It’s one thing to be trapped under a nursing baby. (The coos! The milk breath! The unabashed excuse to simply relax.) It’s quite another to be stuck tethered to your breast pump. (Granted you’re not so worried about dropping your phone on it, but still.)

One way to make it a little more comfortable is with a quality pumping bra, but which one should you try? The best pumping bras for you might be different from what your bestie prefers, but they’re all designed to keep your pump in place while keeping your hands free to do other things. Some kinds are meant to be worn only while you’re actually pumping while others function more like regular nursing bras with clips that come down for easy access.

What should you look for in a hands-free pumping bra?

Proper sizing

Bras are always tricky to size, but even more so when you’re fluctuating on an hourly basis. Make sure to measure yourself properly and consult size charts to ensure a snug (but not tight) and comfortable fit. The right fit is crucial for a hands-free pumping bra to work and will hold the breast shields securely in place, allowing for efficient milk expression and preventing discomfort. An ill-fitting bra may cause discomfort, hinder milk expression, or even lead to potential issues like blocked ducts. So, take the time to measure yourself accurately and find the right size for a comfortable and efficient pumping experience.

Adjustable straps and band

Oranges one minute, grapefruits the next? Been there. Make sure the bra you choose can accommodate those aforementioned fluctuations. Look for a bra with adjustable straps and band to customize the fit according to your body shape and changing breast size.

Easy access

No one has time for futzing around. Your pumping bra should allow easy access to the breast shields without having to take off the entire bra. Most feature openings or flaps that can be easily unhooked or pulled aside for convenient and discreet pumping.

Hands-free support

The whole point of a pumping bra should be to free your hands up for other things. (Whether that’s scrolling TikTok or doing something more productive is your prerogative. We’re not judging!) The bra should provide enough support to hold the breast shields securely in place without needing to use your hands. .

Material and comfort

Look for soft, breathable, and stretchy materials that are gentle on your skin and provide comfort during extended pumping sessions.


Much like leggings that double as going out pants, a mama’s wardrobe needs to work on multiple levels. Some pumping bras are designed to be worn as a standalone bra, while others can be worn over or under your regular nursing bras or clothing. Choose one that aligns with your preferences.


Last but certainly not least, ensure your pumping bra is compatible with the breast pump you’re using. Most pumping bras are designed to fit standard breast shield sizes, but it’s still essential to double-check.

Whatever your preference, a good bra is one of those pumping essentials you definitely need, so we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated and most raved about hands-free pumping bras to make your sessions just a little bit easier and more convenient. Our picks are compatible with most standard pumps and even some wearable breast pumps as well. Take that time back, mama—even if that just means you’re scrolling TikTok looking for the best breastfeeding bottles (or just scrolling TikTok for fun). Because, priorities.

Our top hands-free breast pump bra picks

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The Dairy Fairy

Ayla Luxury Lace Nursing & Handsfree Pumping Bra


Meet the nursing and pumping bra that’s bringing sexy back. With romantic, all over lace detailing and demi cups for added va-va-voom, this bra gives new meaning to “one hot mama.” Demi underwire offers lift and support (for both your girls and your spirit) while the 4″ of hook and eye closure assures there’s ample room for adjustment during the maternity to postpartum transition. And just because it’s pretty, it doesn’t mean it’s not practical! The lacy design is totally machine washable.

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Simple Wishes

Hands-Free Pumping Bra


Easy to use and totally customizable, mamas rave about the Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra. Not only does it work with practically every pump on the market, it also features a zip-in center panel that allows for an extra inch of side-to-side movement and proper positioning of pump flanges. The Velcro back panel ensures a perfect fit that stays put throughout your sessions while removable straps can be worn three different ways for added support. And since it’s so sturdy, there’s no reason to worry about spillage or bottle removal!

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Pumping Bra


An Amazon best-seller with over 55K ratings, the Momcozy is a budget-friendly no-brainer if you’re shopping for the best pumping bra that will meet your needs. The convertible straps and detachable clips allow you to wear it while pumping, nursing or even running errands while staying comfortable and supported throughout. We also love that it’s made of 97% cotton and 3% spandex which provides an ample amount of stretch for both your boobs and pump. And best of all it’s compatible with practically any pump on the market, including wearables.

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Hands-Free Pumping Bra


When you feel like a 24/7 milk factory, sometimes you want something that looks a little less…industrial? Instead of your typical beige or black, PumpEase Hands-Free Pumping Bras offer fun colors and patterns to bring a splash of style to the pump life you’re living. And the high contrast patterns aren’t just made to look pretty. They stimulate and boost baby’s brain as well! The bandeau style can be worn solo or over top of your nursing bra to keep flanges and bottles in place and connects in the back with three hook and eye closures. (It also comes with straps that can be worn three different ways if you need extra support.) And because it’s free of velcro and zippers, you don’t have to worry about destroying your favorite top when you put it on.

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Bravado Designs

Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory


This smart design from Bravado can transform your favorite nursing bra into a hands-free pumping bra! While it’s technically made to fit the brand’s bras, many reviewers note that it’s compatible with most others on the market. Simply attach the Clip and Pump to your bra or tank’s nursing clips and you’re good to go. Convenient and easy. Who doesn’t love that?

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Kindred Bravely

Sublime Busty Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bra


If you need a stylish nursing swimsuit or a pair of cozy postpartum underwear, the experts at Kindred Bravely got you. Another product that knocks it out of the park? Their Sublime Busty Hands-Free Nursing and Pumping Bra. Designed specifically for mamas with cup sizes F-I, it features wider straps and a tight knit to provide ample support and weight distribution. The ruched center keeps it snug without being too tight, even when you’ve reached peak fullness. That said, since it does fit more like your typical sports bra, you may want to size up to ensure it’s not too snug. Another reason to love it? Their unique EasyClips make it a cinch to get down to business without an annoying wardrobe change and can accommodate nursing, pumping or both at once.

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Larken X


Say goodbye to lumpy pumping bras! Buttery-soft fabric and innovative design make the Larken X a versatile pumping mama’s dream. (It’s no surprise it’s sold out five times since it launched!) Designed for both pumping and nursing, the fully fabric construction is free of wires, hooks, zippers or clips, accommodating your pump with just a lift and fold. It’s supportive without any uncomfortable digging and can be tossed in the washing machine without worry.

The Do Anything Bra


The Do Anything Bra


Named the Best Pumping Bra by both Babylist and The Bump, The Do Anything Bra lets you do just that—anything—while you’re pumping. (It should be no surprise it was developed in collaboration with a lactation consultant!) In addition to the fact it’s made from the silkiest, softest material of any bra ever, it’s also impressively supportive and able to hold all your pumping parts securely. One pro tip however, if you’re using a lot of nipple cream, you may want to opt for black as opposed to the lighter color options as it’s not stain-proof.


A version of this article was published August 17, 2021. It has been updated.