St. Augustine Woman's Journal - Educational Resource to the Women of St. Johns County Since 2009

So What's Up With Our Breasts?


September 1, 2018 | View PDF

The breasts are composed of delicate issues that can be severely damaged if not properly supported. Place a weight at the end of a rubber band. The once fat rubber band now becomes stretched and thin, as do the tiny ligaments and vessels of the breast with the weight of the breast tissue. The delicate tissue begins to roll off the chest wall, over the pectoral muscle, and displaces itself under the arm and in the midriff area. A pendulous look begins to develop. This is not healthy as the proper blood flow to the breast is blocked and the tissue under the arm is now being bumped and battered with every movement.

The weight of the breast pulling on the neck can cause diminished blood flow to the head and headaches often occur. The effects of the weight and gravity will also affect posture. The back, just below the neck base, is now put under undue stress. When you try to lift the weight of the breast off the ribcage by shortening your bra strap, either the back band of the bra rides up or painful grooves in the shoulders result.

If the breast is supported and the weight taken off of those ligaments, proper blood flow is restored and the detached and misplaced

breast tissue is given the opportunity to rebuild and adhere to the chest wall.

The construction of a bra has often been compared to the construction of a suspension bridge. A bra has to support your form,

while bracing against your ribcage and making sure not to upset the delicate balance that is comfort. As the weight the bra needs

to support increases, so does the amount of engineering required. There are a few features added specifically in the design of a big

bra that help deal with the extra weight. Because breasts are heavier on the bottom than they are on the top, many bras feature sling

support. Sling support is an added layer at the base of the cup to add support where it is needed most. Another feature unique to the

design of larger bras is the three part cup. As opposed to being made of one piece of material, the cup is made of three pieces of material sewn together. This helps distribute the weight of the breast across the cup allowing for more even support.

Here are some things to know about your new lingerie.

• Bras will stretch up to 4 inches during their service to us, so fitting snuggly is important. As the bra relaxes, you can tighten the band and still maintain the snugness needed to give you optimal support.

• Bras should be replaced every 6-12 months. Purchasing three at a time is recommended—1 to wear, 1 to wash and 1 as a spare.

• A properly fitting bra provides support from beneath, creating a balcony for your breasts to sit on. Less than 10% of support should come from the shoulder straps. A bra should hug your ribcage firmly, regardless of your position or activity. Anchoring to your

body means you will not need to adjust and readjust throughout the day.

• Because of this, new bras should be treated like new shoes and need to be broken in. Begin by wearing your new bra for short intervals for the first few times. Change to an old favorite if it starts to become uncomfortable.

• All bras should be given a day to rest between wearing to allow the elastic to retain its memory. If you decide to break in two or more bras concurrently, it is recommended that you choose different styles so that the bra doesn’t sit at exactly the same place on your body.

• It is always the manufacturers’ recommendation to hand wash intimate apparel. However, garments can be laundered in a washing machine on the delicate cycle with cold water. It is recommended to use a lingerie bag. Do not use specialty soaps or bleach. Hang drying is a must.


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