The 7 best nursing bras for sleeping like a baby

What’s the most important thing to a new mom? Or any mom for that matter? SLEEP.

But if you have leaky boobs or achy breasts, whatever little sleep you manage to steal would be uncomfortable.

Sure, you can wear any nursing bra to bed. But if you want to sleep like a baby, nursing sleep bras are the way to go.

These heavenly-soft bras are specifically made with 3 things in mind:

  • comfort – good quality nursing sleep bras are often made of the softest, most breathable material possible.
  • support – they provide light support (which is all you need in bed) without being too restrictive and hold nursing pads in place
  • ease of night feeds – most nursing sleep bras have pull aside flaps for easy access to your boobs when you’re half asleep

Let’s have a look at some of my favorite nursing sleep bras:

Best nursing sleep bra overall: Motherhood Maternity Wrap Front Nursing Sleep Bra

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Why I love the MM Wrap Front Sleep Bra:

  • It’s made of soft, breathable cotton with a bit of Spandex thrown in for stretch
  • It’s a pull-on design with no irritating wires, hooks or snaps
  • The wrap front makes it easy to pull aside the cups when you’re breastfeeding at night
  • It’s machine washable (not that I wash any nursing bra by hand anyway)
  • It’s one of the most popular nursing sleep bras on Amazon with a 4.3 star rating
  • Holds up well over frequent washings
  • Great value-for-money

What I don’t like about it:

  • Sizes run small so if you’re in between sizes, order a size up.
  • If you have a long torso, the bra might be too short for you

Best nursing sleep bra for small breasts: BRAVADO! Designs Ballet Nursing Sleep Bra

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Why I love the BD Ballet Sleep Bra:

  • It caters to moms with boob sizes 32B and upwards
  • It’s a Mom’s Choice Award winner
  • The PetalSoft fabric and modal-lined cups makes this one of the softest sleep bras I have tried
  • It’s a pull-on style but has adjustable straps so you can makes sure it fits just right
  • Easy access for nursing with pull-aside flaps
  • It comes in this daring lipstick color!

What I don’t like about it:

  • The fabric is too thin to be supportive enough for moms with larger breasts
  •  The PetalSoft fabric consist of nylon and elastane. While it’s super soft, it’s not breathable enough. Don’t buy this if you live in humid climates.

Further reading: The best nursing bras for small breasts

Best nursing sleep bra for large breasts:  Kindred Bravely French Terry Busty Nursing Bra

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Why I love the KB French Terry Busty Nursing Bra:

  • It’s designed specifically for moms with breast sizes E cups and above – fits up to size 42I!
  • Pull-aside soft flaps for easy late night feeds even when you’re half asleep
  • Has longer straps to fit around larger breasts, great if you have a taller frame or need extra length
  • It’s also a racerback – no more dealing with straps slipping off the shoulders!
  • Comes in 7 pretty colors
  • Ultra-soft, stretchy and breathable fabric (92% rayon of bamboo, 8% spandex) for a comfy sleep, even in summer
  • Easy pull on style without hooks or snaps
  • It’s a Mom’s Choice Award Winner

What I don’t like about it:

  • It’s not adjustable and might be a bit long if you have a short torso
  • The material is super soft but it can stretch easily. Make sure you wash it in a garment bag on delicate cycle.
  • KB also makes the French Terry Nursing Bra in regular size and it looks exactly the same! Make sure you buy the busty option if you have larger breasts.

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Best affordable nursing sleep bra: Cakye 3-pack Nursing Bra for Sleep

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What I like about the Cakye Nursing Bra for Sleep:

  • It’s super affordable – for less than $30 you get a pack of 3 nursing bras in 3 pretty colors.
  •  It’s the most popular nursing sleep bra on Amazon
  • It’s made of soft, breathable cotton with a hint of Spandex for stretch
  • The pull-on style means no wires, clasps or hooks to irritate your skin
  • Simple cross-over front flaps that you can pull aside easily for night feedings

What I don’t like about it:

  • It’s too stretchy and not supportive enough. If you have large breasts, don’t buy this
  • Thin fabric that stretches easily and seams can unravel with just a few washes
  • The lace lining can be scratchy and irritating.
  • If you can afford it, choose a better quality nursing bra that might be a bit more pricey. You won’t regret spending the extra money.

Most luxurious nursing sleep bra: Boob Design Organic Merino Wool 24/7 Nursing Sleep Bra

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What I like about the Boob Design Merino Wool Sleep Bra:

  • It’s made of organic Merino wool! Can you imagine how comfy that would be to sleep in?! Need I say more?
  • It’s the perfect sleep bra for winter, offering support, insulation and breathability.
  • Features pull-aside flaps for easy night feeding
  • Certified GOTS and OEKO-TEX Standard 100
  • This is my dream nursing bra! I would wear this forever.

What I don’t like about it:

  • It’s really expensive for a nursing bra. You can buy other sleep bras that are almost as comfy for half the price. Having said that, we know Merino wool is expensive so the higher price point is expected.

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

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Why I love the KB Organic Cotton Sleep Bra:

  • It’s made of organic cotton which is much better for the environment and for your skin.
  • It’s a pull-on style with no hooks or snaps to irritate your skin
  • The cups are made of expanding fabric to accommodate larger breasts and fluctuating breast size
  • The pull aside flaps makes it super easy to breastfeed when you can’t open your gritty eyes
  • It comes in a great range of sizes, catering for moms with size 30B boobs and upwards. It even comes in busty sizes for larger-breasted moms.
  • It’s good value-for-money for a great quality nursing bra

What I don’t like about it:

  • the plunge neckline is too deep and sometimes boobs or breast pads fall out when you’re asleep
  • It can lose its shape if not washed properly – make sure you wash it in a lingerie bag on delicate cycle.

Best bamboo nursing sleep bra: Cake Maternity Milk Bamboo Nursing Sleep Bra

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Why I love the CM Milk Bamboo Nursing Bra:

  • Made from super soft sustainable bamboo to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Wire-free for comfort
  • Pull aside cups for late night feedings
  • Racerback design to ensure the bra stays put during sleep
  • Moisture wicking cups and concealed pockets for breast pads
  • Oeko-Tex® standard 100 certified materials, ensuring you are safe from harmful chemicals

What I don’t like about it:

  • Edge lacing can be scratchy if you have sensitive skin
  • Only fits up to size F

Not convinced? Read: Should you wear a nursing bra to bed when breastfeeding?

If you want to look at nursing sleep bra alternatives like camis and pajamas, read my article on what you should wear to bed when breastfeeding.

To wrap up

Nursing sleep bras are the comfiest bras ever made for sleep. If you want to sleep like a baby, wearing a good quality nursing sleep bra to bed will keep you dry from milk leaks and provide enough support to your boobs so they don’t pull.

Not sure which is the right nursing bra for you? Check out my guide on how to choose the best nursing bra.

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