A lot of the conversation around modern day breast support systems is centred around supporting busts at the larger end of the sizing spectrum.
It’s a topic that we’ve covered ourselves throughout our previous blog posts, and although we strongly advocate for the right kind of support systems for larger assets, for smaller chested women, it’s equally as important to know what you need, and to have access to the resources when you need them.
Whether you’re an AA or DD, proper support should always be a staple of your everyday wardrobe, as it will carry you through all the trials and tribulations of today without any hint of strain or stress.
So today, we’re climbing the alphabet to find out why petite ladies will benefit from the right kind of support to their assets too.
Why Should You Support Smaller Breasts?
Having smaller breasts comes with plenty of perks; there’s no chaffing, less sagging, and reduced bounce, which is fantastic. But eventually, even the smallest amount of breast tissue will experience the effects of gravity and time.
There are many things that can put the breasts under strain, including high-impact sports, such as running, tennis, and rugby, whilst even daily activities like sleeping and lifting objects aren’t all too breast-friendly either.
No one is safe from the sag, and it is possible to underestimate just how much support the breast tissue actually needs. What’s more, for as unique and lovely as each pair are, they never stay the same shape for long.
It’s natural for this change to happen, but it also means that you need to constantly reevaluate your size just to keep up with comfort. And this is why bra support systems with a high level of adjustability are so sought after.
Perhaps the kind of support you needed a year ago no longer suits your needs now; so having a good level of self-awareness will come really handy in this respect. How will I know that my support isn’t right? If you’re worried your breast support doesn’t fit right, don’t worry, because there are plenty of signs you can look out for:
If you’re wearing a breast support that leaves your skin looking red and flush, or if you’re feeling restricted in any way, your support is probably too tight.
This is really important to avoid, because good blood flow is really important to the health of the breast tissue; especially if you’re breastfeeding.
On the reverse, if you’re support is constantly slipping down, or if you’re always having to make readjustments, the size you’re wearing may be too big. There should be no slipping or strangling from your breast support.
Aching or Pain
The moment you’re feeling pain from wearing breast support is the moment you know it’s wrong. You might be feeling pain in your neck and back, and perhaps across your shoulders too if you’re wearing a support bra with straps.
Muscle strain is usually what happens when you’re wearing a bra that is too big, and you’ll be able to see this because the band will typically arch up at the back, instead of laying flat against the skin.
It’s really important to make sure that the band is just right, because it’s this feature that provides most of the support.
Too Much Movement
Excessive moments can arrive from any angle, and will place a great amount of strain on all sides of the breast tissue, even if you have a smaller bust. This movement is at its peak during times of exercise and activity.
Sports involves a lot of contact and movement for the breasts, and can sometimes result in injuries to the Cooper’s ligaments that support the weight of the breast tissue. Which is why it’s important to wear the right kind of support during these times.
What Is the Best Support for Small Breasts?
Conventional cup-based bras won’t necessarily provide the best level of support for women whose breasts are set wider apart; which is often the case with smaller breasts. Their underwire support system is also to be best avoided if you’re working out or playing a high contact sport, as it could be the cause of a very nasty injury indeed.
Similarly, bralettes manage to remedy the issue of an underwire by pulling off a completely wireless design. Their triangle cup shape has always been flattering to smaller busts, and although they do offer some support against the gravitational pull on the breasts, their structure really isn’t designed to offer much more outside just a basic level of support.
When considering the more active-focussed range of breast support solutions available to women with smaller busts, the industry is definitely waking up to a more size-inclusive approach to the products they’re offering.
Where once A and B cup women would struggle to find the right type of sports bra, better availability of smaller sizing has emerged. Yet despite the industry progression in serving smaller sizes, questions still remain as to whether such sports bras are truly giving women what they really need.
When the breasts experience the impact of strenuous exercise, they actually move both laterally and vertically at the same time, in an almost figure of eight pattern.
In this way, the strain is equal on all sides of the breast tissue, which is why the type of support offered by traditional sports bras comes as inadequate; as a normal bra system only caters to a certain direction of movement.
The solution to this issue could be derived from the use of compression technology. As an alternative to more generalised methods, the application of compression technology keeps the breasts both together, and in to the chest; whilst also significantly reducing the strain of excessive movement.
This kind of support usually comes in the form of a single band that’s designed to sit just above the breasts, whilst closing off behind the back. This technology has been perfected in our Boobuddy Breast Support Band, which caters to breasts both small and large.
The band has been specifically woven with a trio of breathable fibres, making it ideal to wear during hot and heavy training sessions; whilst many women also enjoy wearing one throughout the day too.
Circling back to this idea of size inclusivity, we worked hard to produce a product that was outside and beyond the normal AA to DD frame, and we certainly feel that we’ve delivered this through the band’s easily adjustable single clasp.
So therefore not only are the bands available in three different sizes - small (90cm), medium (100cm), and large (130cm) - but they’re able to be specifically tailored right down to the perfect fit. After all, no two pairs are the same, so why must sizing continue to be categorised with boarders?
Finding the best breast support for petite ladies comes with realising that each pair of breasts are unique, and that the solution should therefore be as equally as personal. What works for bigger busts won’t necessarily offer the best support for smaller breasts just because it’s been scaled down.
And if you are concerned that the more standard approach to breast support isn’t giving you what you need anymore, never be afraid to explore the more contemporary solutions that are and always will be available to you.
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