MATERNITY & NURSING BRA FITTING GUIDE
We’ve all heard that 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size. Wondering if your bras are the right size? How should a great fitting bra feel? Well obviously, it should feel comfortable! The band should fit low and even under the breasts. The cups should fully contain breasts without spillover on the sides. Structured bras should lay flat in the center, between breasts, with smooth cups.
Signs it’s too big – wrinkles on the cups and gaping, band rides up in the back, and adjusted straps still slide off shoulders.
Signs it’s too small - you notice spillover on the top or sides, it “pokes” you anywhere, or center section doesn’t lay flat.
While bra fitting is more of an art than a science, we do have a starting place for measuring to get the best fit in our bras. You can also tell us what size you’re currently wearing, and how it fits (where it has extra space or feels tight) and we can take it from there.
To measure yourself you will need two measurements. If you have a tape measure, perfect! If not, wrap anything like a belt, robe sash, scarf, or ribbon around yourself and then measure that piece on an internet ruler. We know moms with newborns are super busy, we don’t want to send you on another errand just for a tape measure!
Put on a bra that you feel fits you well, it shouldn’t be overly padded or constrictive. If breastfeeding, measure yourself during the daytime, before a regular feeding, when your breasts are full.
#1: Underbust/ribcage – measure directly under your breasts to determine your band size. The tape should be snug, but not tight. Round this number up to the nearest EVEN number, this rounded # is your BAND SIZE.
#2: Fullest Chest – measure around the fullest part of your breasts to determine your cup size. The difference between this number and your BAND SIZE is the cup size – where 1” difference = A cup, 2” difference = B cup, 3” difference = C cup, 4” difference = D cup, 5” difference = DD(E) cup, 6” difference = DDD(F) cup, 7” difference = DDDD(G) cup, and so on.
Example: Your underbust measures 33 inches, and your fullest chest measures 39 inches. Your band size would round up to 34, and since 39-34=5” difference, your cup size would be DD or E.
Contact us at any time with your measurements or how your current bra is fitting, and we would be glad to recommend the best size for you in our French Terry, Organic Cotton, Simply Sublime, or Marvella bras.
Bra fit is extremely personal. You need to love how it feels, regardless of whether or not it is your recommended size. We will work with you until you have a fit you love!
Our pajamas and tanks run “true to size”, and hopefully you will enjoy wearing them even after your nursing days are over! Our comfortable designs are meant to flatter not hide your figure – you’ll find they tend more toward the “tailored” than “tent” maternity styles! Moms wanting to use pajamas and tanks in the last couple months of pregnancy will want to size up one size. The stretchy fabrics we use are designed to fit multiple sizes well, but in general, the following sizes hold true for the Davy Pajamas, Amelia Pant Set, Amelia Short Set, Angelina Gown, French Terry Tank, and Simply Sublime Tank
XS (0-2), S (4-6), M (8-10), L (10-12), XL (12-14), XXL (14-16)
Our postpartum panties are designed especially for the first 1-6 weeks post-delivery and sized slightly on the larger size so as to be roomy and comfortable without binding or pulling. For best fit, measure around the fullest part of your hips, and use the following size guide to order:
S: 36-38 inches
M: 39-41 inches
L: 42-44 inches
XL: 45-48 inches
XXL: 49-52 inches