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Bras and Breast Health

Breasts are central to almost everyone's life. For many they nourished us as babies, for others they tried to kill them. Everyone wants what they don't have and our breasts are linked to many aspects of our overall health. Here are ten things to consider from a professional bra fitting perspective (not medical advice):

  1. Support and Comfort: Wearing a well-fitted bra provides support to the breasts, reducing strain on the back, shoulders, and neck. This support can help prevent discomfort and pain associated with that strain. Anyone can feel better in a well-fitted bra, regardless of cup size.

  2. Posture: A good bra can promote better posture by providing support to the chest and back muscles. Proper posture not only reduces back and neck pain but also contributes to overall spinal health.

  3. Reducing Sagging: While wearing a bra doesn't necessarily prevent breasts from sagging over time (as this is largely determined by factors like genetics, age, and pregnancy), a supportive bra can help minimize the appearance of sagging by providing lift and support. When you feel better in your bra, you have better posture.

  4. Physical Activity: Wearing a sports bra during physical activity is crucial for breast health. It reduces breast movement, which can otherwise lead to discomfort, pain, and even tissue damage, particularly during high-impact activities like running or jumping. We have bra sized sports bra for an even better support.

  5. Lymphatic Drainage: Some experts suggest that wearing overly tight or restrictive bras may impede lymphatic drainage in the breast tissue. Properly fitted bras that don't compress the breasts excessively may help maintain healthy lymphatic flow, potentially reducing the risk of conditions like mastitis or lymphedema. Your wire hurts you because it's not sitting where it belongs, not because wires are inherently painful. Too small of a cup will squeeze your breasts all day and too loose of a band will rub your sensitive skin.

  6. Choosing the Right Bra: A bra that fits well is essential for breast health. Ill-fitting bras can cause discomfort, chafing, and even tissue damage over time. It's important to get professionally fitted and regularly reassess bra size, as factors like weight fluctuations, hormonal changes, and aging can affect breast size and shape.

  7. Breast Examination: Removing your bra regularly and performing breast self-exams can help detect any changes in breast tissue, such as lumps or abnormalities, which could indicate underlying health issues, including breast cancer. Bras that are too tight may hinder proper breast examination, emphasizing the importance of wearing bras that fit comfortably. We have more information on our Breast Health page- check it out!

  8. Quality Materials: Choosing bras made from breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics can help prevent skin irritation and minimize the risk of fungal infections. If you have particularly sensitive skin, natural fibers like cotton or bamboo are often recommended for their gentle, hypoallergenic properties. Please note, 100% cotton bras don't really exist- in order to function, bras need some stretch. In general, quality bras that fit prevent rubbing, chafing, pinching, poor posture, neck and back strain and poor body image.

  9. Alternatives to Underwire: While underwire bras provide additional support for some individuals, they may not be suitable for everyone. Soft-cup bras or bralettes without underwire can be comfortable alternatives, especially for those with sensitivity to underwire or who prefer a more relaxed fit. They will not offer the same level of support, separate your tissue as effectively or cover as wide of a size range.

  10. Body Positivity: Embracing diverse body shapes and sizes is crucial for promoting positive body image and self-esteem. Recognizing that breasts come in all shapes, sizes, and densities can help you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin, regardless of societal beauty standards or idealized notions of breast appearance. Feeling good in your body is good for your health. You're more likely to eat well and exercise if you have the support you need, including from your bra.

A well fitting bra is good for your health

So bras won't solve health problems. You should always see your doctor with health concerns. They can however help you feel better about yourself and in your body. Many people avoid complicated and painful surgery just by finding the right bras. Book your fitting and see what the right bra can do for you. Not local to us? Comment on this post and we'll help you find a local bra fitter!

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