How To Convert a Regular Bra Into a Nursing Bra

4 Jan

I look for cheap nursing bras at thrift stores and snatch those up, (pay no mind to the quality or the size of them- it’s the hardware that you want from them). I cut out the clips and straps from them and sew them into my bras that already fit me well.

Please keep in mind, I wear wire bras. I know that the trick with a wire bra is to have a proper fit.  The wire should not dig into any of your breast tissue  – meaning the wire should lay on your rib cage, just outside of your breast.  When you’ve got full breasts wearing a wireless bra is not always an option – they just don’t support the girls the same way a wire does.  Please remember, if you do start wearing a wire nursing bra to do it *after* your engorgement stage.

Not sure on your fit to begin with – especially while nursing? Then check out my post on finding the right fit for you:  You Might Be Wearing The Wrong Size Bra.

Here’s some photo examples of one of my (finished) converted bras:

My homemade nursing bra. Click on the image to view it larger.

You can see how I hand stitched the claps in. Click on the image to view it larger.

5 Responses to “How To Convert a Regular Bra Into a Nursing Bra”

  1. Destiny Benjamin Vandeput January 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    you’re so smart

    • Joy January 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Aw, shucks.

  2. Tracey Johnson January 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Clever! I can’t wait to frankenstein my old bras! MUAHAHA!

    • Joy January 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

      Very cool, would love to see a pic of your finished bra. (That’s what he said!) I know, I’m a dork.

  3. Anna March 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Thank you for this post. I think the DIY spirit is really commendable. As you mention, though, it might not work for the more abundant-bodied among us.

    I went from a DDD to an H (yes that’s right H as in HUMONGOUS) cup bra.

    My mother wisely took me to Nordstrom’s, where I was fitted by a very nice woman who sold us several bras. Unfortunately, at that size, most of the bras cost between $60 and $80 each. Lucky my mom is a generous person (who is retired, and had a good career, and can afford to drop $400 on bras for her daughter).


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