When you have your baby and begin your breastfeeding journey, you graduate from maternity clothes on to nursing clothes. Nursing clothes can be really helpful and stylish, or totally hindering and drab. Wearing a great nursing cami can solve all kinds of problems, from comfort to covering to convenience. Here’s a list of the best nursing camis, as researched, tried, and put together by this 2-time nursing mamma!
||Why It Is Best||Mom Rating|
|Bearsland Women’s Maternity Nursing Tank Top||Stylish, cute, and good for wearing alone.||♥♥♥♥♥
|Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Maternity and Nursing Tank with Built-In Bra||Best built-in bra of the bunch.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Naked Nursing Tank||Good for wearing under t-shirts and using your own bra.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Suiek Women’s Nursing Tank Top Cami||Cute lace racerback style and cotton comfort.||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Leading Lady Women’s Nursing Camisole with Built-In Bra||Good support and cotton comfort.||♥♥♥♥♥|
Bearsland Women’s Maternity Nursing Tank Top
The Bearsland Women’s Maternity Nursing Tank Top is made of a rayon spandex blend. It makes for a delicate and very stretchable fabric. This works well, since the design features a ruffled front where the ruffles can be pulled apart for nursing access. The stretchy material makes it so that you don’t just have a hanging a gap in the shirt at all times. The front and back both feature a slight curved neckline, and the straps are adjustable.
You can choose from nearly 30 different patterns/colors, and you can buy a 3-piece cami set as well. This tank is amazing for summer, but you can also keep wearing it through the other seasons by pairing it with a cute cardigan. And for even more use, you can use it as a maternity tank top, so you can use this for many years and through a few different pregnancies if you needed to.
Not only does this work well for nursing mammas, but pumping mammas can use this bra too. Both sides can be brought down at the same time for double pumping. And for a nursing mama, you can wear whatever bra you want under this. Whether that’s a nursing bra, or your favorite comfy bra, you can wear it as long as the straps are the same width as the straps of this cami.
What to Watch Out For
- Wash on delicate cycle with gentle detergent only. Or you’ll ruin the fabric
- Buy the right size. I suggest ordering down a size so that it’s not too big, which results in the fabric hanging loose and people getting flashed accidentally.
Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Maternity and Nursing Tank with Built-In Bra
This Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Nursing Tank is made from a super soft, but supportive material. It’s a blend of nylon with a touch of spandex for good stretch. The fit works well for both maternity and postpartum stages since it’s made longer and stretchier through the hip zone.
The built-in bra is more than just a shelf bra. It actually has shaped cups and a thick band of plastic underneath to help support. It also has other bra-like attributes, like fully adjustable straps, and padding that helps you keep your shape and also provides an extra layer of coverage for a no-show look.
Nursing with this tank top is easy peasy with quick clip down cups. The clips stay closed and can easily be done and undone with one hand once you get the hang of it.
You can get this tank in four different colors. It really is the perfect thing to wear under another top or cardigan. It’s also a great shirt for sleeping in or even doing light workouts in. Having just one layer and no wires equals blissful comfort during pregnancy as well.
What to Watch Out For
- The price. I know, I know, it’s expensive. But you are buying a super nice cami and a super nice bra that happen to be together.
- Washers beware. You’re supposed to hand wash this, which can really detract from that whole convenience thing. Delicate cycle on the washer will have to do.
- Nylon nightmare. Unlike cotton, nylon acts like a magnet that attracts all kinds of hair and lint. It also can pill or snag easily, so be careful when you are snuggling your baby up next to you.
Naked Nursing Tank
Think of the Naked Nursing Tank as being your basic cami, just with a really low cut neckline. This is made from cotton and lycra for a tight but comfortable fit. How it works is it has an opening where your bra is. It still has straps and a bottom, but the bust area is open so that you can use your own nursing bra. The back has a racerback design, which helps keep the straps up to allow for a great fit, no matter in what your bust size is. The bottom of the tank also gives you coverage no matter your size, because it’s about 4 inches longer than most other tanks.
This tank is ideal for those who like to wear t-shirts and don’t need bust coverage, but want to cover their belly and back when they lift up their t-shirts to nurse. It’s also ideal for those who like a fun and maybe even plunging neckline that they don’t want covered up buy a cami. Either way, the Naked Tank has your back. Literally.
What to Watch Out For
- Price. Yes, it’s kinda expensive considering that you don’t even get a whole entire tank top. But you are paying for genius-osity of design!
- Falls apart if you wash a lot. If you went a day spit up and leak free, try wearing it again before washing it to keep the seams from falling apart.
Suiek Women’s Nursing Tank Top Cami
The Suiek Women’s Nursing Tank Top Cami is an empire-fit nursing cami made from 95% cotton with a little bit of spandex. That means you get the breathability and comfort of cotton with the bonus of stretching. The elastic under the bust combined with the looser waistline and longer fit make it an ideal tank for postpartum and pregnancy alike.
The tank has adjustable shoulder straps that come together in a lace racerback design. Both of these combined mean that you won’t have any slipping straps and that the tank will help to really lift and support you. The built-in shelf bra features nursing clips and drop down cups.
You can buy this tank in seven different colors, and you can even buy three packs of colors together to save a little bit of money and time. It works really well as a tank on its own because of its cute style and it’s a looser fit. You can also wear it under shirts that show your back for a cute accent.
What to Watch Out For
- Needs a bra. The shelf bra has almost no support. You’ll definitely want a bra to go underneath, especially if you have larger breasts or if you need to wear nursing pads.A strapless bra will help keep the pretty back look alive.
- Shrinks when washing. You can machine wash these cotton tanks in cold water, but they’ll shrink a little bit. Best to line dry.
- Sizing depends on usage. To wear under stuff, order your normal size. To wear alone and get the flowy look like the pictures, order up a size.
Leading Lady Women’s Nursing Camisole with Built-In Bra
The Leading Lady Women’s Nursing Camisole with Built-in Bra is a basic cotton nursing cami. It doesn’t get much more simple than this. This is a blend of cotton with just a touch of spandex to keep it from shrinking and pulling. When bought in the correct size, it has a longer fit for more coverage and room to grow if you’re wearing during pregnancy as well.
This cami features a built-in side sling bra. What that means is that the bra part of the cami is like a sports bra. When you use the nursing clips and the drop-down cups, the front of the tank comes down while the side and under piece stay. The underneath piece is made from elastic which goes the entire way around your body. The inner cotton slings work well to help you supported while nursing, and the adjustable straps mean that you can get just the right support and coverage that you need.
This isn’t the fanciest tank, and it’s probably not the best for wearing out in public. But forgetting breathable, stretchable, and supportive coverage while just hanging out at home, this is your best and most comfy bet.
What to Watch Out For
- Fights with a nursing bra. To get the best fit out of this tank, just wear it by itself. Then you don’t have a tangle of clips and straps due to battling bras.
- Runs small. Order up! That way it’s long enough to cover the tummy and the boobs at the same time.
- Side sling bra fits some people strange. The design of this bra tends to cut big chested ladies in just the wrong area to add a little discomfort and a not-smooth look.
Guide to Selecting a Nursing Cami
Finding a good nursing cami isn’t hard. There isn’t a whole lot to look for in terms of features and benefits. If the bra has the features that you do want and you think it’s cute, odds are, it’ll work just fine! Here are a few things to check out when shopping.
There are a few different types of bra that you can find in a nursing tank. Very few tanks have no bra. That means that the front bust panel comes down, but there’s no support, only coverage. Then there’s a shelf bra. It’s basically a tube top that’s been sewn into the bust of the cami, and you can drop down one front side at a time. Then there’s a sling bra. This means that there is a support structure on the sides and sometimes in the middle. This type has a drop-down front that might have some kind of lining or padding. It gives more support than other options. No matter what kind of bra you find in your cami, be sure that it gives you enough support without squashing you. That can lead to mastitis and all kinds of problems!
Do the clips work? Can you do them with just one hand? Do they hold up well? Are they made from sturdy plastic? Double check all of these things to make sure that the tank works well and isn’t just good on paper.
Cotton. Spandex. Lycra. Polyester. Nylon. Microfiber. The list goes on and on. There are a lot of fabrics to choose from, and each has different qualities. If you want breathability, stick with cotton. Spandex and Lycra will give you some stretch and help smooth out bumps. Nylon is nice and silky, but doesn’t breathe as well.
Are you wearing this alone? Under another shirt? With a nursing bra? Without a bra at all? All of these will factor into the fit that you want. Buy your normal size or even consider buying a size down if you just want to wear this to cover your middle and cleavage and help smooth everything out. If you are going to wear it under a cardigan or on its own where it’s very visible, consider getting a size with a little more room and a more forgiving shape. As a bonus, look for adjustable straps whenever possible to make sure that you are getting the best fit for your own body.
The final consideration is easy- can you wash it? Most moms just don’t have the time, energy, or patience to lovingly hand wash their shirts. For most of us, we’ve got to be able to throw it in the washer, even if it’s on delicate.
FAQ’s about Nursing Camis
Do I have to buy a nursing cami?
Not at all! The main purpose of a nursing cami is to be a shirt and bra combo for hanging out or wearing under things. It provides extra coverage for your midsection when nursing in public, too. But as long as you have a great-fitting nursing bra, a cami is totally optional.
What’s the best material for a nursing cami?
Most women love a cotton blend, usually with some Spandex or Lycra. This gives a nice stretch, a great fit, and less shrinkage while still being breathable and comfortable.
Do nursing camis support larger breasts?
Sadly, no. While it’s fine to wear a nursing cami alone for a little while, most nursing mammas find that they need a little extra support if they have larger breasts (D cup and bigger). These mammas will probably need to wear a nursing bra and a nursing cami to get the right coverage and support.
When should I buy a nursing cami?
Pregnancy is actually a great time to buy a nursing cami! Just buy up a size to make room for your growing belly and breasts (and the postpartum belly that you will have too). Since your breasts will grow considerably when your milk comes in, you might have to purchase 2 different sizes to get you through your whole pregnancy and postpartum journey.
What type of bra do I wear with a nursing cami?
You can wear no bra, a nursing bra, or a regular bra. Some regular bras stretch enough to accommodate nursing. What you wear with your nursing cami just depends on the look you want (e.g. more natural or lifted) and the support you need. Let your comfort level be your guide!
There’s not one cami that’s really better than all the others. It really depends on what you want to wear it with, where you wear it, and your bust size. Pick any of these camis based on the benefits that I’ve shared and you’ll be nursing in style!