I'm coming up on nearly three straight years of nursing - with a full pregnancy thrown in there, too! Ok, to be fair - my son weaned himself when I "dried up" during my pregnancy with his little sister. Technically, I had a few months of break-time where I wasn't a milk machine. But here we are, back at it again! My daughter is coming up on a year in just a few weeks (HOW??????) and I realized that we've almost hit that one-year milestone! I don't have any plans to stop nursing in the forseeable future, but I do need to step up my nursing bra game.
You know how difficult it is to find a great bra? Yeah, it's like...twenty times more difficult to find. Why should it be so difficult? Most women who birth babies at least attempt to breastfeed them! Having the right "gear" would make the whole ordeal that much easier - and trust, it's already difficult enough as is. The last thing you need to be fighting is a wonky cup clip when you're trying to wrangle a screaming, hungry, red-faced baby.
Save yourself the research time: I already looked up the top-rated nursing bras on Amazon for $25 or less. Why so cheap? Because nursing in comfort shouldn't be a luxury.
CAYKE Three-Pack Sleep Bra
Highlights: Three bras for $20 is a downright steal! These bras are so incredibly comfortable for sleep and easy to access with no plastic clips. Plus, they are soft and wirefree, so they adjust as your breasts change shape and size throughout breastfeeding. My favorite feature is the built-in pocket for breast pads. This makes sure you don't leak onto your mattress or through to your shirt by keeping the pad in the right place.
iLoveSIA Three-Pack Nursing Bra
Highlights: Again, great deal for $25! This style is probably what I personally wore most during the first four months of breastfeeding. Did you know that you should avoid underwires for the first four months? They can compress breast tissue in a way that reduces milk output. Going wire-free might not be what you're used to, but it is darn sure comfortable! With four rows of hook-and-eye closure, these bras don't cut into the skin. Like the CAYKE sleep bras, iLoveSIA features a pocket with a contour pad that can easily be removed and replaced with an absorbent breastpad if desired.
Momanda Underwire Nursing/Pumping Bra
Oh. My. Gosh! This bra is SO cute! I have never seen a bra with this kind of lace detail on the back. Don't take my word for it, go look for yourself! With an underwire for support and a gorgeous lace detail, this bra will put the ladies exactly where they belong. It's a nursing bra with a classic drop-down cup, but these aren't just ordinary cups! They feature a hidden opening for your breast pump flange! That's right - this is the ONLY bra you will need to pump, nurse, and look great all day! I wish I had known about this before I spent precious time changing into a hands-free pumping bra to pump at work!
DotVol Full Coverage Plus Size Underwire
Actually, I think I own this bra! As a plus size gal, I know exactly how hard it is to find a good bra that really fits. Most of our options are pricey - but not the DotVol bra! This one is less than $20! Did I mention the full-support back that won't cut into your skin and create "backfat" rolls? The clip-down cup and full underwire means that your boobs will stay put until you're ready to whip them out and feed your little one.
Bravado! Softcup #131
When I spotted a Bravado! bra for $25, I knew it had to make this list. For those who haven't researched, Bravado! is a well-respected nursing bra manufacturer. Most of their bras are upwards of $40 or $50, so finding one that's in this price point is amazing! Even better than the price, this bra is really quite beautiful! Available in a variety of colors, it features a sweet lace overlay, ruffle trim, and a peek-a-boo sheer lace panel for allure. It's part-funcction, part-fashion. Heck, I'd wear it as lingerie any day!