Best nursing bras for breastfeeding
  • The 9 Best Nursing Bras of 2019

    October 15, 2019
    10 min read

    As many new moms discover, nursing bras not only give you the special support you need, but also help make breastfeeding your little one an easier task. There are a lot of good nursing bras on the market; luckily, over 6,000 Pampers Parents voted for their favorites to help make choosing a great one easier for you.

    Check out the top seven nursing bras as selected by Pampers Parents, as well as their favorite pull-down type bra, and the most preferred hands-free breast pumping bra.

    We also review the different types of nursing bras out there, many of which can also be worn as maternity bras, and what to consider when choosing one.

    What's in this article:

    Why Buy a Nursing Bra? Types of Nursing Bras Styles of Nursing Bras What to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Bra Top 7 Clip-Down Nursing Bras Favorite Pull-down Nursing Bra Favorite Hands-Free Pumping Nursing Bra

    Why Buy a Nursing Bra?

    If you’re soon-to-be or currently breastfeeding, you might notice that your breasts are heavier and enlarged because of the milk they’re producing. If that’s the case, having the support of a good nursing bra can help make you more comfortable.

    Though some women may choose to stick with their regular bra style, many others find that a nursing bra with cups that can be opened can make it easier and more convenient to breastfeed.

    At night, wearing a nursing bra with breast pads can help prevent breast milk from leaking through your clothes. These small and absorbent pads can be slipped inside your nursing bra cup. You can buy either disposable or washable breast pads at most pharmacies or grocery stores.

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    Types of Nursing Bras

    Nursing bras are not only designed to give you extra support and comfort, but also to provide easy access to your breast for a feeding. Here are two types of closure styles commonly found on nursing bras:

    • Clip-down. These bras have a latch, hook, or snap of some sort to pull down the cup so you can access your breast.
    • Pull-down. Just as it sounds, these nursing bras are designed so you can simply pull down the bra away from your breast when you need to feed your little one.

    Styles of Nursing Bras

    Just like regular bras, nursing bras come in many different styles. Here are some of the main styles of nursing bras, many of which can also serve as maternity bras during pregnancy:

    • Soft-cup or seamless. A majority of the bras Pampers Parents love are seamless and have a soft cup that you can simply lower from a clip on the shoulder strap.
    • Sports nursing bras. These are usually made of nylon and spandex to give you extra support while you exercise.
    • Sleep. Often seamless, these are soft and comfortable to sleep in. These bras typically offer only light support.
    • Tank top. These are tank-top-style shirts with a built-in nursing bra.
    • Breast-pumping. These can be worn instead of or on top of a regular nursing bra when you need to pump your breast milk. These have openings around the nipple area where you can attach a breast pump flange to express milk with a powered breast pump.
    • Underwire or not. Some women prefer underwire-style nursing bras for the extra support and shaping they can offer. Keep in mind, though, that some experts recommend avoiding using nursing bras with an underwire as the wire can put pressure on your milk ducts, which can cause inflammation and possibly blocked ducts. All the nursing bras on the Pampers Parents list come without underwires.

    What to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Bra

    Here are some important things to think about when selecting a nursing bra:

    • Size. It’s normal to need a larger cup size during pregnancy and when nursing; however, you may not find your rib cage area expands enough to warrant a larger band size. Of course, every woman is unique, so if you do feel the bra band is too tight, then it’s time to go up a size. You might like to get a professional bra fitting at a maternity wear store or a department store to make sure you’ve got the right fit.
    • Fabric. A blend of Lycra or other stretchy fabric with 100 percent cotton cups may be best, as these materials can adjust slightly to fit your breasts as they fluctuate in size while breastfeeding. Keep in mind that you’ll get better overall support if the straps and the band have only a little stretch or no stretchy fabric.
    • Easy access. If you’re holding your hungry baby, it’ll save a bit of time and fuss if you have a nursing bra that you can easily open with one hand.
    • Style. Consider whether your nursing bra is for everyday use or for other activities like sleep or sports. You might like to get several nursing bras in different styles, so that you’re prepared for all kinds of situations.
    • Comfort. It’s important that a nursing bra is comfortable and offers good support without squeezing or putting pressure on your breast when it’s on or when you’ve got the cup pulled down. You may need to try a few models before settling on one that works for you.

    Top 7 Clip-Down Nursing Bras

    Many nursing bras can also be worn as maternity bras. Seven of the best nursing bras as voted by Pampers Parents are clip-down styles. Here they are:

    1. Motherhood Maternity Women’s Nursing Bra

    Motherhood Maternity Women’s Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This bra won a big majority of the votes among Pampers Parents! This comfortable, seamless bra offers full coverage with medium support. It has adjustable straps and a hook and eye closure, and it is lightly lined. This bra has clip-down style cups for easy access when your little one is ready to breastfeed.

    Some Pampers Parents said that this bra runs on the small side, so you might consider getting a bigger size than normal. This bra is best for sizes A through D.

    Highlights: This bra has soft cup inserts that can be removed to wash. Plus, the pockets for the padded inserts can hold extra nursing pads to help absorb extra leakage, if needed.

    Price*: about $24.98 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s durable and by far the most comfortable.
    • Cons: It’s not very supportive for large breasts.

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    “It is so comfortable to wear and easy to use! When you have a baby like mine who wanted to eat ALL the time, it was nice to have a good bra.”

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    iLoveSIA 3PACK Women's Full Bust Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This clip-down style nursing bra has removable foam cups to help hide your nipples or breast pads if you prefer. Some Pampers Parents mentioned that the foam insert can be great for a bit of extra coverage, but that it can slip around or get bunched up inside the bra from time to time.

    This bra is a full-coverage bra, and it has a wide sling inside each cup to help prevent sagging. The back has a four-level, four-row hook and eye closure to keep you comfortable and well supported.

    Highlights: Each package includes three bras, and you get a choice of different color combinations.

    Price*: about $28.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The snaps are easy to use and it looks good under clothing.
    • Cons: They start to wear out pretty quickly.

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    3. BRAVADO DESIGNS Women’s Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

    BRAVADO DESIGNS Women’s Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This nursing bra is made with four-way stretch fabric to accommodate your changing shape. The clip-down cups fully drop away to give as much skin-to-skin contact with your little one as possible during feeding times.

    This bra has large, molded foam cup inserts that are removable. A few Pampers Parents mentioned that the foam cups were a bit strangely shaped. This bra also has a built-in inner sling for extra lift and is a supportive nursing bra for a very wide range of sizes: A through J.

    Highlights: This seamless nursing bra comes with a conversion kit that allows you to turn it into a regular bra for when you’re no longer breastfeeding your little one.

    Price*: about $49.00 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s supportive, but not restrictive for large breasts.
    • Cons: It would be better if the straps were wider.

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    4. Gratlin Women’s Comfort Support Maternity Wirefree Seamless Nursing Bra

    Gratlin Women’s Comfort Support Maternity Wirefree Seamless Nursing

    Why pick this one? This seamless nursing bra has clip-down cups, and removable cup inserts to help give shape. The stretchy fabric is tightly knitted at the band area, which is intended to provide extra support. However, some Pampers Parents mentioned that this bra gives only very light support for larger cup sizes. There is a three-row hook and eye closure for easy adjustability.

    Highlights: This bra has a ribbed side panel built in that adds support and helps smooth bulges in the underarm area.

    Price*: about $18.00 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The clip-downs are easy to do with one hand.
    • Cons: It’s cut high, so it shows under tops with lower necklines.

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    5. Suekaphin Nursing

    Suekaphin Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This seamless, breathable nursing bra is a clip-down style for easy breastfeeding. The shoulder straps are adjustable and the band has a hook and eye closure in the back.

    Some Pampers Parents said they thought the fabric felt a little rough on their nipples or on the strap area until it was washed a couple of times.

    Highlights: This bra comes in a two-pack with a choice of color combinations. Also included are matching band extenders to help keep the bra fitting well as your body shape changes throughout pregnancy and your breastfeeding journey.

    Price*: about $17.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: This bra gives super comfortable support.
    • Cons: The clasps can get destroyed in the wash, so you might like to wash it in a mesh bag.

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    6. HOFISH Seamless Clip Down Deep V Neck Push Up Nursing Bra

    HOFISH Seamless Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This clip-down nursing bra is seamless with a V-cut design in the front. There are removable, molded foam cups to help shape your breasts. The foam cups have built-in push-up padding to create more cleavage. A few Pampers Parents mentioned that while they like how the push-up padding shapes them, they found the padding could sometimes slide around.

    This bra has adjustable straps and a back hook and eye closure to ensure the most comfortable fit possible.

    This bra comes in a three-pack with matching band extenders and extra bra strap clips.

    Highlights: This manufacturer offers free bra pad replacements if you receive padding that’s misshapen or unsatisfactory.

    Price*: about $29.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It’s very comfortable, and it’s easy to clip and unclip.
    • Cons: The padding can shift around under the breast or come out in the wash.

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    7. Kindred Bravely Marvella Maternity & Nursing Underwire Free Bra

    Kindred Bravely Marvella Maternity & Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This molded cup nursing bra is underwire free, and is designed to help lift and separate your breasts.

    It’s a clip-down nursing bra that comes in your choice of two styles: either the Classic style, which is a pull-over racerback, or the Luxe hook-and-eye closure style with a back O-ring clasp, so you can wear the straps in the standard tank look or as a racerback. The Luxe style with the hook and eye closure comes with a band extender.

    Both the Classic and Luxe styles come in several colors. Several Pampers Parents mentioned that this bra doesn’t offer enough support for larger sizes.

    Highlights: This nursing bra doesn’t look like a standard nursing bra, but it is designed to give you the special support you’ll need as a breastfeeding mom.

    Price*: about $49.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The fabric is amazingly soft and the low-cut front is attractive.
    • Cons: Because of the low-cut style, it looks good, but it’s easier for your breast to fall out when you’re lying down or especially active.

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    Favorite Pull-down Nursing Bra

    This is the only pull-down nursing bra that was a top favorite for Pampers Parents. It’s great for comfort and sleep.

    Medela Nursing Bra

    Medela Nursing Bra

    Why pick this one? This pullover bra is made of a four-way stretch fabric that adjusts with your changing body. This bra is seamless and has a crisscross front that’s easy to pull down, so it’s suitable to use as a sleep bra for nighttime feedings.

    A few Pampers Parents mentioned that this bra is better suited for small to medium sizes.

    Highlights: This bra is made of a stretchy fabric blend that keeps moisture away from your body.

    Price*: about $19.99 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: The fabric is so soft and it has lots of good stretch.
    • Cons: There aren’t enough color options.

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    “Great to wear to bed to provide support, and still be able to easily nurse in the middle of the night without having to deal with hooks or clasps.”

    Pampers Parent

    Favorite Hands-Free Pumping Nursing Bra

    This nursing bra is for use with breast pumps. It’s the top choice hands-free pumping bra of Pampers Parents.

    Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra

    Simple Wishes Signature Pumping Bra

    Why pick this one? Of all the top-voted Pampers Parents bras, this one is designed for easy hands-free pumping. It’s a bustier style bra with a front zip closure as well as an adjustable back Velcro strap to give a secure and comfortable fit. This hands-free pumping bra is designed to be compatible with all major brands of pumps; check with the bra manufacturer to see if your pump is compatible.

    Some Pampers Parents mentioned that this bra isn’t ideal for everyday wear. A few said that they put it on over their everyday nursing bra when it’s time to pump, and then take it off when pumping is finished.

    Highlights: If you wish to wear this bustier-style nursing bra as an everyday bra, it can convert to be worn strapless, tank style, as a racerback, or as a halter style.

    Price*: about $29.49 on Amazon.com

    Pampers Parents pros and cons:

    • Pros: It fits over an everyday nursing bra, so it’s easy to pump and go.
    • Cons: The Velcro strap on the back gets easily caught on clothing.

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    “While not technically a nursing bra, this made it so easy to pump and work.”

    Pampers Parent

    Once you’re more familiar with the different features of nursing bras, choosing the ones that will suit your needs — from sleep time to the gym to the grocery store — will be easier. Be patient and with some trial and error, you’ll find the styles that best suit your changing body.

    Recall Notice

    Before buying a product, always check that it’s approved and hasn’t been recalled on sites like the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    *Prices are correct at the time of writing.

    How We Got These Results

    We surveyed thousands of parents in the Pampers Community and asked them to choose the products they love the most, and to share their views on specific products and product categories.

    Based on the survey responses, we have taken the top product picks and added our own research to create this article. The aim is to help you choose the right product for you and your family. We might receive commissions on purchases made from the links in this article, but the products featured are the Pampers Community’s top choices.

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