Pumping Bras for Large Breasts

Pumping Bras for Large Breasts

Feb 01 2018 0 Comments Carey's Musings

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“Pumping Bras for Large Breasts” is an increasingly common Google search. Why is this? 

Well, speaking from personal experience, a good fit is not easy to find. Comfort and good design seem to rarely coincide, which is why I started designing my own pumping bras. Sometimes you gotta just do it yourself in order to get it right. Right?

If you’ve read my bio you will know all about my struggles with the loud and scratchy Velcro, tiny clasps and pinchy zippers I dealt with in my search for the perfect hands-free pumping bra. I wanted something simple, easy and comfortable and I couldn’t find it. I was a DDD pre-pregnancy and was significantly larger when breastfeeding. The products I was finding were not made for my size!

Some companies have the philosophy of designing for the ‘average’ size, which is usually their largest demographic. We took a contrarian approach and designed our hands-free pumping bras for both the smallest (A cup) and largest (DD+ cup) breast sizes. Why did we do this? We design for the extremes knowing that if we do our products will work for the average/normal sizes but will also be specialized for the outliers. It is a win/win. By using four-way stretch breathable cotton material, we ensure that our bras will fit ALL sizes comfortably and easily.

Did you know female breasts are made up primarily of fatty tissue and are connected to the chest wall by connective tissue? After pregnancy breasts change and may get bigger when breastfeeding. Your bra size may change several times over the course of pregnancy and breastfeeding. So while your bra size may continue to fluctuate, here's the best way to determine how to accurately measure for your new bra size:

    • Measure the diameter of your rib cage under your breasts (this is your bra's band size).
    • Measure around your chest over the fullest part of your bust.
    • Determine the cup size by taking the difference between the two measurements.
      • 1/2 to 1 inch = A cup
      • 1 to 2 1/2 inches = B cup
      • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches = C cup
      • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches = D cup
      • 4 1/2 to 6 inches = DD (E) cup
      • 6 to 7 inches = DDD (F) cup
    • Consult our convenient Size Chart if you are planning to purchase one of our pumping bras.

      By no means are our pumping bra designs the only options for breastfeeding moms with large or small breasts, but we want those women to know we were thinking of them first when we launched Hooter Holster by Carey Bradshaw out of our living room in 2015.

      We welcome your feedback and would love to know how we can continue to improve our hands-free pumping bra designs and make your "mom life" easier.

      Carey Bradshaw, Author (& Nursing Aficionado)

      Carey Bradshaw is a working mom just trying to balance it all. She runs Hooter Holster by Carey Bradshaw and Creative Butter. In her (scant) free time, besides perfecting her hands-free pumping bras, she loves yoga, reading, volunteering with All for Animals, and just being outside in the sunshine. Carey lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and business partner, George, their volunteer therapy dog, Buttercup, and their rambunctious and lovable toddler.

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