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I remember when I went shopping for nursing bras for the first time.
I was completely clueless. There were so many options and I was so overwhelmed! I basically just winged it and bought whatever random nursing bras looked best.
Now, after breastfeeding for 19 months, I have a way better understanding of what qualities to look for in a nursing bra, what I like and don’t like, and a few favorites that I think are the best nursing bras for the price.
Here are some things to remember when looking for the best nursing bras:
First, comfort is of the utmost importance. If you have never breastfed before then it’s going to be quite an adjustment when you realize how often you need to wear a bra.
You will be living in a bra basically 24/7 for as long as you decide to breastfeed. That means you need to make sure your nursing bras are as comfortable as possible!
Second, budget-friendly nursing bras can be just as good as the expensive ones, so you don’t need to spend a fortune on them. You can find good quality nursing bras that will get the job done without breaking the bank.
Of course, as with anything you buy, the more expensive nursing bras probably last longer than the lower priced ones. So if your planning on using the same bras from child to child, then, by all means, invest in some high-quality nursing bras that can stand the test of time.
However, if you’re just trying to get one child’s breastfeeding journey out of your nursing bras, then don’t waste your money. I have found a hand full of nursing bras that have lasted me 19 months so far and they were all extremely affordable.
Last, sometimes the best nursing bra isn’t a nursing bra at all. My all-time favorite nursing bra is actually just a bralette. Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy a ton of bras specifically made for nursing. Think outside the box and test out some sports bras and bralettes, which I have found to work just as well.
I divided this guide into two sections: my 5 favorite nursing bras under $25 and the best nursing bras under $40.
In the first section, I list the 5 nursing bras I personally own and include the reasons why I love them. In the second section, I broke down the types of nursing bras into 6 categories and listed the best options that were highest rated or most recommended.
My 5 Favorite Nursing Bras Under $25!
This seamless Bralette is by far my favorite nursing bra and it’s technically not even a nursing bra. It’s just a really comfortable and supportive bralette. There are no snaps or anything, but it is stretchy so you can easily pull it under your boob. It holds it’s shape and doesn’t get stretched out by the end of the day.
What I love about it most is that is has built-in pads, which adds an extra layer of thickness that conceals my nursing pads so you can’t see the outline of them through my t-shirt. Which is not a quality all nursing bras share and there is nothing worse than being out in public and realizing everyone can see the outline your nursing pads!
On top of all it’s great qualities, it’s super affordable. So you can buy them in all the colors and replace them easily if need be. Also, if I had to recommend one bra that’s good for everything it would be this one. You could wear it under t-shirts, to sleep, to workout, etc.
This crossover nursing bra is my favorite bras to sleep in! One of the hardest things for me to adjust to after I started breastfeeding was having to sleep in a bra. I’ve always been one of those girls who tore her bra off as soon as she got home and I definitely never slept in a bra. But unless I want to wake up covered in breastmilk, I have to wear a bra to bed.
Luckily, after trying a few out, this one was a winner. It’s so comfortable because it doesn’t have any snaps or clips that would hurt to lay on. The crossover cups are easy to pull down in the middle of the night, no fussing over snaps. I also love cut in the back because it covers a large space and you can’t feel any seems digging into your back when you’re lying down.
This lace nursing bra is the bra I wear if I’m wearing something that shows my bra straps because it’s so beautiful and adds something extra to my outfit. It comes in 6 colors and it’s really affordable, so you could basically buy one for every outfit.
I also love that it’s so comfortable, which it should be because it’s sold as a sleeping bra. I have slept in this bra before, and it’s not horrible, but I still prefer the one above.
Another thing I love about this bra is that it’s good for all shapes and sizes. I’ve seen multiple mothers on Instagram talking about how much they love this bra and every one of them was a different cup size and weight.
This wireless bra is another one of my favorite t-shirt bras. It’s most like a regular supportive, structured bra but without the wire. It’s really comfortable and comes in a few different colors.
Best of all, it’s really inexpensive. I’ve been using mine for well over a year and it’s just now starting to show it’s age. Which I think is really good considering the price. Also, there’s the fact that the average Mama usually only breastfeeds for that long anyway, so it will carry you through most, if not all, of your breastfeeding journey.
This seamless nursing bra is another one of my go-to’s. It’s super comfy, good quality, and very budget friendly. It’s just a great everyday nursing bra. One of the reasons I like this particular nursing bra is how low cut it is in the back. It’s perfect for dresses or shirts that go down lower in the back because you can’t tell it’s there.
Best Nursing Bras Under $40:
I wanted to give you a greater array of options, so below I put together the best nursing bras under $40 in 6 categories: t-shirt, fancy, sleep, sports bra, big bust, and for pumping.
As I was researching the best nursing bras for this post, this seamless nursing bra was recommended the most. I don’t personally own this one so I am not sure why it’s so incredible but I wanted to add it to the list because it was so popular among other breastfeeding mamas. It’s a bit more expensive than all the other nursing bras in this post, but apparently, it’s worth it!