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Best T-Shirt Nursing Bras 2019

The best nursing bras to wear beyond the newborn stage

Congratulations! You are past the newborn stage now, and you and baby have gotten into a rhythm. You are going out more and getting comfortable with nursing on-the-go. This is a great time to expand your nursing bra options and add more structured nursing bras to your wardrobe. Whether you’re returning to work, attending a special occasion, or looking for more style options, we’ve selected the best t-shirt nursing bras and underwire nursing bras here.

Shop for traditionally-sized (eg. 36B, 38C, etc.) nursing bras when your size stabilizes

Your breast size will stabilize at around the 3 rd or 4 th month of nursing. There will still be fluctuation in the fullness of your breasts before and after feeds, but the significant changes in size will have already occurred. This is the best time to start shopping for more structured styles such as underwire nursing bras and molded cup t-shirt nursing bras. These nursing bras are a lot more like your pre-pregnancy bras.

What should I look for in a great t-shirt nursing bra?

A smooth silhouette is the very definition of a t-shirt bra. It should mold to your body and practically disappear under your clothing.
Coverage. There is more need for coverage now that in your pre-pregnancy days. Lactation causes nipples to enlarge and darken. Nursing pads, no matter how low-profile, tend to show through unlined bras.
Flexible cups provide easy nursing access. The best t-shirt nursing bras use premium materials like spacer foam. The result is a highly flexible cup that holds its shape and provides a sleek silhouette without bulk.
Structured support gives you more lift. T-shirt nursing bras can have underwire support or be wirefree.

Which is better - underwire or wireless?

It really comes down to personal preference and the degree of support you require. Lactation consultants caution against underwire nursing bras that constrict milk ducts and obstruct milkflow. However, poor support can result in the same complications. The key here is to go for good, lactation-friendly support.

What makes a good underwire nursing bra?

Lactation consultants are cautious about recommending underwire nursing bras because poorly designed and ill-fitting underwire bras can constrict breast tissue and prevent milk from flowing well. They can contribute to painful breastfeeding complications such as blocked ducts and mastitis.
Well-made, comfortable underwire nursing bras can be a real asset to your nursing wardrobe to bring additional support, separation, shape and lift.
Look for flexible underwires that move with your body. Avoid underwires that are rigid or pinch.
Listen to your body. Forget your pre-pregnancy days when you could put up with an uncomfortable bra. If the bra doesn’t feel good on, it’s definitely not for you. The underwire should sit flush against your body and encircle your breast. It should not go below or over your breast. The band should fit snug around your chest with enough give for you to slip two fingers under. It should not ride up.

The Best Underwire Nursing Bras & T-Shirt Nursing Bras 2019

The Best Overall Underwire Nursing Bra

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Stretch Foam Cups
Breastfeeding-safe Flexible Underwire
Drop Open Nursing Access
FABRIC
78% Nylon 22% Spandex
Lining 100% Polyester
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
This underwire nursing bra is as sleek as our pre-pregnancy bras, though it’s been designed with lactation in mind. The flexible wire has a wider U-shape designed to lift and support without constricting milkflow. The cups are made of soft, slightly stretchy foam and give you shape and coverage without adding any bulk. We found this underwire nursing bra to be comfortable for all day wear and have enough plunge to accommodate our v-necks and low cut tops.
Turn it into a hands-free pump bra with the Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory.

The Best Wireless T-Shirt Nursing Bra

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Stretch Foam Cups
Wireless
Drop Open Nursing Access
FABRIC
78% Nylon 22% Spandex
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
This nursing bra reminds us the most of our favorite pre-pregnancy t-shirt bras. The foam cups hold their shape but are not at all rigid. They are soft and stretchy and mold to your body to give you natural shape without bulk. They are easy to fold down for nursing and return to their normal shape. This bra feels silky soft with a clean silhouette that disappears under clothing. We highly recommend it for moms who are returning to work.
Pair it with Clip and Pump™ Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory and you're ready to pump at work.

The Best “Non-wire” Underwire Nursing Bra

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Unpadded Seamless Cups
Patented GelWire®
Drop Open Nursing Access
FABRIC
91% Polyamide 9% Elastane
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
Get the support, separation and lift of an underwire without an actual wire. Carriwell’s patented GelWire® is made of flexible gel that molds to the body. If you experience a wide fluctuation in cup size between feeds this is the underwire nursing bra for you. The seamless stretch cups allow you to grow 2 cup sizes.

The Best Full Coverage Underwire Nursing Bra

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
SUPPORT
FEATURES
Contoured Full Coverage Spacer Cups
Breastfeeding-safe Flexible Underwire
Drop Open Nursing Access
Inner Nursing Frame
FABRIC
86% Polyester 14% Elastane
Lining 100% Cotton
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances
More Colors
WHY WE LOVE IT
This full coverage underwire nursing bra gets great reviews from full-figured moms for the comfort and smooth profile it creates. No spillage here! It’s still low enough for you to be able to wear most v-neck tops. The wide, flat back and wires under the arm give a smoothing effect all around. The spacer cups are not thick. They are very flexible and easy to fold down for nursing.