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9 Pretty Nursing Bras

By Rebekah Kuschmider |

I nursed my son for a year. I’m not saying that to brag or anything. It’s just a statement of fact. Also a statement of fact: I wore nursing bras for a year.

Ugly nursing bras.

I bought about five bras and four nursing tanks in nude, black, and white. I wore them day in and day out, in all their orthopedic-looking glory, for a full year. They were functional and practical and had not a hint of style or sex appeal to them.
Not this time. This time? I’m getting pretty bras. I don’t care what they cost. My boobs are worth it. My self-esteem is worth it. My marriage is worth it.

There’s nothing like the little spring you get in your step from wearing a pretty bra and panty set, especially on a date night. It’s just a nice little lift, a feeling of being kind of girly and cute. Having a little secret that you may or may not share with that special someone.

I’ve spent the past couple of years building up a collection of pretty lingerie and it’s made me – and my husband – so happy to feel a little sexy and flirty despite my status as a suburban mom. Since I’ve gotten pregnant and my bra sizes has been changing as fast as Lindsay Lohan’s face (Hey LiLo! Skip the lip fillers, babe!), I’ve settled for a steady stream of functional bras with very little glamor. Like fellow Babble mom Casi, I’ve been adamant about cute panties but the bras? Meh.

As soon as I deliver and my breasts settle into nursing form though, I’m going bra shopping. No orthopedic nursing bras this time! I’m looking for lace, fun colors, that little something-something that makes me feel like a woman, not just a milk-maker.
Here are a few of the cutest bras I’ve scoped so far.

Many thanks to Babble mom Michelle for her round-up of the best nursing bras and all my friends who weighed in when I asked for recommendations!

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Nine Pretty Nursin Bras

Glamour Mom Lacy Tank

I wore nursing tanks all the time when I was nursing my son. They’re comfortable and practical. This one from Glamour Mom adds a little touch of lace at the hem to make it fun and feminine, too.
Purchase at Glamour Mom

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Rebekah Kuschmider

Rebekah Kuschmider is a writer and mother with an over-developed sense of irreverence, who has socialist tendencies and a blog. She lives with her husband and two kids outside of Washington, DC. You can read her work regularly at Stay At Home Pundit and The Broad Side. Her work has also been seen at Salon, Redbook, and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Rebekah Kuschmider's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “9 Pretty Nursing Bras

  1. jenny says:

    I wish these game in more supportive/larger styles. Nursing turned me into a 34J (up from a much less ridiculous, but still difficult, 34DD). 8 months in I’ve probably spent more than $500 on bras. Finally settled on getting normal, non-nursing, bras altered. Turns out fancy bra stores (in my case, Intimacy) will do that for free. So if you need support and have a fancy bra store in your neighborhood / price range, go there!
    I have a pretty Hot Milk bra. I bought it online (mistake!). I hope it will fit when I wean. I sleep in the Bravado everyone I know swore was “so supportive”.
    Grrrr. It’s not like I’m the only person who got HUGE boobs from nursing.

  2. ariela says:

    It looks like most of those bras have underwires – wouldn’t that be uncomfortable while nursing? Or increase the risk of getting mastitis/blocked ducts due to the wires pressing under the breast? Just wondering, as I’ve heard that one shouldn’t wear underwire bras while nursing…

  3. Hollie says:

    I had great success with HotMilk, and my weirdest size was a 34H. I haaated the Bravado ones, Medela was a joke, but the Cantaloop maternity bra makes for an ugly but comfortable night’s sleep.

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