I've never been a big bra girl. Literally. Bras were never very important to me because I felt that being small breasted meant that I didn't need a "real bra." I spent my early athletic life wearing swimsuits (without a bra) and I can't remember if I even owned a real sports bra until sometime after college when I started doing triathlons. Even then, my bras were nothing more than the squish-em-up, A cup variety.
That was then. I now know that it doesn't matter what size your breasts are. All breasts deserve a "real bra."
I started paying attention to my boobs the minute I got pregnant! Mainly because they started growing and hurting. When I wrote a prenatal blog about my pregnant boobs, someone commented, "Please make support bras. Nursing boobs are not the best running boobs!" The cool thing was that we were already in the development stage of our bra launch. Check! I've been waiting for over a year to share Skirt Sports Bras with you all!
We took this process very seriously, without taking ourselves seriously, which is no small feat! During our research phase, our designer, Keli V, surveyed a large group of women and one of the questions she asked was "How do you describe your breasts?" The answers were varied and ranged from perky to saggy/post-baby. The majority of the women who answered were in the latter group.
We asked, you spoke, and most importantly, we listened. The number one thing you wanted was support. Number two was adjustability. And number three was cute-factor. I have to say that we knocked all three bras out of the park based on these criteria.
In the end, it was about time we made a collection of kick-booby bras from A cup to Double D. I learned a lot along the way, and I have to say that one of my greatest moments was reading the results of our survey question, "Are you happy with your breasts?" The overwhelming majority said "Yes." We have come a long way ladies!
Now that I am a nursing mama, my boobs are at least one size bigger than before, and I have a whole new perspective on all things booby. I think that many women actually neglect their nursing boobs and don't buy a supportive bra during this time because they are either totally overwhelmed/exhausted or they think it's not worth the money because their boobs will someday go back to "normal." Of course it will be a new normal from what I've been told! And if you don't provide them support when they need it most, you will permanently damage your sweet little Cooper's ligaments that can't be repaired.
For the first time in my life I actually NEED a bra to eliminate the pain of big (at least for me), bouncy boobies! I have seen the light! Even when my breasts return to their "new normal" size (yet to be determined), they now know what it means to be properly supported (and encapsulated!).
When I was breastfeeding recently, Tim commented, "Nicole, you are using your breasts for what they were actually created to do. That is the most beautiful thing in the world." I have to agree, so no matter what my new normal will be, I know that I will forever treat my boobs with the love and respect they deserve.
If you didn't answer our bra survey the first time and you want to speak your mind, it's not too late. Comment here to weigh in on boobs and bras. We're always working on the next big thing!