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 may press against your developing milk ducts and can dig into sensitive breast tissue.
You may already own some maternity bras – many of which double up as nursing bras but it’s worth knowing that your breasts get bigger during your last trimester and grow even more when your milk comes in, so it’s best to hold off buying expensive nursing bras until a month or so before 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
Read the full review of the Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy bra here
Available from: Boobydoo
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
Read the full review of the Bravado Bliss bra
Available from: Amazon
Anita Nursing Bra Summer, £55
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
Read the full review here
Available from: Embrace
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
Read the full MFM review of the Emma Jane Next Generation Seamfree nursing bra
Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe