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We’ve all been there. Straps that slip off, bands that ride up, sides that dig in and create unflattering lines…. No wonder the bra-less movement was such a big deal in the 60’s! Luckily for us, bras have come a long way since the days of the torpedo shaped torture devices, so if you need (or want) to wear one, you’ve got options.

find the right fit for your maternity bra

If you’re nursing, it’s not really a matter of wanting to wear a bra. Congratulations, you’re either wearing a bra or chancing soaking your shirt (and possibly your pants ) if you spring a leak.

A properly fitting bra changes the way you feel (hi support!), how you look, and even the way your clothes fit, but did you know experts say that 8 out of 10 women are actually wearing the wrong bra size. No wonder we hate them! Lingerie professionals also recommend checking your size once a year.

So how do you get the right fit on what is likely the most worn item in your motherhood wardrobe? Read on friend.

How to get your traditional band and cup size:

  1. Wearing a non-push up/minimally padded bra, wrap a tape measure just below your bust, or along the band of the bra you’re wearing.
  2. Next measure around the largest part of your breasts with the tape measure. Pull snug but not tight.
  3. Subtract the band size from the bust size to find your cup size. Every inch is one cup size!

Here’s a helpful chart:


Cup size


A cup


B cup


C cup


D cup


DD cup


DDD cup


Some common issues you may have and how to fix them:

  • Slipping straps: tighten up, buttercup! They may have lost their elasticity if they’re slipping and as tight as they go, or you may need a smaller band size if there is plenty of room in the band and the straps slide off your shoulders.
  • Digging straps: after you loosen them, if they’re still digging, you may need a larger cup size.
  • Band riding high: By FAR the most common problem fit experts see is the back band riding too high. It should not be higher in the back than the front, it should sit snugly around the center of your back. Riding a little high? Be sure your straps are not too short, but you probably need a bigger band size
  • Quad-boob or side spills:  You know what I’m talking about. You look in the mirror under a fitted shirt and your cups have muffin tops! Time for a bigger cup size to secure the spillage
  • Busting below: Often referred to as “underboob” if your breasts are showing under your cups/ band… you may need to size your band down or tighten it up. If that doesn’t seem to fix it, then you need to go up a cup size.
  • Gaping cups: If there’s space between your goods and your cup, go down a cup size!

SO there you have it! How to properly fit your bras and how to solve some common bra related squabbles. If you’re in the market for a great maternity or nursing bra check out some of ours here, here, and here. Don’t worry, we’ve got a handy size chart too


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