Your nursing journey will be unique to you, but all breastfeeding mamas share one thing in common: the need for comfortable and supportive nursing bras. 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 our favorite nursing bras that don't sacrifice style for function.
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.
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?). 🙌
Whether you're actually working out or just working on getting this momming thing under control, the high-impact sports bra from Sweat and Milk keeps everything in place while also providing one-handed nursing access. The sweet scallop details make this one totally acceptable as a swim top or for the days you're hanging around the house with a constantly hungry baby and zero plans of getting dressed.
Just because you're nursing doesn't mean you shouldn't have some fun! We're totally crushing on the fresh and colorful prints of The Anywhere Bra from Ollie Gray Maternity. And it's not just the good looks we love. The althleisure-inspired design is made from anti-microbial and moisture-wicking fabric to keep you comfortable whether you're jogging behind the stroller or pulling a marathon nursing session on the couch. 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.
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.)
While we love the aesthetics of lace, sometimes it's just too itchy to be worth it. Not in this case! Belabumbum's Tallulah Lace Mesh bra features comfy cotton-lined cups and keeps the lace in just the right places. The wireless design provides shape and support while multiple hooks give you room to adjust from day-to-day.
If futzing around with clasps and snaps isn't your thing, Bodily's The So Easy Bra makes things, well, so much easier. The stretchy bralette style is designed to simply pull down when it's go-time, providing fuss-free access one-handed. Our favorite feature though? Aloe vera infused fabric that lovingly cares for a postpartum mama's sensitive skin.
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.
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.This article was originally published in December 2020. It has been updated. We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.