In a nutshell

A nursing bra that doesn't sacrifice quality or functionally for style - which it has in abundance. But it is not a cheap option.

What we tested

  • Comfort
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Support
    A star rating of 5.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Discreetness
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Style
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.


  • Stylish, supportive, convenient for breastfeeding, narrow straps, great range of colours.


  • Cost, hand wash.

If you’ve never heard the words sexy and functional nursing bra uttered in the same sentence then that’s is about to change: this bra is one seriously sexy and practical bra.


Anita is a market leader for expectant and new mums when it comes to maternity and swimwear and it is easy to see why.

A family-owned business started back in 1886, it originally produced elastic braces and body belts. By the 1960s it has expanded to underwear, particularly nursing bras, swimsuits for pregnant women and garments for women who have undergone breast surgery.

Now Anita promises “stylish lingerie with fantastic fit and function” and the Nursing bra Summer (5059) promises to do exactly that.

What’s in the box?

  • The Nursing bra Summer (5059)
  • Do you need to buy any extras?

  • No
  • First impressions?

    I think nursing and maternity bras can seem quite intimidating (and ugly) for first time mums-to-be, but the Nursing bra Summer is almost like a normal bra.

    What makes it different is the fact it’s made from a super-stretchy microfibre, so it grows with you and it is has a drop down cup.

    I am currently pregnant with my second baby and this is such a great option for an item that can be worn throughout pregnancy and for nursing your baby.

    Is it comfortable?

    Yes, it is soft against my skin, has narrow but supportive straps and is seamless, which means I’m not limited to wearing certain clothes! Bonus.

    The foam-lined cups are softly underwired and it comes in a huge range of cup and back four sizes 32-38 (C to G cup), 40 (C-F cup) and 42 (C to F cup), so it will grow and shrink with you.

    Made from a nylon (70%), elastane (15%) and polyester (15%) blend, the fabric is breathable and it has a loose moulded shape for definition and uplift.

    How is breastfeeding with the bra?

    There’s an inner sling, so you can drop it down for feeding and then reconnect the clip afterwards, so the bra stays in place throughout.

    I am currently pregnant with my second baby and this is such a great option for an item that can be worn throughout pregnancy and for nursing your baby.

    I breastfed my daughter, who is now two, for a year and plan to do the same with this little one, and have had many maternity bras, but his one is one of the best as it makes feeding easy and is comfortable.

    What do you think of the design?

    I tried the hibiscus colour, which is bright, fun and stylish. It does come in more neutral colours, including black and white for everyday wear.

    This is the ideal t-shirt bra, but it’s worth noting that it is a full cup, so low cut tops and dresses are out. Saying that, this does mean you are supported very well.

    Is it value for money?

    That depends on whether you’re a person who is willing to spend money on a quality item. At £45.99, it is at the more expensive end of the market but in my opinion, a good bra is worth three cheaper ones!

    MadeForMums verdict?

    This bra is a great all-round versatile addition to any underwear drawer.


    This bra is great for stylish women looking for lovely lingerie to grow with them throughout pregnancy and motherhood. It offers a great shape, fantastic support and comfort. A big thumbs up!

    Product Specifications

    ModelNursing bra Summer (5059)
    Available sizes32C-42G
    Mechanism to allow feedingDrop cup
    FasteningFour-row double hook and eye closure
    Made fromNylon (70%), elastane (15%) and polyester (15%)
    Washing instructionsHand wash
    • Breathable underwired nursing bra
    • Suitable as t-shirt bra
    • C to g cup
    • 32-42 Sizes