Nursing Bras and Nursing Tanks

The right nursing bra is a must-have for new moms. Credit: Getty


Nursing bras aren't just essential items for breastfeeding mothers -- the right bra also can make a nursing woman feel more attractive and comfortable.

Most women will want to look for both daytime nursing bras and sleep nursing bras. When buying nursing bras, it's important to take into account the amount of support required, as well as the type of clothing you plan to wear while nursing, considering some of the most supportive nursing bras provide such full coverage that it would be impossible to wear even a modest V-neck shirt without the bra showing.

Nursing bras and nursing tanks can be expensive, so it pays to do your research before purchasing. Lactation consultants can help breastfeeding mothers find the right nursing bras or nursing tanks for their bodies and lifestyles.

Here are a few of our faves:

Bravado: Celebrity moms Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker all wore nursing bras by Bravado. These celeb favorites are fashionable, come in a wide variety of styles and are reasonably priced, with most nursing bras selling for less than $45.

The Body Silk Nursing Bra is among the brand's prettiest styles. The silky fabric makes this nursing bra feminine and pretty, and it comes in sweet colors including pink and cherry red. The bra is underwire-free, as recommended by lactation consultants, and the removable molded foam cups seamlessly hide nursing pads, so this nursing bra works well under most tops and dresses.

Glamourmom: Since few women bounce back as quickly from childbirth as supermodel Gisele Bundchen, many prefer to cover their stomachs when breastfeeding in public. Nursing tanks are a great alternative to nursing bras, since they provide support and enable moms to nurse discreetly while covering their post-partum bellies. Nursing tanks are extremely popular as sleepwear and as layering pieces during the day.

The Glamourmom tank, with its built-in nursing bra, was invented by a breastfeeding mom looking for a fashionable way to hide her post-partum belly when nursing. The style offers a soft-cup frame and elastic shelf that provide complete breast support and the mesh liner holds nursing pads securely in place. Glamourmom nursing tanks come in a wide range of colors and fit sizes 28AA-44DDD. These nursing tanks are fashionable enough to wear on their own, but they also layer beautifully. Prices range from $34 to $39.

Yummie Tummie: Some nursing tanks combine shapewear with nursing bras. Yummie Tummie's nursing tank provides a smooth line underneath clothing, and the adjustable straps and built-in nursing bra provide support. A strong shapewear panel slims the stomach, effectively concealing baby weight. At $82, this tank is fairly expensive compared with other nursing bras, but if this nursing tank helps new moms feel more confident about their post-partum bodies, it's worth every penny.

Gilligan & O'Malley nursing tank: Moms on a budget will like this style, which sells for $16.99 at Target. It has a built-in shelf bra, and, while this nursing tank does not provide as much support as the Glamourmom, Yummie Tummie or Bravado nursing tanks, it is an excellent option if you need something affordable. The Gilligan & O'Malley nursing tank also works well as a sleep tank and could be worn on top of a regular nursing bra if Mom needs extra support.

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