I know what you're thinking: Stylish nursing bras? There is nothing stylish about a nursing bra, aka the granny-panties of the lingerie world. A comfortable nursing bra is there for fit, for function, for feeding — but not for fashion.
Or so you thought.
Turns out attractive nursing bras are out there, much to the delight of lactating ladies everywhere – myself included. Sure, right after having a baby, the only requirement I had of my underthings was that they were soft enough not to irritate my poor, cracked, bleeding nipples, but eventually, there came a time when I was ready to dress up again – and I'm talking lace, underwire, the whole nine yards.
Getting dressed – even in places no one sees – meant a lot to me as a new mom. This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye permanently to your favorite 100-percent cotton, no-lift nursing bra. It may not be stylish, but for that 3 a.m. feeding, does anyone really care?
Still, after three months of walking around in a sleep-deprived haze and wearing nothing but yoga pants and comfortable nursing tanks covered with spit-up, I was ready to dress up. There's nothing like putting on something lacy and sleek to feel like a new woman.
Polka Dots And Lace
This navy and white number is a little bit sweet thanks to the polka dots, and a lot bit sophisticated thanks to the lace.
You booked a sitter, snagged dinner reservations, and dug out your favorite dress. This black lacy nursing bra is exactly what you should wear underneath.
A nursing bra that looks this pretty and bears the La Leche League name has to be good, and this bra proves it.
This star-studded nursing bra provides major lift without any wires, and nursing access from the chest (versus the shoulders) offers additional comfort.
The flowers and lace on this stylishly sweet bra quickly dispel any notion that nursing bras have to be frumpy to be comfortable.
Pretty in Pink
Knowing she's got a splash of lacy pink on underneath can make a mom feel special, even in the most basic of outfits.
Bold and Bright
Trimmed in lace, this cotton full-coverage bra supports even the most milk-filled of boobs.
Stylishness isn't limited to all things girly. This sophisticated striped nursing bra doesn't need flowers or ruffles to be cool.
Sweet and Elegant
Bravado Designs Allure Underwire Nursing Bra (34B/C-38F/G), $30 - $54, Amazon
This delicate nursing bra is as feminine as it gets: Lace, ruffles, and florals work together to make a pretty bra that still wears comfortably.
Simple doesn't have to mean boring. What this padded T-shirt bra lacks in adornment, it makes up for in its smooth, seamless support.
A Gym-Bag Necessity
Nursing moms can hit the gym in style with this sleek sports bra that's too cool to be covered up.
Mesh & Floral Detailing
Sometimes, you just want to go all out. This sheer lacy bra crosses from stylish into straight-up sexy.
The Stylish Twofer
Hands-free pumping bras are great; hands-free pumping bras in a stylish black-lace cut are even better.
This organic cotton bra in a nature-inspired print doesn't use underwire for support, making it both supremely comfortable and Earth-friendly.
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