The list of “stuff” needed to keep a baby healthy and comfortable seems to be endless and very specific. Turns out that the process of nourishing these brand-new humans is no exception — especially if you’re a mom who has chosen to breastfeed. Forget those flimsy lace numbers you were wearing before you got pregnant — not only does your three-times-as-big bosom require undergarments in new sizes, they need the type that’s going to give your newborn easy access to its prime source of nutrition.
Cute nursing bras
If this is you, and you’re in search of a nursing bra like the one we’re describing, you can hit pause. We asked real moms from all over the country one question: What is their favorite bra for breast-feeding, and why? (OK, that’s two.) One thing that we learned from this exercise is that the world of nursing bras is small but devotional — two of our poll-ees actually swore by the exact same one from Amazon. But you’ll find lots of different styles and breast sizes in this roundup — so click on through to see which bras are making life easier for nursing moms. And feel free to chime in if you don’t see your favorite bra listed here — your fellow-moms will thank you.
Hatch Skin to Skin Bra
“I’m an A cup regularly, so I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles — but have found that while nursing I definitely need support. I keep reaching for the Hatch Skin to Skin bra. The cotton is incredibly soft but also supportive without constricting (even when engorged) and it’s easy to pull down and nurse. It sits on the skin so naturally — definitely the closest thing to not wearing a bra as a bra can be. Especially nice for wearing overnight!” — Anna; Brooklyn, NY
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Motherhood Maternity Full Coverage Nursing Bra
“Motherhood Maternity makes great nursing bras. I’ve never had a bra fit better. I wear a 36G and it’s a pretty difficult size to find, but they had it in store and it fits great with underwire support for the big-titted lasses. They also have sleeper nursing bras which are awesome to give some support (Lord knows nursing is sweaty work) and comfort.” — Alyssa; Harleysville, PA
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Bravado Design Seamless Nursing Bra
“It’s been a year now since I’ve stopped nursing, BUT I’m still wearing these nursing bras, especially when I fly. Why? They’re so comfy but still offer support. I was an underwire bra girl pre-pregnancy for the boob support. But after going wireless, I can’t go back. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a non-nursing wireless bra that can hold up my gals as well as this one.” — Trang; Austin, TX
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Motherhood Maternity Wireless Nursing Bra
“I love the Motherhood Maternity wireless nursing bra! So comfortable with really good shape and support. No underwire, which is so much better when you’re postpartum and not ready to dive back into an underwire bra yet. If you go to the store, they’ll measure you and help you find the right size, which is helpful when you have no clue what your new bigger bra size is. The price is totally affordable. My baby is 11 months old and this bra is still in great shape. It’s the workhorse of nursing bras!” — Julia; Silver Spring, MDShop nursing bras at Motherhood Maternity.
Motherhood Maternity Clip-Down Nursing Cami
“I have small breasts, even when nursing, I barely filled a C cup. So I preferred shelf-bra clip-down camisoles. I had three of them from Motherhood Maternity that I wore almost every day for a year. They were inexpensive, durable, and comfortable. I also have a long torso and they covered my body completely. The snaps were very easy to undo and re-snap with one hand, while holding a sleeping infant. They were my summer uniform, and also worked as layers in the winter and fall.” — Emily; Madison, WIShop nursing bras at Motherhood Maternity.
“I really liked the Everlane cotton sports bras because I felt the typical nursing bras were too loose and had too many snaps. These offered good support and you can easily just pull the titty out for feeding. It also kept nursing pads in much better because when you popped the titty out, it’d just scrunch down, whereas with a normal nursing bra, when I’d pull the flap down, the pad would go flying.”