The 11 Best Nursing Bras for Large Breasts

This post was first published on the 23rd of July 2020 and updated on the 24th of August 2021.

It’s hard finding bras that fit at the best of times. But when my breasts grew 3 cup sizes and fluctuated in size (and shape) multiple times in the day, finding a comfy nursing bra that suited my needs became a nightmare.

After lots of tears and frustration, I can’t say I’ve found the perfect bra but these are my top picks:

Best overall nursing bra for large breasts: Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Busty Nursing Bra

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Why I love the KB Simply Sublime Nursing Bra

  • designed specifically for moms with large breasts, fits up to 42I
  • expanded fabric in the cups for fuller coverage
  • wide straps that don’t dig into my shoulders
  • wireless but the tight-knit fabric, adjustable straps and wide under-bust band provides great support
  • soft, comfy, and stretchy fabric
  • Parent-tested, parent-approved award winner
  • Good value-for-money

What I don’t like about it

  • the removable padding shifts after breastfeeding and need readjusting each time
  • as the cups were not encapsulated, I felt like I had uni-boobs when I wore my t-shirt

Who is it for?

Moms looking for a comfy, wireless nursing bra to wear around the house or for short trips out

Best wireless nursing bra: Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Seamless Clip Down Nursing Bra


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Why I love the MM Seamless Clip-down Bra

  • It’s seamless, wireless and made of soft material. It’s so comfortable that it can be worn the whole day and even at night to sleep!
  • Specifically made for plus sized women from D cup onwards, fits up to 46DDD
  • Full cups prevent my boobs falling out when I bend forwards
  • Removable cup lining to protect against nipple show-through and breast milk leaks
  • great value-for-money
  • one of the most popular nursing bras on Amazon with >2000 5-star ratings!

What I don’t like about it

  • Cup sizes run small so order a size up
  • The removable pads can be displaced easily

Who is it for?

Moms looking for a multi-purpose comfy nursing bra to wear every day and even to sleep

Read our detailed Motherhood Maternity Plus Size Seamless Nursing Bra Review.

Best flexi-wired nursing bra: Cake Maternity Tim Tams Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Cake Tim Tams Nursing Bra

  • specially designed for larger boobs with sizes up to 42J
  • excellent name 🙂
  • has 3-part soft padded cups to provide shape and lift.
  • made from flexible material that will expand with growing boobs
  • cotton-lined inner cups and slings to prevent any irritation to even the most sensitive breasts
  • OEKO-TEX certified to be free from harmful toxins

What I don’t like about it

  • the horizontal seams on the cup are visible through tight tops
  • on the pricier side

Who is it for?

Moms who are looking for a flexi-wired nursing bra with more support

*Flexi-wired nursing bras are not recommended if your boobs have significant fluctuations in size. Also, never wear a flexi-wired bra to bed!

Best sleep bra: Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Busty Nursing Sleep Bra

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Why I love the KB French Terry Racerback Sleep Bra

  • Designed specifically for E cup and above. Fits up to size 42I
  • made of heavenly soft and breathable bamboo rayon
  • expanded fabrics in the cup for additional coverage
  • longer straps to fit larger breasts – great for moms with a longer torso or taller frame
  • Good value-for-money
  • Pull-aside breastfeeding for easy late night feeds
  • Mom’s choice award winner
  • > 1000 5-star ratings on Amazon
  • not a fan of pink camo? Don’t worry, it comes in 5 other neutral colors
  • This has a racerback design. There is also a scoopback version

What I don’t like about it

  • Boobs can fall out during sleep, especially if you are a side sleeper
  • fabric stretches with washing – make sure it’s in a garment bag and washed on delicate setting

Who is it for?

Back-sleepers looking for comfy light support (side sleepers: I recommend the Cake Maternity Sugar Candy Nursing Bralette)

Best t-shirt nursing bra: Motherhood Maternity Full Coverage Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Motherhood Maternity Full Coverage Bra

  • Fits up to 40DDD/42DD
  • Full coverage cups provide good side support and prevent my boobs from falling out when I bend over
  • It’s structured shape separates my boobs and gives me a nice silhouette under tight tops
  • thick padded cups so my nipples don’t show through
  • very affordable good quality bra

What I don’t like about it

  • it’s not a bra I can wear with low cut tops
  • if the bra doesn’t fit just right, the underwire can poke in my ribs
  • the material isn’t as stretchy as I would like it to be

Who is it for?

Moms who want to have a smooth silhouette under tighter tops and t-shirts

Sexiest nursing bra: Elomi Molly Stretch Lace Underwire Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Elomi Molly Lace Nursing Bra

  • caters up to a KK cup
  • has encapsulated full cups with side supports to lift and separate my boobs without side and top spillage
  • the structured cups give my boobs a pretty rounded shape instead of  making them look pointy
  • sexy lace at tops of cups are stretchy so they comfortably expand with my boobs
  • moisture-wicking fabric to keep my boobs dry and non-sweaty
  • the full circle internal foam slings provide more support than the usual side slings when breastfeeding
  • the bra looks great in both black and blush
Full circle internal foam sling – Pic courtesy of an Amazon reviewer

 

What I don’t like about it

  • on the pricier side, but good quality sexy nursing bras are hard to find
  • the lace can collect lint over time
  • there’s only one problem with moisture-wicking fabric – leaking milk gets wicked through as well! If you’re at risk of leaking, stick on disposable pads
  • I needed to be careful when fiddling with the clasps so as not to damage the lace
  • The material could be thicker to give a bit more support

Who is it for?

Moms with very large boobs (fits up to KK cups) who are looking for a sexy supportive bra

Best nursing sports bra: Cake Maternity Zest Nursing Sports Bra

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Why I love the Cake Zest Nursing Sports Bra

  • fits boobs up to 40K
  • it’s one of the few nursing sports bras around for high impact activities – which is any movement when you have large boobs
  • combination of flexi-wire and structured cups minimize boob bounce
  • has ‘A’ frame slings which is better than the usual side slings for support and position
  • Molded cups that separate my breasts so sweat doesn’t pool
  • Wide padded straps to disperse weight
  • Made of smooth spacer material to reduce friction and wick moisture away from my body
  • Convertible to racerback for extra support
  • Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified so I know my bra is free from harmful chemicals
  • Matching brief available – Zest Brief
  • Adjustable with 5 hook and eye options

What I don’t like about it

  • Band sizes run small and cup sizes run big
  • Underwire can dig in if bra fit isn’t right
  • It’s on the pricier side

Who is it for?

Moms who are into sports, or if you are running after a toddler every day.

Best cotton nursing bra: Kindred Bravely Extra Soft Organic Cotton Busty Nursing Sleep Bra

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Why I love the KB Organic Cotton Sleep Bra

  • Designed specifically for E cups and above. Sizes go up to XX-large (42I)
  • made of super-soft organic cotton – great for when you’re recovering from surgery or have skin sensitivities
  • the organic material is also more comfy and safer for babies to nuzzle into
  • expanded fabrics in the cup for additional coverage
  • longer straps to fit larger breasts – great for moms with a longer torso or taller frame
  • Good value-for-money

What I don’t like about it

  • breasts can fall out if you’re a side sleeper
  • cup sizes run big
  • material can stretch over time – wash in a lingerie bag on delicate setting

Who is it for?

Moms looking for a cotton bra with light support

Check out my recommendations for the best cotton nursing bras on Amazon.

Best bamboo nursing bra: Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Bamboo Wire free nursing bra

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What’s good about it

  • Made of heavenly soft, breathable bamboo
  • Wire-free with a wide supportive under-band for added comfort
  • It has a plunge neckline with a touch of lace – perfect for low cut tops and helping me feel sexy
  • Comes in 3 beautiful colours
  • Memory foam moulded cups give my boobs shape. They look great under t-shirts!
  • Folded side sling support to prevent side boobs
  • Racer back design
  • Oeko-tex certified so I know it it free from harmful toxins

What’s not so good about it

  • Only fits up to E cup
  • the side slings stretch with washing and I ended up having to push them into the cups to hide them from view

Who is it for?

Moms looking for a great everyday bra with moderate support.

Best pumping bra: Kindred Bravely Sublime Busty Pumping and Nursing Bra

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Why I love the KB Busty Sublime Busty Pumping Bra

  • It’s the only pumping bra I found that was designed specifically for moms with large breasts – F cups and above
  • I can pump and breastfeed at the same time
  • I can wear it all day long
  • Wireless but the wide under-bust band and tight knit provides good support without risk of clogged ducts
  • Made of soft, flexible material that molds to my breasts. It’s even comfy enough to wear to bed.
  • Wide straps that don’t dig into my shoulders
  • Cup padding that I can remove for comfort
  • Full coverage cups so my breasts don’t fall out when I bend over
  • Adjustable straps and band so I can make sure it fits just right.
  • Fits all standard pump flanges for major brands like Spectra, Philips Avent, Medela, Willow, Lansinoh and Freemie.

What I don’t like about it

  • Can feel bulky due to double layers
  • Unfortunately, the inner layer that holds my bottles is not as supportive as I would like
  • Cup padding can move about – just remove them if you don’t need them. The cups are thick enough without padding.
  • Easyclip system featuring 2 clips; one for the pumping layer and one for the nursing layer. It’s a pain when I’m trying to breastfeed a hungry infant and have to undo 2 sets of clips.

Who is it for?

Moms who want to wear their pumping bra all day. However, if you are also breastfeeding in between pumping, it’s not as convenient.

Read how I pumped more milk with my Spectra.

Best budget nursing bra: Gratlin Plus Size Wire-free Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Gratlin Plus Size Nursing Bra

  • fits up to size 48E
  • made of 100% cotton for extra soft comfort
  • wireless but has a thick under-bust band and extra hook and eye options
  • the 3-part full cups provide good support
  • sturdy, durable material
  • has padded shoulder straps with stretch edges that don’t dig in to my shoulders as much
  • great value-for-money
  • It’s one of the most popular plus-size nursing bras on Amazon with >1000 5-star ratings

What I don’t like about it

  • not stretchy enough for new moms when your breasts are still fluctuating in size
  • unlined so my nipples show through tight tops

Who is it for?

Moms with established breast-feeding looking for a great value-for-money nursing bra

What features should I look for when buying a nursing bra?

Comfort and Support

  • Look for nursing bras that have strong, durable fabrics, preferably with extra or layered lining for support
  • The material also has to be stretchy and flexible so your bra can expand when your breasts are full. Test your new bra by taking a very deep breath in. Your bra should still feel comfortable.
  • Cotton-lined cups and soft fabrics are best. You won’t regret it when your nipples are chafed and sore.
  • Make sure the bra cup fits well. When you put your new nursing bra on, check your breasts are fully encased in the cups. When you lean forwards, your breast should not fall out. Also look for wing support to avoid side boobs.
  • Favour wide, adjustable bra straps that can disperse weight. You should be able to run 2 fingers under the straps. When you stand or sit, your shoulders should be drawn back slightly, not pulled forwards.
  • Choose a wide back band as this helps support your breasts and back. You should be able to slip two fingers underneath the band easily. When you lift your arms up your band should not move.
  • Go for wireless bras. But if you feel more supported with an underwire, make sure your nursing bra has flexible wires rather than normal bra wires.
  • Make sure there are wide hook and eye closures. Look for nursing bras with 5-6 rows of hook and eyes to allow for ribcage expansion.

Allows easy and discreet breastfeeding

  • Look for nursing bras that have drop-down cups so you don’t have to pull your breasts out in public.
  • Even better, look for a nursing bra with an A-frame sling. These are bras with pull-down flaps that only expose your nipple for breastfeeding, keeping your breasts covered and supported while you breastfeed your baby in public.
  • Some bras have cups that can be pulled aside for breastfeeding. These work well at home but not so much in public.

Looks good on you

  • Go for bras with separate cups. Some bras for plus-sized women make you look like you have a uni-boob. This is not a good look. Plus, having your heavy milk-laden breasts squished and pushed together is pretty uncomfortable.
  • Look for nursing bras with padding (or ones that will allow extra padding) to prevent visible milk leaks on your clothes.

Where is the best place to shop for nursing bras?

The best place, if you can find one locally, is a specialized bra boutique catering to women with large breasts. Unfortunately, there are not too many of those around and many lingerie shops and department stores don’t stock the large sizes you need.

This is where online shopping comes in. You have your pick of multiple specialized brands, no matter where they are in the world. Just make sure that you buy from a seller that allows returns so that if you don’t like the feel and look of your nursing bra, you can send it right back.

How many nursing bras do I need?

I recommend that you have at least three basic ‘everyday’ nursing bras; one to wear, one to wash, and one for just-in-case. If you are breastfeeding for a longer period of time, you should also have one or two ‘specialized’ nursing bras, for sleep, sports and for sexy time.

For more info, read: How many nursing bras do you need?

When is the best time to buy nursing bras?

Buy your nursing bras when you are around 8 months pregnant. Choose wireless and seamless nursing bras as during the first few weeks post-delivery, your breasts would be engorged and sensitive.

For a more structured nursing bra (one with wires and contoured ones), the best time would be about 3-4 months after delivery as your milk supply would be established and your breast size and shape is stable.

Also read: When to start wearing nursing bras (and why).

How do I measure myself for a nursing bra?

Check out this short video:

Read: What nursing bra size should I buy? A simple guide.

To wrap up

The best nursing bra for you would depend on what you need it for. The Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Nursing Bra is the best overall for its comfort, support and value-for-money. However, there’s plenty of other options depending on your preferences.

I’m really happy to see brands coming out with ‘busty’ options for moms with large breasts. Go for these whenever you can as it’s designed specifically for the plus-sized mom.

Check out my guide to everything you need to know about nursing bras.

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