Team Favourites: 7 Nursing and Maternity Bras


A couple months ago we received an email from a reader asking us to share our favourite nursing bras. Esther and I both wanted to recommend the Elle Macpherson nursing bras we both used for all four of our babies, but when I started to look online, I realised that, apart from a few exceptions like Amazon and Ebay which must have the last remaining stock of the range, the bras have been discontinued. Oh no!  (And to think that I donated all of my nursing bras to charity when I left London, thinking I’d never have the need for them again. Whoops!)

So the challenge was on. We needed to seek out other options for great nursing bras. I sent an email to our entire team asking everyone for their recommendations (two of whom recommended the Elle Macpherson ones – of course!), and I also reached out to a few different brands asking to road test their bras. Here is our list of favourites:

nursingbras1.) This Seraphine nursing vest is a camisole, not a bra, but it is a serious staple for me — wearing it around the house, under jumpers, or as an extra layer when it’s cold outside. The bamboo fabric is super soft and it only gets better wash after wash. –Lara in London

2.) I’ve been loving the maternity bra from Hatch. The comfortable jersey bralette shape is easy to wear (nice full coverage), and I love the V neckline and thin straps – I don’t mind if it pokes out from under my dresses. – Courtney

3.) I just ordered the Seraphine Seamless nursing bra and I love that there are 6 hook and eye settings at the back to ensure a flexible fit at every stage (from early on when your boobs are enormous to later when they reduce in size). I also like the soft seamless fabric and full coverage. – Courtney

4. & 5.) The Never Say Never nursing bra and the Trenta bra, both from Cosabella have become my standards. The little bit of padding helps to give them a nice shape, and they’ve washed up nicely. – Shannon in NYC

6.) The maternity/nursing bra from Storq is perfect for pregnancy with its super soft, stretchy fabric and no underwire, and apparently it works for nursing as well – you just have to pull aside the bra for quick and easy feeding (I’m hoping my post-birth boobs will fit into the one I have, otherwise I might have to order a larger size). – Courtney

7.) The Emma Jane sleep bra is the only pregnancy bra I bought as it is soft and comfortable, and because it’s a sleep bra it made me feel really comfortable at night. – Lara in Paris


Please let me know if you have other recommendations. I would love to hear!

Courtney x


Comments (19)

Anna Prasad
December 14, 2016

Boob Nursing and Milker were my go to for nursing bras and they do fantastic nursing clothes too!

December 14, 2016

I’m using Boob’s nursing bra, I think they are both comfortble and cute. They come in camisole too, in wool, which is perfect for Sweden winters.

Courtney in Australia
December 14, 2016

I did see those merino wool nursing camisoles on the Boob site. They look great for cold winters! That’s great to know you like the bras from them as well. I should check those out. Thank you. x

Kate in the Cotswolds
December 14, 2016

Fear not ladies, all is not lost! Elle Macpherson has been taken over by Heidi Klume Intimates! The bras are identical/very similar to Elle’s nursing/maternity bras.
I can also recommend Sophie by Panache for a pretty lace option with a great size range.

Courtney in Australia
December 14, 2016

Ah! That explains it. I did think the Heidi Klum bras looked familiar (but I haven’t tried them, so I didn’t want to include them this list). I know what I’ll be ordering then….! Thank you. x

December 14, 2016

I used and loved the Elle Macpherson ones too for my first baby. I have just had baby no.2 and luckily found exactly the same bras, they’ve just been rebranded as Heidi Klum. Hope that helps anyone who was a fan of the Elle Macpherson ones!

Courtney in Australia
December 14, 2016

Great news! Thank you. xx

December 14, 2016

Bella Materna and Hot Milk for me. I love Hot Milk’s charitable work too.

Anna Cohen
December 14, 2016

I discovered Hot Milk bras for #3 and am loving them. Some of them are so sexy and that’s a rare feeling for me when pregnant/breastfeeding!

December 14, 2016

A very comfortable and soft bra for breatsfeeding is the one from Heidi Klum: Heidi Klum Intimates Elodie stripe nursing bra 🙂 I use it to sleep as is very soft.

December 14, 2016

I use the Boob Design tshirt braw, great quality, nice shape and gives good support for bigger boobs!

December 14, 2016

Thank you, wonderful list! I’m going to order a Saraphine seamless bra. I’ve also discovered Coobie bras. Stretchy and seamless, they fit at all stages, provide nice support without mashing your boobs together, pull aside for nursing and now they make a true nursing bra style. The are also incredibly inexpensive.

December 14, 2016

I don’t have a specific bra recommendation, but I agree with Shannon in NYC that some padding is nice. If you’re leaky and need to use nursing pads, a bra with a bit of padding helps prevent you from looking lumpy under your clothes.

December 14, 2016

I used Hot Milk and they were great and lasted for ages.

Courtney in Australia
December 14, 2016

These are all such great recommendations. Thanks so much for sharing! xx

December 15, 2016

I used Bravado ( Loved them.

December 18, 2016

I’ve just used bralettes from Intimissimi, works for my smaller bust with not much need for support even while nursing. Practical as they’re elastic, I can just pull them down as needed and it’s nice and airy without padding in hot climates. I bought a padded nursing bra because I thought I had to have one but barely used it.

December 19, 2016

Bravado has great nursing bras. I swear by them to all my mum friends and clients (as a doula)! They go from pregnancy to postpartum with ease and offer flexibility with engorgement. I love their feel and support so much that I continue wearing them for extended periods of time. A definite recommendation!

December 12, 2017

Bodas maternity and nursing bras are great. Grown up, practical
and subtle, so I still felt like me, not just a milking machine.

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