The 9 Best Nursing Bras to Buy in 2018

The right picks for breastfeeding moms

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If you plan on breastfeeding your child, you’ll likely need to buy a whole new set of bras. Not only do your breasts swell when your milk comes in, but you also need to be able to give your infant easy access to your nipples in all sorts of outfits, often at inconvenient times. For example, when you’re on a hike with your family. Or when you’re wearing a fancy dress as a guest at a wedding. Nursing bras are great because the cups discreetly unhook, allowing your baby to easily feed without you having to take off your entire bra.

Before You Buy

Before you add a set of them to your baby registry, we recommend that you wait until after you give birth (about a week after) to buy a collection of nursing bras. Some women find that their breasts grow two or three cup sizes when they are breastfeeding, while others barely grow at all. It all depends on your body type. If you want to be prepared for when you are home after birth, pick up one or two soft banded nursing bras around your week 37 of pregnancy. If possible, avoid underwire which can cause plugged milk ducts.

Below are our recommendations for best nursing bras in every category.

Best Overall: HOFISH 3PACK Full Bust Seamless Nursing Maternity Bras

It’s a myth that the more expensive the bra, the better the coverage. In fact, these inexpensive bralettes by HOFISH, which come in packs of three (with different color options depending on your preferences), offer great coverage and support for any body type. Features include a clasp on the strap that allows one-handed access to the nipple, a triangle cup that offers strong support for heavy breasts, a side band that keeps skin tightly tucked, removable foam cups, extenders to allow for extra room around the torso, and clasps that allow users to create a racer-back silhouette.

Reviewers on Amazon were impressed both by the comfort of the bras, and the brand’s customer service. These bras are also a great option for pregnant women because they are comfortable and can stretch as your breasts grow.

Best for Large Busts: Bravado! Designs Women's Essential Embrace Nursing Bra

If you have large breasts, you know that it’s important to wear a bra that supports you. For this, the Bravado! Designs Women’s Essential Embrace Nursing Bra is perfect. Featuring three layers of lightweight dynatex fabric that is comprised of 44 percent cotton, so your breasts can breathe a little. There is no uncomfortable underwire but these bras are strong and supportive even up to an M cup. They also have a slimming back panel which will smooth out your back when you are wearing a shirt.

Some reviewers say finding the right sizing can be tough, but once you get the right one this will be your new favorite pick. One reviewer with large breasts said she thought this was better suited for those with a small band size and large cup, so be sure to read through all of the reviews before you purchase.  These are also thin so for those who want nipple coverage be sure to wear a nursing pad when wearing this (which you might already do).

Best for Small Busts: CAKYE Women's Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra

Not every woman has a DD cup once her milk comes in. In fact, some women stay relatively small chested even if they are breastfeeding exclusively.

For these women, the CAKYE Women’s Underwire Maternity Nursing Bra is ideal. Made of 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex, they are as comfortable to wear as a t-shirt. They are easily washable, and the material accommodates cup sizes that change over the course of a day. The lace details on this make it feel a little more like your pre-pregnancy bras which is a plus for most.

Best Nursing Sports Bra: SYROKAN Women's Bounce Control Wirefree

After their bodies heal from birth, women are encouraged to begin exercising to maintain a healthy lifestyle—even women who are nursing.

It can be a challenge to find a bra that is supportive enough to sustain activities like jogging or biking, especially if your breasts are tender from breastfeeding. Although the Syrokan Womens’ Bounce Control Wirefree High Impact Maximum Support Sports Bra is not specifically meant for nursing mothers, women who are breastfeeding have reported that it offers them the support they need, plus you can unhook the straps on the top to feed your baby before you go for a run.

This bra is made of two layers of limited stretch material that will keep your breasts supported, plus it has wide straps that will help minimize stress on your back. Mesh panels in the front help your skin breath so your already hot breasts don't get even hotter.

Best Pumping Bra: Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra

One of the most time consuming and frustrating aspects of breastfeeding is pumping. Women pump for all sorts of reasons—to relieve discomfort, to stimulate milk production, and to stockpile breastmilk so that other caretakers can feed the baby while they work. Exhausted mothers find out quickly how irritating it can be to hold the pump nozzle to your breast. To free your hands, there is Simple Wishes Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bra.

The bra looks a bit like a corset and provides full coverage so that you can pump at work without fear of exposing your breasts. It is compatible with all major breast pump brands. Along with being Amazon’s #1 choice for pumping bras, it’s also a favorite of reviewers. “I literally could not pump as quickly or easily as I do at work without this bra,” one five star reviewer wrote.

Best Sexy: Cosabella Womens' Never Say Never Mommie Soft Bra

Just because you’re nursing a baby doesn’t mean that you can’t feel and look sexy too. The Cosabella Womens’ Never Say Never Mommie Soft Bra is the nursing version of the brand’s bestselling Never Say Never line of lingerie. Formulated out of delicate floral lace with a scalloped edge, the bra looks sexy, and allows for easy breastfeeding. It comes in eight colors ranging from sexy black to bright pink so you are sure to find a model that works for you.

Best Sleeping: Kindred Bravely 2PACK French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra

Even if you didn't sleep with a bra pre-pregnancy you'll most likely need to sleep with one while you are breastfeeding, to support your breasts and have a place to hold nursing pads so you don't leak at night. This top choice is made of terry cotton so it feels soft and comfortable while you get your few hours of sleep. When it is time for a nighttime feeding you can easily pull the cups aside to give your nipple to your baby.

Many reviewers comment that this is their favorite of their nursing bras and many wear this around the house all day. Their customer service is helpful at finding the right size and will help solve any problems.

Best Nursing Tank: Caramel Cantina 3 Pack Women's Nursing Cami Built in Bra

Nursing camis are a lifesaver for when you are at home or on the go. They provide full body coverage but let your little one easily get a meal since they function the same way as a nursing bra. Wear them alone on hot days or under a sweater or dress when the occasion comes. You'll want a few of these in your arsenal if you plan to breastfeed and they also make for great sleeping shirts since you can put nursing pads in them.

This three pack set comes with rave reviews. The clasp easily comes undone with one hand and isn't cumbersome like many others out there. The built-in bra gives enough support to wear alone which takes the need for another bra (and more laundry) away. Its available in four sizes so many will be able to find the right fit for their changing body.

Best Strapless Bra: La Leche League International Women's Maternity Padded

For the times when you want to wear a strapless dress without weaning your child, there is the La Leche League International Women’s Maternity Padded bra. Formulated specifically to offer maximum support without straps while also giving access to the nipple for breastfeeding, this bra keeps you feeling lifted. When your baby needs access you just simply lift the bottom of the bra where it will separate from the base giving them discreet access.

If you need an extra lift this bra comes with removable pads and removable clear straps when you need some more support. A few reviewers have commented this doesn't give a ton of support, so if you do need it, a strapless nursing bra might not be the right pick for you.