Bra Fitting & Breast Care
By Nicole Joseph Chin
Caring for our breasts does not simply apply to a woman who has undergone breast surgery for medical reasons but is applicable to every female as it is a fundamental part of our personal hygiene routine.
It has been properly documented that numerous women are not fully aware of their true bra sizes and so the matter of getting fitted has now become very important to every woman in the globe today.
The bras we wear should be comfortable and should not squeeze or poke us especially under the arm area where our lymph nodes are located. The health risks associated with bras are way too dangerous to take the issue of wearing a bra lightly and so it is important to look at the fabric and structure of the bra you choose. The health benefits of being professionally fitted far exceed what we imagine and additionally it generally enhances the woman’s physical appearance.
A woman who has been professionally fitted usually sees a reduction in her cup size as a result of the tapering of her breasts by the well fitting bra.
Further than that, the issues of the clothing not sitting well on her torso, is in most instances eliminated.
A good fit starts with the fitter understanding the body type of the person that she has to fit.
This is followed by of course understanding the person’s needs and activities so as to give the exact items to complement each activity. The expert fitter will be able to identify certain aspects of the various types of bras that may be suitable to the particular woman and so it will be easy to select, without costly trial and error, what bras one should purchase.
The cost to be fitted is nominal and if done expertly saves the woman tremendously in the long term. Caring for our breasts therefore can be regarded as a great reward to each woman
We outline a few care tips to follow:
1. Always understand which styles of bras are appropriate for you
2. Get professionally fitted for your correct bra size
3. Wear bras that are breathable and do not cling to the skin
4. Avoid certain fabrics that do not allow for freedom of movement
5. Toss away all bras that have underwires that poke the skin
6. Never wear a bra that squeezes you under the arms
7. Carefully launder your bras so as to remove all perspiration and dirt (use wash bag)
8. Use a clean bra daily
9. If you see any skin irritation with any bra, discontinue use immediately.
10. Avoid the use of perfume or oily lotions in the breast area.
Measure very snugly around your rib cage, just underneath your breasts. It should feel tight. Be sure that the tape measure lies straight all the way around. Add 5” to your rib cage measurement, then round to the nearest even number. The result is your bra size or band measurement.
Measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust, keeping the tape measure straight all the way around your body. Round this measurement to the nearest whole number.
Subtract your bra size (band measurement) from the bust measurement. The difference between the two determines your cup size. It can be difficult to measure yourself, the process itself is not an exact science.
If you have trouble and think you are not getting your correct size, get professionally fitted.