It seems that if you are smaller than a B cup and breastfeeding a baby, you are out of luck when it comes to bras. Allison (size 34AA) has two kids, so she knows this firsthand.
What follows is Allison’s account of Mission: Size Impossible.
I went into all the specialty maternity stores to find nursing bras, and they ALL started at B. They went up to ridiculous sizes like DDD and G, even a K, for goodness sake.
But really, they couldn’t carry an A? I asked the saleslady, and she said she had never seen one anywhere, and my best bet would be to check online. I went to the department stores; same dilemma.
Then I went online to see what they had on there, and the best I could find were some sports-bra-esque things by Motherhood Maternity, in a size small. They came in an exciting spectrum of tan, black and white, and were so high cut that unless you wanted to wear a t-shirt or a turtleneck, the world would see your bra.
But they did have the clip down style that I wanted, as opposed to the useless “wrap sleep bra”, which you simply push to the side off your boob to nurse. The nursing pads would always slide and I’d end up with a wet shirt. Yuck.
Another brand I found that was a little less boring, coming in 2 more colors than the Motherhood ones, was Bravado. Their current model of this type is called the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra. But even those were just size S sports bra types. I could not find an actual A-cup nursing bra anywhere.
I did just go to Bravado’s website and they have in the clearance area, a bra called Lifestyle Microfiber Nursing Bra Petite, and it comes in 34A. Huzzah! Oh well, it’s 5 years too late and on clearance.
In response to Allison’s rant, I did my own search and found two nursing bras online in 34A.
Yes, you read that right: two A-cup breastfeeding bras on the entire internet. This may be the biggest challenge I’ve encountered in my entire history as an itty bitty bra committee activist.
It is simply unacceptable that there are so few choices in nursing bras for women like us. Because guess what: we all do, in fact, have breasts. Many of us even use them to feed our kids.