We Spent 4 Months Living in These Nursing Bras to Find the Very Best

The comfortable Everyday Nursing Bra by Hatch was our tester's favorite

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If you’ve decided to breastfeed, a comfortable and supportive nursing bra will be one of your best friends. Made to make milk access easier, nursing bras are designed like a traditional bra with additional flaps and panels that can unhook for you to feed your baby without having to disrobe completely. To find the best options on the market, we asked a group of editors who are nursing and pumping for their babies to test out nursing and pumping bras. Our testers spent weeks wearing each bra while hanging out at home, running errands, working out, and, of course, breastfeeding or pumping.

Tested & Approved

The Everyday Nursing Bra by Hatch is a buttery-soft bra that allows easy access for your baby and enough room to fit a standard breast shell. The Motherhood Average Busted Seamless Maternity and Nursing Bra is comfy enough to sleep in and supportive enough to wear throughout the day.

Nursing bras should operate the same as your favorite pre-baby bra: comfortable and supportive, with material that doesn’t make you want to rip it off before the end of the day. Nursing bras should be stretchy with easily adjustable straps to accommodate your breasts as they change sizes during different stages of breastfeeding. The right bra should also have easy-to-use clips on the front that allow you to quickly unhook the front panel to feed your baby.

After testing 21 nursing and pumping bras over the course of four months, we evaluated each one for comfort level, how well it fit, ease of access, material quality, and support.

Here are the best nursing bras to wear during your breastfeeding journey.

Best Overall: Hatch The Everyday Nursing Bra

4.8
Hatch Everyday Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Hatch

Pros
  • Fits breast shells/milk catchers

  • Wire-free

  • Soft Pima cotton and spandex blend

Cons
  • Pricier than other options

When it comes to all of the best features of a nursing bra, the Hatch Everyday Nursing Bra is truly the gold standard. Made of breathable and buttery soft and stretchy Pima cotton and spandex blend, your breasts will feel supported, not suffocated. Our tester, a mom of two little ones, felt like the super-soft material was outstanding and lent to the easy, adjustable fit and rated it a 5 for both attributes. She described the material of the cups as soft and flexible, an essential feature as breasts fluctuate in size throughout your breastfeeding journey. 

The intentional design features straps that are adjustable in the front so you won’t have to twist and turn the bra to figure out the right positioning. Our tester appreciated the one-handed clasps that made unhooking the cup of the bra a fumble-free experience. While this bra is not designed to accommodate a traditional pump flange for a hands-free pumping session, Ashleigh was able to comfortably slide in her Elvie milk catchers. Despite it being wire-free, the bra is pretty supportive—an important feature if you plan on wearing it every day. 

We clearly love this bra, but the only downside is that it is an investment when compared to the other options on our list. 

Size Range: Small to X-Large | Material: 91% Pima cotton, 9% spandex

What Our Testers Say

“Because I ordered this while I was in my third trimester and planned on wearing it throughout my nursing journey, I ordered up a size. This worked well—I used the hook and eye closures to adjust the band as my body made its way back to a normal shape post-partum. The soft cotton material on the cups of the bra were comfortable and forgiving as my breasts fluctuated in size during the early months of nursing. And it's still comfortable now that I'm in my eighth month of nursing, and my supply has decreased.” -Ashleigh Morley, Editorial Director, Commerce

Best Nursing and Pumping Bra: Bodily The Do Anything Bra

4.9
Bodily The Do Anything Bra

Courtesy of Bodily

Pros
  • Leak-free pumping 

  • Silky smooth material

Cons
  • Material will not absorb milk leaks

Moving between nursing and pumping is much easier with a bra that can easily accommodate both. To accomplish both tasks seamlessly, we like the Do Anything Bra. Like the other Bodily bra on our list, the Do Anything bra was created in partnership with a lactation consultant to ensure your breasts have a healthy place to hang out while you’re nursing and pumping. The single-clip design doesn’t require you to remove the front panel to insert your pump for a hands-free, leak-free milk-expressing experience.

Between nursing and pumping, our tester used this bra for eight months and raved about the silky, stretchy fabric and incredibly comfortable fit that made her breasts feel secure while keeping mastitis at bay. We rated the overall fit for this bra a 5, because our tester was able to wear it from the day her baby was born to the day she was ready to wean. Through all of the physical post-partum changes, the Do Anything bra was able to keep up.

While our tester loved the material of this bra, she noted that the silky texture could be problematic when it comes to absorbing a sudden let down or leaking drops of milk. Also, the convenient pumping slits aren’t hidden and the outlines can be seen through a thinner shirt.

Size Range: Small to X-Large | Material: Non-toxic certified Italian OEKO-TEX fabric. 76% Polyamide, 24% Elastane

What Our Testers Say

“The clips are easy to clasp and unclasp, and the pumping access couldn't be easier. Some people might prefer a double clip style nursing/pumping bra over this one, where the pumping access isn't hidden by an extra layer of fabric, but I find the double clasp to be cumbersome.” — Ashleigh Morley

Best Everyday: Motherhood Maternity Seamless Clip-Down Nursing Bra

4.7
Motherhood Maternity Seamless Clip-Down Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Amazon

Pros
  • Comfortable fit

  • Minimal lining

  • Sufficient coverage while nursing

Cons
  • Not supportive enough for strenuous activities

For an everyday bra that meets your needs—and your budget—we love the Motherhood Average Busted Seamless Maternity and Nursing Bra. The seamless, stretchy bra offers full coverage for nursing and pregnant people that need no-fuss support. With minimal lining and removable pads, this bra was the most comfortable of the whole bunch for one of our testers. She wore this bra while running errands, lounging, and just walking with her baby. She really likes how the discreet design allows you to unclip and feed your baby while maintaining a sufficient amount of coverage.

Through it all, this bra did its job and was basically invisible underneath her clothes. Rating it a 5 for value, our tester noted that this nursing bra was so comfortable that she would wear it even after she is done nursing. 

Size Range: Small to X-Large | Material: 96% Nylon, 4% Spandex

What Our Testers Say

“This bra is an easy choice. It's extremely comfortable, wallet friendly, and easy to use. This is a bra I will continue to wear after nursing!” — Hanna Watt, Senior Product Manager

Best Budget: Auden Seamless Nursing Bra

4.5
Auden Seamless Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Target

Pros
  • Budget-friendly

  • Padded cups sewn in place

Cons
  • Shows signs of wear and tear quickly

Comfort doesn’t have to come at a high price with this seamless nursing bra by Auden. This extra-smooth bra skips the poking underwire but still offers snug support that makes you feel secure. With six sizing options on the hook back closure, you can easily slide between sizes as your bust fluctuates throughout nursing. Our tester, a mom of two, rated this bra a 4.5 for comfort, thanks to the padded cups that are actually sewn in place, which eliminates the well-known unsightly bunching and the constant need to readjust post-feeding. 

While the tester definitely felt that this bra was totally worth the hype circulating through her mommy groups, especially for the price point, the lower-quality material was a telltale sign of a budget pick. After wearing it for over eight hours, the signs of wear and tear were obvious. For short-term use, however, we still love this one for its stretch and seamless comfortable fit and think it’s inexpensive enough to stock up on a few to have on hand.

Size Range: X-small to X-Large | Material: 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex

What Our Testers Say

“One of my favorite features is that it has sewn-in, non-underwire cups. This means you don't have to deal with bunching or fixing the cups after each feed.” -Lauren Levinson, Editorial Director, Verywell Family

Best for Sleeping: Bodily The Everything Bra

4
Bodily The Everything Bra

Courtesy of Bodily

Pros
  • Soft material

  • Made with lactation consultant

Cons
  • Not very supportive outside of sleeping

Sleeping in a bra may sound like a backwards idea, but when you are nursing, a comfortable bra to snooze in is far more enjoyable than it sounds. Our tester thought the Bodily The Everything Bra was a perfect fit for sleeping, lounging, and hanging out at home. Created in partnership with a lactation consultant, the bra is made to prioritize breast health and prevent mastitis and clogged ducts. The soft and stretchy material is able to accommodate your changing bust size from pregnancy through your breastfeeding journey. 

While our tester rated this bra highly for its comfort and lounge-worthy material, it doesn’t offer much in the support department, which is why we rated a 2.5 for that attribute. But when it comes to sleeping, the more relaxed fit gives your breasts the space to move and shift while you toss and turn between feedings.

Size Range: Small to X-Large | Material: OEKO-TEX 49% Viscose; 43% Micromodal; 8% Elastane

“Unlike many sleep bras, which are pullover style, this one has hook/clasp. Since I pump at night (before bed), this feature made it easy to take it off and switch it with a pumping bra.” — Lauren Levinson

Best T-Shirt Bra: Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra

4
Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Kindred Bravely

Pros
  • Seamless

  • Minimal lining

  • Inclusive sizing

Cons
  • Cups may rise throughout the day

Some days call for an outfit that doesn’t have a permanent spit-up stain on it and the Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra is a great undergarment to accompany your casual but put-together look. Smooth, seamless, and wireless, this bra will basically melt onto your bust and disappear under your favorite T-shirt to create a sleek silhouette. Our tester appreciated the bulk-free padded design that made her bust feel supported but not compressed. Made of a polyamide and spandex blend, this bra earned a 4.5 for the material that offer just enough thickness with minimal lining.

The adjustable straps can convert into a racerback style, making a perfect bra to wear under tank tops. While the material is smooth overall, our tester noticed that the cups started to rise and move throughout the day, and the pads shifted and needed to be readjusted after nursing.

We love that this everyday bra is available in sizes that can fit busts from 30B to 44I, and each bra comes with an expander, making it a size-inclusive option.

Size Range: Small to XX-Large | Material: 75% Polyamide, 25% Spandex

What Our Testers Say

“The biggest perk is that while it has padding, it's not super bulky. It's very supportive and smooth (minimal lining and excess material). I tend to prefer bras that hug you in a bit more, and this does!” — Lauren Levinson

Best With Underwire: On Gossamer Mesh Convertible Nursing Bra

4.3
On Gossamer Mesh Convertible Nursing Bra

Courtesy of On Gossamer

Pros
  • Provides lift and shape to bust

  • Comfortable underwire option

Cons
  • Underwire (pro for some)

  • Hand-wash only

We know that an underwire can be a plus for some and a red flag for others. According to Donna Murray, RN, BSN, underwires have the potential to lead to problems, like clogged ducts, which can lead to mastitis, due to “pressure on the tissue at the base of your breast.” On the flip side, wearing an underwire bra can lift, shape, and support your bust, which may look better under certain outfits. The On Gossamer Mesh Convertible Nursing Bra is made of breathable mesh material that contours to your breast for a snug and secure feel.

Our tester said the underwire worked for her and gave her a perky, lifted look that was attractive underneath her clothing. We rated this bra 5 out of 5 for fit and comfort, as our tester noted that her breasts sat comfortably in the cups without creating a gap or bunching. The smooth mesh also covered the underwire to prevent quintessential underwire poking. While she loved wearing this bra underneath blouses and dresses, it is hand-wash only, which is not very convenient for busy parents.

Size Range: 32B to 38F | Material: 100% Nylon

“I used underwire nursing bras from other popular brands, and this was far superior (it's also more expensive). The main reason is the fit—my breast fills the cup—no gaps, and no spilling over.” — Lauren Levinson

Best Sports Bra: Ingrid + Isabel Seamless Nursing Sports Bra

4.8
INGRID+ISABEL Seamless Nursing Sports Bra

Courtesy of Ingrid+Isabel

Pros
  • Comfortable enough to sleep in

  • Full coverage

Cons
  • Minimal coverage when nursing

Staying active during and after pregnancy is usually both safe and encouraged (within the bounds set by your doctor). Whether you like a brisk walk in the park with your baby in tow or an hour to yourself in the gym, a quality nursing sports bra like this one from Ingrid and Isabel will support your breasts while allowing easy feeding access for your tot. Made of supremely stretchy, ribbed fabric, this full-coverage sports bra has a one-handed clasp that allows you to pause your workout and easily feed your sweetie. 

The Ingrid and Isabel nursing sports bra was the most comfortable out of all of the bras that our tester tried out for us. After testing this one for over three weeks, Hanna found herself wearing this bra during activities like going for walks and running, but she even found it comfortable enough to sleep in. One of the highest-rated bras in our test, it earned a 5 for comfort, material, and support. While testing this bra, she noted that the full coverage could be a negative for those who are likely to breastfeed in public. The entire front panel pulls down to allow for nursing access, which may feel like too much exposure for some. 

Size Range: X-Small to X-Large | Material: 78% polyamide / 16% polyester / 6% elastane

What Our Testers Say

“It is designed as a sports bra, but I wore it throughout the day—and even when sleeping. The stretch of the material and full coverage makes it very comfortable.” -Hanna Watt

Best Bralette: Cosabella Never Say Never Maternity Mommie Nursing Bralette

4.7
Cosabella Never Say Never Maternity Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Cosabella

Pros
  • Inclusive sizing

  • Removable padding

  • Attractive lace

Cons
  • Adjuster may slide down strap

  • Not much support

  • Expensive

Lacey and stretchy, with just enough style, the Cosabella Never Say Never Maternity Mommie Nursing Bralette takes your run-of-the-mill nursing bra to another level. Made of delicate Italian lace, this pull-on style bra is available in a wide range of inclusive sizes—up to 40H. Our tester instantly fell in love with the classy, chic bralette design and appreciated that the padding was removable for a more customizable fit. With adjustable straps and a one-handed opening for quick and easy access, you won’t have to swap out style for convenience and functionality. 

While the adjustable straps, removable padding, and stretchy lace help to create an overall supportive fit, we rated this bra a 3 for the support attribute, because our tester noted that the plastic adjuster piece would slide down the strap by the end of the day. This bra should only be hand-washed and hung to dry, which can be a big ask for nursing parents.

“It's the type of bra I'd want to wear on a long flight. And if you have to flash a bit of bra in public to breastfeed, it's absolutely beautiful, thanks to the quality lace.” — Lauren Levinson

Size Range: Small to 40H | Material: 51% cotton, 44% polyester, 5% elastane

Best Sexy: Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra

4.3
Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra

Courtesy of Cake Maternity

Pros
  • Ideal bra for formal/dressy clothes

  • Memory foam cups

Cons
  • Not very supportive for large breasts

Sexy and nursing don’t typically go hand-and-hand, but with the Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra, you can reignite your inner fox—even if it's between nursing sessions. Made of luxe bamboo viscose, this deep-plunge bra is wire-free and features beautiful, delicate lace details.

Our favorite parts of this bra are the moulded memory foam cups that cradle your breasts in comfort. Our tester loved the style, and she rated the material and comfort attributes a 4.5. However, the bra fell short in the support department. Despite having an extra clasp like a standard bra and a racerback option, the bra wasn’t as supportive for women with a larger bust. 

Size Range: Small to X-Large | Material: 43% Viscose from bamboo, 27% Cotton, 25% Nylon and 5% Elastane

What Our Testers Say

“This bra is very cute and stylish, it was the only deep-V option. The lace details provides a more stylized look.” — Hanna Watt

Compare

Overall Rating
Hatch Everyday Nursing Bra
Best Overall:
Hatch The Everyday Nursing Bra
4.8
Bodily The Do Anything Bra
Best Nursing and Pumping Bra:
Bodily The Do Anything Bra
4.9
Motherhood Maternity Seamless Clip-Down Nursing Bra
Best Everyday:
Motherhood Maternity Seamless Clip-Down Nursing Bra
4.7
Auden Seamless Nursing Bra
Best Budget:
Auden Seamless Nursing Bra
4.5
Bodily The Everything Bra
Best for Sleeping:
Bodily The Everything Bra
4
Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra
Best T-Shirt Bra:
Kindred Bravely Ultra Comfort Smooth Classic Nursing Bra
4
On Gossamer Mesh Convertible Nursing Bra
Best With Underwire:
On Gossamer Mesh Convertible Nursing Bra
4.3
INGRID+ISABEL Seamless Nursing Sports Bra
Best Sports Bra:
Ingrid + Isabel Seamless Nursing Sports Bra
4.8
Cosabella Never Say Never Maternity Nursing Bra
Best Bralette:
Cosabella Never Say Never Maternity Mommie Nursing Bralette
4.7
Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra
Best Sexy:
Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra
4.3

Final Verdict

Our top pick is Hatch Collection's The Everyday Nursing Bra. It's comfortable and wireless and provides excellent support for changing breast sizes. It comes in various sizes, colors and can be customized into various styles. It's also great to wear at night.

How We Rated the Best Nursing Bras

4.8 to 5 stars: These are the best nursing bras we tested. We recommend them without reservation.

4.5 to 4.7 stars: These nursing bras are excellent—they might have minor flaws, but we still recommend them.

4.0 to 4.5 stars: We think these are great nursing bras, but others are better.

3.5 to 3.9 stars: These nursing bras are just average.

3.4 and below: We don't recommend nursing bras with this rating; you won't find any on our list.

How We Tested the Best Nursing Bras

To test the best nursing bras on the market, we recruited new and seasoned moms on our team to wear the best bras available. Over the course of four months, our three testers slept, nursed, lounged, and exercised in 21 different bras. After trying out each bra a minimum of eight hours at a time, our testers rated each product on its levels of comfort, fit, support, access, and material. Finally, our testers considered the cumulative value of each bra, comparing the retail price to what the bra had to offer. We also consulted pediatric nurse Donna Murray, RN, BSN to learn more about what nursing women should consider when hunting for the best nursing bra.

What to Look for in Nursing Bras

Fit

Whether it is a nursing, sport, pumping, or everyday bra; the right fit is essential for someone breastfeeding. “If your bra is too tight, it could cause plugged milk ducts, mastitis, or a decrease in your milk supply,” Murray explains. On the flip side, if your bra has too much space, it will bunch up and be uncomfortable underneath your clothes. Since every bra brand has a slightly different method to their sizing, check out the sizing chart before buying. Take a peek at their return policy, just in case you need to swap one out for a larger or smaller size.

Material

Check the material of the bra, and try to choose one that is made with natural materials, like cotton. “Natural materials are absorbent and allow air to flow to your breasts. Synthetic materials can irritate your breasts and trap moisture,” Murray explains. Bras that have a bit of stretch mixed in can lend to a comfier fit as your breast size fluctuates through post-partum and nursing.

Design

Instead of an underwire bra, a soft cup bra will feel more comfortable for your day-to-day use. Murray says that the wire in an underwire bra can lead to problems like clogged ducts (a cause of mastitis), due to “pressure on the tissue at the base of your breast.” You may want to purchase a bra that you can easily open with one hand so that you can hold your baby without fumbling for a clasp underneath your shirt.

Quantity

Having at least two nursing bras will be helpful during your breastfeeding journey. While one is in the wash, you can always have one waiting in the wings, ready to wear. “Nursing bras can become soiled easily from leaking breast milk, sweating, or your baby's spit-up and drool,” Murray shares.

“Change your bra whenever it becomes dirty or wet, since moisture lying on your breasts for an extended amount of time can provide an optimal environment for the growth of bacteria or fungus," she says. "To avoid skin irritation, sore nipples, mastitis, or thrush, wear a clean, dry bra. Nursing pads or breast shells worn inside your bra can also help to keep your bra clean and dry."

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What size nursing bra should I buy?

    Because your breasts can change during pregnancy and directly after birth, Murray recommends playing the waiting game. "Since your breasts will most likely change in size at the end of your pregnancy and then again during the first week post-partum, you may not want to invest in more than one or two bras until after your baby arrives." That will help give you an idea as to what size your breasts will be.

  • Do I need a nursing bra?

    While you don’t absolutely need a nursing bra, it’s very convenient to have when it comes to breastfeeding. “If you have smaller breasts, you may feel fine without a bra. A regular bra or a sports bra can be used as well,” Murray says. “However, if you have a larger bust, or your breasts are very full and heavy, a supportive nursing bra may help you to feel more comfortable.”

Why Trust Verywell Family

Latifah Miles is the former commerce editor at Verywell Family and has several years of experience shopping for the best products for parents and caregivers and their families. She thoroughly researches and analyzes products to find the best options on the market.