The Best Nursing Bras

The Best Nursing Bras – The Ultimate Guide

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During my first pregnancy, I purchased a nursing bra that I thought would be perfect for me.  I forgot to take into account that my bra size would increase due to weight gain and my engorged breast.  My very first bra nursing was a horrible fit and rendered useless after the birth of Honey Bee.  I blame it on me being a first-time mom.  After that incident, I made sure to put more thought into the nursing bras I purchased.

I’ve nursed three children, and I’ve had a lot of different nursing bras.  I also know, that as a nursing mom it is good to have more than one nursing bra for different occasions.  I tried to take all of the guesswork out of nursing bra shopping, and create The Best Nursing Bras-The Ultimate guide for you.


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The Best Nursing Bras – The Ultimate Guide

Finding the Right Fit

Measuring Yourself for a Fitted Nursing Bra

How to measure:

Step 1: Determine your band size (i.e. 36, 38, etc).  To do this, measure yourself around by bringing the measuring tape around your back, under your armpits and up above your breasts.  Round all fractional numbers to the nearest whole number. You can also measure your band size by measuring your rib cage (directly underneath your breasts). If you choose this option, add 2 inches to whatever your measurement is. Example: if your rib cage measures 32″, add 2 inches and your band size is a 34. 

Step 2: Determine your cup size – Now measure yourself around the same way. Measure around the center of the breast (the fullest part of your breast), rather than the under the armpits. Round all fractional numbers up to the nearest whole number. Subtract your band size circumference from the mid-breast circumference to find the cup size.

Example: If your band size is 36 and you have a 40-inch mid-breast circumference, then you have 4 inches worth of cup size. Each cup inch stands for a bra cup size…. A, B, C, D, etc. You would be looking for a bra around 36D.  If you are between cup sizes, always size UP.

If the Difference is: Your Cup Size is:
1/2″ – 1″ A
2″ B
3″ C
4″ D
5″ DD/E
6″ DDD/F
7″ G
8″ H
9″ I
10″ J
11″ k
12″ L
13″ M


Now that you have an idea of your bra size, you can now begin your search for the best nursing bras for yourself.

Nursing Tanks

Bravado Designs ‘Dream’ Maternity/Nursing Tank • Bravado • $55
Belly Bandit ‘Mother Tucker’ Compression & Nursing Tank • $79.95
Momzelle Nursing Tank • $35
Motherhood Maternity Clip Down Nursing Tank • $9.97
H&M MAMA 2-pack Nursing Tank Tops • H&M • $24.99


Soft Cup Nursing Bra

LAMAZE MATERNITY INTIMATES Lamaze Seamless Nursing Comfort Bra • $28
Women’s Cake Rock Candy Wireless Nursing Bra • $32.98
Leading Lady Seamless Crossover Nursing Bra • Leading Lady • $26
Bravado Designs Ballet Maternity/NursingBra • Bravado • $34
H&M MAMA 2-pack Soft Nursing Bras • H&M • $29.99


Nursing Bras for Large Breast

Playtex Seamless Wireless Nursing Bra – 4956 • Playtex • $34
Women’s Belly Bandit ‘Bandita’ Nursing Bra • $46.95
Wireless Unlined Nursing Bra • Soma Intimates • $44
Motherhood Maternity Seamless Full-Coverage Clip-Down Nursing Bra • $24.98
Elomi Molded Underwire Nursing Bra • A Pea in the Pod • $55

Pumping Bras

Gilligan & O Women’s Nursing Hands Free Pumping Bra Heather Gray – Gilligan & O’Malley • $22.99
Motherhood Maternity Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bustier • $34.98
Women’s Rosie Pope Pump & Nurse Underwire Bra • $29.78
Snugabell Hands Free Pumping Bra • $60
Bravado! Maternity Clip And Pump • Bravado • $29.98

Athletic Nursing Bras

Sports Wireless Nursing Bra • $21.98
Leading Lady Nursing Sports Bra • Leading Lady • $26
Belabumbum Mesh Nursing Sports Bra • Belabumbum • $51
Boob Fast Food Sports Nursing Bra • Boob • $69
Boob ‘Fast Food’ Sports Nursing Bra • Boob • $89
Cake ‘Orange Zest’ Contour Underwire Nursing Sports Bra • $47.98

Sleep Nursing Bras

Medela Nursing Sleep Bra 67752 • Medela • $19.99
Motherhood Maternity Nursing Wrap Sleep Bra • $15.39
Cache Coeur Women’s Serenity Sleep Nursing Bra w/Lace Back • $39.50
Maternity Pip & Vine by Rosie Pope Sleep Nursing Bra PV10042 • $34
Leading Lady 2-pk. Cotton Sleep Nursing Bras • Leading Lady • $24

Lace Nursing Bras

Jessica Simpson Maternity Lace Nursing Sleep Bra • Jessica Simpson • $19.98
Full Coverage Lace Nursing Bra • $19.99
Panache Sophie Wireless Lace Nursing Bra • A Pea in the Pod • $59
Cosabella – Never Say Never Mommie Stretch-lace Nursing Bra – Black • Cosabella • $80
Sexy Mama Nursing Bra • Soma Intimates • $66

Nursing Bras on Amazon


Women’s Full Cup Lightly Padded Wirefree Maternity Breastfeeding Nursing Bra Size L, 3PCS/Pack(Pink-Black-Beige)


Gratlin Women’s Comfort Support Maternity Wirefree Seamless Nursing Bra Beige M

The Marvella Maternity & Nursing Women’s Plunge Bra (Nude, 36DD / 36E)



MAXCOZZI Womens 2PACK Seamless Maternity Nursing Bra Pregnant Sleep Bras Nursing Clothes (Black, Large)

Bravado! Designs Womens’ Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra, Large, Black

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