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Finding a comfortable bra ?

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JacqW
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

I was advised by my breast care nurse to use the cotton one from M&S Product code T227024 2pk cotton non wired full cup brace A-E.  The link is here... https://www.marksandspencer.com/2-pack-non-wired-full-cup-plunge-bras-a-e/p/clp60437721?intid=mobile...

I also got a pack of extenders too.

Hope that helps.

postopgirl
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

Hi,

 

I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy in March and finding a bearable bra has been a nightmare. Lockdown doesn't help but I tried major supermarkets and M&S but all the non underwired bras recommended by the Clinic Nurse have a seam at the side right over the lymph node excision. I spoke to several people and one of my friends recommended a company called Nicola Jane. I rang them up, they were very helpful and I bought some of their Etta bras - crop tops. They are soft, support the breast where they took the lump out and have NO SEAMS at the side. You can also claim A VAT exemption so each bra is about £20, I can't recommend them enough. I still wear them after 4 weeks as it still hurts, but it's bearable now. I must admit I try not to take pain relief as, if I do, I do too much and I need to slow down to heal!

Wishing everybody here a good recovery!

Sara B
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

Hi,

I've been using Marks and Spencer's non-wired bralettes since my lumpectomy surgery (approx 25% breast tissue removed on one breast). Initially with swelling they were similar sizes, but now one is a bit smaller that the other! Because my scar from the surgery is in the fold where a bra would normally rest, I've avoided that sits there. The bralettes rest a bit lower, there's a nice choice in M&S and there's no back fastening if you struggle reaching round post op. I find they provide plenty of everyday support (I'm a D cup) but I'd need something stronger if I was going to do any jumping about! 

Not sure if this helps?! But good luck on your quest to find the perfect bra!

S x

weejeannie
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

I have felt exactly the same had my wide local incision and sentinel node removal in July and getting fitted for a bra that isn’t painful has been a nightmare, pandemic not helping ofcourse! I am 38GG and now I reckon my right breast is at least three cup sizes smaller, I feel really wonky for want of a better word, but the most comfy bra I have found is front fastening from m&s coat £20 I have an appointment next week to have some kind of insert fitted so hopefully that will help a bit xx

TaylorLA
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

I am 3 weeks in after having a wide excision procedure, and mammoplasty. The hospital recommended post surgery bras by Macom which can be bought online and which i am now wearing. The breast nurse advised me to change now to a softer bra, sports bra type, she said i didnt need as much support now that the cuts are healing. I have ordered a variety of bras online from Marks and Spencer. They do a selection of post surgery and masectomy bras as well as sports bras. They currently have 30% discount on many of them.

Hopefully one of the sizes i ordered will fit. Its very strange not knowing my new cup size.

geordiedevon
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

It is hard enough before being in lockdown to find any bra before surgery anyway. I have several from Sainsbury. They have a twin pack with  prosthesis pockets inside around £16 and also do a zip front one -again with pockets. Search Tu post surgery bra. Some bigger stores have them, I did click and collect . 

When I had my mammogram there was a poster for bra fitting service so as said before your breast care nurse could probably advice you locally 

 

Damnskippy
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

I had a lumpectomy in November 2019. Haven't worn a bra since. I was only a B cup, now a bit lobsided.

I was self conscious at first, now I love not wearng one. It's quite liberating, and very comfortable. 

 

SheilaJ
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

I had a single mastectomy so maybe what I found helpful wouldn't be the same?

But you could try The Bra Sisters https://www.brasisters.co.uk/

I got one of the most comfy bras I have ever had from them, brand name Naturana.  Also they chat to you to find out what you need - 2 women who have had surgery themselves.  Their website is not long launched.

Also there is a company called Buttress and Snatch.  Just google - they do quite high end lingerie (pardon the pun) BUT there is a lovely lady there who does bespoke, or repurposes one of your old bras which is a lot more affordable.  I had that done so now have a very stylish Mono Bra (flat on one side) that she made from a comfortable one I really liked.

Best of luck!

Sheila

 

Suske56
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

Ahh thanks so much for that information 😊 I'll get in touch with my hospital for any ideas on bra fitting etc. It's been really difficult during lockdown getting in touch and I felt like I didn't want to bother nurses with what seemed a trivial question ! Thanks again xx

GabyF
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Re: Finding a comfortable bra ?

Hi Susie,

Like you I struggled for months to find a decent bra post lumpectomy and SNB. I don't know where you're based, but Guy's Hospital in London has a specialist bra shop on site. They're incredibly helpful and their bras are reasonably priced. Perhaps your local hospital or cancer clinic can advise you where to find a similar service? In the end I got so frustrated that I actually treated myself to a very expensive bra from Rigby and Peller - the lady doing the fitting was brilliant and I've now got the most comfortable bra ever (I decided to ignore this particular item on my credit card bill 🤣). But back to Guy's. It might be worth checking if they offer any phone or online service. The lady in charge came to my Moving Forward course last year and was incredibly knowledgeable. She seemed to have a solution for any size/shape, and was lovely.

Gx

Suske56
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Finding a comfortable bra ?

Hi , following my lumpectomy in Feb this year I'm really struggling to find a comfortable bra ! My boobs are so different in size following surgery and I still have a little swelling on the side of my chest ( operation side ) I must have spent a fortune on different kinds of bras and find the training style is probably the most comfortable but doesn't give much support ! Any suggestions please x