The best nursing sports bras
Finding a nice nursing sports bra is actually not that easy. I thought there would be at least a few options in all the regular sports shops, but no. There are just a few bigger brands and a bunch of unknown. I used to love Moving Comfort and their bounce control technology but realized that since they were acquired by Brooks their quality has plummeted. And it’s not just me, going through a lot of reviews people are abandoning the brand.
There are still a few good places to browse. You just need to know where to look. I will show you. You will also get my top choices for the best nursing sports bras available online. I’ve looked at impact, function, fit and style. The goal is to look great AND feel great.
Low impact nursing sports bras
I had the illusion that finding a low impact nursing bra was going to be a little easier. I mean, a lot of moms start with light exercise a couple of months after giving birth. And yoga is still super popular. But no. After hours of scouring the web I realized that it was just that, an illusion. But don’t worry, I found 3 solid options for us. Practical and stylish.
Supportive but not too tight
Just being a mom will make you break a sweat at least a couple of times a day. This seamless maternity sports bra will help you get through it. No matter if you’re comforting an inconsolable little one or breathing it all out during a yoga class. It has all the essentials, a supportive chest band, adjustable straps, sweat-wicking material, clips for when you need to breastfeed and a nice classic sports bra design.
Buy for $42.99 at Amazon.com →
The best low impact sports bra?
At the moment I think Cake Maternity has the best nursing sports bras available. Heck, I think they have the best nursing bras in all categories. They don’t have thousands of designs to choose from. Instead they focus on producing a couple very well-designed nursing bras. I don’t agree with the style and color choices to a 100 %, but they’re better than average for sure.
This is their Lotus bra. It’s a nursing and hands-free pumping sports bra. Super comfortable and super easy and discreet access. There are 4 different color combinations to choose from.
$55 at Amazon.com →
Pull on and clip down
Most nursing sports bras I found are either grey or black. And I get it. We don’t want to buy a hundred different sports bras. We are not going to breastfeed forever, and we need something that goes with everything. But I like this one because it’s a little different and a beautiful color. Almost a little sexy. These low impact nursing sports bras are also perfect for everyday activities. As I mentioned before, we all get sweaty at least a few times a day taking care of the babies.
$42.99 at Amazon.com →
Medium impact nursing sports bras
Remember not to measure your chest and breast until at least 3 weeks after delivery. If you’re breastfeeding. By then they should have settled in size. And the bigger boobs you got, the more important it is to find a supportive sports bra. Especially when the training intensity increases. It will take a while for your abs to find their way back, which means your back is already strained.
Cute, sporty and very supportive
Some people say that you shouldn’t wear an underwire or a too tight bra as it can inhibit blood flow and cause clogged milk ducts or even mastitis. There’s no real proof of that though. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. I recommend doing and wearing whatever you feel comfortable in and works for you.
I think the sports bras without wire are considerably more comfortable. Or, at least as long as I’m not doing any high intensity workouts. Then it can be more comfortable to up the support.
This bra doesn’t have any wires but still offers great support. The racerback design and elastic band makes sure of that. The cups give full coverage and help restrict movement. And it has side slings that stops the breasts from sagging when you breastfeed (that generally makes it easier to feed). The clips are easy to maneuver with one hand making sure you can breastfeed anywhere at any time. And the price is great.
$20.99 at Amazon.com →
Not a nursing bra, but perfect for it?
Maybe not perfect, but absolutely fine. This open zip front sports bra is actually a post-surgery bra. That means it will give great support without being too tight. Think comfort and elasticity. No chafe, no sweat and no burden. The front zipper obviously is what makes it possible to breastfeed in. Just pull it down and whip it out. Zip, zap , zlurp. Not too bad, right?
You also get removal pads. Just put your nursing pads in there and never worry about leakage.
$28.99 for 3 bras at Amacon.com →
Plus size nursing sports bra at a nice price
This is one of the absolute best plus size nursing sports bras I have come across. Let me just say, great support, wide bands, full coverage, easy access, soft, breathable, smoothing, and stretchy. What more could you ask for? Well, it also is a pull-on. No clasps in sight. Available up to a 48C (5X-Large).
$19.99 at Amazon.com →
High impact nursing sports bras
Are you ready to up your game and get serious about your training again? Then you definitely want to invest in a great nursing bra that supports those milk machines. Things could get really uncomfortable otherwise. If you also have a bigger chest you want it to protect your back from getting hurt. Just remember to give your body time to recover from the pregnancy and labor. You got the rest of your life to get into shape again. Make sure your body is as ready as your mind.
Serious bounce control
I almost thought it would be mission impossible to find a nice high impact nursing sports bra. I did have to search in places I’m not that familiar with, but found a couple of great options. Although this first one was not a surprise. It’s from Cake Maternity. That was the first place I checked.
If you want a safe bet, go for this one. It is a full-structured sports bra that will minimize bounce, no matter the size. It’s comfortable, practical and designed with a purpose. It has a long list of high-quality features and functions. It might have it all. You must check it out.
You can choose between three different color combinations and if you’re looking for a high impact plus size nursing sports bra, this might be it.
$27.99-81.51 at Amazon.com →
A very flexible sports bra
This high impact sports bra actually comes with a free 7-day exercise program. Hotmilk is serious about getting us mamas into shape again. They have a wide range of sizes available. You can get it in up to H cup.
The sports bra in the picture have an extra cool feature. The top cup is stretchy enough to allow for growth (and shrinking). I love the vibrant colors, especially the gold in the back. It also has 6 hooks and eye extension for ribcage expansion. All this makes it a really flexible sports bra.
Check out nursing sports bra from Hotmilklingerie.com →
Which is the best nursing sports bra?
Well, that is subjective. I guess it’s the one that fits your body and style. I think you’ll up your chances of finding the right one if you do your homework first. What type of exercises are you planning to do? What are your needs? What is your budget? If you’re planning on starting with walks but move into jogging as soon as you can you might want to get a high impact bra straight away to save some money.
Do you have a favorite nursing sports bra? Share! We all benefit from each other’s experiences and opinions.
A couple of other tips for after pregnancy wear
Leak and sweat proof activewear →
After giving birth it’s very common to have some pelvic floor issues. Leakage problems, in other words. And this is extra annoying when working out. There are some amazing leak proof underwear and activewear available that can really help while getting back to normal.
Nursing bathing suits →
If you ‘re looking for some great and stylish nursing bathing suits you must head over here for some suggestions and inspiration.
My wife is looking for a new sports bra as her bobs have gone much bigger since she fell pregnant 3 months ago but she is still quite active and needs something to stop them bouncing around so much and hurting if you goes for a slight jog.
We have looked everywhere to find something that works for her but as you said it is a very limited market.
These companies must think women don’t do anything when they become pregnant!
She is going to love this when I show her when she comes home from work so thanks :)
I really hope you find something she likes. Happy to help.