We asked new moms what nursing bras got them through long days and sleepless nights of breastfeeding—here are their top picks.
You thought about all the supplies your baby needed once she came home from the hospital, but did you give equal consideration to the best nursing bra for you? After all, the last thing you want to be concerned about when caring for a new baby is whether the bra you'll depend on during marathon breastfeeding sessions is going to dig into your shoulders, bunch up weirdly, or even last. But here's the thing: There are nursing bras with just the right balance of function, comfort, and style. We spoke to breastfeeding moms for their recommendations. Shop their top picks below.
Isabel Maternity Seamless Nursing Bra
You're not going to be wearing a nursing bra forever, so it's unnecessary to spend a lot on one to get good quality. One mom we spoke to recommended this ultra-comfortable wire-free bra from Target. Four rows of hooks make it easy to customize the fit for your body, and removable pads allow for easy cleaning. We love this blush pink shade, but you can also shop this bra in black, white, and nude.
To buy: $23; target.com.
Freya Pure Underwire Bra
This underwire option from Freya is perfect if you want a bra with a bit more support and a structure similar to a regular bra. Freya bras are designed for women with bigger boobs, and their sizing runs from 30DDD-6D. We love that the scalloped lace edges give the bra a feminine touch without skimping on coverage.
To buy: $70; nordstrom.com.
Gilligan & O'Malle Nursing Cotton Cami
If you're looking for something that offers a bit more coverage, this cami is perfect for you. The built-in bra is supportive enough for most women that they don't need to double up, and the cami offers enough coverage to be worn on its own as a shirt. We love that it's made from jersey knit fabric, which makes it incredibly comfortable. Choose from nine different colors or stock up on a variety of shades for everyday wear.
To buy: $20; target.com.
Sexy Mama Underwire Nursing Bra
Not all nursing bras have to be plain and simple, and the moms we spoke to loved this delicate lace ivory bra from Le Mystère. You would never know that this was a nursing bra just by looking at it, but it still has plenty of support and clips that are super easy to unfasten for seamless feeding. Like the Freya bra, these are also designed for women with larger bra sizes, ranging from 34D to 38G.
To buy: $66; nordstrom.com.
Gilligan & O'Malley Nursing Sleep Bralette
For nights or days spent just lounging around the house, this lightweight bralette is going to be your go-to. This nursing bralette is supportive yet is made with no underwires and no uncomfortable clasps, and it can be converted into a racerback depending on the style you like. A light lacy edging adds a feminine touch, and the easy clasp straps allow for quick access for your baby.
To buy: $17; target.com.