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    No.38: Best Post-Mastectomy Bra To Sleep In

    The Best Post-Mastectomy Bra for Sleeping

    If you’re the kind of person who used to look forward to falling asleep blissfully braless, it can be hard to transition into a new chapter of life after your mastectomy, where you have to wear a bra in order to recover properly.  Sleeping in the post-surgical compression bra prescribed by your doctor after surgery was the worst.  It was stiff, itchy, pokey, and pretty uncomfortable, not to mention, UGLY.

    Thankfully, you don’t have to wear your compression bra too long after surgery, and with AnaOno, you can transition into wearing something way comfier after the compression phase and your breast surgery. Something soft, pretty, cozy, and feels like it’s made to sleep in (even if it wasn’t, like our sexy bras!).

    We know you’re longing for the day of comfortable options that don’t make you want to rip off your bra and to find something that helps you REST, and supports you in your sleep, regardless of your breast surgery or how long ago it was. Here’s our list of pretty, cozy and comfortable bras to sleep in after your breast surgery. These lounge and sleep bras are so soft, you will forget you are wearing it altogether. 

    Softest Bra To Sleep In After Breast Surgery

    Picture this: You come home from a long day at work wearing the post-surgery bra you put on that morning and…don’t feel like you need to take it off. You throw on your comfiest t-shirt, make dinner, put some Bravo on, and before you know it, it’s time for bed and…still don’t feel like you need to take your bra off. It doesn’t bother your scars or sensitive skin, it’s super breathable, supportive and is crazy soft (maybe even softer than your silk PJs). You fall asleep wearing the pretty post-surgical bra that got you through the day, and not one time did you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you are being poked, uncomfortable or suffocating. Sounds like a dream, right?

    No matter your surgery type, our soft bras for surgery will have you comfy all night long. Our softest breast surgery bras, The Monica Bra and the Molly, were made to fit YOU.

    This perfectly sums up a 24 hour-day in our softest bra yet: The Monica.  Made of ultra-soft modal fabric, this full-coverage bra is a supremely supportive, comfortable, wireless daydream. It is so cozy you won’t want to take it off! Thoughtfully designed with care, this modest, full coverage radiation bra comes pocketed to effortlessly accommodate expanders, prosthesis or lightweight breast forms, like the AnaOno F(oo)Bs®.  It is not only fabulous and functional as you heal from your mastectomy but years beyond as well.

    Choosing a sleep bra after surgery can be tricky, but at AnaOno, we’re here to help you find styles you will feel comfortable in. We recommend super-soft lounge bras made for breast reconstruction, lumpectomy, mastectomy that’s made from the softest modal material. Other supportive sleep bras that breast cancer patients, survivors and, thrivers love to wear include our Leslie Soft Support Leisure Bra, the Delilah Dream Soft Cup Bra, and Rora Front Closure Bra. All of these wire-free bras will keep you cool all night long. 

    three images of women in bras with text "day through night comfort"

    What to Look for In a Post-Surgical Sleep Bra: Comfortable Straps

    We all know how bothersome bra straps can be when it is digging into your shoulder or back. Whether it’s day or night, you’ll want a bra after breast cancer surgery that has flexible and adjustable straps that don’t give you discomfort. The Monica has wide, convertible, shoulder-friendly straps that will lay smooth against your skin while you sleep, and won’t dig into any sensitive areas. This lumpectomy bra also has a wide back bridge to provide even more comfort to your post-surgical body as you sleep, and is comforting against sensitive skin after radiation.

    This wire-free bra for breast surgery comes with pockets that work for those with one breast after unilateral mastectomy or for those after double mastectomy who have either opted for reconstruction or not. 

    After you are cleared to transition out of your doctor prescribed compression bra, you can wear The Monica in all stages of your recovery journey during surgery. This includes post-mastectomy, lumpectomy, reconstruction, DIEP flap, explant, and revision surgery. The design also provides relief during treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy and can soothe those suffering from sensitive skin, and chronic pain. Made special for breast cancer previvors, thrivers, and survivors, Monica will help you feel your most comfy for bed, or wherever you want to wear it.

    Many of our post-mastectomy bras include adjustable straps so you can create a custom fit for your personal comfort level. If looking for a sleep bra alternative, a wirefree post-mastectomy camisole can be a pretty option, too.

    three women in camisoles

    We know how uncomfortable it can be to sleep while recovering from breast cancer surgery, so we hope these sleep bra options will keep you comfortable whether your surgery just happened, or your years out and looking for more comfort. We also know how amazing it feels to finally find a bra that supports and soothes your body into much-needed rest. No matter where you are in your journey, let us help you find comfort, rest, and peace.

    Dana Donofree

    Dana Donofree

    Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.