Moms, Do You Wear A Bra To Bed?
Moms, Do You Wear A Bra To Bed?
The free twins are 29 months and 3 weeks old
I had to ask after reading an article on the subject the other day. To me, it’s nothing I even think about. I have slept in my underwire bras since I developed breasts that needed support at around 14. It just felt strange and ‘not right’ to me to go bra-less. I hate it in fact, and I’m not super top heavy either. A C cup..nothing massive, so it isn’t all about the weight of them.
I even hate being bra-less in the shower. I have caught myself holding them up with one arm on occasion. I try and resist that urge. It truly has nothing to do with any fear of sagging. (Obviously. Was I fearful of sagging at 14? I think not 😛 .) I mean going in the shower for the measly 5 minutes that I do get to shower is not going to make my breasts sag, this I know. It’s just for comfort purposes.
I feel much better when I am lifted and not ‘hanging free’ so to speak, though most every mom I speak to, including my own, feels much better going bra-less, at least at night. Am I a weirdo or something? Maybe I am 😯 .
The great debate among experts and women are the questions of ‘is it healthy to wear a bra to bed?’ Also, ‘does wearing a bra have anything to do with keeping breasts high and dry?’ Here are my thoughts. I can’t imagine it being either healthy or unhealthy to wear a bra. I don’t see one viable explanation that bra wearing could cause something such as breast cancer. To me, that’s just ridiculous. Cancer originates deep inside of the body in the cells. It simply can’t have anything to do with whether a person wears a bra or does not..IN MY opinion. I am no doctor I assure you. It doesn’t make any sense to me though.
This may be a risk 🙂 . The exploding, pop-open bra. We have all been there.
Secondly, do I think it helps prevent, or better put ‘fight against’ sagging? Yes, in part. I think it may help for awhile. I think eventually gravity takes it’s toll on everybody and on every part of the body..boulder holder or not. But might it delay the process? I’d say it is possible. My mom never wears a bra to bed and from what I remember during childhood, but let’s just remember she only birthed two children and she was in her 20’s last I saw her naked, she was perky. A size B cup, but perky. Ewe..it sounds so weird talking about my mom’s breasts so I’ll squash that example now 😳 . Just wondering if genetics are involved in it. A possibility.
I going to be 37 in a few weeks and have had 5 kids and breastfeed two for a long period of time and one for a short while, and I didn’t notice that to have any effect on my breasts..EXCEPT that they do seem to get smaller after pregnancy, rather then what some claim..larger (JEALOUS ) . My good friend never ever wears a bra and is still perky she says and it ‘appears’..I don’t try and look but she brought it up, and she’s had two children and is 46 years of age. I have another good friend who NEVER wore a bra. Hers are less fortunate, however, they are like double F’s. I don’t know how she carries those suckers around to begin with.
I think eventually what goes up must come down, but I think constant or semi-constant, supportive bra wearing does help for a time ward off the effects of gravity. But alas, in the end we all turn into our grandmothers. We won’t care at that point either.
Most people are stunned when I say that I sleep in an underwire, and no I have never gotten poked by one in the night. The ones that are made today I find to be quite cushioned and comfortable. I just feel naked without it… HA HA. So what is your take on it? Do you think bra wearing can be harmful to your health, or just your overall comfort? Feel free to comment below and give me your opinion / thoughts. There seems to be great debate in how we house our bosoms and the benefits or repercussions of doing, or not doing so.
Breast Cancer and Wearing Bras to Bed
According to The American Cancer Society, American Breast Cancer Society, and BreastCancer.org, wearing a bra, at day, night or both, will not give you breast cancer, although they have no scientific research to support their claim. In fact, there has not been any research to date that refutes the link between breast cancer and bras, and these organizations have shown no interest in pursuing this needed research.
Factors that do increase breast cancer risks according to BreastCancer.org
- Sex: Women are much more likely to get breast cancer than men.
- Age: the chances of getting breast cancer increase with age, especially after 65.
- Race: After age 35, White women are more likely to get breast cancer than Black women, but Black women who get breast cancer are more likely to die from it.
- Family history: certain inherited genetic mutations (BRCA1 and/or BRCA2) increase the risk. Even without those genes, having a grandmother, mother, sister, or daughter diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer also increases the risk.
- A woman who has previously had breast, ovarian, endometrial, or colon cancer is more likely to get breast cancer.
- A woman who has had LCIS or certain other breast conditions such as atypical hyperplasia is more likely to get breast cancer.
- High levels of radiation to the chest area (for treatment of lymphoma, for example) can increase the risk.
- High bone density levels after menopause can increase the risk.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding history: never having children, having a first pregnancy after age 30, and never breastfeeding each increases the risk.
- Menstrual history: Beginning menstruation at age 12 or younger, and/or having menopause after age 55 increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Postmenopausal obesity increases the risk.
- History of hormone use, including contraceptives and menopausal hormone replacement increases the risk.
- Alcohol consumption: women who drink an average of only 1 alcoholic drink per day increase their risk of breast cancer by approximately 7%.
- Physical inactivity increases risk.
- Exposure to tobacco smoke increases breast cancer risk.
I guess just do what feels comfortable to you. Just don’t wear those bras too tight. Be fitted properly for the correct bra size for your figure. Comfort and constriction are two entirely different things. Too much of the latter isn’t good for anybody.