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Best Nursing Bra of 2021

We tested the top 11 nursing bras from Playtex, Bravado, Ingrid and Isabel, La Leche, and others to find the best
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By Abriah Wofford ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Wednesday September 15, 2021
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Are you pregnant or nursing and searching for a comfortable nursing bra? We tested 8 of the top nursing bras of 2021 to find the best. Growing breasts need more support through pregnancy and nursing than a regular bra can provide. Breastfeeding moms will also be looking for something comfortable and easy to use. We tested these nursing bras with real moms, pre and postpartum to assess comfort, functionality, and support in side-by-side comparisons. Our goal is to help you find the right bra for your needs and your lifestyle because the right fit can make a world of difference.

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Pros Great coverage, supportive, easily adjustableComfortable, very supportive, good qualitySuper soft fabric, large size range, easy accessSoft material, padding stays put, good shapingEasy to use, soft fabric, full coverage
Cons Stiff cup clip, pads travelMinimal shaping, less adjustableMinimal support, non-adjustableRuns small, minimal coverageLower quality, runs small
Bottom Line Comfy full coverage bra that you'll want to wear all-dayExcellent support, stylish, high-quality fabric, and a comfortable thick band make this a budget-friendly favoriteSimple sleep bra with velvety soft fabric and side pull access that gives enough support when comfort is kingLight and simple nursing bra that feels like you're not wearing anything at allA simple yet effective staple to have in your postpartum wardrobe
Rating Categories Bravado Body Silk S... Ingrid and Isabel S... Kindred Bravely Fre... On Gossamer Next To... Playtex Nursing Und...
Fit Comfort (35%)
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Specs Bravado Body Silk S... Ingrid and Isabel S... Kindred Bravely Fre... On Gossamer Next To... Playtex Nursing Und...
Material Nylon and Spandex Polyamide, Polyester, and Elasthane Bamboo Rayon and Spandex Nylon/Spandex Microfiber Polyester and Spandex
Best Use Everyday Bra Lounge/Sports Bra Sleep Bra Everyday Bra Everyday Bra
Available Cup Sizes XS - XL Full Cup XS-XL XS-XXL Busty B-DD B-DD
Wired Wirefree Wirefree Wirefree Wirefree Underwire
Built-in Nursing Pads Yes Yes No Yes No
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Best Overall Nursing Bra


Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra


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  • Fit/Comfort 8
  • Support 8
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Style 7
Best Use: Everyday bra | Access Style: Clipped drop cup
Good coverage
Extra-wide closure with multiple adjustments
Silky smooth fabric
Grandma style
Removable padding travels

The Bravado Body Silk Seamless won our hearts due to the perfect combination of perks that make it supportive and easy to use. The nylon/spandex blend fabric is exceptionally smooth, and we trust that it doesn't feel irritating, even on the most sensitive and chapped nipples. The elastic band around the bottom of the bra conforms easily to your shape and doesn't dig in uncomfortably. The hook-and-eye closure is wider than average and has 4 width adjustments, allowing customization for your changing shape. Where this bra really shines is the generous coverage and support it provides for almost any boob size. The stretchy fabric is cut and gathered to lift and separate, helping to eliminate the uni-boob look that often accompanies a fuller bust. We did not experience any side boob spillage and never had to worry about tucking anything back in.

We like that the cup liners are removable, but we had problems with them shifting around. We opted to go without rather than adjusting and readjusting them. However, if you have a heavy milk supply, you may want to use them as an extra layer of absorbency. While this bra is so comfortable you might forget you're wearing it, the cut and shape are a bit reminiscent of a grandma bra. But hey, grandma probably knows a thing or two about brassieres. Overall, when you are nursing your baby, style is likely one of the last things on your mind, and the Bravado Body Silk Seamless bra more than makes up for it in comfort. We love this bra and think that it is one you will reach for again and again during your nursing years.

Most Stylish Nursing Bra


Ingrid and Isabel Seamless


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  • Fit/Comfort 7
  • Support 8
  • Ease of Use 7
  • Style 7
Best Use: Lounge/Sports bra | Access Style: Clipped drop cup
Very supportive
Excellent coverage
Stylish
Less comfortable fabric
Thick non-removable pads

We liked the look of the Ingrid and Isabel Seamless bra from the start, and it hooked our tester from the moment she pulled it on. In fact, she enjoyed it so much that she purchased two more after testing. The full-coverage cut and the extra-thick band give a held-in and hugged feeling that inspires confidence whether working out or lounging around. The straps are extra wide and sturdy; we didn't experience any uncomfortable digging. They are relatively easy to adjust but didn't slip. This pullover style has no band adjustment, but the high-quality ribbed fabric easily forms to your shape.

The racerback style features drop-cup nursing access, but because the front is constructed from one large fabric panel, it may take some maneuvering to find a comfortable position for nursing. Two individual pads are sewn into the bra, which you will likely appreciate for the extra coverage and absorbency. However, we don't like that there is no option to remove them, especially as they are so thick. The material has a very thick-ribbed texture that may be less comfortable for some users over long periods. This bra runs a bit small, so you may want to size up. In the end, we feel that these are small flaws in an overall fantastic bra and would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend.

Best for Sleeping Comfortably


Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback


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  • Fit/Comfort 9
  • Support 4
  • Ease of Use 9
  • Style 5
Best Use: Sleep bra | Access Style: Pull-to-side
Good coverage
Silky soft fabric
Several sizes
Runs small
Less support

The Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback is our favorite nursing bra for sleep. It uses a rayon/spandex blend fabric that is smooth to the touch and cozy with no plastic parts that could get uncomfortable through the night and a full coverage cut that holds everything securely in place, making this bra the stuff of dreams. The cup fabric is so stretchy that we had no problem with the side pull access, while the band feels secure enough not to let anything slip out, even while tossing and turning. We also appreciate that the great range of size options makes it easy to find your perfect fit. All the way from XS to XXL, each size is also available in a "busty" option, which has a smaller band to cup ratio. We think this makes up for the lack of a band adjustment in this pullover-style bra.

Because it is a sleeping bra, the French Terry Racerback offers less support than daytime bras. It doesn't come with any padding, so you'll need to purchase nursing pads separately if you need them. There is no dedicated space to insert the pads, so they may travel through the night and end up in the wrong spot. This bra runs very small, so it may take a few tries to find your perfect fit. If you are able, we recommend ordering multiples to try on at home rather than guessing. We think these are minimal drawbacks, and we love the overall functionality of the Kindred Bravely. It is our number one recommendation for a sleep bra for nursing.

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Score Product Price Our Take
77
$49
Editors' Choice Award
Comfy full coverage bra that you'll want to wear all-day
73
$38
Best Value Award
Excellent support, stylish, high-quality fabric, and a comfortable thick band make this a budget-friendly favorite
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$30
Top Pick Award
Simple sleep bra with velvety soft fabric and side pull access that gives enough support when comfort is king
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$44
Light and simple nursing bra that feels like you're not wearing anything at all
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$36
A simple yet effective staple to have in your postpartum wardrobe
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$67
Underwire bra offers flattering shape and good support, but difficult to adjust
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$30
A comfortable and functional nursing bra that comes in a value pack to suit anyone's budget
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$22
Simple sleep bra best for small chested moms to wear around the house

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Why You Should Trust Us


Leading the review is Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford. With over 6 years of professional baby gear testing at BabyGearLab and many more years as a nanny and childcare provider, Abriah uses her experience to inform the research and testing process. Helping with hands-on testing is Justice Wofford, a breastfeeding mother. As a new mother, she augmented our analysis with her opinion on the fit and support of each bra, along with ease of access during nursing sessions.

We tested the adjustments and clips of each bra to see how easy they...
Our tester wore each bra multiple days at a time to see how it would...

Analysis and Test Results


After hours of research, we selected the best nursing bras available in 2021. We then dove further in with hands-on testing to find the best of the best, examining aspects such as fit, style, and comfort. For each bra in our tests, we considered Fit/Comfort, Support, Ease of Use, and Style. Comparing these metrics helped us find the best options.

Value


Finding a great nursing bra isn't as easy as picking something up and heading home. Choosing the most inexpensive option you can find is also not the best strategy, as it could end up being too uncomfortable for long-term or everyday wear. Because you could be wearing your nursing bra for more than a year, we think it is best to buy a few really comfortable and easy-to-use options that perhaps cost a little bit more than looking for the least expensive option that you may hate wearing. There is value in selecting a product you will enjoy wearing. The Ingrid and Isabel Seamless performed better than average in all our tests and has a reasonable price compared to the competition. Our tester enjoyed this bra so much she bought several for herself when testing was over. While not the cheapest in the review, it is a high-scoring option with a lower price than some competitors.

The fabric on the Kindred Bravely Marvella is plush and stretchy...
The fabric on the Kindred Bravely Marvella is plush and stretchy, but not as supportive as some.
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Fit/Comfort


When you are pregnant or nursing, you want to be comfortable. There are so many other things going on with your body that an ill-fitting piece of clothing can be the straw that breaks the camel's back. If a bra doesn't feel good when you're wearing it, it's the wrong bra.


The lower band should be snug but wide enough that it does not dig into your rib cage. We also prefer straps that are slightly wider than average, like on the Bravado Body Silk, because they will help distribute the load better. The softness and stretchiness of the fabric are important when considering the possibility of irritation and chafing. We love the On Gossamer Next to Nothing material because it feels silky soft on sensitive areas. The best bras will move with you and not feel restricting. The Ingrid and Isabel is a perfect example of a bra that flexes to fit the shape of your body.

The On Gossamer Next to Nothing has a rear hook and eye closure with...
The extreme gapping on the side of the Simple Wishes Foundation bra...

The fit of a bra can vary widely depending on body shape and personal preference. The use of good design and extra-stretchy fabrics can make some bras more universally comfortable and flattering. When choosing a bra, make sure there are no hot spots where the fabric rubs or is too tight. It is equally important to avoid bras that gap in the wrong spots; extra loose fabric can cause just as much irritation as extra tight. In our tests, the top-scoring bras for fit and comfort were the Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback and Bravado Body Silk Seamless with a 9 and 8, respectively. The Bravado has a wide range of adjustments for a customized fit that helps mothers of all sizes find a good fit. The Kindred is the softest option in the group, perfect for those who value fabric feel. The lowest scoring bra for fit and comfort is the La Leche League with a 3 of 10 score and itchy thin materials that stretch too much too quickly.

The ribbed design of the Bravado Body Silk helps add support and...
The ribbed design of the Bravado Body Silk helps add support and shape.
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Support


Different mamas will appreciate different levels of support from their nursing bras. However, as your breasts grow, you will likely need a bit more than your pre-pregnancy bras provide.


The On Gossamer is the closest thing we can find to a standard bra, but that still offers some much appreciated additional support. We also like the Bravado Body Silk for its full-coverage design that is snug but not suffocating. It offers an adequate level of support without mushing your chest into the dreaded uni-boob or shapeless lump.

The thick straps of the Brooks Fiona sport bra feel sturdy enough to...
The Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback offers the right balance...

For working out, you will appreciate a bra with maximum support. Unfortunately, this can mean sacrificing shaping ability. If you want gentle support for low-impact activities, the Ingrid and Isabel bra is a sporty full coverage option but still cute. Some of the least supportive bras on our list are those for sleep; products like the Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback with a score of 4 and La Leche League with a 3 are looser fitting and more comfortable through the night. But if you wear it while sleeping, perhaps support is less of a concern. The most supportive option in this review is the Cake Maternity Croissant with a 9 of 10 thanks to the underwire that provides more support but could be less comfortable.

With baby in tow, it is ideal to have a clip that can be worked with...
With baby in tow, it is ideal to have a clip that can be worked with only one free hand.
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Ease of Use


How easy a nursing bra is to use will greatly influence how often it gets worn. Nursing bras have two main access types: some have a side pull style that utilizes extra stretchy fabric sewn into a wrap style.


Others have a clip where the cup and strap meet, allowing you to drop the cup down for easy feeding. All the bras we tested have a way to keep the strap from slipping to the back, making it easy to adjust the bra back into its regular position.

Although it is easy to remove and adjust, we don&#039;t like that there...
The On Gossamer Next To Nothing has a clip that is typical of many...

The Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback is a foolproof sleep bra earning a 9 of 10 for ease of use. It is one of the easiest to take on and off, has no extra adjustments to fumble with, and does not require you to use a clip, making it perfect for groggy midnight feedings. The On Gossamer is the ideal daytime bra. The straps are easy to adjust, and the clip that holds the cup is easy to undo with one hand. We also appreciate that the cups are two separate pieces with a space in the middle, making it much easier to drop one cup at a time and get it completely out of the baby's way without exposing your goods to the world. The hardest-to-use bra is the Cake Maternity Croissant, earning 3 thanks to straps that are extremely difficult to adjust.

The Cake Maternity Croissant offered the best shaping and support...
The Cake Maternity Croissant offered the best shaping and support features of all the bras we tested.
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Style


The cherry on top of all this is style. How does the bra look? For this metric, we prefer bras that have some system to prevent uni-boob, whether that means separate cups, extra elastic, or in some cases, underwire support.


Also, consider how well a bra will fit in with your maternity wardrobe. Do you tend to wear more racerbacks? Or do you usually go with the standard straight straps? Whatever your preference, you want a bra to match.

The longline silhouette of the Ingrid and Isabel offers a more sleek...
The longline silhouette of the Ingrid and Isabel offers a more sleek and modern take on the sports bra.
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We love the Ingrid and Isabel Seamless racerback bra for more of a sporty athleisure look. It is one of the most discreet nursing bras in this review and can easily be worn under a loose flowy tank for extra coverage and support. The most supportive shaping bra is the Cake Maternity Croissant, the only underwire option we tested. If you want a nursing bra that looks smooth and has a little perk, it is perfect for wearing more form-fitting shirts or dresses. The On Gossamer Next To Nothing earned the high score for style thanks to a design that doesn't look like a granny bra and real boob separation, which is harder to find in nursing bras than you'd think.

Your nursing bra should be comfortable enough to hang out around the...
Your nursing bra should be comfortable enough to hang out around the house, and stylish enough to go out.
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Conclusion


The bra you choose to wear during your nursing time is completely dependent on your personal preference and overall comfort, which varies from woman to woman. That said, we selected the top bras of various styles to offer a wide range of potential options. We recommend purchasing your nursing bra from a retailer that has a flexible return policy and trying out a few different styles, so you can find what works best for you and your breasts. Whether you are looking for a sleep bra, a daytime bra, or uber comfort, we've got you covered.

Abriah Wofford