If the time has come for you to buy yourself some new tops for your pregnant or breastfeeding self, allow us to share with you our best nursing top list. From activewear crops with drop-down cups to cosy hoodies and all the tanks and tees in between, we’ve got nursing tops to cater for your fluctuating tatas and easy-access feeding or pumping needs!
Let’s be honest, when you’re in the comfort of your own home you’re likely to be more than fine to lift your shirt and feed your sweet baby but when heading out you might want something a little extra.
Nursing tops make breastfeeding a little more comfortable for you, giving a little added security knowing that you’re not exposing your whole torso to the world while fumbling with unleashing boobs and a crying, hungry baby. That said, you can feed your bub wherever and however you like. It’s up to you!
What to look for in nursing tops
- COMFORT: above all else, your nursing tops have to be comfy! No one wants scratchy or heavy fabric sitting against sensitive boobs or bunched up between you and your baby.
- EASY ACCESS: When trying on a nursing top (even if you’re not actively breastfeeding yet) do undo the access zips and attempt to reach for your bra. If it’s minimal-fuss to do, chances are it will be amazing when you need to feed your bub in a hurry. If it’s cumbersome with buttons and so forth, keep looking. No one has time for that, least of all a hungry baby.
- WASHABILITY: Skip the dry cleaning and handwashing! Between leaking boobs, damp breast pads and a baby who also leaks on occasion from either end, being able to toss a nursing top in the wash for a fuss-free wash cycle is an absolute MUST.
- BREATHABILITY: Post-partum and breastfeeding are both sweaty businesses. Nursing tops that breathe, doesn’t stick to your skin and has some room for ventilation and air movement is the next best thing to air conditioning.
Our top picks for best nursing tops 2022
Cake Maternity Toffee Nursing Tank
WHERE TO BUY: Cake Maternity
Ticking the box of a comfy and supportive loungewear tank top, you can’t beat the super smooth profile of Cake Maternity’s Toffee Nursing Tank. Seamlessly knitted with silky soft yarn, it will grow with you from pregnancy to postpartum, ensuring comfort and security all day long. Its hidden built-in shelf bra offers wire-free support along with easy drop-down cups, cotton-lined side slings and easy single-handed nursing clasps.
Pack it in your hospital bag, wear it on its own, layer it under a shirt or even wear it to bed – it’s SO comfy, you’ll want to wear it ALL of the ways, every day. Available to fit B to F cups!
Berlei Life Maternity Active Crop
WHERE TO BUY: Berlei
Perfect for active mums and those who just love a crop-top, Berlei Life’s Maternity Active Crop is designed to live in now and nurse in later. The Life Maternity Active Crop is wire-free, breastfeeding-friendly and fully supportive for mamas on the go … be it yoga, pilates or maximising your comfort at home.
With one-handed nursing clips to make feeding a breeze and hug-like compression for bounce control, the adjustable shoulder straps give a comfy and customised fit (you can even cross the back!). The traditional hook and eye band clasp expands as you grow – and I love that you don’t have to wrestle this design on over your head. An active mum’s dream crop, the Life Maternity Active Crop is here to support you through every stage of motherhood! Available to fit B to E cups.
Close to The Heart Boho Blouse
PRICE: $79 NZD
WHERE TO BUY: Close to the Heart
If it’s discreet nursing access you want, you’ll get it in buckets with the Close to Heart Boho Blouse! Designed in New Zealand, the Boho Blouse is a floaty, feminine and refined nursing top that will elevate your maternity wardrobe.
Looking every bit like a favourite stylish top you may have worn pre-pregnancy, the Boho Blouse is available in four gorgeous colours and features delicate lace inserts, pintucks and subtle ruffle detailing. Breastfeeding is made easy with access to your bra and breasts via a horizontal zip hidden beneath the ruffle – so discreet, you wouldn’t even know it’s there! Perfect for dressing up or keeping it cool and casual with denim, this is one breastfeeding top you’re going to want more than one of in your wardrobe to wear now, as well as for years to come.
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Mama Clothing Olivia Breastfeeding Hoodie
WHERE TO BUY: Mama Clothing
It’s a case of comfort meets style and EVERYONE needs an Olivia Breastfeeding Hoodie in their pregnancy and nursing-friendly wardrobe! A brilliant and stylish basic to last you for many seasons to come, this affordable hoodie is a cult favourite of nursing mums – and it’s easy to see why!
Designed specifically for ultra-discreet feeding, the Olivia Breastfeeding Hoodie keeps your chest and tummy fully covered, stopping you from feeling exposed to the elements and prying eyes. The invisible horizontal zip is double-sided and completely hidden under the clever colour block design. Made from a thick, soft and stretchy cotton with cosy fleece lining to keep you warm, the perfect extra layer for cooler months. The Olivia Breastfeeding Hoodie is designed by nursing mums FOR nursing mums, flatters every body shape, is bump-friendly and just like the rest of the Mama Clothing range, is available in sizes 6 to 26.
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OMM Label Breastfeeding Staples
WHERE TO BUY: OMM Label
Made for mums by mums, OMM Label is all about quality, ethical clothing for cool breastfeeding mamas. Their relatable messaging empowers mothers everywhere! Motherhood is already hard enough, so getting dressed has to be made easy!
OMM Label DO make getting dressed for breastfeeding mums super easy. They’ve created organic and stylish wardrobe staples from tanks to midi-dresses and all the tees in between, all with practical side zips. Each piece is designed for you to feel at ease and comfortable to breastfeed your little one wherever and whenever you need to – without ever compromising on your own personal style. Need a new outfit? Get yourself (or your BFF) a cool organic cotton ‘Drink Local’, ‘Mamaccino’ or ‘Liquid Gold Maker’ slogan tee today!
Mamaway Antibacterial Seamless Maternity & Nursing Bra
WHERE TO BUY: Mamaway
A maternity bra that stretches and grows up to three cups to accommodate your increasing bust and back size? IT’S TRUE. You get all of that and more with the cleverly designed Mamaway Antibacterial Seamless Maternity and Nursing Bra!
This maternity seamless bra is everything comfort should be. Featuring patented antibacterial sew-in cup padding that won’t slip, fold or crease in the laundry, the bra also features an elastic under-band and stretchy 3D cups to offer the perfect balance of comfort and support for fluctuating breasts. The Meryl® Skinlife fibres and perforated drop-down cups are not only breathable but also antibacterial and anti-odour for peace of mind for new mamas and those enduring the sweaty symptoms of pregnancy!
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The Mylk Society Mama Breastfeeding Tee
WHERE TO BUY: The Mylk Society
Need a staple tee? A wardrobe staple that not only looks fab but washes beautifully, keeps its shape, remains buttery soft AND allows you to breastfeed with ease? Yes, The Mylk Society Mama Breastfeeding Tee is ALL that!
Made from a blend of both cotton and spandex, the Mama Breastfeeding Tee is not only an awesome, effortless piece to wear and include in your new mum wardrobe, it’s SUPER comfy for both you and your bub. Practical as ever, this block-colour tee features a clever two-way invisible zip right across the bust for you to easily access your milk-laden breasts. The slightly oversized fit and straight hemline make it an easy wear style to pair with your favourite leggings, jeans or dress it up with a skirt. Whatever your mum-style is, there’s a place in your wardrobe for this gem!
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Palomino Maternity Nursing T-shirts
WHERE TO BUY: Palomino Maternity
Save money when buying your maternity and nursing-friendly wardrobe with Palomino Maternity! Specialising in affordable breastfeeding clothes, Palomino Maternity pride itself on creating gorgeous, budget-friendly nursing wear for all Aussie mums!
There’s no compromise on quality or style with Palomino Maternity, their brilliant nursing t-shirts are perfect for allowing concealed and easy access to your bust for breastfeeding (or pumping). Designed with a flattering fit, we love the longer length on these nursing tees to account for all sizes of baby bumps and bosoms. Palomino Maternity has you covered in style, offering both breathable comfort AND practicality. Available in sizes S to XXXL, there’s a t-shirt for every mum’s style. Word to the wise though – at this price point, honestly, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop at just one!
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There you have it, folks, our pick of best breastfeeding-friendly nursing tops to add to your mum-style wardrobe this season, ticking the boxes of practical, comfortable AND stylish. Hooray!
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