The 12 Best Nursing Bras Tested by Real Moms

This one’s plunge so you can wear it under low-cut tops, but it still has good coverage with padded cups and an underwire. It looks cute and feels just like a regular bra so you can even continue to wear it after your breastfeeding days are over. And if you’re looking to avoid underwires, the brand also has a wireless nursing style. Welcome to the busy, rewarding, and tiring world of breastfeeding your baby!

Despite it being wire-free, the bra is pretty supportive—an important feature if you plan on wearing it every day. While a bra can’t exactly boost production, an ill-fitting bra can constrict milk flow and impact your supply — even leading to blocked ducts or mastitis in severe cases. Your bra should be comfortable and shouldn’t feel like it’s digging into your breasts or rib cage, or compressing your breasts. This is why you’ll find that most nursing bras are wireless and made from stretchy, breathable fabric. The first thing a mother needs after giving birth is a comfortable maternity bra.

Front adjustable straps with nursing clips let you seamlessly transition to nursing after baby arrives. It’s stretchy and soft and designed to be extra comfortable and non-restrictive. By the way, one of Bodily’s other bras, The Do Anything, is now one of my favorite pumping bras. A fabulous do-it-all option, this is one of the best nursing bra for those on a budget. Thanks to the soft, stretchy fabric, it smooths, shapes and supports you from pregnancy all the way through postpartum and features clip-down straps for easy access when nursing or pumping.

The Negative Silky Nursing Bra, while functional, is designed to remind you that you’re still sexy. It was made by moms who, after three and a half years of combined breastfeeding, felt that this niche was sorely missing. Another crowd favourite, this set of three maternity bras is the perfect combination of style and budget.

But because they don’t have traditional flanges, they need to be worn inside a regular nursing bra, which can be tricky to adjust. “”The quality feels high-end. It’s not ‘lace’ but instead feels like a stretchy cotton. Which is a lot better if you think about the function of the nursing bra.”” While it may be sad to give up lacy and beautiful lingerie, know that this phase is temporary. As your body regulates and your breast size and supply even out, you may be able to find a bra that fits both your preferred style and new way of life. The lovely lace is available in four sizes and 12 showstopping colors.

Unlike regular bras, most nursing bras are equipped with clasps where the cup meets the strap that make it easy to access your breasts without having to remove your bra. Or, some nursing bras simply allow you to pull the cups aside for breast access. The design adds extra coverage on the top and sides to keep the ladies in place, as well as removable cups to protect those sensitive nipples . This fab sports bra from Natal Active is designed to support your breastfeeding and fitness journey at the same time. It has easy access clips, wide supportive straps and each bra comes with an extender in case you need extra space.

One of the prettiest maternity bras on our list, this super-soft stretch-cotton piece has subtle lace detailing and wrap-effect cups for fuss-free feeding. Ideal for smaller busted mums-to-be, it comes with matching knickers, so you can invest in the set. Our mum tester praised the fact it doesn’t have clips like most nursing bras, which made it feel less functional and more feminine. Caldwell recommends True & Co bras for maternity bras, because they’re soft and wireless. The company recommends this style for moms-to-be to wear while exercising , because it has a wide bottom band and a heavier weight version of its softest nylon-elastane blend fabric for a little extra support. This bra comes in 17 colors and sizes XS to 2XL, in both standard and full cup sizes.

This all-in-one tank is perfect for layering under clothes or wearing on its own as loungewear. The best part is that it eliminates the need to wear a separate bra with its built-in shelf bra that’s wire-free and cup-free for a comfortable, minimal feel. The smooth fabric is buttery soft and stretchy so it can adapt from pregnancy to postpartum to extended nursing. For smaller busts that don’t need as much padding and support, a more minimal bralette style is your best bet. This one’s ideal for AA, A, and B cups and has a wire-free wide band on the bottom that helps it stay in place.

“”My go-to is Bravado seamless. I’m around 32H, and these are really comfortable and fit well. Just check the size guide on their website.”” Bras without snap fronts are usually designed with crossover soft cups so you can easily slip one of them down to allow your child to nurse. However, besides the fact that some people might find this to be a pricey choice for a single bra, some reviewers noted that the higher arm holes could be irritating. Additionally, the breathable fabric is thinner, so coupled with the lack of padding, it might not offer as much front support as other options.

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