabric around the whole
breast, not just on the outside - i.e., you open up the flap and
there's a hole for breastfeeding, not just a side strap. Also -
the hole has to NOT make the breast into a weird torpedo shape.
--Looks good under a t-shirt - not too much lace, no unfortunate
seams right at the nipple, you can't really see the hook/snap
part at the top.
--Very very supportive.
--If possible, doesn't give you a uniboob.
I know, I know, I'm being really picky. But I plan to nurse for
a long time (nursed for 3 years last time) and I am just DONE
with uncomfortable bras that don't work well for me. Please tell
me you know the perfect bra!
go to Fashion After Passion, Webster Street, Alameda on a day
the owner, J, is working. She is amazing. I promise you will
NOT leave the store unitl you find the perfect fit. I think she
has over 6,000 bras in stock. Seriously. Big, small whatever.
Me, I am ''low breasted'' and have big shoulders - we found not
one, but three nursing bras that I love. Cannot say enough good
things about her. Pretty sure she is there most weekdays.
I am normally a DD. Nursing I was a G, depending on the fitting
method used. I think with my last kid I was using the goddess
bras which can be purchased through Motherhood.com. I didn't buy
through them though because, as you would probably understand, I
refuse to buy bra's mail order unless it is my regular brand and
style. I started out by going to a place called Under It All.
(Last time I checked they were listed in the Oakland phonebook
even though they are located in Pittsburg.) It may seem far to
go, but it is TOTALLY worth the drive. 1st: they have all sizes,
well past G and H. 2nd: your personal fitter comes in to the
dressing room and measures you, hears your preferences and
brings out choices to you. They were very patient and
knowledgeable. 3rd: They sell many brands and styles. In fact
post babies, they are the only place I will go for specialty
bras (like that strappless contraption required when one is a
bride's maid) because I know they will carry my size and fit me
sometimes bigger doesn't seem better
Boy do I feel your pain! I was at least a G with my first and
probably bigger with my second (I'm a DD right now 2years post
birth). I tried a bunch and had the same set of criteria you
have with little success. I liked the Bravado the best for
comfort, but they lost fabric strength (stretch) rather
quickly. With my second I tried Target since I was sick of
paying $40 and up for each bra. For something like $20 they
have tank-top style nursing bras. They are very easy to
unclasp and the whole tank top is still on with only the flap
lowering. They are smooth stretchy cotton and never seemed to
lose their stretch. The do give a bit of the una-boob look,
but I was SOOOO happy to sacrifice individuality for comfort,
cost, longevity and ease of use! I also recommended these to
my PT and she LOVES them - I am now her patient ''who
recommended her nursing bra''. If nothing else, just take a
look at them. They might be the comfort bra you need for
casual settings and you can save the expensive, shapely one for
For comfort and support, I cannot recommend highly enough
www.decentexposures.com. Choose a nursing bra or not, the
regular bras lift up or down very easily. Choose the most
supportive fabric for your first purchase. They are wonderful
about helping you size yourself, and adjust your bra for free the
first time. The only other place I have gotten bras that fit
(and these are not nursing bras, my three year old only nurses at
wakeup and bedtime so I just switch to a Decent Exposure bra
then) is Nordstrom. They have great fitters there on staff and
are very helpful about suiting YOUR needs, not theirs. Good luck!
32 G who has been nursing 6.5 years
my wife really liked the glamourmom (www.glamourmom.com) nursing
bra tops -- they max out at g but/and are super stretchy and, she
thought, more comfortable than a nursing bra -- fits most of your
mentioned requirements. only the nursing bra top comes in larger
sizes. the nursing bra tank isn't as supportive
Might try Nurture Center in Lafayette. They had a pretty good
selection & were helpful for me
I will be interested to read the suggestions you get because I have some of the same
needs. I also love the Medela seamless bras but only use them at night since they
do give the ''uniboob'' look. I've been somewhat happy with 2 Anita bras I
purchased at the Nurture Center although, like you, really want something that has
much more fabric to support my breast when it is unclasped during nursing. I came
across the ''all-round'' model a few minutes ago and am considering it for my next
purchase. I know Anita has a website of their own, too, but I'm nursing as I type
this and can't to the other room where I have their web address!
Also am picky and hate badly made bras
My sister-in-law is expecting in October and is currently
wearing a size J cup bra. Does anyone know where she might be
able to find nursing bras in cup size J and higher (since her
size will likely increase once her milk comes in)? It seems that
no one makes nursing bras in these larger sizes - does anyone
have other ideas/alternatives to a nursing bra? Going braless
isn't really an option. Thanks.
- wanting to provide support...
Try calling Claudette (owner) of Cotton & Company on College Ave
in Rockridge. She's very knowledgeable. Good luck.
I haven't tried them myself, but a friend who's a championship
shopper swears by Decent Exposures bras
(www.decentexposures.com). They go up to size 54L and can be
ordered with or without nursing flaps. She said they were very
comfortable both when she was pregnant and when she was nursing.
From an internet search, these companies sell bras that large:
Here's a British company. They may ship to the US or perhaps
you can find the same brands here in the US:
Hope this helps. Good luck!
I haven't tried them, but I've heard Fashion after Passion in
Alameda has a good selection of plus size nursing bras. I have
ordered from www.breakoutbras.com, and they carry the Goddess
line of nursing bras, which do run up to a J cup and seem to run
big overall, so that might work. They do returns or exchanges
and shipping is free.
Bras for Body and Soul in Fremont saved my J-cup dilemma.
www.hersfund.org. Newborn Connections at CPMC on California in
San Francisco also has a pretty good selection. Good luck!
It's hard to find. I was there and that size and it's very,
very hard. That said, I did have some luck at ''Fashion After
Passion'' and actually Nordstroms did give great service and
help. This was 3 years ago. I hope it's better out there and
it's sweet of you to think of her and help!
glad I'm not a J anymore!
Try the Fancee Free Nursing Bra at:
These are the ones that I purchased when looking for nursing
bras and I needed a J cup as well.
Try Cotton and Company. There is another store that was across
the st from them. I cannot remember the name; and they moved.
Cotton and Co should have what she will need, will fit her and
Have you tried Fashion After Passion on Webster in Alameda? Jay
is real good at helping you and has lots of bras in stock or
would know where to order if she doesn't have the correct size.
Figleaves.com has nursing bras up to J size, and has free
shipping. I would recommend that she order several different
brands, as I found they all fit fairly differently. I ended up
with the Emma Jane, as it seemed to be the largest of the J
cups. Also, when my milk first came in, and before I lost the
pregnancy weight, I couldn't find a bra that fit, so one good
thing to know is that for each band size (eg 34 to 36) you go
up, the cup size goes down one size--thus a 36J would the same
cup size as a 34K--so she can buy a larger band size in a J and
have a tailor alter the band to fit. Good luck to her!
Go see J at Fashion after Passion on Webster street in
alameda. she stocks over 6,000 new nursing bras and will know
what to do -- even if she does not carry it. she is not great
at answering her phone but is usually there. She is amazing.
love my bras!
They go even beyond J!
I'm still nursing my 15 month old, and my Bravado nursing bras
make me look like a sack of potatoes. I want to keep the ''easy-
access'' feature of nursing bras but find something that won't
make me look so dowdy. I think underwires are out, but are
there any other brands/styles that give some shape back to
I've tried lots of nursing bras. Ultimately, I like the Anita
bras that I get from Cotton and Company in Oakland on College.
They carry a $36 microfiber bra that has more shape (and keeps
it) than most non-underwire nursing bras. If you want to get
fitted at Cotton and Co. you need to make an appointment, but if
you know your size you can go without an appointment.
Try www.birthandbaby.com they not only have an amazing selection of nursing
bras, but they have wonderful advice on which ones are right for your size AND
shape breasts. I have HUGE boobs so I really need an underwire and I like the
Leading Lady bras they carry. They give you lots of support, great shape and easy
access. I do find that they wear out rather quickly but I don't think that's too
unusual considering the weight they are carrying and how much I wear them. If you
buy from there and remember, please use my name as your referal because I get a
little off my next purchase for people I refer there. Thanks!
I'm looking for good, supportive nursing bras. Does anyone
have a favorite?
I checked the website and found everythig to be from 2000.
There have been a lot of new maternity lines since then, so I
was hoping for some more recent info.
While nursing two babies for one year each I bought nursing bras
everywhere from specialty shops to Target. My favorites - by
far - were the ones from Target. They have a great
selection,they have good supportive styles, the bras lasted a
long time and they're pretty inexpensive.
I was fitted at Cotton & Company right before delivering and
ended up with Leading Lady bras for my large chest. Nothing
flashy, but comfortable enough that I'm still wearing them, even
though we've weaned!
*In need of new bras, too*
My favorite is the soft cup satin & lace available at Motherwear
(www.motherwear.com) which also has a pretty wide selection of
different styles, with support-level ratings.
Instead of buying too many pricey nursing bras, I converted some
of my comfortable, 100% cotton bras into flip-downs. Just snip
strap above the cup, add a snap, and sew on a length of elastic
from the strap to just below cup (so you don't lose the strap
when cup is flipped-down).
Or, you could go to Cotton & Company on College (near Rockridge
BART) and spend $25 on a Japanese Weekend bra. Very comfy, all
cotton. The Bravado felt even better, it's $34.
Be sure to avoid underwires, as they can lead to plugged
The only nursing bra that I've found remotely comfortable,
supportive and easy to use (you can open and close it w/ one hand)
was by Olga. I got it at Mimi Maternity and, last time I checked,
they no longer sell the Olga one, but sell the exact same bra
under their own label. It is the ''cotton softcup nursing bra''.
Another bonus of this bra is the no-seams at the nipples. I was
shocked when first shopping for bras that seamless bras are very
hard to find.
Good luck. I spent way too much money buying horribly
uncomfortable bras before finding this one.
There are many different brands of nursing bras available. It
is probably best to go to a store such as The Nurture Center or
Cotton & Co. to check them out.
Medela makes a good, seamless bra, available in softcup and
underwire, that is quite supportive.
Other supportive bras are the Olga underwire, and then the
larger cup size bras (DD and up) by Fancee Free and Gabrialla.
The best, most supportive nursing bra I found was Fancee Free
style #94305D Extra Support Softcup Nursing Bra. I bought one at
Fashion after Pasion in Alameda, liked it so much I ordred 2
more from www.lactationconnection.com. I'm up to a G-cup(!!!)
and it's the only one I'll wear now - I wear it on long walks
and it keeps everything in place. Laction Connection's
description of the bra is:
''This Fancee Free nursing bra has foam under support for lift
without the discomfort of a wire. Padded shoulder straps, 100%
cotton three-step cups, four-wide back closure make this the bra
of choice for larger busted mothers. White only.''
I just got a nursing bra from Title 9 in Berkeley that I LOVE. I
wasnt' thrilled with the Bravado, as it seemed to stretch out too
fast. And I've tried a few others that have not offerred
adequate support. I don't know the name of the brand, but they
only have two (Title 9 is on 10th off Gilman, right near Smith
and Hawken) and this is the one with the lace in the middle
(which is great because it looks like a lace camisole under a
shirt if you want it to). The other one that they carry seemed
very supportive as well but they didn't make it big enough for
mamas like me.
With my first son I purchased some Goddess bras toward the end
of nursing that I really liked, but they were expensive; around
$50 each. With my second son I found a sale at Motherwear.com
for about $30. I continued to use both brands and still prefer
the Goddess bra because the cup closure is easier to close with
one hand. (It is a plastic clasp instead of a hook and eye
closure.) I also have found that the Goddess bra held up better
in the laundry. They are in better shape that the ones from
Motherwear even though they have been around longer. Depending
on your size you may have more options than I did.
Fashion After Passion on Webster St in Alameda has the biggest
selection of maternity/nursing bras in the Bay Area. The owner,
Jaye, is extremely nice and helpful and the prices are quite
reasonable - especially for hard to find larger sizes (which is
what I was). Tell her I sent you!
I don't know if you need large size nursing bras, or just
supportive ones. I have found www.birthandbaby.com to be a
wonderful site for nursing bras. I particularly like Goddess
brand, model 5011. A good site for fitting tips is
The fit makes all the difference. Many people increase band
size when they actually need a smaller band and a bigger cup.
I would second the recommendation for Goddess (511) bras--you can
get them at Lady Grace online for about $34 (until mid july)--I
have been using mine for the last 2 years of nursing and am very
happy with the support, the durability, the ease of unsnapping
one-handed, etc. They are white cotton, soft, no underwire, no
lace next to the skin, although they do have seams (which don't
bother me). I tried Bravado but found it too stretchy, the
Leading Lady was not enough support and not as comfy and would
unhook itself periodically, the Walmart one I tried had little
support, the Medela one I tried didn't stay as supportive and the
hooks were more difficult. As you can see, I was very happy once
I found Goddess! Good luck.
36C-40D depending on the moment!
What brand of maternity bras did you find most comfortable and supportive?
Where did you get them? How about nursing bras? Again, I'm interested in
support and ease of use. Where did you get those? Thank you for your
I was able to wear 'normal' bras during maternity, although a much bigger
size. As a result
I did purchase several Olga's as they were very supportive at Macy's. About
two weeks before
my due date, I visited A Pea in a Pod in Walnut Creek next to Nordstrom's
for nursing bras.
I highly suggest going to a maternity store for purchasing of nursing bras.
The sales people
at "Pea" were very helpful and patient. I tried on about 10 bras, different
I ended up with two varieties: for day use - Olga with snap front but
support when open,
for night use -a jog style (slips over the head). I had originally bought a
bra but prior to use changed my mind - they exchanged it no problem. They
will also allow
you to exchange after the baby and milk have arrived. I thought I would
have to exchange
after the fact but with their knowledge I purchased the right size the
first time. Good Luck!
Hi - Two things about nursing bras I would consider. First, if you are
going to pump a lot and have a Medela pump, I would certainly look into
a Medela nursing bra, since they already have all the loops and so forth
for using the hands-free pumping equipment (totally great - indeed,
revolutionary -- for frequent pumping at work), and you will not have to
"retro-fit" all your bras for this purpose. (If you will only pump once
in a while, however, this is not a big consideration, nor is the
"retro-fitting" all that difficult, anyway.)
That having been said, I bought my (non-Medela and retro-fitted) nursing
bras at Room for One More on Main Street in Walnut Creek, and was very
satisfied from the point of view of comfort, fit and price. The woman
who owns the place is great at sizing up one's needs. I have also heard
that Cotton & Company on College Ave. is good, but I have no personal
experience with them for bras (they are good for kids' shoes!).
Best nursing bra I found was Bravado, sort of a sports type nursing
bra...very comfortable and easy to use. Cotton & Co. on College Ave. has
them. They have a web site too. Plus they have others and are quite good
at fitting you to a bra.
I really loved the "Bravado" nursing bras. Snap closure is easier than
hook-&-eye (one-handed operation); stretchy cotton was very comfortable;
fabrics were pretty. You can get them thru the mail or at Birth & Bondage
Regardless of the brand you choose (it will depend on your size) you must
go to Cotton and Company on College Ave and get fit by the woman my mom's
group nick-named "the bra goddess." I don't know her real name, but she
is white, has shortish hair and is middle-aged. She's extremely nice and
knows her bras!! She will take one look at you and set you up with the
right one. I haven't nursed for over a year but I wish I could take her
with me to get my regular bras!
I used the Bravada (Canadian-made), which can be obtained in a wide
range of great prints from the Bay Area Lactation Center at 2999
Regent Street across from Alta Bates hospital. It's around $30, and is
built like a comfortable sports bra but with a sturdy snap holding the
top of the cup to the strap, for quick and complete access during
I got a rather plain Bravada for a discount rate
(20-something) at another maternity store (can't recall, but they are
spreading in availability).
In combination with the Bravada, which I wore sleeping as well as
awake (they are that comfortable, but to keep them clean you need at
least two), I used the Curity nursing pads (the only ones which really
didn't leak for me), and to overcome initial nipple soreness, an
occasional application of Lansinoh purified lanolin (endorsed by La
Leche League), available at Longs for $8 (more at Rite Aid). The
Lansinoh was a good purchase -- it also works on small cuts, diaper
irritations, and on the occasional cracked dry spots that I get on the
skin at the edges of my fingernails in winter
I bought my nursing bras from Macy's. The brand name is "Olga."
They are very comfortable and ease of use. I used them as maternity
and nursing bras. Good luck!
Recommendation for maternity and nursing bras: I recommend Melinda G bras,
are widely available (at Cotton on College and also at the Bay Area
Lactation Center next
to Alta Bates). They come in white and black. Very very comfortable and
easy to use.
Not a specific bra recommendation, but if you are anywhere on the larger
side, I'd suggest getting one cheap nursing bra and then waiting about two
weeks to go to someplace where you can be fitted by someone with experience
(I, too, went to Cotton & Co.). The reason is that the first couple of
weeks after the birth, you'll be somewhat larger and possibly engorged a
bit until your milk supply "settles" down - I stretched out a really good
nursing bra, which made it much less useful later on.
Another recommendation for bra extenders, which can greatly extend the
lifespan of maternity bras. They're just a 2" piece of elastic with hooks
and eyes that you attach to your bra. They're only $1 or $2 apiece (way
cheaper than a new bra!), and you can find them at any fabric store. I got
mine at Stonemountain and Daughter on Shattuck.
I am about half way through my pregnancy and cannot find a bra that fits
anywhere! The mall maternity shops don't carry anything that is big enough.
I have heard that Fashion After Passion in Alameda has a large stock of
bras in all sizes, but everytime I try to go there they are closed. I cant
even find their listing in the phone book to call ahead for their hours. I
know that I cannot be the only woman who did not begin pregnancy as a 32A,
but you would never guess that from what the stores sell. Even JC Penny's
only goes up to a size F. I am getting very frustrated and uncomfortable!
Can anyone recommend a shop that has maternity or nursing bras larger than
a size G in stock? I dont' want to buy something without trying it on
first! Thanks for any advice.
Try Lullaby Lane in San Bruno. I don't know if they have size G but they
have a lot of bras. You should probably call ahead about the bras but
you should check Lullaby Lane out anyway because they have an amazing
amount of baby stuff.
My wife received excellent help from the folks at Cotton and Company on
I recently bought a Bravada maternity/nursing bra and I love it!
I am still pregnant, so when the
baby is born, I will buy a few more to accommodate my added size. It is
kind of expensive, though--$32--so be aware. After using my old sports bra
for the past four weeks, I feel great!
I would check out Cotton and Company on College Avenue in Rockridge. I do
not know what their largest size is, but I do know that they have an
extensive selection that spans larger cup sizes. I would talk to Claudette,
the owner, who is an excellent fitter. If she does not have what you need,
I think that she can special order something, or have bras specially made.
It is a great place. Good luck, Gail
I'm not quite as large breasted as the writer, but I did find exceptional
service and a very good selection of nursing/maternity bras at Cotton & Co.
on College Ave. in Rockridge. There is an elder woman there (the owner?)
who spends a lot of time with you and fetches loads of bras for you to try
on (a lot of stock is in the back, so you may mistakenly think the selection
is not overwhelming.) 3 out of the 4 nursing bras that I love and have used
for over a year were purchased there. I definitely recommend calling and
finding out the hours of this extremely helpful saleswoman before you visit
the store (of course, you may want to inquire about the availability of your
size as well.)
To bra searcher:
know Cotton and Company (On College Ave) also sells and fits maternity
bras. Trust me I was a D before pregnancy and off the charts during
pregnancy and breastfeeding.
I bought my nursing bras, with which I am very pleased, from Room For
One More in Walnut Creek. Although I did not get super-buxom, and so
have not had the difficulties you have experienced, Room for One More
specializes in fitting nursing bras, and you might call them to see what
they can do for you. They do keep regular business hours, are extremely
pleasant, and might even do a special order. They also have reasonably
priced casual maternity clothes. Good luck!
You might also try the stores that specialize in clothing for larger
women. Two that spring to mind are Says Who? on Piedmont Ave. in
Oakland (and its consignment cousin, Seams to Fit, on Telegraph, I
think), and In Full Swing on College Avenue in Elmwood/Rockridge.
It'd be worth a phone call, anyway.
Have you tried Cotton and Company, on College in Oakland? The owner is
very knowledgable about fitting bras, and they are open better hours than
Fashion After Passion. The only catch is that I do not know the range of
bras they keep in stock. I had no problem, but I wear a much more
"typical" size. Good luck!
I have a 4-month-old and found that Medela (producer of many breast-feeding
products) makes incredibly comfortable all-cotton nursing bras in a wide
variety of sizes and levels of support. The bras even come with directions
on how to fit a nursing bra correctly (not an easy task!) I found them at
Babies-to-Kids on Paseo Padre in Fremont (where I live). You might find a
retailer closer to your home by calling Medela at 1-800-435-8316 or on
their web site www.medela.com.
Try calling Mimi Maternity in San Francisco, they are located at the same
shopping mall as Nordstrom. There is another great maternity store right
next to Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, I don't remember the name but they are
somehow affiliated with Mimi Maternity, so you can get both numbers by
calling M M.
calling Nordstrom. A few years ago they carried a nursing bra by Olga
which was quite comfortable.
Rather than getting a maternity bra, I was advised to go to Nordstrom's
and get fitted for a Wacoal brand bra. They come in large sizes and are
*very* comfortable (although not cheap). The style I bought was called
"Body Suede," and I highly recommend it. If you go, tell them you are
pregnant, and they can also sell you some extenders for the back hooks, so
that you do not have to keep buying new bras as your ribcage expands. (If
you go to Walnut Creek, ask for Chrystal Newton, the Asst. Manager in
Lingerie -- she was wonderful.)
I have also heard that Cotton & Company on College Ave. is a good place to
go for nursing bras, but I am not ready for those yet, so I haven't
personally experienced it!
To the woman who needs a large size maternity bra: There is a store in
Walnut Creek that sells maternity clothes and is said to be the best place
to get large size maternity and nursing bras. I had a friend whose cup
size went up to H during nursing and she found she had a good selection
there. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the store, but if you
look in the yellow pages and call around you'll find it. Its NOT one of
those chains connected to Pea in the Pod. Its not located in the mall but
on one of the main shopping streets. Sorry I can't be more specific but I
hope this helps.
I want to second (third? fourth? :)) the recommendation of Cotton &
Company on College Ave. for nursing/maternity bras. I also blew up like a
balloon and Claudette saved my life! Also, I'd like to nominate Cotton &
Company as the first recipient of our "Good Feedback" from this list.
Apparently lots of people have had good experiences there--let's let them
There is a relatively new shop run by two pediatric nurses at 2999 Regent
Street across from Alta Bates hospital that will special order maternity bras
for you. They have a small selection of bras in-stock too. The women were
extremely nice and helpful. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the
store but perhaps if you call up the Long's next door to it, they might be
able to tell you.
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