One of the most common reasons for breast pain is wearing a bra that doesn’t fit well. Many women wear a bra that is the wrong size. Wearing a bra that fits you well and has good support can help lessen and prevent breast pain.
You can also try wearing a bra without underwire or a sports bra, to see if you have less pain. If the pain wakes you at night, try wearing a sports bra to bed.
You can get help to find a bra that fits you best at some stores that sell bras.
For a bra to support you well, it needs to fit properly. Make sure:
Before measuring your bra size, lean forward and let your breasts fall into the bra cups before you fasten it at the back.
The difference between the measurements helps you find the cup size:
If your breasts aren’t the same size, always choose the cup size that fits the larger breast so you have enough support. You can use a bra insert in the cup for the smaller breast. You can find bra inserts in most bra stores.
If this way of measuring doesn’t help you find your cup size, ask for help at a store that sells bras.
Current as of: October 30, 2020
Author: Women’s Health, Alberta Health Services
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