I will be talking actually bras sizes. Just a heads up.
Anyone who has ever seen me, is well aware that I have been "blessed" with an ample chest. It was large in high school and hasn't gone down. I have three kids, and I have nursed everyone of them. The girls have been put through the wringer and nature has taken its course. It is a common joke between my friend Kate (of similar chest size) and I that after we are done having kids, we would love to get a breast reduction. In fact, when I was getting married and trying to come up with something for a bridesmaid gift, I found a little ceramic jar that said "Boob Job Fund" for Kate. She loved it.
The thought mainly comes up after I have had a lousy day trying to find new clothes. The thought of being able to shop without having to make sure the fabric is stretchy enough to accommodate the girls, or going into the plus size stuff and needing a tailor to alter to actually fit the way it is supposed to, or be able to actually shop in the petite section, and not worry about the shirt becoming a mid-drift shirt. Buy a button up-shirt that I don't have to wear a white shirt underneath because I risk impaling someone with a flying button should I button it the way it was intended.
There are the days where my back will be bothering me, but as I have said, I have always been large, so I don't know if the discomfort I feel is so natural feeling to me, that should it be relieved, that I would be kicking myself for having left it for so long.
Well all of this leads to yesterday. All of my bras are either worn out, wires poked through, or nursing bras that I intend on throwing away soon, so I, with Mom and kids in tow, went to Lane Bryants to get some new bras. I walked in, found an employee, and ask to be remeasured. Last time I was measured at 40DD. It is very hard to find those in normal department stores that don't have the push-up feature to them. But seriously, if they are that big, do they really need pushed up? I digress. She takes me to the dressing room, I tell what I have been wearing lately, 42DD, and she promptly says that is not my correct size. She measures and I was 39 underneath, so I need to be put into a 40 for comfort sake and she doesn't tell me the cup size, just that it is larger. Mind you, I am still nursing, but I had just fed him about 45 minutes before this. She goes and brings me one to try one. I am spilling out on top. Big surprise. I always spill out and it is a huge pet peeve of mine. She sees the issue and gets me another one. It fits wonderfully. Then I looked at the size. Now I am horrified. 40H. Not 40E, or F, G, but H. That is equivalent to 40DDDDD. That is right, 5 Ds. Explains a lot as to why I can never find a comfortable bra. 40H. On the plus side, that was the fastest I have ever been through a bra fitting. I bought one and have ordered 3 more to come with in the next week.
Now the idea of breast reduction seems like it a far more realistic possibility. Something to consider about a year after I am completely done breast feeding. Anyone know anything about it? I know of one lady who has had it done, but she is the only one. Feel free to leave a comment.