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How can I bind my (relatively small) chest without a binder? (I'm not in a position where I can get one)

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Last Updated: 11/23/2018 at 4:02am
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November 16th, 2018 9:38pm
I'd suppose it would depend on how flat your personally looking to go! I've known quite a lot of people who bind myself, For starters simply layering sports bras and tank tops under your shirts can work quite well! Especially if you have one that fits a little to small, as long as it can be binded around without feeling uncomfortable or painful that can be a great option! Now, I do know methods such as taping can potentially cause damage, so you may want to be cautious in that dept.. Different things work for different people, and everyone's chest is different :) Its understandable that not having access to a binder is difficult, I know.. Thankfully there's so so many ways to safely bind! Good luck
November 22nd, 2018 2:19pm
Hi there, To bind your chest without a binder, you can use very tight sport-bra.. NEVER EVER use tape or medical tape. It's dangerous (for your back and your chest : if you damage it, it could have consequences not only on your health, but also on the result of a chest surgery, in case you plan to get one). When you say you're not in a position where you can get one, do you mean financially ? Or because you live in a place where you don't want to get that in the mail ? Because some organizations can help you to get one : for free if some people give away their old binders - not because they're too old but for instance because they're not needed anymore after chest surgery), at smaller cost if they bought many to be able to sell them at a lower price to trans people, especially for teenagers, or at least they can get your order so that you can get it there instead of getting it through the mail. I mean there may be some options for you to get a binder, depending of the obstacles you're facing right now. Feel free to contact me if you want to speak about that :)
November 23rd, 2018 4:02am
pay attention to what you wear. wearing multiple layers, loose clothing, and clothes with thick material all help. sports bras are a wonderful thing too! it wont give u the same level of flatness as a binder would but accompanied with the right clothes itll turn out lovely! if you own a sports bra but its been stretched out, (if your able too) id suggest getting a new one. and if youre living with your parent(s) and theyre not great just say u need a new bra because the one you own doesnt fit! good luck and remember to never cut corners with your safety.