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:
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.
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.
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.
Available in three subtle colours, this nursing bra achieves a lot at once. It’s pretty, it’s supportive, it’s comfortable, and it’s easy to use.
Tested by Sophie Knight, mum to Matilda (7 weeks): "I’ve found it really hard to get a comfortable nursing bra that supports my large boobs - either they’re easy to use but lacking any support, or they’re really supportive but uncomfortable and I end up struggling with scaffolding at feed times. This bra does it all at once, and in lovely colours too. The only downside is that the inset padding is tricky to realign after washing - but that’s the same with all of these type of bras, it just takes a bit of patience."
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.
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.