Lifting me Higher

You know that Jackie Wilson song, “Your love is lifting me higher… than I’ve ever been lifted before.” Well friends, I have been singing the same tune with modified lyrics almost every time I put on my new bras. “Oh this bra… is lifting me higher.. than I’ve ever been lifted before.” I think that Chris is waiting for the joke to get old to me, but I can’t help but sing it almost every morning. You see friends…..

I went bra shopping. Not normal Kara bra shopping which consists of picking through TJ Max in hopes that something will fit me (usually with kids in tow). I decided that after finishing nursing kid #3, it was time for a boob lift of a natural variety…a.k.a… a bra that actually fits me right. I headed down to our local bra shop downtown, Donna Bella and it was a lovely experience. My friend Melissa works there, and she happened to be working, so she helped me out a ton. Great customer service.

I am a pretty well endowed person, and I was really excited to find out that I have been wearing a bra that is too big for me for years (even before I ever had kids). Sorry for tmi, but I found out that my 36D bras should actually be 32 or 34 C. Um duh… no wonder my bras haven’t been supporting me very well (I was measured at Victoria secret after finishing nursing #2 and told that I was a 36D). Were the bras at Donna Bella a splurge considering their price compared to what I have previously owned? They were, but now that I have really nice bras that offer good support, I don’t think that I will ever be going back to target or TJ Max.

When was the last time that you were fitted for a bra? Where have you had success finding good bras (brands etc…)?

Next on my list is to find a good sports bra. I have one decent one, but I am in desperate need of a good one.


Jen - June 23, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Kara, so glad I am not the only one that had this issue. I was way off on numbers and letters! I highly recommend Title 9/Bounce in Portland or online for sports bras.

Karli - June 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Oh I hear ya. Also being well endowed, I suffered unknowingly or far too long. I finally found my saving grace at Nordstroms. And they can be up to $70.00 a pop. So I take really good care of them and don’t get them very often, but man is there an amazing difference. I second the suggestion for Title 9 for sports bras. The 3-Reasons Sports Bra by Moving Comfort. It gets 4 out of 5 dumbells for support. They do offer one called “The Last Resort” sports bra that’s a 5 dumbell rating, which could be truly amazing, but it didn’t work for me because it didn’t have adjustable straps which I need because I am very short shouldered. If you want a friend to go to Title 9 with you, I need another one and would be happy to trek down there with you!

Robyn - June 24, 2012 - 8:14 pm

I was just there this week too – fantastic indeed.

I was fitted awhile ago and found out that the 36C size i’d been wearing for years should actually be a 32D. No wonder the bra never stayed in place every time I took off my shirt. DOH!

My $40 was extremely well spent – 18 months later my bra is still tip top. A good bra can change your life :)

kara - June 25, 2012 - 7:23 am

I didn’t realize that Title 9 had a store in portland. Thanks!
Now that I am done nursing, it would be easier for me to get up and see you without kids. Maybe in August sometime we could do a girl’s afternoon/night complete with sports bra shopping. Hey, did you end up doing the hippie chick?
I thought something looked a little different the last time that I saw you. Haa.. totally kidding, but I am glad that you got it figured out too. Took awhile for us, but bet better late than never :)

Elisabeth - June 25, 2012 - 11:10 am

Oh my gosh, you’re hilarious. About a year into breastfeeding I went to Donna Bella and got a couple nice nursing bras…changed my life, wish I had gotten them sooner! Looking forward to weaning Judah (he’s two next month!) and going back there to find some regular bras…kind of scared what size I might be, but will be happy to have something that actually fits. I’ve been wearing Champion sports bras from Target, I just have to wear two at a time. It totally works, but I’m sure there’s something better out there :)

Sarabeth - June 26, 2012 - 11:24 am

I, too, have always bought mine at walmart or target, but I’ll definitely be going in for a good fitting when I’m done breastfeeding (which will still be awhile). I’ve heard a good bra changes everything about the way you look and feel. On another note….I got your message! And I WILL call you back, I’m just trying to find the right time. You’re right, phone talking with young kids around really is hard. Is the middle of the day ever good for you, or should I try for an evening?

kara - June 28, 2012 - 10:02 pm

There has to be something better than wearing two bras. Been there done that, and I think that we must find one bra that can do the job :).
Enjoy those full nursing breasts :). I can chat during the day sometimes. Miriam usually naps around 12;00, and that is my best chance :). Just know that even if we can’t chat much, I think about you often and love you tons friend!

Jesse - July 2, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Hahaha, I love this post! I come from a very long line of women who have had a hate/ hate relationship with our crappy worn bras. In fact on our way to a baptism in Portland my grandma insisted all the way to the emergency room (and to the ER personnel) the she “was not having a heart attack its just that I am not use to wearing this bra.” I remember my mom sewing back in underwire that popped out. And I have been guilty of this myself. I MUST break this cycle!

Margaret - July 2, 2012 - 8:58 pm

Oh Kara. I can picture you singing that in my mind and it makes me laugh.
I went to Nordstroms after nursing Amelia and had to pick my jaw up off the floor when they sized me. Then I had to pick it up again when I felt what a good fitting bra feels like. It seriously changed my life, well, maybe not, but pretty close. I was wearing completely wrong bra size. I was sad when I got pregnant with charlotte my chest got huge and the wire popped out! Now, I treat myself to a new bra after nursing each child.
Also, I splurged on a nursing bra and it was the best thing. I basically slept and lived in it for a year.
okay, love you