Momania Flashback: My 36Cs are now 34Es

This is the first in a series of stories celebrating the five-year anniversary of Momania. We are flashing back to some of our favorite columns and blogs. We started off with a bang on Oct. 23, 2005 with a column about my boobs. I was mortified that this particular one was running on a Sunday – when my parents would see their friends at church. But I think it set the tone that nothing was going to be off limits for discussion and that we were going to be honest.

Long ago, before I had two beautiful children, I had two beautiful breasts. They were perfect 36Cs — not too big, not too small and, oh, so perky. Girlfriends were envious of them, and boys were always checking them out. One of my editors at the college newspaper would assign stories to them — he never looked me in the eye; he always talked to my chest.

In a quest to make my children healthier than I am, I was determined to nurse both babies at least 12 months. I ended up nursing each 18 months. Are my children healthier for it? I think so. Are my breasts saggier because of it? I know so.

I have topped out at a wacky size of 34E (More on supportive, ugly bras in crazy sizes in a later column), and I swear when I’m slouched over driving, my boobs drag across the top of my stomach. This is not a good thing.

When buying lingerie for an anniversary trip last spring, the lady at Victoria’s Secret advised, “From now on, you’ll need to wear a bra under sexy nightgowns to give you the proper support.”

I passed this information along to the ladies in my playgroup during a recent mom’s night out. They were all like “Aha.” Light bulbs went on over our heads because we figured out how to keep our boobs in the proper place during sex. (Husbands take note: You must leave the bras on for this plan to work!)

Breast feeding was not en vogue in the early ’70s when I was born. The nurses at Piedmont Hospital told my mother she didn’t have the right kind of nipples to nurse me and discouraged her from even trying.

Now, I’m not a doctor, and I can’t prove that I constantly develop strep throat because I didn’t get breast milk, but I didn’t want to take any chances with my kid

Ironically, one of the nurses at Piedmont Hospital has been my greatest nursing supporter. Julie Duncan, lactation consultant and perinatal educator for the hospital, has stuck with me through four years and two pregnancies. She helped me establish my milk supply, treat breast infections and taught me how to wean my toddlers.

Nursing is just one of the many choices moms make for their children. We want our kids to be smarter, healthier, more confident and happier than we were as they grow. And we are willing to make any sacrifice, including our perky boobs, to make that happen.

This column and companion blog on ajc.com are all about raising healthy families, and how we can make their lives better and our lives as parents easier. I don’t have all the answers. Believe me, with a 4- and a 2-year-old, I’m doing well to get through the day without a call to poison control. So I want to hear your good ideas and your worries. Feel free to log on to ajc.com and post your messages. Here are some items we’d like to hear your thoughts on. Your comments may show up in future columns.

• Julie Duncan swears it’s not nursing but pregnancy that changes our breasts. So moms who didn’t nurse, did your breasts change?

• We also want to hear from our flatter friends. One less-endowed girlfriend recently told me her chest actually went “concave” between pregnancies, and another noted her breasts simply “disappeared.” Tell us more.

• Other than plastic surgery or a good supportive bra, anybody found exercises that help? Do those “we must” exercises from the Judy Blume book “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” work?

Saturday’s Momania Flashback: UGA games are not so great for the wife left behind with the kids! Also my husband’s rebuttal: Why he doesn’t want to take me to the games.

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madmommy

October 22nd, 2010
7:52 am

Just wanted to make a quick point, how did your rib cage shrink from a 36 to a 34? I was a 32/34 before I had my first and now I’m doing good to fit into my 34’s. I’m just saying.

Now as for being a small busted gal, they did get huge when I was prego and then while I was breastfeeeding (only lasted 6 weeks, but it was better than nothing). Now they are flat little things and the only time I really like them is when I’m at that time of the month. I wear a 34AA (VC doesn’t carry this size by the way) and most of the time I have to settle with a 34A just because I can’t find anything that fits. When I don’t have a bra on they sag like no one’s business when prior to kids I could go braless most days without anyone noticing.

Workouts that help. Push ups, chest flys, chest presses (bench press). It might not seem like it, but all of those really help. Heck, my chest muscles are larger than my boobs and that fact became clear at last years NYE party when I looked funky in pics. If I could afford it, I would get my boob’s done. Then again, in 15-20 years I could put on a few lbs and then have more up top to fill me out.

Hope this helps and I am more worried about my hip size since having kids rather than my boobs since I thought that was a given. Just never thought I would not have my tummy and hips back to what they were pre baby. :-(

MomOf2Girls

October 22nd, 2010
8:03 am

Hmmmm. Now this is something I excelled at :-)

I have always been very large busted. 32DD starting at age 15, with a 24 in waist. I went to Intimacy many years ago to get a proper fit, and found out that I was a 30FF. Exploded to a 32J when “nursing” (pumping), and now I have (hopefully) stabilized to 30GG. Waist is a bit bigger now (28″) so I don’t look like an overgrown Barbie doll, but still obviously large. When they’re this big, there isn’t much you can do to fight the laws of gravity short of surgery. I just stick with my incredibly expensive Intimacy bras (that are gorgeous, BTW – not your grandma’s foundation!!) and let the girls breathe naturally at night when I sleep.

Michelle

October 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

Momof2…I’m the same way! 34DD before pregnancy, up to the J during and now I’m an H or I…can’t remember. I do like Intimacy better than one of the competitors. The variety is MUCH better!

T-I don’t really know of anything to bring them back short of surgery (which I am hoping to get done some day!)

Kate

October 22nd, 2010
9:36 am

Although I was never able to successfully breastfeed (no milk, I went through several lactation consultants, none of them could figure out what was wrong with me), my boobs are pretty much the same way. Of course, my “twins” were never that great to begin with, but pregnancy in general had a depressing effect on them. Every time I go to the dermatologist I have her check all my various moles and freckles for skin cancer which requires me to remove my shirt and bra. Last time I was there my Dr. takes one look at my breasts and says “So you’re still breast feeding?” I said “no, that’s just the way they look!” Oh well. Thank goodness for push-up bras.

TinaTeach

October 22nd, 2010
9:46 am

I can’t say I changed much. Before I was pregnant I was a 38 “barely b”. Meaning my left side filled out a “B” cup okay while my right side really would have been more at home in an “A” cup. During pregnancy and breast feeding I became a full fledged “B” cup. My left side still larger than my right though (what is up with that?! so annoying!). We stopped nursing just short of a year and then went down to just slightly bigger than my pre-preggo size. They are still annoyingly lopsided (even more noticable now, with or without the bra, if I look down at my chest it looks like an inclined plain!!).

I’ve talked to my husband about getting surgery after the second kiddo if they are still amazingly lopsided. He said he’d be okay with a reduction but not an enlargement. Excuse me? Reduce what? There’s not enough to reduce! I don’t want honking huge DDs. I just want my right side to resemble my left!

Sorry got off topic there…….

theresa

October 22nd, 2010
10:00 am

the band size went tighter to lift the boobs up. The llift comes from the band not the straps. But as someone pointed out in the original conversation — see I am listening —— you can go up in band size and down in cup size — so I could wear a 36dd but the bra store thought the other fit better.

RJ

October 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

I consider myself smaller breasted although my breasts grew to during pregnancy, however I’m at a 34C now. Before pregnancy I was a 34B and was happy with it. I think mine are larger because I am larger. I will never be that small again. I lost it with the first because I was young, but with the second my body never went back to it’s “original” size. I hate that they sag because I liked my smaller, perky breasts. I have several friends with large breasts and they always complain that they hurt their back. One had a reduction. I always joke that I have no idea what they’re talking about. Even recently when we got together many complained about them. Me, I have other areas that I can complain about. I’m not sure if anything short of losing weight and a breast reduction will give real relief.

UF Mom

October 22nd, 2010
1:30 pm

I was a 36F before I got pregnant. They grew to be small basketballs on my chest toward the end…I seriously looked like one of those anime chicks about to topple over. I did not nurse and now my boobs are larger than before but I keep stuffing them into my old bras because I’ve been to shy to go get a real fitting. There is about an 8 inch difference between my band size and the circumference about my “girls”.

Mine still sit up like they did before but I attribute to that to the fact that I am NEVER braless…except when I’m showering. It was always too uncomfortable to sleep without a bra as big as they are (and I’m not a “big” girl).

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circle jerk of the absurd

October 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

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Jim Nastics

October 23rd, 2010
10:19 am

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jenn

October 24th, 2010
12:22 am

i went from a 34C to a 38B. So depressing: not only did the boobs get smaller but the rib cage was bigger! figure that out…..my kids owe me big…..