- Nursing Bra Types
- Bras with Drop-Down Cups
- Bras with Underwires
- Bras to Sleep In
- Breast Pumping Bra—Hands-Free
- Bra Sizing
- Bra Support
- Bra Comfort
- Bra Adjustability
- Bra Coverage
- Bra Easy Access
- Best Maternity and Nursing Bras
- 1. Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Maternity and Nursing Sleep Bra
- 2. Bravado® Designs Maternity Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra with Pads
- 3. Bravado® Designs Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory
- 4. Simple Wishes® Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bra
- 5. Momcozy® Hands-Free Maternity and Nursing Bra
- 6. Motherhood® Maternity Jessica Simpson Wireless Nursing Bra
- 7. HOFISH Nursing Maternity Bra Bralette
- 8. iLoveSIA Maternity Breastfeeding Dress Nursing Nightgown
- 9. SUIEK Nursing Top Tank Cami Maternity Shirt Sleep Bra for Breastfeeding
- 10. Leading Lady® Loving Moments Underwire Padded Nursing Bra
- Final Thoughts
After you become pregnant and for a while after your baby is born, your body will go under significant changes. If this is your first conception, you notice these changes as your nine months go by. Clothing is easy to change, yet bras demand a better fit as you grow. The best maternity and nursing bras are usually true to size on Amazon; however, most companies there will let you return a mis-sized item if you have not worn it or removed any tags. You will also see some gorgeous maternity and nursing camisoles that do the same thing as a bra so that you feel pretty going through your time being pregnant to wear after your child’s birth. Read on for the best maternity, nursing bras, gown combos reviews below.
Nursing Bra Types
The type of bra you choose is important because if it does not fit right it’s uncomfortable and can cause neck, shoulder, and back strain and aches. During your first trimester is when your breasts start changing. At this time, your breasts become more sensitive to touch and clothing, so comfort and support is what you need to be mindful of at this time.
Bras with Drop-Down Cups
All of the bras and camis reviewed here have drop-down cups for easy and quick nursing. This type features a front flap attached to a hook that you release to open that area. This can usually be done with one hand while you hold your baby in the other. You can also use a breast pump while your baby is nursing.
Bras with Underwires
Most women do not like underwires at this time or at any time. Myself, I like the underwires, but we are all different. I find I have added support with the wire and it keeps the bra from sliding up over my breasts. Most of the bands on the non-unwire bras stay in place without creeping up. The one thing as your breasts grow that can be bad is the wire can compress your milk ducts if the fit is not just right. These too will have drop-down cups.
Bras to Sleep In
These are sometimes called crossover bras or racerback bras made of soft material that holds you all together when you sleep without your breasts slipping out. These too have drop-down cups without hooks or clasps in the back. These are comfortable for back and side sleepers.
Breast Pumping Bra—Hands-Free
Hands-free nursing bras are super convenient! They let your breast milk flow while you nurse your baby on the other side. Or, you can open both sides of the breast pumping bra and pump breast milk into two bottles at the same time. You can move about and do other things while the pumping is working. This is usually not the bra you will wear all the time, but you can.
As you get further along into your pregnancy, your breast size will change for bras. You will probably need a few new bras at the second trimester and then new ones again at about 36-weeks. You can easily measure yourself to buy online without going to a bra store to have someone else measure you. You can always buy bra extenders if your budget doesn’t permit buying new bras as you grow. Some brands come with included back bra extenders.
You will need as much support possible when your breasts are gorged with milk for your baby. The support will keep your breasts up where they belong, so they won’t sag after you’ve finished nursing. Bras to sleep in offer the least amount of support but are good when you are first pregnant. Underwire bras offer the most support but not all women like the feel or are unable to wear them. You will need to buy a soft cup with a band that doesn’t roll yet is snug but not too tight. Fuller cups keep your breasts inside the bra cup. To prevent straps from cutting into your shoulder tops, a 1-inch width strap is a must.
Don’t compromise your comfort at any cost. You will be miserable if your maternity nursing bra doesn’t fit right just as soon as you put it on. Be sure your measurements are accurate, and the style or type fits your breast needs. You want wide straps and a band that does not ride up. Wide sides are a plus as well. Firm elastic straps reduce bouncing and give more support. Bras made with cotton are more breathable and stay cooler next to your skin. I like front closing bras to have a smooth back piece.
You’ll want your bra to have hook and eye closures that you can adjust as your breasts grow in size. Some bras are made with spandex backs that move as you grow. Four hooks are the best, but three hooks work well too depending on your breast size. Be sure the straps can be adjusted to be tighter or looser. The bottom band should fit snugly and not ride up or slide down.
The amount of fabric covering your breasts is an important consideration when selecting your pregnancy and nursing bra. You do not want your sensitive breasts sliding outside the cups that are supposed to fit and cover you.
Bra Easy Access
When your baby is hungry, you can hold your fussy infant with one hand while undoing the drop-down bra cup with the other hand. Be sure the clasp is easy to remove. Crossover bras indeed give you easy access, but not the best support for some women. When you’re out in public, this could pose a problem. You might even want a breastfeeding cover scarf multi-purpose shown on our Baby Shower Gifts site.
Watch this video for some excellent tips when you breast feed your baby.
Breastfeeding Tips + Must Haves!
Best Maternity and Nursing Bras
1. Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Maternity and Nursing Sleep Bra
The Kindred Bravely bra, model number KB-FTBRA on Amazon.com®, is a best-selling Mom’s Choice Award® Gold Winner to honor excellence. This bra is extra soft in French terry, has no wires, hooks and eyes or other type clasps. It’s easy to pull aside for breastfeeding access and is so comfortable to wear while you are still carrying your baby. It comes in the soft ivory shown here and is also available in 7 other lovely colors. Movement is never restricted, and the bra supports you while you sleep. If you get the XL-XXL, you will receive a chest band for more support. Your own breast pads will stay in place as well. It’s a great bra for exercising, Yoga, and Pilates too! This bra does not give enough support for sports activities such as jogging.
Your size depends on the band size you need. See the video at the bottom here for how to measure. Larger sizes are available on Amazon as well. With the cross-over back, and shoulder straps set apart, you will have even more comfort and support. The bra is long lasting and does not stretch out over time. Your breasts will not slip out when sleeping at night on your side. It does not come with nursing pads that should be placed against your skin anyway.
XSmall: 28B, 28C, 28D; 30B, 30C, 30D
XSmall Busty: 28DD/E, 28DDD/F
Small: 32B, 32C, 32D
Small Busty: 28G, 28H, 28I; 30G, 30H, 30I; 32DD/E, 32DDD/F
Medium: 34B, 34C, 34D
Medium Busty: 32G, 32H, 32I; 34DD/E, 34DDD/F, 34G
Large: 36B, 36C, 36D
Large Busty: 34H, 34I; 36DD/E, 36DDD/F, 36G
XLarge: 38B, 38C, 38D; 40B, 40C, 40D
XLarge Busty: 36H, 36I; 38DD/E, 38DDD/F, 38G, 38H; 40DD/E, 40DDD/F, 40G
XXLarge: 42B, 42C, 42D
XXLarge Busty: 40H; 42DD/E, 42DDD/F, 42G
It is machine washable with cold water on the gentle cycle and allow it to air dry or tumble dry on low heat. It’s made of 92% bamboo rayon and 8% spandex with no latex.
If you’re not completely satisfied with your Kindred Bravely product, they will work with you until you find the perfect fit. It is made in China.
Kindred Bravely Nursing Bra Measuring and Fitting Guide video.
2. Bravado® Designs Maternity Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra with Pads
The Bravado® bra, model number 1401-1 on Amazon.com®, is seamless and comfortable for when you are pregnant and when nursing with soft fabric that forms to your ever-changing shape to wear anytime anywhere. There are no wires and the fabric of 91% nylon, 9% spandex/elastane stretches a bit 4 ways as you move and grow. There are no harmful chemicals being Oeko-Tex® certified.
You can remove the foam inserts or keep them inside when nursing for comfort and protection when your milk is in. With the full drop-away bra cup you will have skin contact with your baby. When you’re finished nursing your baby, this bra is perfect to use as a regular bra. The sizes are small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large.
The one-hand usage B-shaped clips open and close easily for dropping the cup for nursing.
It is machine washable with cool water on the gentle cycle. I always put mine in a garment bag to keep straps untangled. It’s best to let it air dry because spandex doesn’t like dryer heat.
If you’d like to pump your milk in advance and store in the fridge to use when in public, try using the clip and pump addition shown below in #3.
Bravado® Maternity Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra video.
3. Bravado® Designs Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory
The Bravado® Designs bra is a wonderful way to pump then store your milk and is hands-free to let you do other things with your baby. This garment attaches perfectly to the #2 nursing bra shown above for the best combination bra available. Did you know that 80% of nursing mothers pump their milk? The model number 9301XJ2 is a top seller on Amazon.com®.
It’s made of 50% cotton, 30% modal a type of rayon fabric made from Beech trees comparable to cotton for its softness, plus 20% spandex for some stretch. It’s machine washable—just follow the instructions. It fits over your nursing bra with a figure 8 opening for easy breast shield insertion and removal never needing to remove the breast shield from the bottle(s). The elastic reinforced opening holds the bottle in an upright position while nursing on the other side.
The nursing bra and breast pump are not included with the click and pump bra. See my next article about breast pumps.
There are no harmful chemicals in this bra being Oeko-Tex® certified. This bra is the Winner of Mom’s Choice Award 2017!
With the adjustable 4-row hook and eye closure at the back it provides better support and comfort. The wide, stretchy, and comfortable bottom band is a plus.
Keep your bra and top on too with this amazing pump bra in 3 different colors in black, paradise palm, and heather.
Bravado® Designs Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra nursing/pumping video.
Bravado® Designs Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra putting on bra video.
4. Simple Wishes® Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bra
The Simple Wishes® model number XS-L on Amazon.com® is a top pick with positive customer satisfaction at an affordable price. It comes in soft pink or black in sizes X-small to L-plus, but wait, the game changer for size is the front 1-inch wide panel insert. Four savvy sisters with a shared vision have created a simple solution for moms not interested in forsaking style for ease; a chic, new, hands-free pumping bra bustier.
The back has an extra wide band to stretch and contract as your size changes. You can also wear it strapless and with straps across your shoulders. Put it over your nursing bra so that you’re not changing all day. It’s adjustable using the Velcro®.
Free up your hands to do other things while pumping your breast milk for your baby. That makes this bra a 3-in-one as a maternity, nursing/pumping, and typical standard bra. It will be your favorite!
It has the typical nursing clips at the shoulders for full breast entrance to pump both breasts at one time or pump one while feeding baby on your other breast. It is compatible with all major brands of breast pumps and that’s a big help.
The bra is made of 72% polyamide, 28% elastane and the mesh is 87% polyamide with 3% elastane and is seamless. The cups are sewed inside so that you have a thin lining to conceal your nipples and/or breast pads.
Designed in the USA, it is free of toxins with no harmful chemicals that can leech into your breast milk. It is Oeko-Tex® certified. It does not come with a breast pump and see this electric best seller on Amazon. The bra slips on easily with or without removing your nursing bra and shirt. Elastic reinforcement has been built into the top of the bra for a secure fit, ensuring no slipping.
Machine wash with cold water on the gentle cycle with non-chlorine bleach when needed. Wash with like colors with the back Velcro® panel closed shut. Hang to dry . Do not iron. Do not dry clean. Wash before wearing.
Gift-wrapping is available for loved ones and friends. You will receive instructions with a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied. It is made in China.
Simple Wishes® Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bra features video.
5. Momcozy® Hands-Free Maternity and Nursing Bra
The Momcozy® ASIN B07875D5G1 on Amazon.com® is a newly released bra already a best seller. You will like knowing that you can use this bra with your existing or new breast pumps such as Medela®, Lansinoh®, Ameda®, Spetra®, Evenflo® and more.
You can change your nursing bra into this new pumping bra that has no straps with no need to remove your bra or top. Just use this without the clip to reclip. You’ll love the convenience!
The bra feels so natural and comfortable on you made of 49% cotton, 32% modal, and 19% spandex for a little stretch and give. You no longer need to detach the breast shield from the bottle with absolutely no struggling to put the pumps on. Simply push the pump along the line and set it using only one hand.
The X-configuration lets you moms stay hands-free for the bottles to stay in place securely. It fits wide figures and fits most bra tops and camisoles such and Kindred Bravely, HOFISH, Motherhood®, Gratlin, and more. With the adjustable hook and eye closure at the back, you will have more flexibility and support. It’s made in China.
6. Motherhood® Maternity Jessica Simpson Wireless Nursing Bra
The Motherhood® bra, ASIN B06W57Z37D on Amazon.com®, has been selling for 18-years with much success. The bra is gorgeous in rose dust and green floral with lace trim. It is wireless made of cotton and spandex for comfort and flexibility giving you light support.
It has clips to unclip when nursing. It’s not padded and makes a great sleeping bra. Women buyers on Amazon love it! You will too.
It’s recommended that you hand wash this bra, but I’ve used a small garment bag, zipped it shut, and put with other bras and panties on the delicate cycle with cold water in the washer and let it air dry in the shower.
7. HOFISH Nursing Maternity Bra Bralette
The HOFISH brand, ASIN B075L6XXGR, is a best-selling bra on Amazon.com® with extra bra extenders and clips in many lovely colors. The sizes to choose from are small, medium, large, and X-large in 3 each to a pack affordably priced. It is full-busted and seamless made of 92% nylon and 8% spandex.
The sizes fit:
Small: Fit 32B-32DD, 34B-34C
Medium: Fit 34D-34DD, 36B-36D, 38B-38C
Large: Fit 38D-38DD, 40B-40D
The adjustable shoulder straps, one-hand access, 4 hook and eye closures, and drop cups make it easy and convenient to breast feed your baby. It’s very supportive, easy to size, with removable molded foam cups for breathability.
It has an elastic-free under the bust band, you can sleep in and it’s great for walking, Yoga, and anytime you want and need more support with the best comfort. Wear it every day and when pregnant and nursing. The front pull-aside access means no clasps to fiddle with and it has no wires.
You will receive a free size exchange if you are not satisfied with your bra and it’s made in China.
8. iLoveSIA Maternity Breastfeeding Dress Nursing Nightgown
The iLoveSIA model number S30526096 on Amazon.com® is a 2-piece best-selling nightgown set for when pregnant and when breastfeeding. It comes in black or navy blue made of 92% nylon and 8% spandex. It has a seamless nursing bra built in of stretchy fabric. You get 2 in the package at an affordable price. You get 2 nursing dresses, 2 pairs of nursing pads, plus a laundry washing bag. You can choose 2 in black or 2 in blue. For the price, this nightgown can’t be beat for a built-in nursing bra with leak-proof pads in a nightgown/dress. You can even wear it when not nursing!
The shoulder straps adjust, and the drop-down clips are easy to use with one hand. For shape and being discreet, the bra has removable foam inserts. It’s perfect for lounging, feeding baby, and sleeping in. The crimped edge hemline is delicate to add a touch of elegant femininity; it is not lace.
Select from the extensive size chart for iLoveSIA brand standard size:
Size S: 32B, 30CD
Size M: 34BC, 32CD, 36A
Size L: 36BC, 34CD, 38A
Size XL: 38BC, 36CD, 40AB
Wash by hand or on gentle with cool water in the garment bag included in the washer and let it air dry.
Gift-wrapping is available for those ladies you love and iLoveSIA gives you a 100% satisfaction guarantee. They will replace or refund defective gowns if never worn or washed. The gown is made in China.
9. SUIEK Nursing Top Tank Cami Maternity Shirt Sleep Bra for Breastfeeding
The SUIEK top, ASIN B077GNY4VV on Amazon.com®, is an adorable and comfy best seller for when you are carrying your baby and when breast feeding as well. You will get 3 gowns in a pack in different color combinations of your choosing.
The bra is a shelf bra with no padding. You will need to put nursing pads in to prevent seeing your nipples. The gown cami is made of 95% combed cotton and 5% spandex for a little give. It’s best to hand wash because of the lace or put into a laundry bag in the washer on cool with delicate cycle and lay flat to air dry. A dryer will ruin it.
You can adjust the elastic shoulder straps for the perfect fit. The one-hand nursing drop-down cups use a simple clasp for easy quick nursing. The waistline is relaxed to cover your tummy with room to spare. It flares nicely after your baby is born.
The racer back is lace and ohhh so appealing and feminine preventing the straps from sliding off your shoulder. It’s ideal to sleep in, wear outdoors, and for lounging about.
Gift-wrapping is available for your friends and family and the cami is made in China.
10. Leading Lady® Loving Moments Underwire Padded Nursing Bra
The Leading Lady® nursing bra is a superb bra, ASIN B076X3QZQ8 shown on Amazon.com®, and is delicately embellished with lace, a bow, light padding, with a back closure and adjustable shoulder straps.
With the fold-down cups, you can quickly nurse your baby using only one hand. It fits like a normal bra and is true to size.
You can wear it with your T-shirts, to bed, and the wider straps do not dig into your shoulders. It’s made of silky 92% nylon and 8% spandex for a slight stretch and give.
Wash by hand or in the washer in a garment bag. Do not put in the dryer since heat destroys spandex. It’s made in China.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Be comfortable and well supported when carrying your baby and have the convenience of drop-down cups when nursing. Read customer reviews on Amazon and be healthy and well during this special time! Happy shopping!