Nursing doesn’t always run smoothly. On top of sometimes having to deal with a fussy child, moms also have to figure out what clothes to wear in order to make the process a little less of a struggle — whether you’re in a public space or the comfort of your own home. Experimenting with different tops and bras can involve a lot of trial and error, especially for first-timers, so here’s a little advice from the experts: Among the many wardrobe changes you’ll go through postpartum, trade in your favorite T-shirt for a good quality nursing tank.
The key to breastfeeding is comfort — for baby, but for you too. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re feeding in the middle of the night or the middle of a restaurant: Materials that don’t give and buttons that won’t open without a fight are not your friend. Nursing tanks, on the other hand, are functional, fashionable and oh-so comfortable. Throw on one of these camis under sweaters in the cold months or wear it solo in the spring and summer. The soft, stretchy materials are easy to fold over, won’t irritate your skin, and leave ample room for skin-on-skin contact between you and your sweet babe.
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1. Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Seamless Maternity & Nursing Tank
Though we still recommend nursing mamas invest in a few good nursing bras, it’s definitely a win-win when your maternity cami already comes with padding built in. Kindred Bravely’s nursing tank comes in four colors — white, navy blue, gray and black — and is made from a combination of nylon and spandex. It’s super stretchy, hugs and offers support in all the right places, and features clip-down cups that especially come in handy when dealing with a fussy, hungry child.
2. SUIEK Nursing Tank Top
When people refer to mom style, it’s generally with a negative connotation (see: mom haircut, mom jeans), but there’s nothing lame about these mommy camis. Available in a range of colors from neutrals to vibrant pastels and prints, these baby doll–style nursing tanks also come in your choice of three racerback designs: solid, mesh or a sexy strap. But while SUIEK nursing tank tops are fashion-forward, they’re made with cotton and spandex for optimal comfort and breathability, feature adjustable straps and one-hand nursing clasps so you can drop your cup in a pinch. Plus their waistline is loose and breezy, so you won’t feel constricted or overly exposed.
3. HOFISH Breastfeeding Tops
HOFISH is best known for its highly supportive nursing bra, so it should come as no surprise that the brand’s nursing tank — which features the same seamless, side-widening and removable molded foam cups — would be so highly rated. The cami is made from 90 percent nylon and 10 percent spandex materials, and is a longer-fitting top to ensure full coverage all around. Its adjustable straps and one-step clasp makes the shirt easy to maneuver at feeding times, whether you’re out and about or at home in your pjs.
4. Ekouaer Women’s Maternity Nursing Top
This nursing tank is super versatile. It’s great for at-home lounging with the baby, work and date night. It’s double-layered and easy to adjust for quick feeding or pumping. It’s soft and flexible, so it won’t grow looser over time. There are 23 different colors and patterns to browse.
5. Women’s Nursing Tank Tops Built in Bra
If you’re on the hunt for nursing tanks that you can wear every single day, this is the set for you. You get black, white and gray nursing tanks, which can be worn by themselves or layered underneath other blouses or shirts. The tank has those easy one-hand nursing clasps, which allow you to pump quickly.