The best nursing bras that lift and separate (no more uni-boob!)

Uni-boob isn’t so much of an issue when you have small breasts.

But when you have a generous bust and they get squished together by all these nursing bras that have no proper shape or form, it is disheartening to say the least.

Fortunately, if you know which ones to get, there are many nursing bras that lift and separate breasts in a very flattering way.

Features of nursing bras that lift and separate

  • encapsulated cups
  • structured cups (usually contoured or padded)
  • flexi-wires (but if you’re a new mom, avoid underwired bras at all cost)

Best overall nursing bra for lift and separation: Cake Maternity Croissant Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Cake Croissant Nursing Bra

  • Fits sizes 32C to 42I
  • It’s buttery-soft on the skin (like a croissant)
  • Lightly contoured cup, giving you a nice silhouette under tight tops
  • Cups are thin enough to fold easily during nursing
  • Has flexi-wires for extra support and lift
  • Cotton-lined A-frame sling for modesty and support when cups are down
  • Has smooth lines – great t-shirt bra
  • 3D spacer fabric is lighter than foam and allows air flow, giving you a cooling effect
  • OEKO-TEX certified so you know it is free from harmful chemicals
  • Matching brief available

 What I don’t like about it

  • On the pricier side
  • There is no ‘busty option’
  • Flexi-wired bras are not recommended for new moms and if your breasts are still fluctuating in size

Best affordable nursing bra for lift: Gratlin Full Coverage Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Gratlin Full Coverage Nursing Bra

  • Fits sizes 32C to 40F/42E
  • There are 20 colors to choose from!
  • Cups are lightly lined so it can be folded easily for breastfeeding
  • Has encapsulated cups to separate and lift breasts
  • Smooth stretch wings to hold in side-boobs
  • Looks great under t-shirts
  • The plunge neckline gives a nice cleavage and allows you to wear V-necks or lower cut tops
  • great value-for-money
  • >2000 5-star reviews on Amazon!

What I don’t like about it

  • Plunge necklines don’t work if you have very large breasts as your breasts can pop out when you bend over
  • It’s a flexi-wired bra and therefore, isn’t suitable for new moms

Best wireless bamboo nursing bra for lift: Cake Maternity Tutti Frutti Bamboo Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Cake Tutti Frutti Bra

  • Fits sizes 32B  to 40H. There is even a busty option for F-H cups.
  • Made of heavenly soft, breathable bamboo
  • Wireless but has a wide supportive under-band and racerback for great support
  • It has a plunge neckline with a touch of lace – perfect for low cut tops and helping me feel sexy. Side note: my husband loves it too
  • Lightly padded cups protect from nipple show-through and milk leaks.
  • Even though it’s not a push-up bra, the padding, plunge neckline and racerback gives me pretty good cleavage.
  • Comes in 3 beautiful colors
  • OEKO-TEX certified so you know it’s free from harmful chemicals
  • Holds up well over multiple washes

What I don’t like about it

  • the side slings stretch with washing and I ended up having to push them into the cups to hide them from view
  • On the pricier side

Best underwire nursing bra for lift: Motherhood Maternity Full Coverage Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Motherhood Maternity Full Coverage Bra

  • Fits sizes 32C to 40G/42DD
  • Full coverage cups provide good side support and prevent large breasts from falling out when you bend over
  • Flexi-wires for support and lift
  • Its structured shape separates your breasts and gives you a nice silhouette under tight tops
  • thick padded cups so your nipples won’t show through
  • Great t-shirt bra
  • great value-for-money

What I don’t like about it

  • The top of the bra comes up high so you can’t wear low-cut tops
  • if the bra doesn’t fit just right, the underwire can poke in your ribs

Best lace nursing bra that lifts: Cake Maternity Truffles Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Cake Truffles Nursing Bra

  • Fits sizes 32B to 38G
  • The french-inspired lace makes me feel so sexy
  • Plunge neckline to show off my cleavage in low cut tops
  • Contoured cups for a nice silhouette under tight tops
  • Has flexi-wires for added support and lift
  • Padded cups protect my nipples from showing through and prevent embarrassing milk patches
  • Cantilever lace shoulder straps that are adjustable
  • 6 hook and eye closures to expand with my frame
  • Oeko-Tex certified so you know its free from harmful chemicals
  • Looks like a regular lace bra and can be worn way beyond breastfeeding

What I don’t like about it

  • Doesn’t fit sizes larger than 38G.
  • Side-sling quite central giving your breasts seat-belts
  • My breasts were too small (despite everything else fitting) to fill out the full structured cups

Read my detailed review of the Truffles Bra.

Best nursing bra to lift and separate large breasts: Elomi Molly Lace Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Elomi Molly Lace Nursing Bra

  • fits up to sizes 42KK/44HH
  • has encapsulated full cups with side supports to lift and separate your breasts while preventing side and top spillage
  • the structured cups give your breasts a pretty rounded shape instead of  making them look pointy
  • Flexi-wired for added support
  • The top-of-cup lace is stretchy so it comfortably expands with your boobs
  • moisture-wicking fabric to keep your breasts 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
  • 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
  • You need to be careful when fiddling with the clasps so as not to damage the lace

Best nursing bra to lift small breasts: Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Nursing Bra

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Why I love the Natori Contour Plunge Bra

  • It’s exquisite! Totally my style – understated elegance.
  • Fits sizes 30A and upwards
  • Beautiful sheer mesh outer cover with Italian lace trim and lace under-bust band
  • Deep plunge neckline for cleavage
  • Contoured cups work with the flexi-wire to lift and shape my breasts
  • Easy one-handed drop-down cups for breastfeeding
  • Adjustable stretch straps for the perfect fit
  • made of comfortable soft material
  • comes in 29 beautiful colors

What I don’t like about it

  • cups run small
  • on the pricier side

Best pumping bra for lift : Simple Wishes Supermom T-shirt Pumping Bra

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Why I love the Supermom Pumping Bra

  • The name: Supermom
  • Fit moms with bra sizes up to 40H.
  • Has padded molded cups to lift and separate your breasts. Also looks great under tight tops and t-shirts
  • Made of soft and luxurious modal fabric – great for sensitive skin
  • OEKO-TEX certified so you know both baby and mom are safe from harmful chemicals
  • You can breastfeed and pump at the same time
  • Wireless but has 6 hook and eye options to adjust band to suit just right
  • Straps are convertible from U back to racerback which is more supportive
  • You only need to unclasp 1 set of clips to drop down both layers for nursing
  • Works with all major pump brands – Spectra, Medela, Philips Avent, Lansinoh, Evenflo etc. (Read how I pumped more milk with my Spectra)

What I don’t like about it

  • All the fabric layers make the bra feel bulky
  • Straps would be more comfy if they were wider

Best nursing sports bra for lift: Cake Maternity Zest Nursing Sports Bra

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Why I love the Cake Zest Nursing Sports Bra

  • fits sizes 32B to 40K
  • it’s one of the few nursing sports bras around for high impact activities
  • the combination of flexi-wire and structured cups minimize boob-bounce
  • the molded cups separate your breasts and reduce inter-boob sweat
  • Wide padded straps to disperse weight – great for larger breasts
  • Made of smooth spacer material to reduce friction and wick moisture away from body
  • Convertible to racerback for extra support
  • Oeko-Tex  certified so you know it’s free from harmful chemicals
  • Matching brief available – Zest Brief
  • Adjustable with 5 hook and eye options

What I don’t like about it

  • It’s on the pricier side

To wrap up

The Cake Croissant Nursing Bra takes the cake for the best nursing bra that lifts and separates your boobs. It’s super comfy, supportive and looks good. Unfortunately, it’s a bit pricey. If you are looking for a budget option, check out the Gratlin Full Coverage Bra. You can’t really go wrong with the price and >2000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

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