8 of the best nursing bras

Stylish and practical nursing bras to make breastfeeding easier

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  • Maternity bras and nursing bras - what's the difference?

    Nursing bras are for use after your baby is born and if you want to breastfeed. Designed so that the cups open and close nursing bras allow hungry babies easy access to your boobs. Most feature an easy-to-undo clip, designed to use one-handed, at the point where the cup meets the strap. This leaves the other hand free to hold your baby whilst you prepare to feed.

    Most nursing bras aren't underwired for a couple of reasons - the wire in bras can press against your developing milk ducts and can dig into sensitive breast tissue.

    Many maternity bras double up as nursing bras and can be used during pregnancy but it's worth knowing that your breasts get bigger during your last trimester and grow even more when your milk comes in, so don't splash out on nursing bra until you're pretty close to your due date.

  • Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Luxury Seamless Maternity and Nursing Bra, £32.90

    Cake Lingerie creates high-end, fashion conscious maternity lingerie. The Cotton Candy is a versatile, practical bra that's sure to become your 'up top' favourite for its soft cotton feel and seamless design.

    A great bra tor the last trimester of pregnancy, post-birth and as a sleep bra, its T-shaped back, strength panels and double-layer side slings are designed to give maximum support to your ever changing pregnancy and breastfeeding boobs.

    Size range: S, M, L, XL - 32B - 38 F/G

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  • Bravado Bliss Maternity and Nursing Bra, £34

    Celeb fans of Bravado bras include Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba. The Bliss bra offers great level of support with wide straps, soft cushioned cups and easy-to-use clips for breastfeeding.

    There are four hooks to accommodate your expanding chest and the Bliss also comes with a ‘bra extender’ -  three more settings that make the bra even bigger. All this means that you'll probably never need another bra, ever!

    Our reviewer said, "without a doubt this is the most comfortable maternity or nursing bra I have ever come across".

    Size range: 34 B/C - 38 H/I

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  • Cake Lingerie Turkish Delight Plunge Pregnancy Underwire Nursing Bra, £34

    A gorgeous, sassy, sexy underwire nursing bra for the later stages of breastfeeding when your boobs are less sensitive and your chest has stopped expanding, or during the middle stages of pregnancy when underwire still feels comfortable.

    Made by Cake Lingerie - a company known for its high-end, stylish maternity lingerie.  The bra incorporates Cake’s 'MyBust' concept - depending on your cup size, the support mechanism is different, the bra is also adjustable to six different widths and has clips to release the cups for breastfeeding (hidden by bows). The plunge style makes it great to wear under v-necked tops.

    Size range: 32B - 38D

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  • Anita Nursing Bra Summer, £45.99

    A simple, flattering bra that sculpts your chest into a smooth silhouette, the Anita nursing bra looks just like a normal bra.

    Made form super stretchy, microfibre, which grows as your boobs expand, the Anita can be used during pregnancy and when you're breastfeeding, thanks to the drop down foam-lined cups.

    Perfect as a t-shirt bra we reckon the Anita will become your top pick for every day. It's worth knowing that it's hand wash only, which might put some people off.

    Size range: 32C - 42G

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  • Bravado Sublime Nursing Bra, £36

    A feminine bra that's pretty and practical for nursing and during pregnancy, the Bravado Sublime uses a four-way stretch design to give supportive coverage.

    With four adjustment hooks at the back of the bra there's ample room for growth (up or down) as your boobs change size and shape.

    Bravado's signature B clip makes it easy to unclip the drop-down cups and breastfeed - available in three colours, French Vanilla, black cherry and chai.

    Size range: 34B/C - 36 GG/H

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  • Emma Jane Next Generation Seamfree nursing bra (Style 361), £10

    A soft and supportive, the Emma Jane Next Generation bra offers pregnant and nursing mums a value-for-money nursing and maternity bra that's sure to become a wardobe staple.

    Available in four sizes and with four adjustment clips at the back this is a versatile bra that can be used during the day or at night.

    Choose from black, white or skin colour we reckon that you'll probably want all three. Our reviewer said, "you can really get your money’s worth out of this comfy, adjustable option".

    Size range: 32B - 38F

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  • Anita Maternity Nursing Bra 5080, £34.99

    A Gold Award winner in the Prima Baby 2015 Awards, this soft, underwired bra fits up to a G cup and its moulded, seamless cups and extra wide straps give great support. Anita's "Kwik clip" system makes light work of unfastening the cups. 

    Our MFM reviewer raved about this bra saying " it's a great all-round, versatile addition to any underwear collection...It also offers a great shape, fantastic support and comfort".

    Size range: 32C - 42G

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  • Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra, £30

    Bravado's Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra won a Silver Award in the Prima Baby Awards 2015 for its comfort and ease of use.

    One of the best selling nursing bras on the market the simple, robust design impressed our reviewer who said it was "a simple and functional, no frills, no fuss bra" that was "super comfortable.

    Available in six colours, from Ivory to Jungle Purple sizes range from S to XL the four-way stretch fabric stretches as your chest grows and the one-handed clasp makes unclipping the cups to breastfeed easy.

    Size range" S, M, L, XL - 32B - 46F

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