When it comes to the best maternity bras and the best nursing bras, there are endless options. You’ve got everyday nursing bras, sleep nursing bras, nursing bras with molded cups, pumping bras and extra-supportive nursing bras specifically made for women with larger busts. Yes, the cup runneth over with choices, but how do you know which one is right for you? Read on for the best nursing bras and the best maternity bras, plus shopping tips from The Bump’s go-to nursing and style experts, so you can find the perfect fit.
• Support. Breasts filled with milk are fuller (and heavier), so you’ll want more support than you had before baby. A supportive nursing bra also prevents sagging breasts after baby graduates from breastfeeding. “The band under the bust should be snug,” says New York City stylist Samantha Brown, but make sure the straps don’t cut into your shoulders. “An ill-fitting bra can impact a woman’s posture, and lead to strain and tension headaches,” Brown says.
Hotmilk nursing bras are not only stylish – but are both functional and comfortable! Our bras come with one handed maternity clips allowing for ease of breastfeeding, 100% cotton lining (allowing the bra that contacts your body to be comfortable and great against sensitive skin), and great support. Seam friendly cups offer the ultimate in comfort and support, but without any compromise on sophistication or style. Breastfeeding bras have 6 hooks at the back allowing you to extend the bra out with your pregnancy and clip back closer after you have given birth. Hotmilk follows global recommendations that a nursing bra should not have hard metal wires, we either use no wires at all, or flexi-wires allowing the bra to move with your body. 

Wearing a pregnancy bra is all about taking the weight off your shoulders – quite literally. Maternity bras have adjustable four-hook fastenings, giving you more support than a regular bra. The straps are thicker and include padding to help support your growing bust and prevent rubbing. They’re also made from breathable fabrics like cotton to help keep you comfortable while your body temperature rises. If you find yourself feeling a little warmer than usual (carrying a little one can have that effect), we also have bra liners to help wick away any under-band moisture. We have even more helpful information about buying maternity bras in our online guide.

Hotmilk nursing bras are not only stylish – but are both functional and comfortable! Our bras come with one handed maternity clips allowing for ease of breastfeeding, 100% cotton lining (allowing the bra that contacts your body to be comfortable and great against sensitive skin), and great support. Seam friendly cups offer the ultimate in comfort and support, but without any compromise on sophistication or style. Breastfeeding bras have 6 hooks at the back allowing you to extend the bra out with your pregnancy and clip back closer after you have given birth. Hotmilk follows global recommendations that a nursing bra should not have hard metal wires, we either use no wires at all, or flexi-wires allowing the bra to move with your body.


Find top support at Thyme Maternity! Choose from maternity bras for every style, size and shape! T-shirt bras offer more coverage, while convertible bras are a versatile choice to wear under all your maternity clothes. Breastfeeding? Opt for one of our best nursing bras, from seamless bralettes to padded bras. Shop women's bras specially-designed for pregnancy or nursing.

Generally, you should buy maternity clothes in your pre-pregnancy size. As maternity clothing provides extra room around the belly and bust, it gives you the comfort you need for your changing body. If you're in between sizes or are still unsure of what size to buy, consult our maternity wear sizing chart. Take measurements around the fullest part of your bust, your hips (under your bump), and your bump circumference, and compare these numbers to the sizing chart to find your ideal fit. 

The features of a good nursing bra include, additional support for your fuller bust which can be approximately 35% heavier, side support to avoid flattening of the bust which can lead to ligament damage, non-restrictive, a wider set frame to avoid pressure on the milk ducts, cotton lining for comfort and breathability, six hooks and eyes for room to reduce as your rib cage contracts & one hand drop down clips for easy nursing.
As soon as your body starts showing the signs of pregnancy, your breasts are going to need all the support they can get. To give them a bit of well-deserved TLC, make sure you invest in a fitted maternity bra. Getting measured is a simple way of ensuring that you're fully supported and it's also easy to do – drop by a mothercare shop for a quick and helpful fitting. We recommend popping by at the four to five-week mark.
Real mom review: “The material was very soft, it's comfortable, the latch on the strap was easy to operate with one hand, and it has held up decently after almost 1.5 years of use. I have other nursing bras from places like Motherhood and Target, but still always choose my Cake bra. I bought another—I liked it so much. They also come in bigger sizes which is a big plus!” —Nicole C. via Facebook
Real mom review: “I bought this bra because I had a number of cute maternity dresses that needed a strapless bra, and at 25 weeks I cannot bear to wear underwire anymore, but there is no way I can go braless. This bra is so comfortable, offers great coverage, and has decent enough lift where I don't feel like I look sloppy. I bought two, and I may buy more after the baby as well because I just love it that much.” —Sarah via Motherhood Maternity
Cake designs and stocks one of the most comprehensive range of nursing bras in the world. From seamless, contour, spacer, wire, non-wire, fuller figure, plunge, balcony, fuller coverage, sports & sleep bras, we’ve got your every need covered. It is extremely important to be wearing a nursing bra whilst breastfeeding to protect yourself from long term damage and to provide much-needed comfort.  

Wearing a pregnancy bra is all about taking the weight off your shoulders – quite literally. Maternity bras have adjustable four-hook fastenings, giving you more support than a regular bra. The straps are thicker and include padding to help support your growing bust and prevent rubbing. They’re also made from breathable fabrics like cotton to help keep you comfortable while your body temperature rises. If you find yourself feeling a little warmer than usual (carrying a little one can have that effect), we also have bra liners to help wick away any under-band moisture. We have even more helpful information about buying maternity bras in our online guide.
Maternity bras are comfortable, functional and finally, stylish. These cotton bras have everything you need to make the nursing experience the most comfortable it can be. These bras offer subtle support to moms and create the layer of coverage you need after birthing. These bras have elastic band support covered with soft cotton and microfiber fabric for a smooth feeling that sits comfortably against the skin. There's no reason to feel like you are constricted or in pain when you wear a maternity bra. These latest designs offer support at the back with wide bands and are easy to take off and put on. Most importantly, these are the undergarments that make it easy to nurse your child wherever you are. If you are traveling or out shopping, these pieces make it easy to feed. Enjoy your time with your new bundle of joy without worrying about chafing or discomfort with this apparel from Gap.
The Honolulu maternity bra is a simple but perfect basic which is incredibly comfortable and comes in various colours. The maternity bra is padded, with secure and flexible clips, wide straps for additional support and handy nursing clips. The smooth material means you can wear this bra under any shirt and you can complete the look with matching pants. The Honolulu bra will fit perfectly throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.  
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