Physical Nursing Support for Busty Gals

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In this post, I’m about to gush about a nursing tank. While I am paid by A Mother’s Boutique to write about nursing, I am not paid by GlamourMom, and I voluntarily, excitedly paid full price for my many full-bust nursing tanks.

So, I have very enormous breasts. Before my baby was born, I had DDD cans. Right now, my milk-filled bewbs are somewhere in the H-cup range. These are not breasts that fit into lacy, dainty little bras or those airy little nursing tanks people buy on clearance at big box stores.

No. I have a heavy, hefty bosom. Because of this, I’ve always just stopped paying attention when people discuss nursing tanks. Nursing tanks, I thought, were for other people, with breast-sizes closer to the beginning of the alphabet. In fact, I knew so little about nursing tanks that I didn’t really realize the tank was meant to be the bra. The tank top is the bra. It’s a bra plus a shirt. All one thing.

Sounds great, right? But for dainty boobs.

Or so I thought!

When I was pregnant with my second son, I came to A Mother’s Boutique for a bra fitting. While I was trying on the large bras, Judy happened to mention the Full Bust nursing tank.

“Oh, Judy,” I laughed. “I can’t wear nursing tanks!” How could a flimsy nursing tank hope to support my breasts?

“No!” she insisted. “This one really is for larger busted women. I promise.” And so I tried it on. And then I bought one of each color. I also asked my mom to buy me a black one for my birthday.

There is an actual bra inside the nursing tank, with hook closures. It’s sturdy. Can I go jogging in my nursing tank? Of course not. Can I wear it to march my baby up and down the stairs while I chase my older son? Yes! Yes I can!

The tank is actually called a “long top,” and it is–another bonus. It was long enough to wear while I was pregnant and cover my third-trimester belly. It’s long enough now to almost cover my bottom, and any gal with a big bust knows how a full rack can make a shirt ride up. Not this shirt! I’m telling you, not this shirt.

I only wish I’d known this tank existed when my first was born.

Now, it’s not a cheap nursing tank. You won’t find it in the clearance bin anywhere. I will say that I believe the shirt is priced to represent its high quality and functionality. If you find yourself with a large bosom (D+ mamas, this means you!) and a desire to wear, say, a turtleneck, you can make this dream a reality while still covering your belly.

What nursing garments have other full-busted mamas loved? Leave us a comment to share some of your favorites!


 


 
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