Whether you’ve already welcomed your new baby into the world and have started your breastfeeding journey or you’re in the later stages of pregnancy trying to get organised ahead of the birth, wearing the right bra size is crucial – particularly when it comes to nursing bras. Our bra fitting service is available again in our stores, but if you’d rather measure yourself at home, we’ve explained everything you need to know.
If you’re measuring yourself after pregnancy…
STEP 1: MEASURE UNDER BUST
Wear a non-padded bra while standing in front of a mirror. Take a measuring tape, and wrap it around your torso, directly underneath your bust where the band is. Making sure the tape is snug and level, take the measurement (in either centimetres or inches).
Tip: If you’re in between two numbers, round down
STEP 2: MEASURE OVER BUST
This time, move the measuring tape over the fullest part of your breasts (usually over the nipples). Make sure the tape is level all the way around your torso and loose enough to not squeeze your bust. Take the measurement.
Tip: If you’re in between two numbers, round up
STEP 3: CALCULATE YOUR SIZE
Enter your two measurements into our bra fit calculator to find your true bra size:
If you’re measuring yourself during pregnancy…
The process is the same as above, but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind:
- Your cup size will increase by at least one size once your milk comes in.
- Your rib cage should reduce back down to its pre-pregnancy size in the weeks after the birth, which is why nursing bras have so many back adjusters. When buying a nursing bra in the late stages of pregnancy, make sure the bra fits on the loosest setting so you can tighten it as your rib cage retracts.
- Keep in mind that it’s possible your nursing bras might not fit a couple of months after your baby is born and a breastfeeding pattern has been established, so you might need to invest in smaller sizes at this stage.