The best nursing bras for every occasion

Oct 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. ET

When it comes to breastfeeding, a good nursing bra can make the entire experience more comfortable. Learn how to find the best bras, from sleep bras to serious support.

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A good nursing bra offers support while making it as easy as possible to feed your baby. The right bra for your needs helps you feel comfortable when you’re breastfeeding. We talked to an expert on nursing bras to find the best bras for every occasion.

Best nursing bras for sleeping

Best nursing bras for sleeping

Many nursing moms find it necessary to wear a bra to sleep. Two popular sleep bras are the Organic Easy Bra (A Mother's Boutique, $33) and the Anytime Bralet (Bella Materna, $48). “Both have easy pull-to-the-side nursing access for no-fuss middle of the night feeds and both provide gentle support while sleeping for comfort and for holding nursing pads in place," says Judy Masucci of A Mother’s Boutique.

Best nursing bras for full-busted women

Best nursing bras for full-busted women

Women with larger cup sizes often find it difficult to find nursing bras that fit and offer enough support. “Goddess specifically designs bras for moms with large busts,” says Masucci, “with bras that accommodate D through N cups. All are wire-free and supportive and offer great separation without an underwire.” The Keira nursing bra by Goddess (Bare Necessities, $48) is a popular choice. If you prefer a bra with underwire support, Elomi offers nursing bras in many of their popular styles, such as the Smoothing nursing bra (A Mother's Boutique, $55). Bras for full-busted women are often expensive. Take care of your investment by carefully hand washing and line-drying your nursing bra.

Best nursing bras for fitness and sports

Best nursing bras for sports

When it comes to nursing sports bras, the selection is limited. La Leche League International makes a very affordable and comfortable nursing sports bra (A Mother's Boutique, $28) that works best for women with smaller busts. The Gilligan & O'Malley nursing sports bra (Target, $19) comes in fashionable colors, but it's best for medium and small cup sizes. “For larger busts, I always recommending wearing a supportive nursing bra underneath and wearing the sports bra over the top for high impact activities,” says Masucci.

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Best nursing bras for sexy occasions

Best sexy nursing bras

When you spend months and months nursing, sometimes you just want to wear a cute bra. "Cake Lingerie is the leader in pretty, supportive bras,” says Masucci. Cake's Turkish Delight nursing bra (A Mother's Boutique, $59) has pretty lace details and two options for matching panties. Elle Macpherson Intimates carries a line of sexy nursing bras such as the Fly Butterfly Fly nursing bra (Figleaves, $41) with matching bikini-cut panties. Pretty details shouldn’t make a nursing bra uncomfortable. Measure carefully for a good fit and choose a bra you’re comfortable wearing and nursing in.

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