Most nursing moms only have one regret when it comes to breastfeeding: how it affects the breasts! Most of us wouldn’t trade the sagging “mom boobs” that breastfeeding left us with because we were able to sustain our sweet babies with them.
That being said, we still want to feel like the gorgeous mammas we are! That’s where a new bra comes in. It’s a total game changer for how you look and feel as a mom and as a woman after pregnancy and nursing.
No matter your new cup size, we’ve researched and experimented and we’ve found the absolute best bras for after breastfeeding and weaning. We’ve covered lots of styles and lots of cup size ranges, so read through to see all the top post nursing bra picks.
|Best Bras for After Breastfeeding||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra||Low priced; comfortable strech; works great for weaning.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra||Smooth design; supportive underwire; best t-shirt bra.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Bra||Wirefree; supportive for larger busts; breathable comfort.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Uplift Bra||Fun colors; fancy lace; sling design for lift without padding.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Natori Women’s Feathers Contour Plunge Bra||Lace accents; deep plunge; supportive cups.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Bras for After Breastfeeding
1. Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra
Best Bra While Weaning Your Baby
The Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra is my recommendation for weaning. The Nizo Wear Serenity Comfort Nursing Bra is a wonderful option for weaning. It is reasonably priced since you should not need it after this first month. Spend the money and then pass it on to an expecting mom. Nizo Wear bras feature a patented pocket designed to hold a cool or hot pack. These are amazing to help to reduce the pain of weaning. They also work great for new breastfeeding moms.
2. Under Armour Women’s Armour Mid Sports Bra
Best Sports Bra Post Breastfeeding (for Cups A and B)
The Under Armour Women’s Armour Mid Sports Bra works well for smaller cup sizes. This sports bra is a pullover bra. It is simply designed and fits nicely to hold your recovering breasts in place while you get back into shape. I like the variety of colors available and the moderate price.
3. FITTIN Racerback Sports Bra
Best Sports Bra Post Breastfeeding for Cups C and D
The FITTIN Racerback Sports Bra is a great option for the midsize woman. This bra is well made and offers amazing support. When you are in those delicate months after weaning you want a bra that is both supportive and comfortable for exercise. The Climacool material helps to release heat and moisture to keep you dry and cool. This bra also comes with removable pads if you want extra coverage.
4. Glamorise Women’s Full Figure No-Bounce Sports Bra
Best Sports Bra Post Breastfeeding or Cups D and Up
For my full-figured friends, the Glamorise Women’s Full Figure No-Bounce Sports Bra will keep everything in place while you workout. This is a great, budget-friendly option as your body transitions after weaning. The Glamorise sports bra has an eye and hook closure so that you don’t have to try and pull it down over you head. The moisture wicking material is a great feature to keep you dry while you exercise. Overall, this is a great option for bigger busted women.
5. Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra
Best T Shirt Bra After Breastfeeding for A and B Cups
I love the Calvin Klein Perfectly Fit Modern T-Shirt Bra. This bra works great for everyday wear. It is smooth and hides well no matter what you are wearing. Seriously, you can run to the store in your pajamas, but as long as you put on this bra everything will be covered and comfortable.
6. Wacoal Women’s La Femme Contour Bra
Best Post Breastfeeding Bra for C and D Cups
The Wacoal Women’s La Femme Contour Bra is a great option for C and D cup women. Wacoal makes quality bras that are designed for everyday wear. The La Femme provides seamless coverage to offer a smooth silhouette. This bra also has a solid back band to provide support without being bulky.
7. Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wirefree Bra
Best Bra Post Breastfeeding for Cups D and Up
The Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wirefree Bra receives great reviews from big busted women. I love that Playtex offers an affordable yet comfortable option for full-figured women. Especially when you have larger breasts, you want to hold everything in place while you chase your children. The Playtex 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wirefree Bra has a breathable liner and supportive back strap. I also love that this Playtex bra is available in a few different colors to add fun to your bra wardrobe.
8. Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Uplift Bra
Best Push Up Bra After Breastfeeding for Cups A and B
For smaller chested women, Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Uplift Bra offers a fun and sexy option for date night. This lace bra comes in a variety of colors and includes underwire. The Dream Angles Wicked bra has a sling design to add lift without bulky padding.
9. Natori Women’s Feathers Contour Plunge Bra
Best Fancy Bra for After Breastfeeding for Cups C and D
The Natori Women’s Feathers Contour Plunge Bra offers the support C and D cups need while still offering a sexy plunge. This bra features semi-sheer lace to help feel confident for your date night. The plunge is designed to give the supported needed for great cleavage.
10. Chantelle Women’s Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra
Best Date Night Bra for After Breastfeeding for Cups D and Up
My big-breasted friends want to look sexy too. The Chantelle Women’s Rive Gauche Full Coverage Unlined Bra provides the support you need with a fun lacy design. The back band and shoulder straps allow for comfortable support. The bra is designed with side support panels to help keep everything centered and give a nice slimming effect.
11. Warner’s This Is Not A Bra Full-Coverage Underwire Bra
Best “Not a Bra” Bra for After Breastfeeding
You know that feeling when you want to wear a bra and not wear a bra at the same time? Check out Warner’s This Is Not A Bra Full-Coverage Underwire Bra. This bra is not only comfortable, it’s a great t-shirt bra and customers say it fits just as expected! Warner’s offers an elongated neckline bra as well.
Do I Need a Special Bra for Weaning?
Weaning is painful for many women. For me, it took around a month for my breasts to stop hurting and my milk supply to dry up after I weaned my last child. During this process I did not want to wear a normal bra. I wanted comfort. For the weaning process, I recommend the same bra and/or bra size that you used for the start of breastfeeding. You might even be able to wear your best maternity bra during weaning. However, you will need a smaller size than what you wore when your milk first came in. Look for a style that wireless and has room for movement, so that you can stay comfortable while your breasts get used to the milk supply dropping and eventually drying up. And don’t forget, you might need some nursing pads, like these Medela nursing pads that we review, just in case you have a little milk leaking at the beginning of the process.
Tips for Shopping for a Bra After Breastfeeding and Weaning
The transition from your before baby body until after you finish breastfeeding your baby is major. Not only that, but my doctor told me after I weaned my last child that it could take up to 18 months before my body and hormones regulated. That is a long time!
For me, one area where I struggled after weaning was finding the right kind of bra for my new body. I had my babies back to back. I was either pregnant or nursing for over four straight years. By the time my daughter was weaned, none of my pre-baby bras worked.
I had a lot of bra shopping to do! The process was not easy, but I learned a few things along the way.
Be patient with your body
After weaning, your body will continue to transition. First, you may experience pain and discomfort while weaning. You do not want to buy new bras during this time. Wait for at least one month after weaning to shop for your new bras. Give your body time to have its new normal shape and size.
Buy bras that make sense for you
The majority of your time will be spent on the everyday tasks of life and parenting. A well-fitting, comfortable and quality bra is important. The type of bra I wore before I had children didn’t make sense for my new stay-at-home mom lifestyle. I had to find comfortable bras that I could move in, yet still feel pretty in. For me, I wanted a bra that I could wear with t-shirts while I chased my toddler and preschooler across the park. Also, I needed it to be easily washable because kids are messy!Which leads me to my next point…
Only buy a few bras to start
I recommend buying the following bras post nursing:
- A sports bra- Because a supportive sports bra is important whether you run marathons or do a weekly Zumba class.
- An everyday or t-shirt bra- Something that you can wear under t-shirts or sweaters and isn’t fussy to wear or wash.
- A fancy bra for special events or date nights- After you wean a baby, you want to feel sexy again! A push-up bra is just a bonus!
As the year goes on, slowly add to your bra wardrobe. Take time to see what you like and don’t like.
Your body has changed since pre-pregnancy, and it is okay to need help to figure out your new size and shape. Thankfully for me, a friend recommended a bra fitting service and reminded me to be patient. Nordstrom, Victoria’s Secret, and JC Penney offer free and fabulous bra fittings. I highly recommend this service to get something that fits right. Since each store does things a little differently (as illustrated in this hilarious article), you may opt for measuring yourself at home using this handy guide.
FAQ’s for Bras After Breastfeeding
When should I get a fitted bra after breastfeeding?
Wait at least one month after weaning before shopping for a new bra. That’s to make sure that all your milk has dried up and that your breast tissue is back to non-nursing size. If you buy before then, the cups will likely be the wrong size. This also gives your rib cage, which got pretty stretched by that growing fetus, a chance to go back to it’s normal dimensions so that your band size is comfortable and correct.
Does wearing a bra affect milk supply?
It shouldn’t unless the bra is too tight. Many moms actually try to wear tight bras during the weaning process to help discourage their milk supply. This can be difficult to do correctly though because a too-tight bra is a leading cause of mastitis.
Can you fix sagging breasts after breastfeeding?
I wish there were a trick for this! Unfortunately, the tissue and skin of the breasts get stretched and changes during pregnancy and nursing. Afterward, many moms notice that their breasts just don’t have the full and perky shape they did before baby made them a meal factory.
Honestly, chest strengthening exercises can help a little to keep the muscles under the breasts toned and tightened, which can help slightly lift the breasts. Keeping good posture will also help to keep your breasts from looking too sad.
While there are many creams and other products that claim to help with sagging, they don’t always work (it’s basically snake oil). A bra with a little padding or other lifting mechanism will be your best friend and can give you the silhouette you want under your clothes.
How many cup sizes do you go up when nursing?
While your breast size will probably significantly increase with pregnancy and breastfeeding, the degree of increase varies from person to person.
Most women will experience a cup size fluctuation in breast size during the whole pregnancy/breastfeeding/weaning process. The fatty tissue in the breasts will increase during pregnancy and start to decline during breastfeeding.
If you hang on to some your baby weight (don’t we all!), you may notice that the increase in fat cells can increase your cup size after baby, too.
The milk glands in the breast take up lots of room when they are constantly filling with milk, and that, combined with the increase in fatty tissue, is why nursing breasts are much fuller and heavy. This is especially true during the first few months of nursing while the supply and demand is still getting figured out and you are more prone to engorgement.
But don’t worry, after you wean, the milk glands empty, the fatty tissue lessens, and you’ll probably be back at your pre-pregnancy breast size.
Will my breasts look normal after breastfeeding?
We get stretch marks, engorgement, enlargement, darker nipples, bigger nipples, and all kinds of other changes during the whole baby growing and feeding process. But don’t worry, many of those problems will resolve post-breastfeeding.
It’s common for all women to experience a loss of fullness and size once they’re finished nursing their child. While after pregnancy and breastfeeding you may never quite return to your pre-baby shape, once you have weaned your baby (and lost any extra weight) your breasts should begin to return toward their normal size and color.
Shopping for the best bra after breastfeeding is hard, mamma. But you can do it!
When shopping for bras post nursing, remember to be patient. I recommend waiting at least one month after weaning to shop. Also, take the time to have a professional bra fitting. This will help take the stress and frustration out of the bra shopping process.
Also, start with only three bras to see what you like and what feels good. You do not want to spend a ton of money on an entire bra wardrobe only to be disappointed in the end. It may take trying a few different products to see what works best for the different activities in your life.
Any of the choices on this list won’t lead you astray. You can find the best bra for after breastfeeding to get your confidence back and feel amazing in your strong body that grew and fed a child or two (or more!).