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Help New Mothers Breastfeed In Comfort; Nordstrom Converts Any Bra Into A Nursing Bra For A $10 Fee

Here is a useful nugget of information to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week that you may want to share with your students and clients in childbirth classes.  Did you know that Nordstrom will convert any bra into a nursing bra for a small alteration fee of $10?  A mother does not even have to have purchased the bra from Nordstrom.

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Nordstrom has long been a favorite of mine for their expert bra fitters, but this service now allows women to have their favorite bras converted into a nursing bra with very little expense and quick turn around. Many families are faced with significant expenses when having a baby, and this simple service can help new mothers transition to the breastfeeding relationship in comfort and style, wearing their favorite bras.  Part of a successful nursing relationship is feeling comfortable feeding a baby in many locations, and having clothes, including nursing bras, that fit, feel good and make nursing easier and more comfortable is a key factor.  Do confirm with your local store before sharing with classes, but I called several locations around the country and received 100 percent confirmation that this is indeed a service they offer.  Thanks Nordstrom!

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  1. August 2nd, 2012 at 14:13 | #1

    This is AWESOME! Wish I was closer TO a Nordstroms! Maybe I’ll have to make a trek down to Seattle in the nearish future (tired of ill-fitting nursing bras).

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    Pitts-Ma
    August 2nd, 2012 at 14:42 | #2

    I heard about this years ago on an LLL message board. But when I went in to the Pittsburgh Nordstom to ask about it, the ladies in ligerie had no idea what I was talking about. Said it was a false rumor.

  3. August 2nd, 2012 at 14:46 | #3

    Thanks for your feedback, I did some spot checks this morning on the West Coast and confirmed with the stores I spoke with in CA and WA. I would encourage students to call first, but every person I spoke with was aware of this offering! Good luck!

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    BritMeme
    August 2nd, 2012 at 15:22 | #4

    That IS awesome :-) You don’t happen to be North of Seattle do you??
    @Momma Jen

  5. August 2nd, 2012 at 17:33 | #5

    While I am passed this stage this would have been an amazing service when I was nursing (I had the worse time finding nursing bras to fit and support)

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    HeatherC
    August 2nd, 2012 at 18:18 | #6

    @Momma Jen
    Just found out that Washington’s (westside) Nordstrom that does this is Southcenter!!

  7. August 2nd, 2012 at 19:16 | #7

    I’m making a list of the stores currently offering this service and those which are not. If you can call your local store to find out if they offer the service and let me know one way or the other, please send me an email at your.loving.birth@gmail.com. Thanks.

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    Ivy
    August 2nd, 2012 at 20:00 | #8

    I wish I had known this years ago! I spent many hours converting bras myself because I had such a hard time finding any I liked!

  9. August 2nd, 2012 at 20:21 | #9

    If you find a Nordstrom location that does not yet offer this service, what a great opportunity as a birth professional to politely invite them to begin offering this to nursing moms, in support of breastfeeding and babies. It could be a win-win for the store and your community, and some good PR for you!

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    Rachel
    August 2nd, 2012 at 20:57 | #10

    @Sharon Muza

    I would also recommend speaking with the alterations department if the lingerie department says it isn’t true or doesn’t know anything. It is possible that word just never made it to them, or that they would be willing to do it anyway. It never hurts to ask, and all they may need is permission from corporate to go ahead and start this program.

  11. August 3rd, 2012 at 00:01 | #11

    This is a great service given the price tags on must nursing bras. There is only one thing which concerns me about the breast health of nursing moms. The majority of moms will experience breast growth during pregnancy and initiation of lactation. This means that in most cases converting a previously owned bra into a nursing bra could be dangerous. Any bra that fits too tightly could put enough pressure on a duct to create a plug (wired bras are also not recommended). This could advance into mastitis quite quickly for some women. It would be best to get fitted and then purchase a bra in an affordable price range to bring to the store to get altered. Even though the savings could be great, having a plugged duct or mastitis which could even adversely affect breastfeeding would be far worse.

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    Annie Taylor
    August 3rd, 2012 at 00:23 | #12

    Good job!!!! Glad someone is finally doing this. Where was it a year and a half ago when I needed it? :-P

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    jmelee
    August 3rd, 2012 at 04:34 | #13

    this mkes me so happy!

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    Lyn Conrad
    August 3rd, 2012 at 07:00 | #14

    I went to Nordstrom (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida)to get new bras a few months back because they were the only place I could find that stocked my very large cup size (34J)and since I had my 6 month old with me they mentioned the nursing bra alteration without any prompting. They even said I could come back at any time to have it done if I changed my mind. They were so nice and professional, you can be sure they will be getting more of my business in the future.

  15. August 3rd, 2012 at 09:54 | #15

    This is a great service! Finding a comfortable and well fitting nursing bra is such a challenge!

  16. August 3rd, 2012 at 11:51 | #16

    I called the Nordstrom in Beachwood, Ohio regarding this service and the people there had no idea what I was talking about. The nice woman I talked to said she would speak to a manager about learning how to do it, but that neither she nor any of the other alterations people knew anything about this. If I find out they are going to learn, I will try to update this comment.

  17. August 3rd, 2012 at 15:10 | #17

    I received an email from Nordstrom PR (I suspect from a store near me?) , as below! Please follow the instructions with your local sales team to see what services your specific store might offer.

    “Hi Sharon-
    Thanks so much for the blog post about our alterations services at Nordstrom. We definitely alter bras as you mentioned, but its not always the same $10 charge. We can’t set a standard fee because there may be unique needs depending on the type of bra or the amount of alterations that are needed. We encourage customers to visit the Lingerie department at their local Nordstrom store. Our salesperson will have someone from the alterations team come talk with the customer about their needs.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Ashley Boero
    Nordstrom PR
    206-303-3017″

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    Alice Elliot
    August 3rd, 2012 at 18:29 | #18

    @Melisa @ I Love Breastfeeding
    This is really important information for women who want to follow up on this service! Post it everywhere!

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    Alice Elliot
    August 3rd, 2012 at 18:31 | #19

    @Melisa @ I Love Breastfeeding
    Please look at this everyone: I was trying to reply to the following:
    This is a great service given the price tags on must nursing bras. There is only one thing which concerns me about the breast health of nursing moms. The majority of moms will experience breast growth during pregnancy and initiation of lactation. This means that in most cases converting a previously owned bra into a nursing bra could be dangerous. Any bra that fits too tightly could put enough pressure on a duct to create a plug (wired bras are also not recommended). This could advance into mastitis quite quickly for some women. It would be best to get fitted and then purchase a bra in an affordable price range to bring to the store to get altered. Even though the savings could be great, having a plugged duct or mastitis which could even adversely affect breastfeeding would be far worse.

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    Elena
    August 7th, 2012 at 11:09 | #20

    If your cup size doesn’t change (mine didn’t really), you could just get band extenders to expand the width and avoid a tight fit. I think they were $2 at Medela, which is still a huge savings and much easier than buying a pre-made nursing bra. I know at this point I couldn’t afford to buy new bras to get converted even if they were cheap. When I was nursing I had to make do with a lot of wireless bras that weren’t nursing bras because I couldn’t afford nursing bra prices… this could definitely change all that for me :)

  21. August 21st, 2012 at 16:59 | #21

    I just called the Nordstrom in Corte Madera, CA and was told the alterations department won’t do that because nursing bras have special construction and I should just get a nursing bra. :/

  22. August 21st, 2012 at 19:21 | #22

    Trish, I am so sorry that your local Nordstrom would not be able to accommodate your request. You might consider connecting that store with many of the other stores around the country and see if it is something that can be implemented locally for your community. Certainly if some can, I imagine that all could. Keep us posted.

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    Cori
    August 31st, 2012 at 09:40 | #23

    FYI If you don’t live near a Nordstrom, they can always ship you your bra’s and anything else you may need too :) they are amazing!

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    Dawn
    October 4th, 2012 at 05:23 | #24

    This is so awesome, now I can have a nursing that fits properly/comfortably and not have to spend a fortune on my 40F’s (I was a D pre-baby and it has been difficult to find one)!! :)

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    Tarah
    March 28th, 2013 at 13:45 | #25

    This is not true. I went to 2 different stores and they both told me this info was false.

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    Blu Williams
    July 10th, 2013 at 14:27 | #26

    This is true. I went to the lingerie department and none of the associates knew about it. I was preparing to leave when one of the ladies offered to call the Alterations department. Thats when I got my answer.

    So beware ladies. Lingerie does NOT do this the Alterations department does.

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    Becky
    January 7th, 2014 at 14:33 | #27

    I live in Chicago. I just called and they said yes it’s true. 9 dollars per cup, i can come in any time. BUT if you don’t buy the bra at nordstrum it’s like 35 . Which sucks cuz i’m a 36 KK and they obviously don’t carry that size….i’m going to try it though

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