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Specialist Bras

Choosing a specialist bra is crucial for your comfort and protection during a specialist activity or at a certain time in your life. Our guide to shopping for maternity and nursing bras, mastectomy bras and sports bras aims to answer any questions or concerns you may have when choosing these very important bras.

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Maternity bras

From the first month of pregnancy you may find your breasts are swollen and tender. Traditional bras may cause irritation from the underwire and seams, as well as not providing enough room for the underband to grow during your pregnancy. We therefore recommend you are fitted for a non-wired bra. A wired bra should be avoided unless it is specifically designed with a flexible wire suitable for maternity. The bra should fit comfortably on the tightest hook and eye to allow room for your body to grow. Bras made of cotton are the most suitable as they are breathable and will help you to keep cool. Also avoid thin straps that dig in; look for wider options for extra support and comfort.

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Nursing bras

In the 36th week of your pregnancy you should think about being measured for a nursing bra. This is when you breasts are at their largest and will be filling with milk. Ensure that you are fitted on a loose hook and eye setting as your underband will reduce when feeding. The Debenhams Miriam Stoppard Nursing bras have four hook and eye settings to ensure you have the support and fit you need. They also include a drop cup with feeding holes for more modesty to allow you to feed your baby with ease.

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Mastectomy bras

Ask your medical support team for advice about choosing which style of mastectomy bra will suit you best or, alternatively, visit our in store consultants that have been professionally trained to fit our mastectomy customers. To arrange an appointment please ring the store you are visiting. When you arrive for your one-to-one appointment our consultant will ask you what kind of surgery you have had.
When you are purchasing your new mastectomy bra make sure you try it on with your prosthesis. If you've had a single mastectomy, fit your breast first and adjust the bra to fit, then add your prosthesis. If you've had a double mastectomy, fit your bra to your body and add both prosthesis', then adjust the bra to fit comfortably.

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Sports bras

Sports bras offer more support and protection while you're playing sports, at the gym or jogging. Sports bras majorly reduce the bounce which can lead to sagging in later life. Most sports bras offer padded straps for greater comfort and are usually high at the front. To test your sports bra jump up and down. If you have to hold on to your bust then your sports bra is not doing its job.

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