Whether you prefer padded or unlined, flex wire or wireless, a great fitting nursing bra will make all the difference when you're the primary source of nutrition for your baby. They help support you (literally!), hold nursing pads in place for leaks, and accommodate for (the many!) changes in cup and band sizes during your breastfeeding journey. Many new moms may even end up wearing them to bed because tossing and turning with milk-filled boobs can sometimes get uncomfortable.
To make your shopping a little less overwhelming, we've rounded up eight of our favorite nursing bras that don't sacrifice style for function.
One of the trickiest things about shopping for nursing bras is that your size usually fluctuates postpartum. This wire-free style has an easy S-2XL sizing system so you don't have to overthink it, and soft, stretchy fabric that molds to your body's changing shape. It also has removable foam inserts for a smooth, nipple-free silhouette under t-shirts.
If you're searching for a nursing bra that does it all, this is it. Knix combined wireless comfort and support with innovative leakproof technology to create a new mama's dream bra. It features stretch fabric that adapts to changes in size and has thin easy-to-clasp straps so you can secure the straps with just one hand. The best part? The fabric means you'll never have to worry about leaking through (did we mention it's anti-odor and quick-dry?). 🙌
A wireless style for larger busts, this bra offers a supportive and uplifted fit for mamas with up to J cups. (Just be sure to check the size chart to convert the sizing!) It's also one of the prettiest nursing bras we've seen, with a lace design that's sexy enough for date night yet comfortable enough for the inevitable post-date night feeding. (Plus-sized mamas can check out their sister line, Milkful for lacy beauties that fit up to a band size of 52.)
Large-breasted mamas know how hard it can be to find bras in their size, let alone nursing bras. This smoothing everyday bra, available in sizes 32C to 40K, will keep your boobs feeling snug and supported all day long thanks to molded cups and flexible underwire. And when your ribcage decides to return to its pre-pregnancy size, use its six-hook extension to maintain that perfect fit.
With the firm support of a sports bra and the easy-open smart clips of a nursing bra, this racerback style was made for moms on the move. Moisture-wicking and fast-drying, it'll keep you comfy while you're jogging, doing yoga or dashing through the supermarket. We also love that it's made with sustainable materials using responsible production methods.
For a lace nursing bra that's a little more demure, this one's got you—and your girls—covered. This non-wired bra has the style of sweet bralette and the support of a bandeau, not to mention a secure feeling of a thick elasticized underband. Best of all, you can toss it in the washing machine, because you have too many other things to worry about than hand-washing your delicates.
When it comes to finding the perfect fit, it's not only D+ cup mamas who struggle. That's why small-chested ladies love this underwire nursing bra, available in half sizes starting with A. Made with modal fabric, it's also buttery soft, and its a tag-free design won't cause any annoying itches in places you can't reach. We think the front closure is super convenient, not only for dressing but for pumping, too.
Some mamas find padded or lined bras to be a nuisance while they're nursing because the cups have the tendency to flip back up. The B.D.A from Belly Bandit, on the other hand, features removable pads that can help absorb leaked breastmilk or be left out entirely. The classic crossover design marries style with function to make it as comfortable for sleeping as it is for daytime wear.
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