Putting on a Bra to Provide a Comfortable, Perfect Fit. Maternity and nursing bras should support the entire breast and fit comfortably around without riding up. To achieve this, you may put your arms through the straps, hold each side of the bra, lean over to allow the breasts to “fall” into the cups, stand up straight, then hook the bra in the back. Reposition the breast tissue in the cup so the band is actually on the rib cage and not serving as the support of the breast tissue. Support is the job of the bra cup. Readjust the back hooks, if necessary, to a comfortable fit. Adjust straps.
Some women put on their bras by hooking the band hooks in front and rotating the bra around to get the cups to the front. They then slip the straps onto the shoulder and bring the cups up. Sometimes this method results in a bra band size that may actually be too large. Should the back of the bra begin “riding” up, this is good indication that the bra is too large around. The bra band could need adjusting to a smaller size.
Checking the Fit. The bottom of the bra, front and back, should be straight or slightly lower in back. Straps should not cut into the shoulders. Center seam should lie against the breastbone without gaps between the cups. No flesh should overflow at the bra top, and the underseam area should lie smoothly without cutting the flesh. The cups should fit smoothly. Wrinkles in the cups may mean the bra is not properly fitted or breast tissue not adjusted well in the cups.
Working with a professional, experienced bra fitter can save lots of money when trying to shop for maternity and nursing bras. If a professional fitter is not available in your area, please call our toll free number 888-806-BRAS (2727) or email us for special assistance.