If you’ve decided to get back on the workout wagon, or up the ante now that you’re able, a reliable sports bra to hold everything in place becomes extra important during these months. Especially as breasts during this time seem to take on a life of their own!
Why choose a supportive nursing sports bra?
Breasts are composed of fatty tissue supported by skin and fragile ligaments, which can become stretched during repetitive or high impact sport.
This happens even more so when the breasts are bigger or swollen during those body-changing pregnancy and post-partum months.
The best nursing sports bras will help reduce movement, giving you a comfier, more supported workout while also protecting the chest.
How to choose the best sports bra
Victoria Shelton, a garment technologist from Figleaves.com, tells us, “Your sports bra should be a snug fit. Once you’ve got the bra on, stand in front of the mirror and move your arms around,” she advises.
“Your bra shouldn’t move or lift. Next, try jogging and jumping on the spot. Your breasts should be fully encased with no movement. If they are spilling out the neckline or underarm, try a bigger cup size.
Sports bras are designed to fit snugly and to provide firm support so will feel tighter than a normal bra, but they shouldn’t feel restrictive or rub.”
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Best nursing sports bras 2022
Zest Nursing Sports Bra
The Zest nursing sports bra from award-winning maternity and nursing lingerie company, Cake Maternity, is made from high-quality flexi-wire for ultimate comfort and can withstand even the most rigorous exercise regimes. The cups are lined and easily unclip for feeding time.
One happy reviewer proclaimed, "What a fantastic bra!! SO great to have a supportive sports bra that I can nurse in, as well as being a regular bra shape, with no squashed under boob! Love that it's now in black too - I have a few of these and wear them almost all of the time as they are SO much more supportive than any others I have tried, with the additional clip at the back for racerback style support! Highly recommend it for anyone with a bigger bust!"
Reebok Nursing Sports Bra
With its moisture-wicking, fast-drying fabric, this nursing sports bra from top sports apparel brand Reebok is great for staying dry, comfortable, and supported during sweaty workouts. It’s seamless, has removable pads, adjustable straps, and easy-release clips for breastfeeding mums.
One reviewer wrote: "Tried various brands to find a nice nursing bra that wasn't too frumpy and this one is perfect! Great that it is available in various colours too :)"
Syrokan High Impact Front Adjustable Sports Bra
If you find bra clips fiddly, the clever hook and eye Velcro tying straps of this moulded-cup bra from Amazon make feeding the baby super easy. It’s available in an impressive selection of 19 colours in sizes 32B to 42E.
One happy reviewer wrote: “The Velcro straps are so easy to open and you can adjust them throughout the day depending on how much little one nurses.”
Natal Active Artemis Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra, Electric Blue
Natal Active are a brand focused on making maternity activewear comfortable. Not only will this brand see you through your pregnancy, but also post-birth with their nursing bras. Thankfully, they're also stocked at John Lewis too where you can get your hands on this brilliant brand.
This reviewer claimed: "Such a comfortable sports bra, love that it is adjustable with the extenders during pregnancy and will be amazing for nursing post-birth. The calculator was completely spot on. I bought a medium based on my measurements, which allowed for me being in my 2nd trimester. Love the colours and so far they’ve washed really well."
Kindred Bravely Sublime Support Nursing Maternity Sports Bra
For more low-impact sports like walking, yoga, Pilates, or mat-work and stretching, this highly-rated maternity bra from Kindred Bravely on Amazon is just the ticket. It’s super soft, yet supportive, and has a comfortable elastic chest band and clip-down cups so you’re ready to provide a meal when baby needs it.
One reviewer wrote: "Bra fits as expected and has nice support. Easy to nurse in and works with tank tops."
Marble Nursing Sports Bra
A high-quality sports bra made for use during pregnancy and nursing, this pretty black and white marble number from Latched comes with an extension piece to accommodate your expanding pregnancy ribs. Also included: removable padding and a handy little O-ring that turns the bra into a racerback.
One reviewer said: "As a girl who never had that big boobs, now I'm pregnant it's like woooah what do I do now for exercising and support?! But this sports bra supports my newer bigger boobs perfectly. And I love that you can change it to a cross-back as well. And of course, the nursing feature will be ideal later on!"
MAMA Nursing Sports Bra
Good old trusty H&M has this awesome and stylish nursing sports bra with many great features, such as a quick-drying fabric, a breathable mesh racerback, a wide elastic hem, and clip-on cups for feeds that can also accommodate nursing pads. It’s available in this lovely heather purple or plain black and is great value for money.
A reviewer said: " One happy reviewer wrote: "Brilliant product, there are no nursing sports bras at all out there so I'm amazed to find this one. Great support, and I also tried with star jumps! I am quite big up top and currently plus size 16-18, I got size XL and do recommend measuring your bust first."
Black Seraphine Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra
A simple nursing bra with high performance, breathable fabric that will see you throughout your pregnancy and afterwards. Post-pregnancy after baby is born, simple drop-cup clips provide quick and easy nursing access.
Activate Royal Blue Sports Nursing Bra
Don’t let the underwire in this nursing sports bra from Hotmilk worry you; it’s super flexible and all you will feel is supported. Designed for larger bosoms (up to 38GG), it’s made from a firm-fitting Coolmax cotton blend which is moisture-wicking and breathable and provides a full-cup coverage.
One reviewer claimed: "It's the best nursing sports bra I've bought, and the only one I will buy again in future. Comfortable, supportive, and not hideously ugly. Can't wait for my size to come back into stock so I can buy another one (or two!)"
LJ Nursing Bra
Brand Lorna Jane has a tonne of maternity activewear, from maternity bike shorts to feeding tops, they're a brand that values comfort while also being stylish too. Breathable fabric, adjustable straps and racerback design make this bra a great choice of activewear.
A reviewer commented: "So much more supportive than I expected! Bra is great for any kind of workout. I’d love it even if I wasn’t breastfeeding!"