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The Best Nursing Sleep Bras 2019 - Easier Nighttime Feeds

Who Knew a Bra Would Make for Better Sleep?

Two compelling reasons to wear a bra to sleep when you're nursing:

24/7 Support

Lactating breasts are much fuller and heavier than pre-pregnancy breasts. A little bit of support will make you more comfortable while you sleep. Keeping your breasts supported day and night while you are nursing will also take some weight off the connective ligaments in your breasts and protect them from future sagging.

You'll Sleep Better

Nursing sleep bras hold your nursing pads in place while you sleep and keep your PJs and sheets dry. This simple, practical solution makes for a more comfortable night and saves you a ton of laundry! Staying dry will also reduce irritation and prevent thrush and other nursing complications caused by excessive moisture.

What should I look for in a nursing sleep bra?

Comfort is #1 as the whole point is to get better sleep.

Unpadded bras are best for maximum breathability. Also, in the first few months you’ll want to wear absorbent nursing pads with your sleep bra. You’ll be switching out the pads often if you’re leaking heavily. The most fuss-free and effective way to stay dry is to just slip the pads directly into the cup of your bra. If you slot them into pockets, the inner lining of your bra that lies against your skin will get wet.

Effortless nursing access ensures frustration-free night time feeds. Choose a design that is so easy you can manage it in the dark and practically do it in your sleep (because you will).

Wireless is a must.

A flat back without hooks feels the most comfortable when you’re lying down.

Light support is appropriate for most. If your bust feels uncomfortably heavy when you’re in bed, go for moderate support. Be sure that your bra does not constrict or dig.

Our Top Picks


The Best Cotton Sleep Bra

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Unpadded
Soft Stretch Organic Cotton
Pull-aside Nursing Access
Pull-over style (No back hooks)
FABRIC
91% Organic Cotton 9% Spandex
Made in USA
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors

WHY WE LOVE IT

This is the bra that got us through our first couple sleep-deprived weeks home from the hospital. Organic cotton is the most soothing fabric for sore boobs, and the low front, crossover design makes for super-easy, fuss-free night feeding. There is just enough support in this bra for casual lounging. The padded version and the padded racerback version are popular as day bras, but the unpadded version is the best for sleep as most moms need to wear nursing pads to sleep to protect from leaks in the early days of nursing.

The Best Silky-Soft Bra for Lounging

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Unpadded
Silky Nylon Outside
Soft Modal Inside
Pull-aside Nursing Access
Wireless
Pull-over style (No back hooks)
FABRIC
78% Nylon 22% Spandex
Lining 95% Modal 5% Spandex
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
Here’s a nursing bra that you can wear home from the hospital and just live in. It transitions perfectly between night and day. It’s lined on the inside with ultra soft modal so that it feels like a sleep bra. But with Petal-Soft™ nylon fabric on the outside, it looks a little sleeker than your average sleep bra. This is the nursing bra for hot summer days when you want something light and breathable.

The Best Nursing Bralette - For Small Cup Moms

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Removable Foam Pads
Pull-down Nursing Access
Soft Seamless Stretch Fabric
Wireless
Pull-over style (No back hooks)
FABRIC
78% Nylon 18% Cotton 6% Spandex
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
This buttery soft stretch bralette is so lightweight you barely notice you’re wearing it. It provides light support, like a gentle hug. There are no clips to open and no hooks in the back. Simply stretch the front of the bralette up or down for nursing access. You can wear it with low necklines and its removable foam pads provide shaping and coverage. It’s ideal for sleep and for A-C cup moms who crave a minimalist bra.

The Best Drop Open Sleep Bra - For Fuller Bust Moms

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Upadded
Soft Cotton-Modal
Full drop open bra cup
Wireless
Pull-over style (No back hooks)
FABRIC
49% Cotton 32% Modal 19% Spandex
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
A classic from Bravado Designs that's never gotten old. This cozy-soft cotton bra provides just the right level of support for moms who want more than the average sleep bra. The wide elastic support band lies flat and is comfortable for sleep. The smooth, wide racer back design distributes weight. Drop open cup bras are a great option for the fuller bust because they allow maximum skin-to-skin contact with baby while still providing some support. A regular cup size version is also available.

The Best Nursing Sleep Bra for Winter

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Upadded
Soft Organic Merino Wool
Pull-aside Nursing Access
Wireless
Wide Underband Support
Pull-over style (No back hooks)
FABRIC
94% Organic Wool 6% Elastane
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
WHY WE LOVE IT
Keeping your boobs warm when the weather is chilly helps to keep milk flowing. Complications such as plugged ducts, mastitis and nipple vasospasm are all helped by keeping the breasts warm. We weren’t sure about a wool bra until we put this one on. It’s soft, breathable and very comfortable. Wool is a great natural insulator with moisture-wicking properties that work very well for nursing. You can feel good about the wool used in this bra. It’s been produced according to the highest standards of environmental and animal welfare.