Caring for a bundle of joy is an experience like no other. It’s also more work than most everyone expects. Round-the-clock, on-demand nursing is great for your little one. But just as with diaper changes, you get called on at the most inconvenient times…like when you’re fast asleep after being up for 18 hours.
Do you really need a nursing sleep bra?
New mothers everywhere are usually quite surprised when they’re woken up by a soaking wet nursing nightgown thanks to middle-of-the-night milk let down that leaves the sheets soggy too. There’s nothing like getting up on a cold winter’s night to clean yourself up, changing your pajamas and sheets…knowing it will probably happen again before the alarm clock goes off in the morning. Add in late-night nursing sessions (and more milk letdown), and you’ve got one tired mom!
Getting a good night’s sleep and regulating breast milk supply amid cluster feeding, engorgement, and middle-of-the-night breastfeeding can challenge every Super Mom. Rest assured, nursing sleep bras are super-comfortable and functional to help you get quality Zs. They make nursing your baby in the middle of the night quick and easy with stretchy, luxurious fabrics; no underwires or hooks; one-handed, pull-aside breastfeeding or clip-down cups; and pockets for ultra-absorbent reusable nursing pads – so no more wet nursing pajamas. Plus, nursing sleep bras are so soft that you’ll be surprised how much they support your aching, tender, milk-filled breasts.
Here are some of our favorite nursing sleep bras for 2023:
A Feminine Yet Practical Nursing Sleep Racerback
Racerback bras are designed so you can freely move your arms and back - with the bra straps staying put. Fans of our award-winning Simply Sublime® Nursing Bra will love the feminine details and practical functionality of our Simply Sublime® Lace Racerback Nursing Bra.
It has all the comfort and support you expect from our mom-favorite nursing bras, plus a fun, feminine lace back detail. This ultimate comfort pullover bra is great for sleeping because there are no uncomfortable underwires or hooks. With super-soft, stretchy fabric, adjustable straps, and clip-down cups for nursing your little one, our Sublime Lace Racerback is ideal for sleep, as well as everyday wear, from pregnancy through postpartum and nursing.
The Bra of Your Dreams
Kindred Bravely’s Sublime® Adjustable Crossover Nursing & Lounge Bra provides ultimate comfort for sleeping and nursing at night. The stretchy, ribbed fabric allows for changes in breast size, while the adjustable straps help you make it your own. When your baby wakes up at night, simply pull the cups down or aside to nurse. Plus, the wireless construction means this nursing sleep bra feels amazing all night. Sweet dreams!
Our Top Pick
If you’re a fan of supreme comfort, you'll love the ultra-soft, stretchy French Terry Racerback Nursing & Sleep Bra. There is no underwire, so this pullover bra feels great all night. What’s more, this multi-award-winning, super-comfy bra allows for one-handed, pull-aside breastfeeding.
Wirecutter (The New York Times Company’s product review site) named it their top pick for the best nursing sleep bra for “prioritizing softness, support, convenience… It feels more like a second skin than any other bra we tried.”
Occasional Sleep Loss Is Normal; Weeks of Sleep Loss Should be Addressed
Self care is just as important as taking care of your little one. The transition to motherhood is typically a joyful but stressful time. In fact, sleep loss can lead to clinical insomnia and postpartum depression, according to Michigan Health.
If you’ve been struggling for a few weeks to fall asleep or get back to sleep after nursing at night, talk to your doctor or health care provider. Medication-free or nonpharmacologic treatments are available.
This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please reach out to your health care team with any questions.