zelda smith wrote:R--
I'd encourage you to look into sports bras. At the least, you can get mostly or all cotton; you can get them in the support level you want; and they're pretty sturdy.
I found an organic cotton "sleep bra." Never did understand why one would sleep with a bra on, and I have no idea how supportive it is, but it probably keeps everything from getting sticky (I hate sweat there). It looks like the "medium-busty" goes to 34G. It's 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex. And, apparently it's supportive enough that reviewers are happy with it and plan on using it as a sports bra after they're done nursing https://www.kindredbravely.com/products/organic-cotton-nursing-sleep-bra
This won't work if one had big hips as well, but I discovered when my shoulder was sore, that pulling stretchy ones on over the feet and upward is *way* easier. I found that going over my head, the back would get twisted up and with a sore shoulder, trying to get it untwisted was a struggle.
they are always a pullover type, and pulling a tight rib band over huge girls is painful at the least
Beth Wilder wrote:... buying bras remains one of those horrific things: they cost too much, never fit right, and I end up with drawers and boxes full of the discards
I've never had a bra fit perfectly, despite being professionally (and not so professionally) fitted...
What I've been planning to do for years is make my own bras. !!!
Thekla McDaniels wrote:
I realize previous posters have mentioned cancer risks,but at 69, and wearing a bra since 12years old, I have not had any cancer of any kind except from sun exposure, but not melanoma, (the scary one).
I think it's a good idea to assess cancer risks individually. Most Permies are clean living with much lower than average exposures to carcinogens, and yet we have unique family histories to concern us. But those risks that the medical professionals worry about are from numbers and actuarial tables, and I am an individual, not a number, and .... doing good so far!