Finding the right swimsuit is always a bit of a challenge. Finding the right nursing swimsuit when you're freshly postpartum with a babe that needs to breastfeed anytime anywhere? Mission (almost) impossible.
For one thing, fighting your way out of a wet swimsuit is the WORST. That's why the best nursing swimsuits are ones that provide easy, stress-free and discreet access to your boobs without requiring you to take anything off or overheat with a nursing cover. Like the nursing bras and tops you've come to depend on, these nursing-friendly suits leverage features like clips, deep v-cut necklines, and overlays that lift up to conveniently feed your baby poolside. (They're also great for pumping!)
We've rounded up everything from traditional (and not so traditional!) one-piece styles and full-coverage tanks that pair with your favorite bottoms to bold bikinis (because why not?) that don't sacrifice style for function.
Discover our top picks for nursing swimsuits this summer and get after it, mama! 👙
Kindred Bravely has always knocked it out of the park with maternity and nursing clothes, so we could not be more thrilled to learn about their brand new line of swimwear! Designed for all stages of pregnancy and postpartum, this sweetly feminine number features some clever construction in their nursing swimsuits. There's an inner layer with a nursing-friendly crossover cut covered by an outer layer that wraps around the bust and ties at the side. The result? A gorgeous wrap-effect that effortlessly stuns.
As much as you'd love to float around all day, chances are you've got other duties to attend to. This full coverage tank effortlessly transitions from the pool to the grocery store and back again, saving you the trouble of a wardrobe change. Designed with a top layer that lifts to reveal easy v-neck nursing access, it's versatile and totally discreet.
By nature, swimsuits are generally easy to whip a boob out of—meaning you don't necessarily have to invest in a special "never to be worn after this season" suit. The aptly named Plunge suit from Summersalt is a fab style for nursing since you can slip the top to the side and get down to business. It also comes in a bunch of bold colors, but something about this Baywatch red just feels right.
Bless the return of the high-waisted bikini. With its 1950s vibe and tummy-flattering rise, it's totally overdue IMHO. This super chic two piece is made to rock through pregnancy and postpartum, with ruched bottoms that accommodate a baby belly (or not!) and clip release top that makes nursing a breeze. Nursing mamas will also appreciate the customizable fit—it features adjustable straps and a tie back to tailor to your exact needs (even if they change by the hour.)
Tankini-style tops were made for busy mamas! This double-layer tank lifts up for easy boob access via a criss-cross design underneath, but if you wear it while cruising down the boardwalk, no one would even know. It features an adjustable clip back so you can get the perfect fit.
Not technically designed for breastfeeding, this halter-style top can easily get the job done if you're looking for a postpartum swimsuit. The tie neck and back are easy to adjust and the removable pads can be swapped out for more heavy-duty nursing pads if you want an extra layer of protection against leaks.
You'll be easy to spot in this sexy number, mama. (See what we did there?) The super-flattering all-over leopard print is made even more postpartum-friendly with adjustable tie straps that provide easy nursing access and removable pads. And since it doesn't have underwires or a shelf bra, it won't squeeze or dig. Another thing we love? It's got SPF 45 protection.
We're super pumped (pun intended) that boob, the brand responsible for one of the most comfortable nursing bras ever, has finally launched swimwear! They took their best-selling 24/7 bra and constructed it of ECONYL®, a yarn made from regenerated nylon waste and old fishing nets. The cups feature a double layer and wrap cut and the material itself provides built-in 50 SPF sun protection.
Launched by two moms that wanted to create stylish suits that actually work for motherhood, Raising Wild has become a go-to for mamas in all stages. Their nursing-friendly, toddler-chasing-friendly, butt-covering designs mean never again do you have to sacrifice style for function. The ultra-classy Vanessa makes it easy to nurse in a swimsuit discreetly while the tie neck and back provide plenty of size adjustment. Go ahead, bask in the sun like the goddess you are, mama.
The classic black maillot gets a nursing-friendly update with a convenient row of snaps! The sporty-cum-sexy Malibu from Andie is bringing me all the Body Glove 80's vibes with a sophisticated twist. And with maximum bust support, removable soft cups and 50+ UPF sun protection, it's ready for whatever adventure you are. (Even if that's lounging poolside with chips, salsa and a hungry babe.)
Cupshe plunge neck halter
This top-rated suit is a favorite among postpartum nursing mamas for its generous and easy to manipulate halter-style top and budget-friendly price point. Best of all, if you love it, there's a ton of colors and patterns to stock up on.
Function meets style with the Movemama nursing one piece. The clip-down top works just like your favorite nursing bra while the gather under the bust offers a super-flattering nip at the waist.
Simple, sleek and impressively functional, this is the LRD (little RED dress) of nursing-friendly swimsuits. The halter panel can be released one-handed to provide discreet breastfeeding access. It also comes in black in case you're more of an LBD kinda gal.
Whether you're catching the waves or just looking for a little extra coverage, Peachymama's zip front nursing swimsuit has you, well, covered. It's constructed of two zipped layers that easily pull aside for access. Reviewers note that it doesn't offer a lot of support, so it might not work for larger busts.
For nursing mamas who are also chasing toddlers, this simple suit checks all the boxes. Straps that stay in place? Check. Discreet and easy boob access? Got it. Quick dry construction that keeps you from feeling clammy or swampy? Done. Luckily it comes in several colors and patterns so you can rotate one every day of the week.
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