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Choosing the Right Nursing Bra

Nursing Bra

Breast changes begin in the first trimester of pregnancy, and most mothers outgrow their pre-pregnancy bras right along with their skinny jeans. If you’re buying new bras during pregnancy, make sure to buy ones that FIT. Do not buy loose bras or nursing bras because you always want to make sure your breast tissues are held properly and supported. Save all bras as you will be able to wear at some point in your breastfeeding career and as you lose weight after birth.


What Kind of Bra To Buy?

Nursing bras are designed with cups that open. You can open the flap on the cup so that baby can nurse while the rest of the bra stays in place. Here’s what to look for when you shop:

  • Flaps should be easily opened with one hand. If you can refasten them with one hand, that’s even better depending on your cup size. Remember, your other arm will be holding a hungry baby. For discreet nursing in public, choose a bra with fasteners that you can open without looking at them.

  • The bra should support the breast from beneath even when the cup is open. This makes feeding more comfortable and reclosing the bra less of a struggle.
     
  • Avoid bras that open completely at the front for a feeding. You’ll have a hard time wrestling your breasts back into place when you’re done nursing 

  • Nursing bras should fit comfortably. Bras that are too tight can leave you vulnerable to plugged ducts and breast infections in the parts of the breast where straps or underwires block the flow of milk.
     
  • If you do choose an underwire bra, be very particular about the fit. The breast’s milk-producing tissue extends all the way back to your rib cage and up into your armpit. Depending on your shape and if your stomach is high, you may not be able to wear an underwire.  Don’t be upset.  All nursing styles we carry are VERY strong and supportive as if you are wearing a wire.
     
  • Cups should be made of a breathable fabric. This is usually 100 percent cotton or microfiber although some of the newer synthetics also allow the skin to breathe. Other synthetics trap moisture next to the nipples and encourage bacterial growth and soreness. Don’t buy a bra with a plastic lining.
     
  • You’ll need at least three bras: one to wear, one in the laundry, and one in the drawer. Owning a few more means you’ll have to wash less often.

  • At first buy only one of a particular style, to test it. When you find a bra you really like, purchase more of that style.

 

What Size?

How do you know what size bra to buy? Since breasts change dramatically postpartum, here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Your breasts will enlarge as your milk “comes in” after birth, so perhaps purchase one or two cup size bigger than what you’re wearing. These will get you through your first several weeks postpartum.  Your rib cage will decrease once the baby is born so do not buy a larger rib cage.

  • When your breast size settles down, usually after the second week, purchase additional bras that fit well.

  • Most nursing bras have several rows of hooks at the back to allow for changes in breast size and in rib cage expansion during pregnancy. If you buy a bra that fits well when fastened on the second row of hooks, you’ll have room to get a bit bigger and a bit smaller. Because the flaps are open on the sides, there’s also some room for expansion in the cups of most nursing bras.

  • Large breasted women need a bra with extra support.  We have them up to an M cup.
     

Do You Really Need A Nursing Bra?

Some mothers prefer to wear a nursing bra while they are breastfeeding. They’re more comfortable with the added support of a nursing bra. For others, especially those who are smaller-breasted, become more casual about bras as time goes on. Some women even choose to go braless.  This is a bad idea because the weight of the milk will pull your breast down and tear your tissues.  Others may choose stretchy non-nursing bras that can be lifted above the breast and then pulled back into place after feeding.

Do you absolutely need the support of a good bra while breastfeeding? Will it prevent sagging and stretching? YES!  Always support your breast no matter an A to an M cup.  Not doing so will tear tissues from the inside even if you can see it on the outside.

 

Where To Buy?

You can buy nursing bras online at aBra4Me.com. They provide options that feature necessary qualities in pretty styles that you'll feel good about wearing. We carry the best nursing bras from Elila (Eilla #1613 Nursing Bra)  and Leading Lady (Leading Lady #4338 Nursing Bra) at incredible prices.  Pick one up for yourself or the new mom in your life today and enjoy 20%-50% off!

The Benefits of Body Shapers

body shaper

There are many benefits to wearing body contouring shapewear when you need to look your best that important event. After all, looking good is important especially when you have that perfect outfit and don't want to look like you squeezed into it!

Body shapers are a great solution for achieving that slimmer, more toned look in clothes that would otherwise be a little too tight.

Shapewear Benefits

A few of the major benefits to wearing these body contouring undergarments are:

  •         an instantly slimmer figure
  •         a better appearance under tighter clothing
  •         that they are relatively inexpensive
  •         invisible beneath clothes
  •         complimentary to your weight loss diet and fitness program

Here is a bit more depth information in relation to those bullet points above.

Slimmer Figure

There is no question that wearing good quality shape wear can help to reduce the look of your physical appearance. Some even report inches off their thighs, tummy and backside while others claim they look several pounds lighter and can fit into clothes a size or two smaller than they would normally wear.

Looking Good

First impressions do count!  Your appearance means a lot and people form their initial opinion about you in the first few seconds of meeting you.

Shapewear provides an easy way to look slimmer than you really are by gently contouring your body. It works best on producing slimmer thighs and smaller, better shaped backside, creating a flatter tummy and contouring the upper body, with underwear garments designed to work on different areas or whole body wrap targeting all areas.

If you’ve recently had a baby, shapewear helps to that stretched skin tucked in until you get back to normal.

Inexpensive

Many shapewear undergarments can be purchased for under $50 depending on the brand and actual garment itself. Smaller items such as lower tummy and backside contouring briefs generally cost less while full body fitting wraps will cost more.

Compared to other weight loss or body toning solutions, shapewear can represent a considerable savings, especially when compared to cosmetic surgery or high-end diet programs.

Invisible Beneath Clothes

Thanks to the advanced, microfiber construction of the Lycra-based fabric that makes up these undergarments, the resulting sheerness of the material makes them virtually invisible beneath clothing. That means the only person that needs to know is you!

aBra4Me carries a wide variety of body shapers for different areas of your body.  One of our best sellers is the Rago #6207 focused on shaping the waist, hips, tummy and derriere with four ply padded lace control panels.  It is also made in the USA and comes with removable garters.  This is a must for holding in that postpartum belly and keeping  it taut.

aBra4Me has the right body shaper for that perfect outfit and will give you the confidence to feel good in it. 

The Best Sports Bra for Different Sports

Best Sports Bra

Different types of sports involve different levels of impact. For a woman, this could create pain or injury if they are not properly supported with the right sports bra. The designers take different sports into consideration when creating each sports bra.

The Best Sports Bra for Running

Running is a high-impact sport. This means that there is more bounce during this sport, so be sure to find a sports bra that provides maximum support. Since this sport is a cardio sport, you are more likely to sweat excessively. To help with this problem, look for a bra that was made with fabric that draws moisture away from the skin. It is also suggested to wear a bra with as few seams as possible if you chose to go on longer runs, in order to prevent chafing. Straps that don’t fall of is imperative, so most women prefer racerback bras for running. Great styles would be Lunaire #11111; Elomi #8041Brooks #350067 and Wacoal #855170

Best Sports Bra for Yoga

Yoga is considered low-impact.so you wouldn’t need as much support participate. It is good to have enough support to keep you in place during practice though. Look for a fitted underband, and enough coverage at the top and sides of the bust, so that you won’t fall out during inversion poses. Lightweight bras are best in this case, because anything to tight and bulky would restrict movement across the shoulder blades. Our suggestions would be Goddess #6910/6911; Champion #1602; and Brooks 350042.

Best Sports Bra for the Gym

This is fully dependent on the type of workout you will take part in while you are there. A cardio workout, like high-impact class, using the treadmill, or ellipticals, it is best to look for maximum support. If you choose to do weight lifting or resistance training, then a lighter sports bra would be enough.  Goddess #6910/6911; Champion #1602; Brooks 350042Glamorise #1066 and #1006.

Best Sports Bra for Cycling

Even though road cycling is considered low-impact, it is best not to use a light bra. There is still a decent amount of movement involved, and you’ll need to wear something that will draw away the sweat. A medium sports bra would be enough for this sport.  Check out styles for small busted women Carnival #600-601 and larger sizes Lunaire #11111Elomi #8041 and Brooks #350054

aBra4Me.com carries a variety of sports bras to suit your sport and exercise needs. Be sure to visit our sports bra product page to find what you’re looking for today!

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aBra4Me Celebrates Survivors, Warriors, and All Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and aBra4Me.com wants all women to take care of themselves by getting regular breast exams. We also want women to get the support they need with attractive and comfortable bras that truly fit. At aBra4Me, we celebrate women every day, and especially during the month of October. So, before the month is over, we invite you to celebrate yourself with a beautiful bra from Elomi, Edith Lances, or Carnival Creations. Or, treat a special woman in your life with a Calida night gown, the perfect lingerie accessory, or a gift card from aBra4Me.com. We carry cup sizes ranging from A to O, and our bands that range from 32 inches to 60 inches, so we have the perfect bra for every woman!

Get the Bra that Perfectly Fits Your Body, Style, and Lifestyle

Busy women with demanding lifestyles need can keep up with their daily activities. They should fit correctly, offer a comfortable level of support, and look great under all types of clothing. Some women want to add a little to their cup sizes with padding, but others feel better in a minimizer bra. For this need, we offer an incredible selection of Edith Lances bras that can minimize your bust by up to two cup sizes!

Fans of Edith Lances will likely tell you that these are not always the easiest bras to find. However, aBra4Me.com prioritizes this brand to serve women who love the way these bras fit and feel. We also regularly carry the Bali 3470, the Goddess bra 6090, Fully bras 535, and other favorites by brands such as Carnival Creations, Exquisite Bras, and Elila. Check out our selection online, then share your new favorite online bra shop with the other amazing women in your life!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Let aBra4Me.com Support You During Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Throughout the Year

At aBra4Me, we believe that women should embrace their curves and treat themselves with high-quality bras and other lingerie items that make them feel and look their best. Order directly from our website or give us a call at (866) 227-2463. You can also reach out to us with any questions you may have through the contact form on our website.

Find the Perfect Bras for the Holidays from aBra4Me.com!

Strapless Longline Bras

The holidays are just around the corner, so make sure that you are ready for office parties, entertaining with friends, and family get-togethers with the perfect bras from aBra4Me.com. While putting together your list of holiday priorities, you may not immediately think of bras and other intimate apparel. However, if you have the perfect dresses or outfits in mind for those occasion, you want to look your very best in those gorgeous ensembles. Fortunately, aBra4Me.com offers premier bras from your favorite brands that can give you the support and comfort you need to look and feel beautiful to matter what you wear.

For example, we carry hard-to-find Edith Lances bras (which minimize you by up to two sizes), Elila bras (longline strapless bras, rated as the #1 brand for specialty bras), and Barely There bras. You can also find the perfect Rago body shaper to give you the silhouette you want in that special holiday dress.

Rago Body Shaper

Give the Gift of Comfort and Support this Holiday Season

If you don’t know what to buy for the special ladies on your holiday list, a gift card from aBra4Me is PERFECT. We carry bras to fit all body types (in sizes from A to O and bad sizes from 30-56), tastes, and lifestyles, including sports bras from Brooks and Champion, and beautiful backless and longline bras from Carnival Creations. And for those Edith Lances lovers in your life, we carry the best selection of colors and styles along with affordable pricing.

For ladies who love to relax at home, we offer gorgeous Calida nightgowns in dreamy-soft Egyptian cotton in a palette of pretty colors. These nightgowns offer incredible comfort and charming details such as satin neckline trims and gathered yokes. You should also know that Calida nightgowns are designed in Switzerland and crafted with care in Hungary and Bulgaria.

Calida Nightgowns

Celebrate the Holidays with Your Favorite Bras from aBra4Me.com!

Before the holiday season swings into full gear, visit aBra4Me.com to shop the best bras for your holiday looks. You can also find gift cards and gifts for your sisters, mothers, aunts, favorite cousins, and best friends at aBra4Me.com. Shop directly from our website or give us a call at 866-227-2463. You can also reach out to us with your questions through the contact form on our website.

How Often Do You Need to Wash Your Bra?

Freshly laundered bras, including Edith Lances bras.

According to the American Cleaning Institute, most bras can be worn 2-3 times before washing. And they advise bra wearers to give bras a rest day in between wearing to give the elastic a chance to regain its shape. Of course, this advice applies to regular, everyday bras (the ones you wear to work, school, out to dinner, or around town to run errands). Typically, sports bras worn for workout activities including running, Pilates, or Barre Fitness Classes should be washed after every use. T-shirts, tank tops, and camisoles should also get laundered after every wearing. At aBra4Me, we are not only interested in getting you into the best bras for your body shape, lifestyle, and unique needs. We also want your bras to last and perform beautifully for as long as possible.

 

So, here are some helpful tips on how to wash and care for your bras.

 

How to Wash and Store Your Bras from aBra4Me.com

 

Every bra wearer should invest in a laundry bag. These bags protect your delicate intimate apparel during the laundry process and prevent hooks from snagging and damaging other clothing. aBra4Me offers the perfect laundry bag from Fashion Forms for only $6.50 ($7.00 for the large size). Just click here for details.

Laundry Bag from Fashion Forms

 

Next, you should purchase a mild detergent, specially designed for delicate items. Normally, you should use the gentle cycle when washing lingerie items, but always check care labels for specific instructions. Most would say to hand wash but as working women we know there isn’t much time to do that. Finally, avoid tossing bras, camisoles, tanks, stockings, and other underwear items into the dryer. Too much heat can damage the elasticity and shape of your favorite intimate items. Just lay them out flat on a towel.

 

Then, once your items have air-dried, stack them in your drawers instead of hanging them. Unfortunately, hanging bras and stockings can cause them to stretch out. It is also helpful to line your drawers with fabric to avoid snagging lace, silk, or satin on rough wood edges. In addition, you may opt to put in a scented sachet to make your items smell extra fresh and lovely.

Lingerie Bags from aBra4Me.com

 

Find the Bras You Want and Need from aBra4Me.com

aBra4Me.com carries your favorite bras, including hard-to-find designs from Edith Lances. Shop aBra4Me.com for Cortland Intimates, Exquisite Form bras, and more. We offer popular styles like Exquisite Form bras 531, Goddess bra 6090, Bali 8700, and Elila 1305. You can order directly from our easy-to-shop website or give us a call at 866-227-2463. You can also reach out to us through the contact form on our website.

Both Moms and Daughters Can be Ready for Back-to-School with Bras from aBra4Me

Trust aBra4Me for all of your back-to-school bra needs.

It’s that time again, ladies! As summer comes to an end, students prepare to hit the books again, and it’s time to make sure your wardrobes are ready. For teenage and college-aged ladies, this means making sure that you have the right undergarments to wear with your new outfits. And aBra4Me carries a large selection of supportive bras, sports bras, and strapless bras.

aBra4Me offers beautiful strapless brass from Carnival Creations.

Then, moms shouldn’t forget to treat themselves during this busy and hectic time of the year with practical indulgences from aBra4Me.com! We have your favorite bras from Goddess, Elomi, Wacoal, Elila, Edith Lances bras, and more. We offer hook front bras, longline bras, and body shapers from Rago and Cortland Foundations as well!

aBra4Me.com carries hard-to-find Edith Lances bras.

aBra4Me Selections for Teens and College-Aged Ladies

For stylish teenagers and young ladies in college, aBra4Me carries fun and fashionable styles to suit every lifestyle, mood, and activity. Grab a cute Bali bra, a move-with-me sports bra from Champion or Brooks, or a pretty, special occasions bra from Elila. We also carry beautiful camisoles from Cinema Etoile for when you need that light, extra layer. Need a little extra support to make that perfect dress fit even better? Look no further than a bodysuit from Va Bien. These wardrobe stables are comfortable and virtually invisible under your clothes!

Get supportive sports bras from Brooks at aBra4Me.com.

aBra4Me Favorites for Busy Moms

If you are like a lot of moms with daughters going back to school, you’re likely doing a lot of shopping right now. Well, don’t forget about you! Pamper yourself with a beautiful, supportive bra from Carnival Creations, Exquisite Form, or Edith Lances. Or, for quiet nights at home, relax in an Egyptian cotton nightgown from Calida – you won’t believe how soft they are! If you want the perfect amount of shaping for your office attire, pick up a girdle, bodysuit, or longline bra from Cortland Intimates.

Get a comfy, soft, Egyptian cotton nightgown from Calida at aBra4Me.com.

Visit aBra4Me.com for All of Your Intimate and Supportive Needs

You can order directly from our website or call aBra4Me at 1 (866) A-BRA-4-Me (Mon-Sat, 9 AM-6 PM EST) or 1 (248) 499-6303 (Mon-Sat, 9 AM-6 PM EST). You can also reach out to us with question through the contact form on the website.

Find Bridal Bras and Undergarment Accessories for Your Special Day at aBra4Me.com

Bridal Collection

As a bride-to-be, you want everything to be perfect on your special day, and this goes right down to your undergarments. You want to feel beautiful and well-supported, and aBra4Me has everything you need to ensure that your gown fits perfectly and you have all the confidence in the world as you walk down the aisle and then off to your reception to dance the night away.

 

Bridal Bras Fit for a Queen from Carnival, Elila, and More

 

For starters, check out the stunning Carnival 313 from Carnival Creations. This is a strapless lace bustier with a flattering silhouette, light boning, and removable garters. This is the classic bridal bustier in white or black, and it’s 20% off on aBra4Me.com.

Carnival 313

 

Carnival 423 is also a fantastic choice for brides and members of the wedding party. Created by Carnival Creations, Carnival 423 features a high back bustier and light boning that gently cinches the waist. Adjustable garters complete the look, and both Carnival 313 and Carnival 423 look gorgeous paired with thigh hi stockings from Berkshire.

Carnival 423

 

If you want to keep things simple, but elegant, Carnival 203 is a backless, strapless bra that comes in white, black, or champagne. And, because it hooks at the waist, it’s perfect for backless gowns. The Carnival 203 also features strategically placed front boning to provide the perfect amount of tummy control. Also, like many of our bridal pieces, it is now available on aBra4Me.com at 20% off the original price.

Carnival 203

 

At aBra4Me, we also proudly carry a full selection of Elila strapless bras in all shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your dress and provide the exact look and support you’re looking for. Or, if you need barely-there coverage, Fashion Forms provides pasties (Breast Petals) and adhesive cup bras to keep you looking gorgeous and supported without any fuss.

 

Let ABra4Me.com Support You on Your Special Day

 

aBra4Me is your One-Stop Shop for bridal lingerie. We carry an incredible selection of longline bras, strapless bras, and bustiers in all levels of support. We also specialize in full figure bras and hard-to-find sizes, so we have the bra that’s perfect for you. You can also find a full selection of Berkshire stockings. And, again, many items from our exquisite bridal collection are on sale right now!

 

Visit aBra4Me.com, and please call us at 1(866) A-BRA-4-ME if you have any questions. Or, you can connect with us through the contact form on our website.

How long should a bra last?

How long should a bra last?

How long should a bra last??? That’s a question I get almost daily.You would think it would be an easy calculated answer but it is not.Sometimes you just know when you bra has had enough and needs to get tossed in the donation pile. Now you might think, what did she just say? YES, I said donation pile. I will hit on that topic at the end. 

The longevity of a bra is usually 6-8 months. Wacoal recommends after a 100 washings. A thru D cups might last a bit longer than DD-N cups. Now that depends on how many you have and how often you wear them. Also, you need to follow the washing instruction’s that was the topic of our last blog. 

Unlike me, most women have any where from 2 bras to 7. I hear a lot of woman say that they have one for everyday of the week. I have no idea how many I own but like most woman I gravitate to a chosen few. 

A good way to tell that your bra has lost it’s lifespan is when the elastic is stretched out. Are you getting enough support? Are your breasts jiggling as you walk.  Is the padding all clumped together and not smooth? Is it so loose that even the tightest hook doesn’t keep it in place? These are all good questions to consider. 

Don’t wait for the underwire's to pop out or getting holes it the cup. Then you waited too long. 

Nursing and sports bras won’t last that long. They get a lot more abuse from wear and stains.Make the investment in a good bra. You wouldn't think anything of it when you spend $30-$100 on a sweater or a pair of jeans that you might wear once a month. You wear a bra everyday and remember that sweater won’t look good if you are not wearing a good bra underneath. 

Now back to the donation part. Most women do not think of donating a used bra. Women’s shelters are in dyer need of undergarments. I’m not telling you to donate a torn or mangled bra but donate gently used ones and help a woman in need. 

Why Women Trust Edith Lances Bras for Comfortable, Well-Crafted Support

Edith Lances BrasWomen with large busts often struggle to find a bra that truly fits their needs. However, after purchasing their first Edith Lances bra, most ladies who require minimizing support from their undergarments never look back. Their search is over.

For well over 69 years, Edith Lances has been the go-to option for women who want a truly supportive, attractive, and well-crafted bra that is made to last. Believe it or not, any Edith Lances brazier can make the wearer look a full TWO cup sizes smaller. This feature alone expands your wardrobe options and allows you to feel more comfortable in the latest fashion trends.

Edith Lances bra, supportive bra for plus size women

The Edith Lances Tradition Continues at aBra4Me.com

In addition, because they offer so much support, Edith Lances bras are great for migraine sufferers and anyone with back issues or chronic shoulder or neck pain. Also, because of their unique design and superb craftsmanship, undergarments from Edith Lances are comfortable to wear. They feature a unique one piece underwire that doesn’t dig into your underarms. So, you can confidently wear your bra all day and into the evening without the annoying pulls and pinches commonly associated with other minimizer bras.

Rest assured, too, that all Edith Lances bras are proudly crafted in the USA by union workers, using USA parts exclusively. Of course, now, it is a little more difficult to find a reliable retailer with a full selection of Edith Lances bras. Luckily, though, for fans of Edith Lances who won’t accept anything less than the very best in comfort and support, aBra4Me.com is your source for all things Edith Lances. They offer a huge selection of Edith Lances undergarments at unbeatable prices. And, right now, aBra4Me.com will give you free shipping on any Edith Lances order.

So, visit aBra4Me.com today to find your perfect bra for your active lifestyle. Started in 1985, aBra4Me.com has been helping women of all shapes and sizes find undergarments that truly fit their needs for well over thirty years. As a company, their goal is to help you find the support you need in a style that you’ll love.