The Best Nursing Bras Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs

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Postpartum bodies are ever-changing, and if you’re breastfeeding — and thus in the market for the very best nursing bras you can find — that’s particularly true. After all, being a birth parent means that just when you think you can finally wear “normal” clothes after months spent in leggings and maternity dresses, reality hits post-birth, and you realize your wardrobe now revolves around another rapidly fluctuating body part: your boobs. But how on earth do you find the best nursing bras out there, when there are so many options — cute nursing bras, structured nursing bras, stretchy nursing bras, are you tired yet?!

Although there are plenty of cute breastfeeding tops out there, you can generally get away with regular tops and two-piece outfits for breastfeeding when it comes to clothes. Bras are another story; it’s all about quick and easy access, which traditional lingerie just can’t provide. Thankfully, bras for breastfeeders have evolved to become more versatile, comfortable and (thankfully) stylish as more and more brands start to offer nursing versions. There are options for underwire nursing bras or soft-cup, plus-size nursing bras, and more.

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Girlfriend

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Girlfriend nursing bra
Girlfriend nursing bra

We’ve long loved the sustainable Girlfriend brand, and its new maternity collection is aimed at “whoever you are, however you mom” — and we are so on board. The Midnight Ellie nursing bra has easy-clip hooks and a scoop neck — plus removable pads that are both recycled and recyclable. Because hey, those diapers are doing enough damage to this planet.

Midnight Ellie Clip Nursing Bra

$48.00


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Bodily

Bodily.
Bodily.

We love everything about super-modern, inclusive brand Bodily, which uses evidence-based research about female physiology to inform the design of its postpartum products. Its breastfeeding-friendly bras, developed with the help of a lactation consultant, come in two stages: The Insider Bra is meant to be worn 24/7 for the early days of nursing when you never change (let alone shower), while the Back At It Bra offers a silky band of support that doesn’t feel the least bit restrictive.

Bodily Back At It Bra

$55


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A Pea in the Pod

Image: Pea in the Pod.
Image: Pea in the Pod.

Pea in the Pod is the go-to spot for maternity and postpartum mom needs—nursing bras included. This 2-in-1 bra is the ultimate pumping bra, so you’ll want to snag it in both colors so you’ll always have a backup on hand.

2-IN-1 NURSING & PUMPING BRA FOR WEARABLE PUMPS

$49.98


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Pact

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Sustainable clothing brand Pact is known for its super-soft organic cotton duds that are made in a Fair Trade factory, and the same ethos applies to its maternity collection. While you’ll find everything from leggings to midi-dresses, we’re here to talk about the wireless maternity nursing bralette, which comes in six sold colors and is so comfortable you can literally sleep in it.

Pact Maternity Nursing Bralette

$35


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Lively

pea in the pod nursing bra
pea in the pod nursing bra

This athleisure-inspired lingerie brand originally expanded into maternity with two mom-friendly styles: a sporty-sexy mesh-trim bralette ($35) that looks precisely nothing like a nursing bra and a sleek black maternity bodysuit ($45) that flatters fluctuating tummies pre- and postpartum. Since then, Lively has expanded its assortment to include a wireless maternity bra ($35) and a busty maternity bralette ($35) that’s specially made for larger busts.

Lively Nursing Bra

$35.00


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ThirdLove

pea in the pod nursing bra
Image: ThirdLove

With a newborn around, getting to the grocery store is a Herculean feat. So the thought of making an excursion to get a proper bra fitting can seem downright laughable. That’s where ThirdLove comes in. Take a 60-second quiz on its site, and it’ll spit out your correct size without you ever having to take your top off — something you’re already doing plenty of these days.

The classic underwire ($72) has drop-down clasps as well as front closures for all sorts of easy access, and comes in A through G cups as well as half sizes. Best of all, there are free returns and exchanges within 30 days, so if you don’t love the fit, you can send it back without wasting a dime.

Thirdlove Nursing Bra

$65


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Gratlin

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This full-support superstar is made of a cotton-spandex blend that promises comfort, stretch, and so much stability. The drop-down cups on the front allow for easy feeding and pumping — plus this one gets rave reviews on Amazon.

Buy: Gratlin Women’s Full Support Nursing Bra $17.99

Wacoal

New Maternity Bras 2017 | Wacoal
Image: Wacoal

As such a stalwart in the lingerie biz, it’s kind of surprising Wacoal is just now jumping on the nursing bra bandwagon, but its two new offerings were perhaps worth the wait. In addition to an underwire T-shirt bra ($65) that features a pretty lace A-frame for more coverage and support while breastfeeding, there’s also our personal favorite: a wire-free sports bra ($65) lined with moisture-wicking mesh that absorbs sweat and inevitable milk leakage.

Buy: Wacoal Nursing Bra $65.00

Lonely Nursing Bra

New Maternity Bras 2017 | Lonely
Image: Lonely

Something about this New Zealand-based lingerie label’s bohemian-inflected offerings conjures up a romanticized vision of breastfeeding as a beautiful art form. Available in basic black or cream, the three lacy styles — a soft-cup bra ($77.90), a high-waisted brief ($38.95) and a crop bralette ($53.11) — are made of stretch bamboo fabric to account for size fluctuation throughout pregnancy and nursing. The bra even has six rows of hook-and-eye closures to accommodate changes in band size, with a secondary benefit of extending its lifespan until it’s truly stretched out to the max.

Lonely Nursing Bra

$77.90


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A version of this story was originally published in July 2020.

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