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The best maternity bras that are really comfortable

The best maternity bras

A maternity bra or pregnancy bra is a necessity for mums and mums-to-be, as your breasts often change size and shape during pregnancy. Finding a comfortable bra is vital. 

Looking for the right breastfeeding bra can be time consuming, but it's important to find one that's supportive, easy to undo when you're about to feed, and still gives you confidence and a good shape under your clothes. We know how hard it is to feel like 'yourself' when you have a new baby, but getting the foundations right with a good bra is the first step. 

We've spent time doing some research so you don't have to - from pretty and feminine to seriously practical, here are the best nursing bras you can buy today. 

Our favourite comfy nursing bras: 

You won’t regret splashing out on high quality maternity underwear when the time comes and this bra from Cake Maternity is worth every penny.

Breast pads are concealed within a moisture-wicking, mesh lining, a godsend during those early first days, and the bra’s straps are extra soft.

As well as being stylish, the seam-free cups have been designed to be pulled aside for quick access to feeding, essential when you’ve got a hungry baby on your hands.

This cute and comfortable maternity bra from ASOS is incredibly comfortable and ideal for sensitive boobs during pregnancy. The bra has a crossover design is so ideal for nursing which we love. 

Hot Milk is a real mums' favourite for pregnancy and maternity underwear, and it's no surprise - it's so comfortable, it feels like it's been moulded individually to your own body. It features magnetic clips to make breastfeeding easy, plus a convertible racer-back design. 

Super smooth and seam-free, the Freya Pure moulded nursing bra has moulded cups made from breathable foam for shape and support to give a smooth look under clothes. It also features easy access clip adjustment. 

The bra also features four rows of hook and eyes for good adjustment and flexible fit. 

Emma Jane maternity bras regularly win awards, thanks to their comfort and style and this seam-free version is one of their most popular. It’s made from a clever polyamide-blend fabric that stretches as your breasts change size and shape, so one cup size fits anything from a size B to an F.

In contrast, the straps have restricted stretch so they’re supportive and good for your shoulder and back muscles.

Seraphine founder Cecile Reinaud created this nursing bra while breastfeeding her own son.

"I wanted to create a range that would achieve the best flattering bust shape and allow you to wear low cut tops without showing the top of the bra," she said.

She has achieved this using a silky smooth micro-fibre that stretches while still maintaining support; the lace trim is a pretty feminine addition. 

These soft, seam-free nursing bras are cute and comfy while ideal for nursing. This bra is the kind that stretches, with easy-to-use drop-down clips and a wide-cut underband to provide extra support. 

It’s important to stay fit and healthy while you’re pregnant and breastfeeding, and this innovative maternity sports bra allows you to enjoy gentle exercise while looking after your boobs. Bounce is minimised thanks to flexible underwiring and a supportive shape, while its wide padded straps help disperse pressure and avoid back and shoulder pain.

If you think that maternity bras are enormous, ugly affairs, think again. This lace dual-use maternity and nursing bra from Jojo Maman Bebe is seamless, while its moulded cups and soft cotton lining is ideal for sensitive nipples and drop down clips make for easy feeding access.

The pink leopard-print bra is both pretty and comfortable, meaning it's great for everyday wear. The Original Nursing Bra is available in sizes S, M, L and XL, and the cotton is super soft against your nursing boobs. It has a wide bottom band and flat, smooth racer-back for a sporty look. 

You may find your breasts increasingly sensitive during this time so choosing a non-wired bra is a sensible option. This versatile black number also has a super-soft, lightly padded cup for added comfort and the drop-down clips makes nursing simple. 

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Charlotte is an award-winning journalist who's interviewed six Oscar winners, a Greek princess and a Cbeebies presenter.

She's written for GLAMOUR, Vogue, Stylist and The Independent during her career, and, though she writes about beautiful children's clothes, her own two children refuse to wear them.

She likes sunshine and log burners but not at the same time.  

 

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