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Best Nursing Bras for Moms with Small Chests

As a petite pregnant mom with small breasts (stretching to 12C) I got away with wearing my regular bras throughout pregnancy but when it came to breastfeeding, I desperately needed nursing bras for the comfort and convenience they provided.

That was when my troubles set in.

There were a multitude of nursing bras out there but I tried so many before finding ones that fit me just right. Friends with smaller A and B cup sizes cried even louder.

All this suffering must not be for naught. I’ve put my countless hours of trial and research to good use in this round-up of the best nursing bras for moms with small chests.

But first:

What should a small-breasted mom look for when choosing nursing bras?

  1. Less structured bras – structured cups will give you gaps on all sides that you will find impossible to fill.
  2. Instead choose soft, stretchy fabric that will mold to your chest. The fabric should also be elastic enough that it retracts back to its original shape to continue providing good support
  3. Adjustable under-bust band and straps so you can make sure the bra sits just right
  4. Light padding in cups to give your breasts a nice shape under clothes and prevent nipple show. Is it just me or do all moms with small breasts have large (relatively) nipples?
  5. Plunge or V-neckline nursing bras – these designs make your breasts look much better than full cup or balconette bras. Plus you get to continue wearing low-cut tops and V-neck t-shirts.

In a nutshell

These are the best nursing bras I found for women with small breasts. None of the bras fit all the criteria above but in the world of nursing bras, there’s no perfect bra.

The best overall nursing bra for moms with small breasts: Cake Maternity Cotton Candy Wire-free Nursing Bra

The best everyday nursing bra: Bravado! Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

The best nursing bra for new moms: Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Seamless Nursing Bra

The best nursing bra for plus-sized women with small breasts: Playtex Seamless Wirefree Full Coverage Bra

The best hands-free pumping bra: Cake Maternity Lotus Hands-free Pumping Bra

The best sleep nursing bra: Kindred Bravely French Terry Nursing Sleep Bra

The best nursing sports bra: Kindred Bravely Sublime Nursing Sports Bra

The best t-shirt nursing bra: HotMilk Forever Yours Nursing Bra

The best nursing bralette: Oh La Lari Lilian Lace Nursing Bralette

The best contour nursing bra: Bonds Maternity Wirefree Contour Nursing Bra

The best push-up nursing bra: HOFISH Push Up Nursing Bra

The best sexy nursing bra: Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Nursing Bra

The cutest nursing bra: Cache Couer Illusion Nursing Bra

The best budget nursing bra: IloveSIA Seamless Nursing Bra

The best wireless nursing bra: Cake Maternity Mousse Padded Nursing Bra

The best flexi-wired nursing bra: Cake Maternity Croissant Nursing Bra

The best strapless nursing bra: La Leche League Strapless Bandeau Nursing Bra

The best cotton nursing bra: Kindred Bravely Organic Cotton Wireless Nursing Bra

The best bamboo nursing bra: Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra

The best overall nursing bra for moms with small breasts

Cake Maternity Cotton Candy Wire-free Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to sizes 32B and upwards but should fit A cup moms as the material molds to your chest
  • Ideal as a first bra for new moms 
  • Made of good quality material that can 4-way stretch to accommodate breast size fluctuation and engorgement
  • The seamless SOFTEX MICROFIBRE material provides a cooling effect and soft second-skin feel – it was one of the most comfortable bras I’ve tried
  • OEKO-TEX certified to be free from harmful substances
  • Has double layers and structured panels for great support without the use of wires
  • Designed for every day (and night) use
  • Machine-washable
  • Multi-award winner – US Mom’s Choice Award, UK Mother & Baby Awards
  • Good value for money

What’s not so good about it

  • Non-padded cups – my nipples showed through these. Perfect as a lounge bra at home especially in the first few months of breastfeeding.
  • Top of bra sits high so can peek out from lower cut tops

Read my in-depth review of the Cake Maternity Cotton Candy Nursing Bra.

The best everyday nursing bra for small breasts

Bravado! Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to moms with bra sizes 30A and above
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and 6 hook and eye options to allow for customized fit
  • Soft 4-way stretch fabric that molds to your body and stretches with fluctuations in your breast size throughout the day
  • Removable foam inserts to protect from nipple show-through and prevent milk leakages
  • Knit-in zones around cups to provide extra lift and support
  • Clip-down cups with  side sling support that you can maneuver with one hand
  • Comes in 14 beautiful colors

What’s not so good about it

  • Removable foam inserts tend to shift and crease  after you fold it down to breastfeed
  • Top of bra sits high and can peek out of low cut tops

Read the detailed Bravado! Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra Review.

The best nursing bra for new moms with small breasts

Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Seamless Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to bra sizes 30B and upwards but should fit ‘A’ cups as well
  • Parent Approved Award winner
  • Made of ultra-soft fabric – 93% nylon, 7% spandex – comfortable enough to wear in hospital and to sleep in
  • Cups are made from flexible fabric that molds to your breasts and can expand with fluctuating breast sizes
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and 4 hook closure on back band to customize fit
  • Easy one-handed clip-down cups
  • Removable padding provides shape and protects from nipple show-through.

What’s not so good about it

  • Removable padding can displace after folding down for breastfeeding

The best nursing bra for plus sized women with small breasts

Playtex Seamless Wirefree Full Coverage Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Fits women with large band sizes but small cup sizes e.g 44B
  • Easy access for nursing
  • stretchy and comfortable material
  • side-sling for support while breastfeeding
  • value-for-money

What’s not so good about it

  • lack of cup padding – nipple can show through
  • material can snag if not careful

The best hands-free pumping bra for moms with small chests

Cake Maternity Lotus Hands-free Pumping Bra

Check it out  on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • caters to moms from size 8A (30A) and upwards
  • can be worn as a ‘regular bra’ between pumping, even doubles up as a yoga bra
  • has pull-aside cups and can even be used as a nursing bra. Admittedly it offers limited skin-to-skin contact with bub.
  • saves time when pumping -no need to strap on additional velcro bands to hold pumps
  • double-layered racerback for added support
  • made of soft nylon/elastane and is seamless and wireless for comfort
  • No itchy garment tags
  • Compatible with most breast pump brands – Spectra, Medela, Tommy Tippee, Avent, Pigeon, Nuk, Minbee and Chicco
  • Machine-washable

What’s not so good about it

  • material stretches over time
  • not useful as a nursing bra as nipple openings are too small for baby

The best sleep nursing bra for moms with small boobs

Kindred Bravely French Terry Nursing Sleep Bra

Check it out  on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to women from size 28B and upwards. However, if you were an ‘A’ cup, they would still fit fine.
  • Mom’s Choice Award winner
  • full coverage cups for hold everything in place while you sleep
  • Pull-aside soft flaps for easy late night feeds even when you’re half asleep
  • no plastic parts to poke or chaff
  • Comes in 5 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
  • Machine washable

What’s not so good about it

  • Fabric can stretch over time
  • band not adjustable
  • Bra sizes run small
  • Meant only for hospital/sleep/lounging so only provides light support

Th best nursing sports bra for moms with small breasts

Kindred Bravely Sublime Nursing Sports Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Cater to moms sized 30B and upwards but would fit ‘A’ cuppers as well
  • Seamless, wireless and made of ultra-soft fabric for comfort, can be worn as an everyday bra and even to bed
  • Easy pull on style
  • Designed for everyday activities and low-impact exercises like yoga
  • Clip down cups are easy to open with one hand
  • racerback design prevents straps from falling down
  • one-handed clip-down nursing access
  • value-for-money

What’s not so good about it

  • No padding so nipples can show through without breast pads
  • don’t provide enough support for high impact activities
  • underbust band not adjustable

The best t-shirt nursing bra for small-chested moms

HotMilk Forever Yours Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Bra sizes start from 10A (32A)
  • Flexible under-wire  bra for support and lift
  • Contour cup made with spacer foam provides contour and shape with a lil’ bit of push-up for cleavage
  • Padded cups protect nipples from showing through
  • Plunge bra allows low cut tops and cleavage,
  • Adjustable with 6 hook and eye extenders
  • Seam-free giving you a smooth line under clothing
  • True to size
  • Machine-washable

What’s not so good about it

  • Cups don’t fold down easily for breastfeeding
  • Under-wired bras are not recommended for new moms due to risk of blocked ducts

The best nursing bralette for moms with small breasts

Oh La Lari Lilian Lace Nursing Bralette

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Bralette sizes start from x-small (28AA)
  • beautiful floral lace to help you feel sexy again, doesn’t look like a nursing bra at all!
  • lace racerback design so straps don’t fall off
  • adjustable shoulder and under-bust band
  • drop-down cups for easy nursing
  • removable cup padding to protect against milk leaks and prevent nipple show through
  • wireless to prevent blocked ducts

What’s not so good about it

  • the new 2.0 version of the bralette starts from a medium size, catering to sizes 34A and upwards so once old stock is gone, there will be no more extra small sizes
  •  removable padding gets displaced after nursing
  • only available in nude, black or french grey

The best contour nursing bra for moms with small boobs

Bonds Maternity Wirefree Contour Nursing Bra

Bonds Contour Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Thin contour cups that are protective against milk leaks and nipple show-through but are easy to fold down.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and 6 hook and eye options to get the perfect fit.
  • Easy clip-down cups that you can maneuver with one hand
  • stretchy cotton fabric is breathable and retains its stretch over a long time
  • Holds its shape well over many (many!) uses. Excellent value-for-money.
  • Can be paired with matching briefs
  • Great value for money

What’s not so good about it

  • U-back design is not convertible to racerback
  • only comes in 2 colours – white and black

I used this bra for a whole year. Read my review of the Bonds Maternity Wirefree Contour Nursing Bra.

The best push-up nursing bra for women with small boobs

HOFISH Push Up Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters for sizes 32B and upwards
  • Soft fabric for comfort
  • V-neck line so you can wear low cut tops
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and additional bra extenders included
  • one-handed clip drop-down nursing cups
  • Removable push-up cups giving you the option of extra cleavage when you want it
  • comes in packs of 3 at a very affordable price

What’s not so good about it

  • Removable pads get displaced post-breastfeeding
  • Lack of support
  • Sizes run large

The best sexy nursing bra for women with small breasts

Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to women with bra sizes 30A and upwards
  • Natori’s best-selling bra
  • Beautiful sheer mesh outer cover with Italian lace trim and lace under-bust band
  • Deep plunge neckline for cleavage
  • Contoured cups and flexi-wire to lift and shape your breasts
  • Easy one-handed drop-down cups for breastfeeding
  • Adjustable stretch straps for the perfect fit
  • made of comfortable soft material

What’s not so good about it

  • Flexi-wired bras are not suitable for new moms
  • cups run small
  • the lace can be irritating if your breasts are sensitive

The cutest nursing bra for small-chested moms

Cache Couer Illusion Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • caters to sizes 32B and upwards
  • cute design and available in 4 cute colors
  • reinforced back strap for additional support
  • one-handed drop-down cup for easy breastfeeding
  • cute knitted-in stitch/bow pattern and a touch of lace trim
  • Adjustable straps and under-bust band
  • Pockets for additional breast pads
  • made of microfiber fabric so soft you can sleep in it
  • Machine washable
  • Cute matching maternity briefs available

What’s not so good about it

  • does not come with cup padding but you can insert your own breast pads

The best budget nursing bra for moms with small breasts

IloveSIA Seamless Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to sizes 30A and upwards
  • Made from 4-way stretch fabric to accommodate fluctuations in breast size
  • Adjustable soft strap and knitted underband with hook and eye options
  • Molded cups and removable foam inserts gives you the option of padding
  • Ribbed stitch and front slight shirring at bust
  • Seamless and sits well under t-shirts
  • Wireless – suitable for new moms
  • Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Certified material
  • Comes in packs of 3 for an affordable price

What’s not so good about it

  • Size runs small
  • Material stretches easily and quickly loses elasticity – this is not a long-term bra but for the price, you can easily buy more
  • Lumpy padding
  • Fabric not breathable

The best wireless nursing bra for moms with small chests

Cake Maternity Mousse Padded Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to sizes 30A and upwards
  • padded cups for protection against nipple show and milk leaks but cups thin enough for easy fold-down during feeding
  • wire-free for comfort
  • easy drop-down cups with side sling
  • feels luxurious with polka dot mesh and satin edging
  • adjustable shoulder straps and 6 hook and eye options on backband
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified material
  • looks great under t-shirts and tight tops
  • matching brief available

What’s not so good about it

  • cup sizes run big

The best flexi-wired nursing bra for moms with small boobs

Cake Maternity Croissant Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Lightly contoured cup for shape and lift without the bulk
  • Fabric has been described as buttery-soft (like a croissant)
  • Flexi-wire for more support
  • Drop-down cups with cotton-lined A-frame sling for modesty, especially when breastfeeding in public
  • Adjustable with 5 hook and eye options
  • Matching brief available

 What’s not so good about it

  • Cups run big so if in doubt, go one cup size smaller

The best strapless nursing bra for moms with small breasts

La Leche League Strapless Bandeau Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Inner nursing frame that can be flipped up from the bottom
  • Seamless bandeau style strapless bra that easily slips under a strapless dress or halter top.
  • Wireless
  • Removable cup padding
  • Clear straps included if you want some extra support

What’s not so good about it

  • Rolls up under clothes easily
  • Not enough support

The best cotton nursing bra for small chested moms

Kindred Bravely Organic Cotton Wireless Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to sizes 30B and upwards but if you are an ‘A’ cupper, it would suit just fine too
  • Ideal for new moms
  • 90% organic cotton, 10% spandex – great for when you’re recovering from surgery or have skin sensitivities
  • Easy pull-aside nursing access
  • No hooks or snaps, pull on style
  • Expanding fabric in the cups
  • Good value for money

What’s not so good about it

  • the plunge neckline is too deep and sometimes boobs and breast pads fall out during sleep.

The best bamboo nursing bra for moms with small chests

Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Nursing Bra

Check it out on Amazon

What’s good about it

  • Caters to sizes 32B and upwards but would easily mould to ‘A’ cup breasts
  • Comfy, soft, breathable bamboo – stretchy and expandable to accommodate fluctuating breast sizes
  • Wire-free with a wide supportive under-band for added comfort
  • It has a plunge neckline with a touch of lace to help you feel sexy
  • Comes in 3 beautiful colours
  • Memory foam moulded cups has small push-up effect for cleavage
  • Easy drop-down cups with side sling support
  • Adjustable straps and back band
  • Racer back design
  • Oeko-tex® standard 100 certified

What’s not so good about it

  • Side sling stretches easily

Why you should trust us

I am in the trenches just like you. I’m a mom to two kids and am breastfeeding my second at the time of writing. I’ve done hours of research and tried on multiple nursing bras – initially to find one that I liked and later for hands-on testing to bring you the best information possible so you can choose the nursing bra that is right for you.

How we decided on the best nursing bras

We took into consideration 5 main features of each nursing bra – comfort, support, ease of use, sexiness/ style and value-for-money. Comparing these features helped us decide on the best options.

To wrap up

There’s no perfect bra. However, a good design and good quality fabric can make all the difference. Regardless, your number one priority is to find a nursing bra that fits you like a glove and helps you feel good. There is so much going on in the early years of motherhood that an ill-fitting bra can drive you up the wall. Make sure you buy from a seller that allows change-of-mind returns. Buy a few sizes to try on, keep the one that fits best and return the rest. Good luck!

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