The Best Breastfeeding Bras That Come Recommended (And What To Look For)

From comfort level to sizing, here's everything you need to know.

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by Tanya Robertson |
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If you choose to breastfeed, finding the right bra can be a bit of a nightmare. Rather than panicking and rushing into a decision that could leave you with an uncomfortable, unattractive nursing bra, however, you might want some help to know where to start. Luckily, Tanya Robertson, founder of Womanhood, has some ideas.

Here's your guide to finding the perfect nursing bra, which will hopefully help make breastfeeding that bit easier.

What To Look For In The Best Breastfeeding Bras

Look For Easy Access

Perhaps an obvious place to start, but it is essential. Your breastfeeding bras need to work for you – not the other way around. There is nothing worse than wrestling with your bra, whilst you have a crying hungry baby. Maternity bras are a good investment, but only if they make your life easier and not harder.

Our recommendation for easy access is either a nursing clip for a drop-down cup, such as the Gilda maternity bra by Underprotection, or pull to the side cup such as the Florence nursing bra by SIX.

Customer feedback at womanhood has indicated that bras with nursing clips are more discreet and easier to operate with one hand; whereas pull-to-the-side bras are brilliant for night feeds and easy immediate access.

Choose The Material Carefully

With sensitive nipples and sore breasts, the last thing you need is an itchy, uncomfortable bra that makes things worse!

Try looking for natural materials such as organic cotton, soft jersey, or bamboo. These materials will not only feel delicate and kind to your skin, but they also have properties that help to keep the most sensitive of areas soothed. Juem offer a wide variety of comfortable bras made from organic cotton.

If you want to try something that feels a bit more ‘lingerie’ and less ‘Bridget Jones,’ opt for pieces that have discreet lace additions. It can be delicate detailing, but the little things are sometimes the best.

Look For Flexible Sizing

The average woman changes breast size six to nine times in their life - and we would bet that a majority of those changes happen before, during, and after pregnancy. With the influx of milk and the growth of your breasts whilst breastfeeding, it’s important to choose a bra that can fluctuate in size with you. Seraphine offers a variety of different maternity bras in flexible sizing, incorporating pretty details.

We recommend choosing bras that operate on a small, medium, large, etc. size range to give you maximum use of your bras. Typically, these bra sizes will carry 1 – 2 back sizes and 2 -3 cup sizes in a design. Not only will this serve you best whilst you’re breastfeeding, but it will also transition smoothly with you through pregnancy to postpartum.

Equally important is choosing a bra that has a range of hooks on the back, this way you can adapt your fit to your change in shape. At the beginning of your pregnancy, it's typical to start on the tightest hook, moving towards the loosest setting as you reach the due date. Upon birth, the process goes the opposite way to accommodate changes in rib cage and breast weight.

Go For A Thick Underband

The thickness of your underband is incredibly important, trust us on this one. At Womanhood, we recommend choosing a maternity bra with the thickest underband to ensure an even weight distribution between the two breasts. We prefer to stay away from underwires and instead choose brands that design their bras to offer maximum support through underband, material and straps.

Thicker underbands not only offer support from underneath the breast, but they also relieve pressure from the shoulders.

Don't Be Afraid Of Colour

We are big advocates of colourful lingerie to lift spirits, to inject some personality back into our underwear drawers and to put some thought into the little things. For us, it is no different with maternity bras. Of course, neutral colours are easier and perhaps feel less of a risk. But instead of the black bra, how about a navy? Or a dark green? Try something that perhaps is more reflective of your usual style rather than being a purely functional piece. You and this bra are going to get very close over the next couple of months – you might as well enjoy wearing it.


SHOP: The Best Breastfeeding Bras

SIX, Florence Nursing Bra, £471 of 12

SIX, Florence Nursing Bra, £47

Recommended by Tanya, the Florence Nursing Bra has a pull-to-side cup for easy access, a wide elastic underband, and made from a soft Micromodal jersey, it comes with cute decorative lace inserts for a stylish finish.

Underprotection, Gilda Maternity Bra, u20ac48 (£39.92)2 of 12

Underprotection, Gilda Maternity Bra, €48 (£39.92)

Tanya also recommends the Gilda Maternity Bra with a nursing clip for a drop-down cup. Available in a bunch of stylish colours and gorgeous lace designs, it comes with a broad size range from XS to XL.

juem. Ray Bra, £493 of 12

Juem. Ray Bra, £49

Juem offers a wide variety of comfortable bras made from GOTS certified organic cotton, including their popular Ray Bra with its minimalist chic design. It features a tortoiseshell colour button at the top for easy pull-down access, a wide underband, and stretchy ribbed elastane.

SIX, Maya Rib Nursing Bra Terracotta, £394 of 12

SIX, Maya Rib Nursing Bra Terracotta, £39

Made from 95% super soft cotton, the Maya Rib Nursing Bra has a delicate rib finish all over and a nursing clip for easy drop-down access. Designed for a fuss-free yet stylish finish, it's available in sizes small to large.

LOVE STORIES, Mommy Darling Leopard Bralette, £675 of 12

Love Stories, Mommy Darling Leopard Bralette, £67

Perfect for stylish breastfeeding mamas looking for easy access, we're obsessed with Love Stories' leopard print bra. It has a soft stretchy fabric, thicker elastic underband for extra support, and a drop-down nursing clip access design.

Bravado Designs Adjustable Stretch-Recycled Nylon-Blend Nursing Bra, £366 of 12

Bravado Designs Adjustable Stretch-Recycled Nylon-Blend Nursing Bra, £36

Bravado Designs has a great range of nursing bras including this adjustable number. Available in white, black, butterscotch and peony, it's seamless with a pull-down nursing clip with knit-in support.

Calvin Klein Maternity Bra, £367 of 12

Calvin Klein Maternity Bra, £36

For a breathable, sporty look, go for the Calvin Klein Maternity Bra made from its signature modern cotton and with a wide elastic underband. It has a drop-down nursing clip, lightly padded cups, and a comfy, stretchy fabric.

Seraphine, Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette, £198 of 12

Seraphine, Lace Maternity & Nursing Bralette, £19

For an ultra-feminine look, the Seraphine Lace Maternity Bra available in black and blush is optimised for mums with a soft stretch fit, elasticated support, and adjustable straps. With easy-open clips, you can drop the cups down for quick nursing.

H&M MAMA Nursing Sports Bra, £17.999 of 12

H&M MAMA Nursing Sports Bra, £17.99

With space for nursing pads and nursing clips for easy access, this sports bra is made of a fast-drying functional fabric with a mesh racerback and wide elastic hem. Available in black, cerise, and old rose in sizes small to extra-large.

Cake Maternity, Rock Candy Nursing Bra, £39.9010 of 12

Cake Maternity, Rock Candy Nursing Bra, £39.90

In four beautiful colourways, Cake Maternity's Rock Candy Nursing Bra is super soft and super supportive in a seamless design, made to lift, shape and support to make nursing a breeze.

Pour Moi, Love to Lounge Cotton Nursing Bra, £2611 of 12

Pour Moi, Love to Lounge Cotton Nursing Bra, £26

Pour Moi's Love to Lounge Cotton Nursing Bra comes available in sizes A to G, making it an inclusive choice for bigger busted ladies. In an animal print or subtle spot design, it has an inner cotton side sling for extra support when feeding and a wide, comfy underband.

SKIMS Maternity Scoop-Neck Stretch-Jersey Bra, £4412 of 12

SKIMS Maternity Scoop-Neck Stretch-Jersey Bra, £44

In neutral shades, the SKIMS maternity bra has is a lightweight layer that provides support and comfort, whilst making way for convenient feeding and nursing thanks to the accessible front clasp. It's also specially created for leak protection too.

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