Having had a few bouts of trying to exercise while nursing, I can tell you from firsthand experience that choosing a nursing sports bra used to SUCK because the selection was soooo poor. Luckily, things have changed in recent years, and manufacturers realized us new moms like to stay active after having a baby. Nursing breasts are hardworking and need support not to mention easy- and frequent access. Unfortunately, it seems like these two criteria are often at odds.
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- Support. I’ve doubled up on sports bras to increase support and decrease the pain of bouncing, but that makes it nearly impossible (think: ripping off duct tape!) to breastfeed a child before or after a class.
- Access. I’ve worn standard nursing bras or other makeshift contraptions to make feeding easier only to find myself ummm… errr… holding myself while running. Not practical or comfortable.
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Best Budget Nursing Sports Bra
Kindred Bravely has come out with a reasonably priced sports bra that is getting rave reviews. This nursing sports bra is intended for such activities as: walking, pilates, barre, hiking, and other light impact activities like yoga, this nursing bra is made of breathable, sweat-wicking material that will keep you comfortable and dry throughout your workout. Check it out here!
La Leche League International Nursing Sports Bra
Officially made for nursing and sporting by the people, LLLI, who know breastfeeding best, this one has to be considered as a strong contender. Available on amazon in many colors.
Priced from about $20 to $35, this might be the best option for you. The “Maybe I’ll get back to the gym or jog when I walk the baby, or maybe not” folks.
Best High Impact Nursing Spra Bra – Sports Bra from Cake.
Pictured above (so cute!), it was designed to be supportive and cute with easy snap feeding clip for ease of dropping the cups just like your normal nursing bras. I haven’t tried this one, but I loved my other CAKE nursing bras and would feel comfortable recommending it.
If you do order it, make sure to do the jumping jack test before removing the tags to ensure you’re getting enough support. Available on amazon also with matching sporty boy shorts. About $40 to $80 so make sure it fits right!
Moving Comfort Fiona Bra
While not designed to be a nursing bra, the Fiona used to be the only game in town. Created by the sports bra wizards at Moving Comfort.
It is great as a sports bra but a bit awkward for feeding (then again, it gets the job done). It has a velcro adjuster to hork up support or let out your breasts for nursing. For larger breasts, the Juno has similar assets.
I had this one pictured and used it during a brief but glorious Crossfit phase. I wouldn’t recommend nursing in a restaurant though, you’ll never get the puppies put away, especially with one hand. Available on amazon in many colors! From $10 to $50.
Great Wire Free Sports Nursing Bra
Newest maternity sports bra on the block: Wacoal’s Nursing Sports Bra, of which we received a sample in order to write a sponsored post. Looks great and has the traditional one-handed closure for access to boobs. Comes in sizes up to 38G, but no A or B cups; it starts at C.
That’s it! That’s all I can recommend. Another few companies make “nursing sports bra” but their positive reviews are based on lounging around the house or sleeping and not actually exercising.
Amazing Nursing Bra for Breastfeeding and Pregnancy
If you are looking for an option to transition from pregnancy to breastfeeding (or are still breastfeeding while pregnant), this is is the bra for you. It is super comfortable for when you are in those final months of pregnancy. Check it out here!
Third Love 24/7 Front Closure Nursing Bra
While not technically a sports bra, this nursing bra has plenty of support. You have probably heard tons of those third love commercials on the radio. I have to say they are pretty phenomenal. This maternity bra has super soft modal fabric that is soothing to skin, which mamas need when you are dealing with sore nipples. The bra has easy-open cups allow for simplicity while feeding and pumping. The gentle underwire provides comfortable all-day support. It also has a nice easy front closure, which is perfect for when you are nursing anywhere. Check it out here!
If you’re not ready to break a sweat, here are my very strong opinions about nursing bras based on my 50+ months of experience!
Disclosure: I received no compensation or bras for sharing my opinions with you. However, I will get a few cents if you buy through amazon.