Best nursing bras for large breasts

If you’re considering breastfeeding, it’s a good idea to invest in a nursing bra or two. But there are so many options, and it’s hard to know which ones will be best for you. Here’s everything you need to know about nursing bras, including our picks for the best ones out there. 

Best nursing bras for large breasts

Simply put, nursing bras allow for easy feeding or pumping access thanks to special features like cups that clip down or a V-shaped front that can easily be pulled away. Nursing bras look fairly similar to your everyday bras and come in just as many different styles and colors. Some have underwire, but more commonly, they look more like a yoga or sports bra (more on this later!).

Pumping bras, on the other hand, hold breast pump flanges in place while you’re pumping thanks to special openings in the fabric. If you want to multitask, these bras allow you to use your pump hands-free — a big win! If you have a wearable pump, though, you can just use a traditional nursing bra.

Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Nursing Bra

Ask a nursing mom what her favorite bra is, and this pick from Kindred Bravely is likely to be the answer. The bra is comfortable and supportive without feeling constrictive, which is crucial in those early postpartum days. It’s made of a soft yoga bra material, but shaped like an everyday bra so you can wear it under pretty much anything. One of the biggest pros of Kindred Bravely is the way the brand does their sizing: the bra comes in sizes S-XXL and S-XXL Busty, so if you’re someone with large breasts (which probably only increased in size during pregnancy and breastfeeding!) you can get a bra made with larger boobs in mind. 2,500+ five-star reviews don’t lie.

Kindred Bravely Sublime Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bra

Many people who breastfeed will also pump at some point. You could get a separate pumping bra for your pumping sessions, of course, but the genius of this two-in-one combo is that you don’t have to. This award-winning bra (which is what made pumping at work bearable for our editorial director) has two layers of fabric: one that pulls down to reveal horizontal slits that hold pump flanges in place, and a second that exposes the whole breast for direct feeding. Wearable pumps, which often feel best worn with a clip-down nursing bra, also work with this hands-free style. If you’re going to invest in just one nursing bra and plan to pump at any point, this is the one to get.

Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra

If you’re planning on pumping, you’ll definitely want to add this hands-free pumping bra to your cart. It holds all pump parts firmly in place, so you can use your hands to respond to emails, fold laundry, or scroll through social media while you pump. This bra works with all electric breast pumps, and although it doesn’t double as a nursing bra, you can easily slip it on over your fave nursing bra when the time comes. It also has a 11-inch adjustable velcro back panel, so it’s guaranteed to fit, even as your body size changes.

I Love Sia Nursing Bra

With so many baby-related expenses, we don’t blame you for looking for a bra that’s as easy on your wallet as it is your breasts. And with I Love Sia’s nursing bras, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or quality.

These nursing bras have a ribbed gore and are made of soft, four-way stretch fabric that supports your bust without feeling too tight. They feature clip-down cups that some moms say even help to keep pump parts in place if you choose to pump with them on. The three-pack is available in a range of colors, too.

Auden Pull-Over Seamless Sleep Bra

As Petersen said previously, you may find it uncomfortable to be without a bra overnight, especially in the early days of breastfeeding when your boobs feel heavy and your nipples are tender against fabric. Plus, your breasts may leak at night, and a sleep nursing bra holds nursing pads in place. But the support you need during the day is not the same as your nighttime needs, so you’ll want a combo of easy access and just-enough support. Even if you cringe at the idea of wearing a bra to sleep, you may change your tune after your milk comes in!)

The Auden sleep bra is perfect: lightweight, comfy and cozy. It’s a seamless bra that’s soft and unlined (read: perfect for snoozing). There are no clasps or drop-down cups with this pick — simply pull the bra to the side for middle-of-the-night nursing or pumping sessions. These bras are so comfortable that you’ll want to keep wearing them again and again, even when you’re done breastfeeding.

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