Breastfeeding + Pumping

Best Nursing Bras From a Mom of Four & Certified Lactation Consultant

written by: Lo Mansfield, RN, MSN, CLC

Best Nursing Bras

Whether you’re currently pregnant or you’re up at 2am feeding your new baby, I’m sure at one point or another you’ve typed “best nursing bras” into Google and found yourself completely overwhelmed with all of the options out there. Especially because every single one claims to be the best.

Navigating the sea of nursing bras can feel overwhelming, but as a mom of four and a certified lactation consultant, I’ve done the legwork for you (aka – thousands of nursing sessions with my babies)! After trying countless brands and styles, I always find myself coming back to a few tried-and-true options. These bras are simple and most importantly, comfortable, making them ideal for breastfeeding moms. Plus, they pair perfectly with a cute pair of postpartum pajamas for those cozy days spent lounging around the house with that sweet newborn.

As a breastfeeding mom, you need a bra that can accommodate the changes in your breast size throughout the day and night and throughout the different stages of lactation. Those early week your breasts will change a lot, and the bra you’re putting on really can change how you feel and how those weeks go.

The bras I recommend are not only soft and stretchy, but they also offer the right amount of support without being restrictive. This hits right on that stages of lactation idea – bras that are gentle and functional while you walk through things like engorgement or nipple soreness. They’re also designed with easy access in mind, making those midnight feedings a bit more manageable.

So, let’s dive in and chat about the best nursing bras that will support you through every feed and every cuddle. From the top-rated brands to some hidden gems, I’ll guide you through the options that will make your breastfeeding journey a little easier and a lot more comfortable.

But first – Who is The Labor Mama and Why Am I Here?

Hey friend! I’m Lo – also known around here and social media as The Labor Mama. I’ve spent my nursing career in labor, delivery, and postpartum, have birthed 4 of my own babies, have labored thousands of mamas at the bedside, have taught hundreds of students online, and have even delivered a few speedy little babies with my bare hands (oops). 

Here at TLM, I offer online birth classes to empower you the way everyone should be. The education + support I offer gives you experience, evidence, and empathy; you’re getting all of my years of “clinical” RN knowledge, beautifully combined with my real experiences as a mama and a nurse. These are not your hospital birth classes (those won’t do it, I promise), and honestly, birth doesn’t follow a textbook or protocol anyway – you need to know so much more than that.

If you want to connect with me further, head to Instagram. There are hundreds of thousands of us over there learning together daily. 

A note: This post may include affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, I will earn a small commission (thank you)! Rest assured, this comes at no additional cost to you. You can read TLM’s full disclosure here.

Discover the best nursing bras for breastfeeding moms, reviewed by a mom of four, L&D nurse, & CLC. These comfortable and supportive bras are perfect for every stage of your nursing journey.

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The Best Nursing Bras For Postpartum Mamas

01. Quince Micromodal Low Support Maternity & Nursing Bra (2-Pack)

Why I love it: 

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Perfect for day or sleep
  • Grows with you through pregnancy
  • Soft material

Shop the Micromodal Low Support Maternity & Nursing Bra (2-Pack) here. 

*I really love their Comfort Rib Maternity, Nursing, and Pumping style too! That’s this one.

02. Suekaphin Nursing Bra 5 pack

    Why I love it:

  • Affordable (!!!)
  • Comfortable
  • Removable pads (if you don’t want them)
  • Comes with extenders (so nice for changing breast sizes/rib cage changes of pregnancy)
  • Good color options

Shop the Suekaphin Nursing Bra 5 pack here.

03. Auden Women’s Nursing Seamless Bra

Why I love it:

  • Affordable (!!!)
  • Racerback strap option 
  • Non-removable padding (I love this)
  • 6 prong clasp (perfect for changing breast sizes)

This bra gets SO much love when I poll about this on my Instagram, from smaller to larger chested moms. I truly own 5 of this style alone and they hold up SO well (over years of use now). It’s also got 4.7 out of 5 stars with over 5700 reviews – it’s that good!

Shop the Women’s Nursing Seamless Bra – Auden here.

04. The Bodily Everything Bra 

Why I love it:

  • Designed by lactation consultants with the Stages of Lactation in mind!
  • Perfect for pregnancy to postpartum
  • Buttery soft fabric
  • Scoop neck & pad free for ultimate comfort
  • Non-restrictive
  • Easy-to-use clips

This was the bra I put on in the hospital, immediately after my 4th was born! It was SO gentle throughout those first tender, learning weeks…I was wearing it nonstop! You can use the code: LO15 and save 15% on orders of $125 or more.

Shop The Bodily Everything Bra here.

05. The Effortless Bra by Bodily

Why I love it:

  • Clip free – simply pull down for feeding
  • Beautiful bralette style (helps me feel a bit more human in those early postpartum days)
  • Offers a bit more support than the shelf styles
  • Stretchy & comfortable – will work through pregnancy too!
  • Another “Stage 1” bra from the Bodily lactation consultants – built specifically for those early months

You can use the code: LO15 and save 15% on orders of $125 or more.

Shop The Effortless Bra by Bodily here.

06. The Larken X

Why I love it: 

  • Comfortable and soft
  • Perfect for nursing AND hand-free pumping (check out how it criss crosses to hold your pump)
  • Clasp-free, pull up or criss cross for use
  • One of my favorites to sleep in!

You can use the code: THELABORMAMA10 to save 10% sitewide too!

Shop the Marine Larken X here. 

The takeaway on TLM’s favorite & best nursing bras…

Everyone you talk to is going to have a different opinion on what nursing bra is the best, and these are by far my favorites. I encourage you to try a couple and see what works for YOU. Finding the perfect nursing bra can be a bit of trial and error, but once you find that perfect fit, it makes all the difference in your breastfeeding experience.

If you’re just getting started on your breastfeeding journey and you’re looking for more resources, make sure you check out The Breastfeeding Blueprint. This course is packed with tips, techniques, and support to help you navigate every stage of breastfeeding with confidence.

Now I’m dying to know, what is your favorite nursing bra? And what other roundups would be helpful for you? Let me know in the comments, please! Sharing your experiences and recommendations not only helps other moms but also builds a supportive community where we can all learn and grow together.

xx- Lo

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About the Author

Lo Mansfield RN, MSN, CLC, is a specialty-certified registered nurse + certified lactation consultant in obstetrics, postpartum, and fetal monitoring who is passionate about families understanding their integral role in their own stories. She is the owner of The Labor Mama and creator of the The Labor Mama online courses. She is also a mama of four a University of Washington graduate (Go Dawgs), and is recently back in the US after 2 years abroad in Haarlem, NL.


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