Best Nursing Bras for Moms with Small Chests

This article was updated on the 27th of June 2021.

Finding the right nursing bra can be a challenge for moms with small chests. If you are a mom with B cup or smaller boobs, it can be especially difficult to find a nursing bra that supports you without leaving gaps where there should be none.

Unfortunately, nursing bras are typically designed for women with larger breasts. But moms with small chests deserve to wear nursing bras that are supportive and comfy too.

After countless hours of research, these were the best nursing bras I found for small breasts:

Best nursing bra overall: Cake Maternity Cotton Candy Nursing Bra

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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.

Best wireless nursing bra: Bravado! Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra

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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.

Best flexi-wire nursing bra: Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Nursing Bra

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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

Best pumping bra: Cake Maternity Lotus Hands-free Pumping Bra

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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

Further reading: The best hands-free pumping bra for Spectra

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

Read my detailed review of the Lotus Bra.

Best sleep bra: Kindred Bravely French Terry Nursing Sleep Bra

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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

Further reading: The 7 best nursing bras for sleeping like a baby

Best nursing sports bra: Kindred Bravely Sublime Nursing Sports Bra

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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

Best nursing bralette: Oh La Lari Lilian Lace Nursing Bralette

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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

Best push-up nursing bra: HOFISH Push Up Nursing Bra

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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

Cutest nursing bra: Cache Couer Illusion Nursing Bra

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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

Best budget nursing bra: IloveSIA Seamless Nursing Bra

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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

What’s not so good about it

  • cup sizes run big

Best strapless nursing bra: La Leche League Strapless Bandeau Nursing Bra

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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

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

  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.

If you’re after an in-depth guide, read How to choose the right nursing bra (with examples).

To wrap up

I know that finding the right bra can be difficult when you have a small chest so I hope this article helps you decide. 

There is no perfect bra. But a nice 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. 

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