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January 9, 2010
Ok, now that I have your attention.
I’ve been at my parents’ in Bombay for the last month and living in my maika allows me to live sans phone, internet and well, responsibilities. As a nursing machine for my 3-month old I don’t get out much. So I live a retired pensioners life along with my parents instead of the happening clubbing youngster life every other Mumbaiker does. OK I’m not a happening clubbing youngster anyway but one can pretend. I’d be lying if I said I felt like I was missing out – we eat at home, my splurges are on childhood memories such as Appy and my daily outing is to the local gym where sweet gujju aunties come work out alongside in salwars and sneakers. No I’m not being malicious, I love it. I love not being part of the trappings of hanging out in the latest bars, shopping at the sprawling malls (I know – sprawling is a word used a bit too generously for Mumbai) and not spending thousands on a night. My big outing for the week is a thali lunch at the Gujarati club which allows non-Gujaratis – gasp! – to eat there on Sundays. The line is long and you have to put your name down and everything. It’s nerve-wracking. Yes I’m a stodgy, behind-the-times NRI stewing in nostalgia, so sue me. On another note, I should’ve been born Gujju….NM, are you listening?
Anyway, the subject of the post wasn’t in vain. I am hollering to new moms or those whose boobs stayed much the same after they became old moms. This seems a timely conversation in the midst of the “what colour bra are you wearing” campaign which I entirely missed living under aforementioned rock. So cut to the chase, my boobs are gynormous. They started getting that way while I was pregnant. From Bs, I started entering D territory and wondered how long it would take my spine to crack under the weight. And then when someone suggested that they would get only bigger once I started nursing, I kept the number for the Guiness Records handy. No sense wasting the gift.
Living in the US, I’ve always had a problem with sizes. Due to my height and frame, I needed an XS or S top. But wouldn’t you know it – American girls that size have peanuts for boobs, not Bs. So I needed a M for boobs. Much joy when I found a S top which allowed for what I had. And horror, I didn’t need pushing up or padding. I think we all know now that Victoria’s secret is that she doesn’t acknowledge women who nurse, only those who need bras that double up as bullet-proof vests. In all the optimism that giving birth affords, I thought – surely in India tops are built for Indian women. Who are shorter, petite but dude…have BOOBS. But noooooooooo, same to same problem. I went to buy kurtis, perfect on shoulders and in height but pressed my boobs so they threatened to spill out of the sleeves.
So Indian women, speak up! in India and abroad, where are you buying clothes once you become mothers? Tell me I’m not alone. I just let it all hang out. 
15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2010 2:06 pm

    sorry..wont be able to help you out with this one..i always had small breasts… i belong to the ‘other’ group – one that will forever be grateful to pregnancy and birth cuz they gave me BOOBS!
    good luck….
    have fun at your parents and you do have a funny bone in you.

    • girlonthebridge permalink*
      February 22, 2010 7:48 pm

      tell me, you are gujju, no?

      • March 5, 2010 6:11 pm

        nope, i am not….what made you think i am?

  2. January 13, 2010 7:38 pm

    The frilly tops that have a lot of room from right around the chest area work wonders! So do shirts with buttons – you can always leave one more open. 🙂 BTW, don’t forget to enjoy this phase. Eventually it’s all back to square one, albeit a slightly droopier square.

    • girlonthebridge permalink*
      February 22, 2010 7:49 pm

      Ahh I miss you Suj! And I hope you are ok. Just caught up with the posts and saw about your accident. 😦 Am so glad you are fine!!

      • March 2, 2010 9:03 pm

        Thank you, you sweet thing, for missing me! 🙂 Welcome back. More updates please!

  3. January 19, 2010 6:26 am

    Loved your line about Victoria’s real secret.

    Wish I could help with some information…sorry.

    So you’re in Mumbai – welcome 🙂 Sounds like you are happpyy! And if you ever should feel like meeting some fellow bloggers (or just one), get in touch! Love to Mishki.

    • girlonthebridge permalink*
      February 22, 2010 7:45 pm

      Anamika! I am back in NYC and like I was telling OJ…I was a nursing machine and hardly got out. But next time around I can dump the baby with grandparents and def see you! Yayy!

  4. January 29, 2010 9:41 am

    What a post to start reading your blog with! LMAO!

    As a 32D girl, I feel your pain. Oh trust me, I do. Try Triumph, they have a few good ones once in a while. Same holds for M&S.

    As for clothes… the lucky find Tshirt, or tailored.

    • girlonthebridge permalink*
      February 22, 2010 7:44 pm

      Oh God help you when you get pregnant. 🙂 And welcome!

  5. January 30, 2010 9:02 am

    Well, like you said, I don’t get out much these days and I don’t want to splurge on stuff that (hopefully) will not fit me in a few months. So I wear my loose tops from before, my maternity stuff and even the husband’s tees 🙂

    Oh no, I am far from splurging. In fact my biggest incentive to get back to my pre-prego body is so I don’t need to spend money on anything new. And time is running out…I return to work soon and need to wear “real” clothes soon.

  6. February 12, 2010 10:35 am

    Try the Lovable nursing bras. Saw some the other day and they looked comfortable. In general I like the Lovable fit. I bought the ones I used myself (three years ago) from Bodycare. Very hard-wearing and as comfortable as they get, which is to say, not much. *sigh*

    • girlonthebridge permalink*
      February 22, 2010 7:47 pm

      I am back in NYC now and while home I mostly go bra-less. Oh the perks of staying home! (besides being with the baby of course)

  7. February 15, 2010 9:01 am

    So glad to have found you. Your woes are mine exactly. I was a size 36 when I was skinny (God, why did you make me this unproportionate!). And now after becoming a mom and 2nd time preggo I can’t even find the bras that fit me. And even XL kurtis don’t fit on the chest. Waaaah! 😥

    Oh jeez…I forgot about the second time around. I have to go through this all over again!!

  8. February 23, 2010 7:11 pm

    This is embarrassing but at 6 months post baby I still wear my maternity tops!!! So comfy and concealing. I tried everywhere to find petite stuff that accomodates bi bossoms but no such luck! 😦
    I am glad its winter here because I cover up with big sweaters and jackets!

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