... milk jug holder
Prior to yesterday - and since giving birth for the second time - I have been wearing the cheapest, flimsiest, non-supportive nursing bras. There are three in my collection:
- the cotton ultra-cheapy from Target with the non-existent band around the rib-cage so it slides up constantly
- the pretty pink one from some department store where I was "fitted" by a woman who didn't know what she was doing - purchased when nursing number one.
- the nude colored (my personal bra color preference) underwire from a maternity store; they didn't have my size, so I bought the next closest size - again, purchased with my first.
All of that changed when I walked into the woman's clinic here in town. I had heard from plenty of mommy friends about their great nursing bra fitting service - how it was so worth the extra dollars, etc. But I just couldn't manage to get there - by myself. Baring my breasts and trying on a dozen bras while entertaining a two year old and hoping the 4 month old doesn't get any ideas ... that is not my idea of a good time. Yesterday I took advantage of a little daddy daycare time ...
The very nice, soft-spoken lady started out by measuring me ... while commenting on how well I've done to regain my figure after having a baby. It's always nice to be lied to by the bra-fitter in your life, huh? I am so out-of-shape and still struggling with a wardrobe that does not fit me. But she was being nice, so I won't begrudge her that.
Brace yourself for this. According to her measurements, I needed a 32 G. Wish she had told me to sit down first; I was stunned. I am NOT that big. I mean, the girls are in their full glory, all milk-jugged and what-not. But G? Isn't that porno star size? The bra I wore into her little boutique is a 34 D. And then, suddenly, I remember an Oprah show about women and their ill-fitting bras. I knew I would have to trust this "professional bra fitter" who was telling me G.
In the end, and after trying on five different bras, I ended up with a 32 F that makes the girls feel lifted, supported, and always-at-the-ready.
Yes, I am finally a believer, and I distinctly regret not checking it out sooner! A new, well-fitting bra changes everything. Slight exaggeration, but seriously, it does make a huge difference. If you are currently wearing a bra that doesn't quite fit you right, I encourage you to seek professional help, spend a little extra money, and give the girls the support they deserve. You'll be glad you did. They'll be glad you did.
This has been a MommyBrain public service announcement on behalf of all the unsupported boobies out there!