Nursing mums with small busts also have a hard time choosing the right bra. Breasts tend to become very heavy during pregnancy and nursing. However, this does not always happen to everyone. In some women, there is absolutely no change. This does not mean small breasted moms do not struggle to find the best nursing bras for small breasts.
They too need the support that comes with wearing a comfortable nursing bra because the normal bras may become very uncomfortable when breastfeeding.
Whether you have a small bust or large bust, a bra that does not fit properly may cause milk ducts to clog; thereby, resulting in breast engorgement among other problems. In this review, we shall look at some of the best nursing bras for small breasts so as to help you find the most comfortable size.
A comparison table for the Best Nursing Bras for Small Breasts
|Bravado Body silk seamless nursing bra||•No underwire
•Good quality material
|ILoveSIA 3Pack nursing bra||•No underwire
•Drop down cups
|HOFISH 3pack seamless nursing maternity bra||•Pack of 3 bras
•One hand access
|Kindred Bravely Maternity and Nursing bra||•Very soft fabric
•Easy to pull aside
•Elastic free band
Review of the best nursing bras for small breasts
Bravado Designs maternity and nursing bra
If you are looking for a nursing bra that will provide you with comfort and support as well as give your breasts a good shape when breastfeeding, the Bravado seamless nursing bra is just perfect.
It comes with removable nursing pads that shape your breast really well. The removable pads also help to soak in milk when it leaks so no need for nursing pads.
This bra is made of a very soft fabric and you do not itch since the material is very high quality.
According to nursing mums who have used this bra, it is their go-to-bra because it is very comfortable even without an underwire. An underwire as explained earlier can obstruct the flow of milk especially when your breasts are full of milk. This can lead to breast engorgement.
Unlike other lined nursing bras, the Bravado seamless bra is very light in weight so they can be worn under any clothes including tank tops.
- Fits small cup sizes perfectly
- Very comfortable
- Offers maximum support
- Made of high-quality fabric
- Relatively expensive
ILoveSIA 3Pack nursing and maternity bra
Every pack contains 3 ILoveSIA nursing bras in different colors, 3 pairs of disposable nursing pads, 3 pieces of bra extenders for each color and a laundry washing bag. All these items in one pack coupled with the low price and comfort that comes with wearing this bra make it really worth it.
In addition, they do not have an underwire that can affect the flow of milk and the material is buttery soft, which makes them very comfortable.
They have molded foam pads that you can remove when you want to add breast pads. The cups also drop down fully making it easy for you to breastfeed discreetly.
Although you have small breasts, they may at times expand when full of milk. Therefore, you do not have to worry that the bra may not fit because it is made of a stretchy material. The ribbed gore also helps to stretch and accommodate the changing size of your breasts. In addition, you can adjust the straps to fit you comfortably.
- No underwire
- Drop down cups
- Removable pads
- Breathable and Seamless
- Stretchy fabric, which makes it a good sleep bra
- Easy to clip and unclip in one hand
- The removable cups may be too big for small cup sizes, but you can always remove them if they make you uncomfortable
HOFISH 3 Pack seamless Nursing and Maternity Bra
The HOFISH 3 Pack seamless nursing and maternity bras are my all-time favorite nursing bras for small cup sizes. Apart from the fact that they are very comfortable and offer maximum support, the HOFISH nursing bras come in a pack of 3 and in different colours per pack with extra extensions and clips.
These bras double as maternity and nursing bras so you can purchase and use them during pregnancy and post pregnancy.
The extensions are meant to allow you to adjust the bra fitting according to your size as your breasts continue to grow during pregnancy and nursing.
The HOFISH bras also come with removable light pads which are designed to give your breasts a good shape and fit. If you do not like the pads, you can easily remove them and the bra will still give you full support and comfort. However, for modesty reasons, you need to keep the removable pads, especially when in public.
This bra is made from a very soft fabric that stretches really well to allow maximum coverage. The material is also breathable; hence no itching or irritation.
- Soft and comfortable
- They are well priced
- Do not have an underwire
- Can be both in pregnancy and nursing
- Easy to clip on and off during feeding
- The company’s bra sizing chart is a bit off
Kindred Bravely Maternity and Nursing Sleep Bra
It is amazing how this bra looks simple yet has a lot of benefits to offer. The Kindred Bravely Nursing bra for maternity and breastfeeding is the best nursing sleep bra for small breasts currently available in the market.
If you are looking for a comfortable nursing bra that you can wear at night or just around the house during the day, then this is your go-to-bra.
Despite not having an underwire, clasps and hooks, the Kindred bravely nursing bra offers maximum support to nursing moms with small busts.
It is made of a very soft and high-quality material that easily stretches to fit the changing breast sizes as well as to enable you to pull it aside when breastfeeding.
This bra can also be worn as a nursing sports bra for small breasts but for light exercises such as yoga and walking.
Another important feature is that the waistband is not made of actual elastic; hence, no stretching overtime or irritation.
- Light in weight
- Fits small breasts perfectly
- Soft and comfortable
- Can be worn during pregnancy as well as post pregnancy
- Can feel a little uncomfortable at the shoulders due to the weight of the breasts
- The nursing pads may not stay in place well if the cups are loose
What are nursing bras?
Nursing bras are bras specially designed for breastfeeding moms to enable comfortable feeding without having to remove the bra or lift it up.
Things to look for when choosing the best nursing bras for small breasts
When buying nursing bras for large cup sizes, you should consider the following important features.
- A nursing bra should not have an underwire
According to lactation experts, a good nursing bra should not have an underwire. This is because it can prevent the flow of milk thereby causing clogged milk ducts. This may lead to breast engorgement or cause an infection known as mastitis, which is very painful.
- It should stretch easily
The anxiety to have everything ready before the baby comes leads most moms-to-be to buy nursing bras during pregnancy and keep them till the baby comes.
However, breasts tend to increase in size during pregnancy by about 1 or 2 cup sizes or more and increase even further once the baby is born as the breasts start filling with milk.
It is therefore advisable to buy nursing bras that stretch easily so that they can accommodate your breasts as they increase in size.
- It should offer maximum support
Perfect nursing bras for both small and large cup sizes should offer maximum support. The last thing you want when breastfeeding is sagging breasts due to the heavy weight of the milk.
The back band of the bra provides the most support. Hence, when fitting for a nursing bra ensure that the back band is fitted on the loosest hook. This will enable you to adjust the bra according to how tight or loose you want it once the baby comes.
- It should be comfortable for nighttime feeding
When nursing you will probably leak milk even at night. For this reason, you need a good bra that is comfortable to sleep in and can hold the nursing pads in place.
A sleep bra is considered ideal for nighttime feeding since it offers comfort and it is not too tight.
- It should fit comfortably
A nursing bra that fits perfectly is very important for a nursing mom. A bra that fits properly will not only provide the much-needed support but also provide you comfort when breastfeeding.
Experts recommend getting fitted for a nursing bra around the 8th month of pregnancy. They claim that this is the size that your breasts will be after your baby is born and once your body begins to regulate its milk supply.
The cup should also fit correctly without leaving any room or fitting too tightly. This is why a good bra should be made of stretchy fabric to allow for changes in breasts as you continue to breastfeed.
Difference between a maternity bra and a nursing bra
As mentioned earlier, some moms-to-be buy nursing bras during pregnancy. This can be quite misleading because breasts keep growing throughout the pregnancy.
The best bras to wear during pregnancy are maternity bras.
These two types of bras differ on a number of features as you can see in the table below.
|Nursing bras||Maternity bras|
|Designed for breastfeeding only||Designed to be worn during pregnancy and breastfeeding|
|Have clip fastenings to allow drop-down during breastfeeding||Have adjustable straps for extra support.|
|Have a sling to allow the bra to remain in place when breastfeeding||Additional hook-n-eye to adjust according to size|
|Have a feeding hole for modesty during feeding||Does not have a feeding hole|