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Mommy Musings: Thoughts and Opinions, Sexy Saturdays

Sexy Saturdays: My Brest Friend, My Sports Bra

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As a follow up to last week’s post on breasts, I thought this week I’d talk about bras. Your boobs and life go through so many changes as you age and when you have kids, but does your bra? Should it? Is fashion or function your priority?

When I was younger it was all about push up bras, satin and lace and of course, underwire. I have always had larger girls (c or d cup depending) and I believed that if you’ve got it you should flaunt it. Since all the women in my family are rather well endowed, I am lucky that it is something I have always taken for granted.

When I was 20 they came out with aqua bras. They had liquid inserts to make you look bigger and give the look and movement of breast (not padding). They were very expensive but since I got a discount I bought one. It was pretty cool until I was working and one of the inserts started leaking. Turns out they fill those puppies with some type of oily substance, and I was wearing a white shirt. Ever seen what happens when you put a doughnut on a white napkin? Yup, as you can imagine, it was pretty embarrassing! Luckily, I lied about spilling hair product on my shirt and ran and bought another (I was working at a salon in a mall).

Between that time and when I had children I was never big on bras. I didn’t see the point of paying $40 or more for a bra to put under a $10 shirt. After all, it was underwear and no one would see it anyways.

Then once I hit 30 I somehow transitioned to those sports bras. Fairly inexpensive, super comfortable, super easy to wash, not super flattering, definitely not super sexy. The drawback is your nipples show through (unless you get a padded one) and they give you (as my friend Wande coined it) uniboob.

Sitting here writing this, I realize I have gone from a B to a DD (and all sorts of betweens) in the last three years. No wonder my bra drawer is so sad!

Nursing bras? Waste of money. Never used one in my life, never needed to. I admit, I did buy a Pumpease pumping bra (the kind you attach your breast pump to) but I only tried it once.

Lingerie? Have a few nice bras but they are fairly uncomfortable, and something I only wear on special occasions (to hubby’s dismay). Most are from Winners or La Senza, I haven’t even bought any nice bras since Victoria Secret came to Canada!

Strapless bras? Forget it! Never met one that could hold the girls and I think it’s so annoying to see women constantly fidgeting and pulling up their strapless tops/bras.

I guess when it comes down to it, you have so much to think and worry about as a mom, your bra is not high on the list. Maybe it should be. Since looking good is feeling good, knowing you have a nice bra underneath can make you feeel young and sexy…or like you have Katy Perry’s cupcakes on your chest. :-p

My friend Wande used to be a professional bra fitter and I will say that most women are wearing the wrong sized bra. Most stores will fit you now a days without expecting you to spend hundreds so I do recommend it (unless you are really shy, but if you breastfeed you are usually over that! LOL) Here is a good article on how to wear the right bra http://icanstyleu.com/blog/underneath-it-all-the-art-of-wearing-a-bra/.

I also think it’s better to spend more money (invest in) a few really good bras rather than have several not so good ones. (I think I will do that once I am done having kids, um, yeah, I should…)

The world around me changes, my life, my body, my circumstances, my job, fashion etc. But there is one thing that always seems to remain static…my ugly skin coloured sports bra. I guess you could say it’s my brest friend.

Are you friends with your bra?

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

Discussion

9 thoughts on “Sexy Saturdays: My Brest Friend, My Sports Bra

  1. I bought and wore sports bar for the first month of breastfeeding but i found the left me more engorged.
    I went ahead and bought two marks and spencers non wired padded nursing bras and i love love love them. Ive managed the last 9 months with two nursing bras or a bikini top.
    I do have a couple of the standard t shirt bra but there such a pain when im trying to feed,

    Posted by journey2dfuture | June 29, 2013, 2:28 pm
  2. I wear sports bras most days as well. When I leave the house or get dressed in something other than yoga pants, I wear a real bra. Granted I’m barely a B cup so I really don’t need to do much of anything. Studies have been done showing women who wear a bra more than 10-12 hours a day are more likely to get breast cancer so many days if I know I’m not heading out, I go commando. And I never sleep in bras except when I was nursing.

    Posted by Heather C | June 29, 2013, 4:59 pm
    • I never read that about breast cancer. I thought it was predominantly genetic. I have worn bras almost 24/7 until nursing. Do you have some scholarly links on that for me? Thanks for letting me know about it.

      Posted by Shannon | June 30, 2013, 1:09 am
      • Cancer as a whole is caused by genes found in every living human mutating because of exposure to carcinogens so technically just bra wearing isn’t going to cause it. There have been studies linking bras to higher risk because it compresses the circulation although there’s no evidence saying that the cancer wouldn’t have settled in another place of the body. Here’s a good link going over one of the studies: http://all-natural.com/bras.html

        In general, healthy clean living is more important than worrying about how long you’ve had your bra on when it comes to preventing cancer though.

        Also, genetic breast cancer is the most common but 3 years ago my mom fought a rare form. Having a direct blood line to breast cancer should put me at greater risk but it doesn’t because of the type she had (non genetic, no family history). With that said, I’m slightly obsessed with every prevention option out there just in case, even the most bizarre like letting my boobs go free 2/3 of the day 🙂

        Posted by Heather C | June 30, 2013, 3:38 am
      • Thank you so much for all the great info Heather. I am sorry to hear about your mother though. My grandmother in law underwent a double mastectomy two years ago (in her late 80s if you can believe it) and one of my grandmothers died of cancer.
        I do think clean living is important. The rules are always changing and you can’t be perfect but as long as you live consciously that’s a good start.

        Posted by Shannon | June 30, 2013, 3:43 am

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