February 13, 2011

10 Gorgeous Nursing Bras (And The Best Places To Find Them)

Happy Valentine's Day, Mamas!  Valentine's Day is a perfect time to chat about something near and dear to my heart:  nice lingerie (hello, La Perla!).  I looooove nice lingerie.  In fact, before R was born, I had amassed quite the collection of tiny, 32-AA bras.   


Since R was born, my now-saggy C-cups and I feel the urge to throw a pity party around Valentine's Day for the boxes of pretty pretties we no longer wear…but this year, we decided to round up a few (ok, TEN) of our very favorite nursing bras.  These are so gorgeous you'll want to wear them long after you stop nursing.   (Unless, of course, you wear them to death like we do, and then they end up stained and shapeless.  But you get the idea.)

Cause You'll Never Go Wrong With Black Lace

Really, enough said.  These are drop-dead gorgeous.  And the Le Mystere is crazy-sexy.

Flirty Brights

The bright straps on the bras below might actually look cute peeking out from under a tank top.  My favorite summer nursing bra is still this one with the lace straps, but these might be new contenders!!

Oh-So Pretty

I'll never be able to resist a bra called "Strawberry Shortcake", and I love the vintage feel of the turquoise bra with ivory lace.  These bras are just so pretty, and such a nice reminder that Spring is on it's way!!


Nursing bras have come a long, looooong way since I had R.  Even serious lingerie houses like Agent Provocateur are now making a fabulous nursing bra.  Victoria's Secret has a cute, everyday, nude plunge nursing bra, and even the Gap has a nice (if a bit mundane) selection of nursing bras.  But my very favorite go-to places for gorgeous nursing bras are the following online retailers:

(NOTE: I've also linked to my favorite brands, below.)


This UK-based online retailer has the best selection of gorgeous nursing bras on the web.  My only complaint is that they don't really give you a good way to browse the collection, but if you type "Nursing Bra" into their search box, you should get a complete list.  They carry the most comprehensive selection of fun, pretty nursing bras, but are light on the traditional styles….which, honestly, I'm OK with.  Instead of brands like Bravado and Bella Materna, look for nursing bras by Cake Lingerie, HOTMilk, Emily, Freya, and Elle Macpherson Intimates.


Like ASOS, Figleaves.com carries HOTMilk, Emily, Elle Macpherson Intimates and Freya, but they also have a completely fabulous (and totally affordable) in-house line called Midnight Grace by Figleaves.  It's fun, pretty, and all under $40. (They also carry Amoralia, who makes the gorgeous bra that Isabella Oliver picked up in the first set above.)

To make things confusing, Figleaves.com refers to nursing bras as "drop cup bras".  To find them, go to Women –> Maternity and Nursing –> Drop Cup Bras.  Here's a shortcut.


If you have trouble finding a good fitting nursing bra, herroom.com is the place to go.  Not only do they give insanely detailed explanations about each bra (with measurements), but they offer several different views to show you exactly what each bra looks like, and how it will look under a variety of shirts – button-down, v-neck, and tank top.  Their focus is on the traditional nursing bra, but they also carry Le Mystere, HOTMilk and Belabumbum nursing bras.  To find the nursing bras, first go to their Maternity section, then Nursing, then Bras.  Or just click here.



  • Maman A Droit
    February 13, 2011

    Great post! HOTmilk is my favorite-breastfeeding has taken me to a 34G and not every brand carries that size, but HOTmilk does. And I love that they’re wire-free-I hate that digging wire feeling! Anyway I’ll have to check out some of the brands you mentioned that I hadn’t heard of before.

  • Katie
    February 14, 2011

    Thanks for this post! Breastfeeding takes me to a 34G or H, which can be hard to find. The first nursing bra I had when I had my son 2 years ago was soooo ugly and gave me a really unflattering shape – and it wasn’t cheap either. I think I’ve since thrown it in the trash. I got a few others that were super comfy and I loved them, but they were just plain – in nude and black. I’m 19 weeks now with #2, and will definitely be finding myself something pretty this time around!

  • Terri
    February 14, 2011

    I just bought two of the Condessa bras because of your summer bra post and I love them. I got the red and orange and holy smokes, I am not used to hot nursing bras and I knooooow my husband ain’t either! Nine months from now we will probably see the repercussions of this purchase. I found mine on amazon for $40 which was the cheapest price I have found them but they did have (very) limited sizing available.

  • Amy (BiblioMOMia)
    February 14, 2011

    Sigh. And this post comes 2 weeks before I wean…

  • Seanna
    February 14, 2011

    I wish this had been posted a year and a half ago… Now that I am down to one feed a day I can get into my “old” bras. That said, I had given up on finding nursing bras that were at all flattering. Now I’ll always wonder. 😀

  • Jessica
    February 14, 2011

    Word to the wise about Figleaves…any order over $200 will land you with a hefty tariff from US Customs that is the customer’s responsibility to pay for. I learned the hard way. Also, because their stuff has to go through customs, it takes an ungodly amount of time to land on your doorstep. I am still waiting for a bra that I ordered in December. There are better sellers out there who don’t put the burden on the customer for actually receiving that which you ordered. Good luck!

  • Tracey
    February 14, 2011

    Thank you for writing about Cake Lingerie. I am thrilled to hear you love Strawberry Shortcake.
    Our bras are designed to fit and give optimal support, we stock beautiful bras from sizes 32B-38I cup.
    Join Cake Lingerie and Celebrate Motherhood!

  • Susana
    February 14, 2011

    Are you guys in my brain or something? You’re always like 1 step ahead of me realizing what I need. Now, the problem is: how do you know what size you are? I’ve been bfing for 18 months (planning to wean soon, but just found out I’m pregnant so it’ll be a while before I get to my old pretties). My boobs are gross. During pregnancy the first time around it was easy to size because they were just like before but bigger. But now they are saggy and droopy and sunken…wth??? How do you size saggies? (For the record, I’ve been in amazingly comfortable but ugly as sin Bravados).

  • Yogita
    February 14, 2011

    I just came across your blog a few weeks ago and LOVE reading your posts! I wish I had known about your blog and these nursing bras when I had my baby. These are definitely worth the price. The regular nursing bras are so utilitarian to start with and then become lumpy after a few months of use.

  • Shana
    February 15, 2011

    Maman – Nice!! I haven’t actually tried the wire-free / sexy nursing bra combo (my sexy nursing bras are all underwire)…but this might be worth a try!
    Katie – Haven’t they come a long way? I was shocked at the difference in just three years! Wow!
    Terri – LOL! Great comment. “Holy smokes” is right. Those bras are also great for low-cut tops. The pretty button detail (between the ‘girls) is gorgeous.
    Amy & Seanna – Argh! Sorry, Girls!!!!
    Tracey – Thanks for taking the time to comment! We love Cake!!
    Susana – I always go with trial & error, but that’s pretty annoying. I sent your comment into our favorite lactation consultant / nursing bra fitter to see what she says. Will probably do a quickie post on the topic. Good question – thanks!!
    Yogita – LUMPY. That’s exactly what happens, LOL! Thanks for the comment!

  • S
    February 17, 2011

    Just got this comment from a friend of mine on Facebook, and just HAD to share:
    “SOL in Cherry Creek North can turn any of their beautiful bras (and any other bras you may get elsewhere) into nursing bras for like 10-20 bucks! The sexy red lace bra they converted for me after my first baby almost saved my life! I… had been feeling so dumpy and it made me feel like a woman and not just a mom. And since I went through (yes! Count it!) 8 different bra sizes from my first pregnancy to now, I LOVE that they adjust and tailor bras for a small fee as well. They saved me a bundle as I ballooned and sagged up and down!! They are expert fitters, so I always wear my perfect size. They sell swimwear, too. I will never buy a bra anywhere else. ”

  • Sonya
    February 20, 2011

    I just spotted the Le Mystere black bra on the daily deal site, http://www.zulily.com/invite/smiller4387 for $39!
    Thanks for doing this post. I had no idea there where so many good options out there!!

  • Shana
    February 20, 2011

    Awesome, Sonya!! Thanks for the tip!!
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Keiffer
    May 2, 2011

    You’ve got it in one. Cuodln’t have put it better.

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