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The 8 best hands-free pumping bras on Amazon

Going back to work when my daughter was 4 months old was a bitter sweet experience for me. I was determined to continue breastfeeding but knew the odds were against me with my busy job.

I knew the only way to make it work was to make pumping sessions as quick and convenient as possible. So I bought a Spectra S1 (with in-built rechargeable batteries) so I could double pump anywhere. Then I went on a mission to find a great pumping bra so I could multi-task while I pump.

My ideal pumping bra had  to do double-duty as a nursing bra as well so I could wear it throughout the day. It also needed to hold my non-detachable Spectra flanges securely and tightly so I could concentrate on other tasks like having lunch and catching up with paperwork without having to worry about my shields and milk bottles dislodging. (Read this article if you are looking for a pumping bra specifically for your Spectra)

After hours of research, I found that these were the best hands-free pumping bras that is compatible with most popular breast pump brands:

Best pumping bra overall: Momcozy Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Momcozy Pumping Bra

  • It can be used as a hands-free pumping bra and a nursing bra
  • Made of soft and breathable material (say good bye to boob sweat!)
  • You can convert the bra into a racerback (cross style) or wear as a standard bra.
  • The fabric is thin and less bulky than many other pump bras

What I don’t like about it

    • The thin fabric is less supportive
    • It’s a soft-cupped bra and lacks structure so it doesn’t give you a nice silhouette under tight tops

Bear in mind

  • The top of the cups are high so you can’t wear this with low-cut tops

My article on the best pumping bras for work gives you more great pumping bra options.

Best pumping bra for small breasts: Rumina Classic Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Rumina Pumping Bra

  • You can pull the top of the bra down fully for good skin-to-skin contact while breastfeeding
  • It has a ‘no hole pumping design’ to avoid your nipples poking through between pumping sessions.
  • You insert the your flange from the side and position it over your nipples so it doesn’t matter where your nipples sit.
  • Made of soft, breathable cotton

What I don’t like about it

  • Supports smaller boobs fine but not enough support for larger breasts
  • The stitching can feel itchy if you have sensitive skin

Bear in mind

  • Sizes run small, very small.

If you’re looking for more pumping bra options for small breasts, read my review of the 5 best pumping bra for small breasts.

Best pumping bra for large breasts: Simple Wishes Supermom Nursing and Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Supermom Pumping Bra

  • Who doesn’t want to wear a Supermom bra? Plus they fit moms with bra sizes up to 40H.
  • One of the few pumping bras around made from silky soft modal material
  • Wireless and seamless.
  • Has a sewn-in molded cup that separates your boobs for lift and shape – no more uni-boob!

What I don’t like about it

  • It can feel a bit bulky due to the padding
  • the molded cups can get lumpy if not washed gently

Bear in mind

  • the bra also comes in Blush and Snow Leopard design but the lace on these can feel scratchy on sensitive skin. The black bra is the only one I recommend. 

Check out more pumping bras for moms with large breasts

Best pumping sports bra: Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Lotus Pumping Bra

  • This is literally a 3-in-1 nursing bra: You can use it as a ‘regular’ nursing bra to breastfeed, a hands-free pumping bra, and as a yoga bra.
  • The flaps do a great job of holding my pump bottles securely
  • The no-hole design means my nipples won’t poke through between pump sessions
  • It is stretchy, seamless and wireless

What I don’t like about it

  • It’s unpadded so your nipples will show through unless you use breast pads
  • You breastfeed by looping the flaps ‘behind’ your breasts – that can feel a bit uncomfortable 

Bear in mind

  • This looks like a regular sports bra and can be worn even after you’re done and dusted with breastfeeding.

Read my detailed review of the Lotus Bra.

Prettiest pumping bra: Dairy Fairy Ayla Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Ayla Pumping Bra

  • It has hidden flange openings and looks just like a regular bra
  • It has a demi-wire (half cup) and is the only flexi-wired pumping bra that I recommend
  • The whole bra is lined by lace. There is nothing like lace to help you feel sexy.
  • Provides great boob support, even for larger breasts

What I don’t like about it

  • The lace can be itchy on sensitive skin
  • Sizes run small

Bear in mind

  • If you often can’t pump on time and have engorged breasts, only wear wireless pumping bras.  

Check out my review of the Ayla Pumping Bra – the only underwired pumping bra I recommend

Best budget pumping bra: HOFISH 3-in-1 Pumping Bra

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Why I love the HOFISH Pumping Bra

  • It’s one of the cheapest pumping bras on Amazon and also one of the best-sellers
  • Made of super soft nylon/spandex material 
  • Comes with extra back extenders and adjustable straps for a better fit

What’s not so great about it:

  • Not supportive enough for large breasts
  • Fabric pills and stretches with repeated washes

Best pumping corset: Simple Wishes Signature Pumping Bra

The Simple Wishes Pumping Bra is not actually a bra but more a band with an adjustable Velcro back panel that you wear over your open nursing bra. It has a zip-in center panel at the front to allow 1 inch of side-to-side movement so you can get the best fit for your flanges.

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Why I love the Simple Wishes Signature Pumping Bra

  • Easily slipped over your nursing bra for pumping sessions
  • The 4-way layering support keeps a tight seal on your breast shields
  • Has a fully adjustable 10 inch Velcro back panel to fit any sized mom 

What I don’t like about it

  • The edges can fray with use
  • You can’t wear it throughout the day
  • It doesn’t allow you to breastfeed and pump at the same time

Bear in mind

  • You’ll need to remove your top to fit the corset on. 

Best nursing bra clip-on for pumping: BRAVADO! Designs Nursing Bra Clip-on

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*Strictly speaking this isn’t a bra but it converts your nursing bra into a pumping bra and deserves mention.

Why I love the BRAVADO! Designs Nursing Bra Clip-on

  • Allows you to convert your nursing bra into a pumping bra
  • Has figure of 8 openings to hold pumping shields tightly 
  • Securely attaches to any nursing bra with ‘B’ clips so there is no need to remove your bra or top
  • Comes in a large range of sizes (30A-46F) and 4 colors
  • Mom’s Choice Award winner for being convenient, easy and discrete

What’s not so great about it:

  • It’s an extra few steps in your pumping session
  • Sizes run small so measure yourself with your nursing bra on

Bear in mind

  • The clip-on is almost the same price as some pumping bras. Unless you’re really attached to your nursing bra, it might be better value-for-money to buy a pumping bra instead. 

Qualities to look for when you are choosing a hands-free pumping bra

  • Choose a bra that allows you to both pump and nurse. Some pumping bras claim to be nursing bras but your baby has to breastfeed through a small hole. Ideally you want as much skin-to-skin contact as possible while breastfeeding.
  • Comfortable enough to wear all day. Look for nursing bras made of soft material like modal, cotton or bamboo.
  • Choose a wireless pumping bra – sometimes you might have to delay your pumping sessions and this causes breast engorgement. A wired pumping bra would be agony and lead to blocked ducts.
  • A pumping bra has to fit just right – snug but not uncomfortably tight. Otherwise it won’t provide enough support and won’t hold your pump shields securely. Look for bras with extra hooks and adjustable shoulder straps so you can adjust it to fit perfectly.
  • Lined or padded cups. Milk leaks are almost guaranteed when you’re pumping. The last thing you want is to have a milk patch on your blouse for everyone to see. Make sure the pumping bra you choose has padded cups, or at least pockets for you  to insert removable pads.

If you are pumping at night, check out these sleep pumping bras

To wrap up

I am a big fan of combined nursing and pumping bras that you can wear all day. My favorites are the Momcozy Pumping Bra and the Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra

If you have a Willow, Elvie or Freemie pump, check out these articles:

Marie Ryan

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