Breastfeeding mum Jana has been scouring Singapore for the unicorn of nursing bras: the practical yet pretty breastfeeding bra. And she found them!
When you’re a first-time mum, shopping for nursing bras can be downright depressing. They’re all too often frumpy, lumpy and totally unsexy. Those gorgeous La Senza numbers get shoved to the back of your underwear drawer and replaced with bras that look like you borrowed them from your gran. Take it from someone who’s been wearing them to breastfeed for the last two years.
Seriously, nothing says “Let’s get it on!” less than a thick bra strap and multiple layers of padding. But when you’re someone’s main source of nutrition and your main concern is easy access for a crying baby, sexy is the last thing on your mind. But what if we told you that it was possible to have the best of both worlds – practicality and pretty all rolled into one? We set out to find the cutest, sexiest nursing bras on the market, and we struck gold.
The prettiest nursing bras for breastfeeding in Singapore
1. Mama’s Choice
If you’re looking for a nursing bra that doubles up as a hands-free pumping bra, Mama’s Choice’s seamless pumping bra is perfect for you! Not only is it fitted with hooks that you can adjust with just one hand while nursing, but this bra also has front buckles that can hold all types of breast pumps while you multitask like the supermum that you are. This bra is also made from soft and comfortable material – a huge plus point for us!
Where: Available online at Shopee
They say, “Everyday at Lovemere is a day devoted to making mothers happy”, and the Love, Juliet Nursing Bralettes are sure to do exactly that! They are just so pretty, along with the rest of their maternity collection and nursing bras, and even better – they are designed right here in Singapore.
Lovemere’s focus is to create comfortable, stylish garments, designed by a mum, for mums. “We know what it’s like to be pregnant or breastfeeding—you’re uncomfortable, you’re exhausted, and you just want to feel like yourself again! That’s why we create bras and garments that are designed with comfort in mind, using materials that won’t rub or chafe against sensitive skin.” – Florence Tay, Co-Founder. We want to wear the whole collection, even when not breastfeeding!
Where: Available online, and at 10 Kaki Bukit Ave 4 (Premier @ Kaki Bukit), #08-71, Singapore 415874
3. Our Bralette Club
Our Bralette Club is another awesome local brand that we are loving! This is a truly inclusive lingerie brand that embraces all body shapes and sizes, pregnant or not. Lacy nursing bralettes that are pretty, sexy, practical, and comfortable? Yes please! Our Bralette Club has a beautiful maternity and nursing range, with loads of pretty colours to choose from – it’s hard to tell the difference between the maternity and the everyday options, they are all gorgeous! There are even padded cups to support nursing pads, and the clips are nice and discreet – you hardly notice them with all the pretty lace designs.
Where: Available online at Our Bralette Club
4. Rosie Pope
The underwire cups of Rosie Pope’s Underwire Lightly Lined Nursing Bra ($42USD) give your girls the push they need (when they aren’t engorged). Warning – this bra doesn’t have padding so you’ll definitely need nursing pads! On the flip side, the best part of it not being padded to the gills means it has thinner bra straps than most nursing bras, which means you can wear it with pretty much anything. And if underwired isn’t your thing, Rosie Pope has a wireless version too!
Where: Available online at Shopbop.com
5. Dairy Fairy
For breastfeeding mums who also pump, the Dairy Fairy Ayla Luxury Lace Nursing and Handsfree Pumping Bra ($54USD) is perfect. It comes with a mini underwire that gives your breasts the added support and lift you need, but as the wire finishes mid-centre, it’s still comfy! If you’re pumping, you’ll be happy to know that the Ayla has hidden flange openings, which lets you pump away without having to whip your bra off at all. Yep, the photo alone has us mesmerised…
Where: Available online at The Dairy Fairy
Mothercare has always been a go-to for baby essentials, so when we found out that it stocks pretty and practical nursing bras, we all did a little happy dance. Plus, the store always has great deals, such as two-for-one nursing bra sets at a really reasonable $55, winner!
Where: Available from Mothercare, various locations and online
Although these aren’t officially nursing bras per se, the soft cup wireless bras by Uniqlo ($29.90) fit the bill as they are easy to pull down for easy access. The material is soft and breathable, perfect for the blazing Singapore weather, and it’s also completely tag-free and seamless, which means it stays invisible under your clothes. The best part: you can wear it even when you’re done breastfeeding! Hurrah!
Where: Available from Uniqlo, online and various locations
The Storq Everyday Bra ($46USD) is the anti-nursing bra of nursing bras, and an all-time favourite. It basically takes everything we know about nursing bras and throws it all out of the window. It doesn’t have pads or thick spandex and provides little support, but this is the bra that feels like you aren’t wearing a bra at all. There aren’t any clips either – just pull the bra down and voilà! You’re ready to feed.
Where: Available online at Storq
This nursing bra is a winner of A Mom’s Choice Award, and it’s definitely one to consider getting. The Bravado Body Silk Seamless Bra is super comfy to wear and provides the support that you need. It can be stretched up to four ways, growing along with your body during the pregnancy and nursing stages. Breastfeeding with this nursing bra is a breeze, thanks to its buckle feature. Got a milk stain? That can be wiped away easily from the inner spandex-nylon blend fabric. Plus, the silk-like fabric allows better breathability, particularly in our tropical weather.
Where: Available online at Pupsik
Good coverage and style in a nursing bra? You read that right, mummies. The Lunavie Convertible Moulded Nursing Bra uses soft cotton and high-grade spandex, which grow along with your breast changes. The U-shape back design provides more bustline support, and the top-down clasp makes it easy to release when it’s time to nurse bub. Also, it’s made with Ultra-Fresh Treatment, which helps prevent foul odour due to the growth of invisible bacteria.
Where: Available online at Shopee
As you can see, function doesn’t have to give way to fashion. Just because our bodies are in flux, doesn’t mean that we need to give up our sense of style or self, during pregnancy or post-pregnancy. So, happy nursing bra shopping, folks!