At the recent ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, Whitney and I got to test out a bunch of cool new products for babies and parents. One of the most informative and fun things we did was to attend a tutorial session put on by the lovely women of Cake Maternity Lingerie, about how to measure yourself and choose a well-fitting maternity or nursing bra that will work throughout the different stages of pregnancy and infancy. We wanted to share what we learned since it was super helpful and informative!
Whitney seemed surprised that I didn’t know the fundamentals of calculating your bra size using band and bust measurements. For those of you out there who are similarly lacking in this particular knowledge, here is the basic idea in 2 simple steps. (And since I am in the U.S., I’m going to explain it in inches.)
1) Measure and calculate your band size: While wearing a non-padded bra, use a flexible measuring tape to measure tightly and evenly around the bottom band of the bra, directly under your breasts. If the number is even, add 4. If the number is odd, add 5. This is your band measurement. Example: I measured around my bottom band and got 30 inches. Adding 4 tells me I should be looking for bras that are size 34.
2) Measure and calculate your cup size: Wrap the measuring tape around your breasts at the fullest part (which should be nipple level.) Don’t do it too tightly or you will squash your breasts; do it just loosely enough to get an accurate measurements. Now, take that number and subtract the calculated band size to get your cup size. Each inch in difference is a cup size; e.g. 1 inch difference is an A cup, 2 inch difference is a B cup, and so forth. Example: I measured my breasts at the fullest part and got 37 inches. 37 minus 34 equals 3, which means I should look for a C cup.
Keep these other tips in mind for getting the best look, fit, and feel from your bras:
Whether you are choosing a “regular” bra or a maternity/nursing bra:
- Remember that measurements are just a starting point – and your actual bra band and cup size may vary from those measurements.
- When trying or putting on bras, don’t just stand up straight and clasp the bra on top of your breasts. Instead, lean over a bit and scoop the breasts into the cup with your hand to make sure there is no leakage on the bottom or sides.
- If possible, try to visit a boutique or shop that can help you with measurement and fitting – they are the experts.
The bra-fitting experts at Cake led us through the ins and outs of choosing the right bra for all stages of pregnancy and nursing. [Read more…]