Nursing bras come in many shapes with varying levels of support for new mothers breastfeeding a baby. They may also be worn by pregnant women to accommodate breast growth prior to delivery. All nursing bras feature easy open cups to allow quick and easy access to the breast for feeding or pumping. Depending on the style, the bra cup may zip, snap or hook back in place or be crafted of an easily pulled aside material. It is essential that the cup can be unfastened and fastened with one hand while the other hand supports an infant ready to eat. 

Nursing bras come in many shapes with varying levels of support for new mothers breastfeeding a baby…

They may also be worn by pregnant women to accommodate breast growth prior to delivery. All nursing bras feature easy open cups to allow quick and easy access to the breast for feeding or pumping. Depending on the style, the bra cup may zip, snap or hook back in place or be crafted of an easily pulled aside material. It is essential that the cup can be unfastened and fastened with one hand while the other hand supports an infant ready to eat. 

Despite the variety of nursing bras available, most fall into a few basic categories. Functional bras like the $30 Bravado! Women's Clip and Pump hands-free pumping bra on Amazon feature the support necessary to hold breast pumps and are worn over your traditional nursing bra. Functional options also offer moderate support and the easiest access for feeding time. Supportive nursing bras typically feature underwires and wide, adjustable straps to customize fit. The Basic Underwire Spacer Nursing Bra at Anita for $78 features convenient clips for easy access and is a mid-support option with contour cups. 

When comfort is all you care about following delivery, seamless, wire-free and sleep nursing bras offer support while removing irritants like underwires. The Jessica Simpson Full-Busted Molded Seamless Nursing Bra is available at Motherhood Maternity for $34.98 in sizes small through extra-large. A five-hook band keeps the bra in place while clip-access makes for easy openings while molded cups provide a smooth shape under shirts. Not sure if you should prioritize comfort or support? Take the eight question quiz below to find the right nursing bra option for you.