There’s a lot about pregnancy that’s uncomfortable: The impossible food cravings that can’t be curbed, unpredictable mood swings, having to pee every five seconds and, you know, carrying a growing, wiggling human inside your uterus for nine months straight. And as much as we would like to report that postpartum life is a cakewalk, there’s still some discomfort during the next phase of childbirth, too. For example, if you ultimately decide breastfeeding is best for your baby, nursing can be uncomfortable, too — that is, unless you have the right equipment, such as gentle pumps and the right racerback nursing bra that offers support both during and after feedings.
Visions of avid gym-goers might come to mind when you think of racerback bras, but gone are the days when these undergarments were solely sporty. Not only are the Y and V-shaped designs extra supportive for nursing mothers who need it most, the straps also push your shoulders back and up, improving your posture, and are either unhook-able or stretchy and easy to pull aside when it’s time for feeding.
Plus, contrary to popular belief, while racerback nursing bras are certainly functional, they can also be fashionable. So whether you prefer to cover up, love a cute print or opt to stay a little plain for the time being, there’s a racerback nursing bra for every type of mom.
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1. Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Bra
Whoever said nursing bras weren’t cute clearly have not been introduced to the Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Bra. French Terry is a knitted terry cloth fabric that is super comfy, but this nursing bra is also wire-free so it’s easy to maneuver for breastfeeding access, plus you won’t feel constricted at anytime throughout the wear. Unifying comfort and colors that range from your basic beige (a staple piece) to pink camo, black and cabernet, this bra is sure to become a staple in your postpartum repertoire.
2. Bamboobies Nursing Bra
Now here’s a racerback bra you’ll definitely be sporting once you’re back at the gym postpartum. Bamboobies nursing bra is a bit more stylish than your average racerback: its aesthetic charm boils down to the details such as a keyhole back and hook-and-eye closure to make new mamas feel a little feminine (plus it’s just more convenient than having to tug the thing over your head). The bra comes in three colors — black, gray and hibiscus — and four sizes (small, medium, large and extra-large). Cup pads can be inserted or removed depending on your preference, and the piece also features an adjustable bra extender for comfort during and post-pregnancy.
3. CAKYE 3 Pack Maternity Nursing Bra
For a nursing bra with feminine flair, look no further than this pick from CAKYE. Made from 95 percent cotton and 5 percent spandex, this undergarment is the trifecta of nursing bras: it makes feeding a breeze, is comfortable enough to sleep in and makes for a fantastic low-impact exercise bra (think yoga or pilates). Each pack includes three racerback nursing bras in different designs, so you can choose from combinations like black/navy/mint green, black/burgundy/royal blue, and mint green/pink/lavender, among others.
4. BRAVADO! DESIGNS Original Nursing Bra
If only nursing bra cups were designed like flaps that could open at the time of nursing, and close when feeding time ends, right? Well, on that detail, BRAVADO! DESIGNS OG nursing bra delivers. Business in the front and pure comfort in the back, these racerback nursing bras are considered a hospital bag must-have. Aside from the fact that it’s made with a soft, breathable cotton-modal blend, and without stiff wiring or a back closure, new moms are obsessed with this nursing bra’s full drop-away cup for easier nursing and ample skin-to-skin contact that’s so valuable for mother and baby.
5. Gratlin Women’s Racerback Seamless Nursing Bra
Some women don’t mind the sporty look — after all, giving labor is pretty much the mother of all workouts (pun intended). Gratlin’s racerback nursing bra is simplistic in that it definitely has the aesthetic of your basic training bra, but it’s ultimately designed to make breastfeeding much easier for new moms (and baby!). The seamless design is wire-and padding-free, and made from a comfy and malleable combination of polyamide and spandex. It also features a densely knitted underband to provide extra support and prevent sagging.
6. Playtex Women’s Nursing Sports Bra with Racerback
This nursing bra is made out of cotton, which will keep you cool—no matter what. It’ll flex as your body changes with your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. There are knit-in support zones that’ll provide you more stability without sacrificing any comfort. The bra comes in four different neutral colors.