You’re already tired in your fourth trimester, and figuring out what to wear on your postpartum body is no small feat for the sleep-deprived mind. If you’re no longer pregnant can you still wear maternity leggings? (A resounding yes). But your old shirts may not cut it and if you’re planning to nurse or pump or both, so you’re going to need
the best nursing tanks, shirts and other tops that money can buy to make life a little bit easier once baby arrives.
Gone are the days when the only option for breastfeeding parents were button up shirts and nursing tanks under bulky cardigans. Thanks to hidden zippers, cleverly placed snaps, loose necks, and drapey shapes with underlayers, there are easy ways to breastfeed without compromising on style. All of the nursing shirts on this list are comfortable enough to wear even after you wean, and they all offer easy access for feeding on-the-go (yes you will one day be “on the go” again), and they’re stylish enough for you to look put together even if you don't quite feel that way. For total ease, don’t forget to pair a
comfortable nursing bra with your shirt for the most seamless breastfeeding experience. Read on for the best nursing tops you can shop right now. We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper's editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. 1 A Skin-To-Skin Top From Seraphine
This comfortable wrap style shirt doubles as a cozy way to do skin to skin time (just note it’s not a baby carrier so you will still have to hold your baby up). It’s made of a soft stretchy cotton that you and your baby will both love, and the wrap style allows for a custom fit plus easy nursing access. It’s available in several colors including pink, black, and gray, and it’s machine-washable which is a must for nursing shirts.
2 A Graphic Tee You Can Nurse In
Made of super soft and sustainable organic cotton, this shirt will remind anyone who sees you (and yourself),
Damn, you’re a good mother, because sometimes sleep deprivation can make you forget . The silhouette is drapey enough to wear while pregnant, plus there’s hidden nursing and access, and 10% of your purchase goes to Kvinna till Kvinna, an organization that helps protect women living in war-affected countries. You won’t find this super soft shirt available anywhere else either. 3 A Crossover Nursing Top From Madewell
You may already own something from Madewell (maybe their famous high-rise jeans) but it turns out the store carries a small amount of nursing clothes too. This crossover nursing top pulls open for easy nursing or pumping at work or an event, and it’s available in both black and white (you might want to snag both, especially if you work in an office). The brand’s name, Madri, actually means “mothers” in Italian, and motherhood is at the forefront of what they do. It’s made of a blend of cotton and a slight stretch material, and best of all it’s machine washable.
4 A Printed Nursing Tank From Loyal Hana
This flowy tank has a patterned print that can easily be dressed up or down. Like all of Loyal Hana clothes, there’s a hidden zipper (that’s actually really hard to spot) that zips down when it’s time to nurse. It has a subtle blue and white print (that kind of looks like rain on a car window) and it’s drapey rounded cut gets longer in the center in both the front and back. Just note because of the zipper, this is unlined. One reviewer said, “Got my usual size and it was a bit snug in the chest. Love the zipper design as always and it’s hidden really well. Wish it was lined so it feels a bit more luxurious but understand may be difficult with the zippers.”
5 A “Mama” Sweatshirt from ASOS
Wear the word “Mama” on your chest with this super cozy nursing sweatshirt. It has a double layer design that allows you to nurse while still being partially covered, plus buttons up the sides for easy access (and so your shoulders and arms can stay warm while you feed your baby). It has a cool and roomy drop shoulder style and is made of a soft blend of polyester and cotton which is the typical sweatshirt material. One reviewer said, “I absolutely love this! I’m three months postpartum and bought it in my normal size. It’s so easy to nurse while wearing it and it still allows some privacy.”
6 A Colorful Button-Front From Gap
Welcome spring with this colorful button-front top that will take you seamlessly from pregnancy to nursing. It’s made of a soft knit material with roomy sleeves and a shirred neckline. The tie at the waist adds a bit of structure but the shirt looks great without it too. Pair this with a comfy nursing tank, and all you’ll have to do is unbutton the top buttons for easy nursing. If pastel stripes aren’t your style, this shirt is also available in a burnt orange and bright fuschia pink.
7 A Hidden Zipper Nursing Shirt From Seraphine
A nautical vibe in a cute silhouette, this shirt has a zipper that opens vertically on the side of the chest for pumping or breastfeeding. It’s 100% cotton and has an empire waist you can tie yourself to fit you perfectly. The A-line style gently flows out and because of it’s roomier shape this striped shirt will work for pregnancy, nursing, and beyond. It also has a slightly elasticized back so it’s easy to pull on and off.
8 A Long Sleeve Tee From Hatch
It’s hard to resist a shirt that works equally well whether you’re at the office or hanging at home in sweats. This classic long sleeve T-shirt is roomy enough to wear through your pregnancy, and drapey enough to lift for discrete nursing. I like that the sleeves tighten at the wrists so it stays in place. Sizing on Hatch works a little differently but it’s still easy to figure out; they have a size chart on their website that shows which number correlates with your pre-pregnancy size (for example, a Hatch 2 correlates size medium or a 6-8).
9 A Nursing Tank Made Of Bamboo From Kindred Bravely
If you’re looking for the softest, wear-anywhere shirt, this is it. It has a hidden underlayer for discreet and easy breastfeeding, and it’s lightweight and breathable. Kindred Bravely is known for their ultra cozy (and sustainable) bamboo material. The two layer construction is drapey while still airy, and this is a must-have if you plan to breastfeed in the summer months. It’s available in white, too, and one reviewer said, “Love this nursing top. I have it in black and wore it so much that I bought the white. Definitely get a lot of use out of it and it’s so comfortable. I have it in the medium but I could probably get away with the small.”
10 A Nursing Sweatshirt From Latched Mama
Small details take this beyond a basic sweatshirt, like the subtle red heart embroidered on the chest. You might think a crew neck would be out of the question for breastfeeding, but this style has a clever double layer that pulls up so you can nurse and still be discreet (and more importantly, warm). If you have twins you’re in luck, as this sweatshirt can also support tandem nursing, something that not all nursing shirts can. It’s made of a cozy cotton polyblend, and it’s also available in a heathered teal color.
11 A Nursing Tank With Clip Down Straps From Kindred Bravely
Here’s another option from Kindred Bravely because they really are that good. Like a nursing bra, this comfy tank has clip-down straps that make it a breeze to breastfeed wherever you are. One reviewer said, “ It’s so difficult to find comfortable nursing items since I’m bigger breasted. This is so soft and fits beautiful while keeping me more secure while I sleep.”
12 A Leakproof Nursing Cami In Plus Sizes
Everyone needs a couple nursing camisoles to make it through the fourth trimester, and this one goes above and beyond. It has seamless wireless support, clip-down straps, and uses leak-proof technology so you’ll never look down to find two milk circles forming on your chest. Throw a cardigan or a nursing sweatshirt over your camisole and you’re set for a day of running errands or going out in the world.
13 A Colorblock Nursing Shirt From Nursing Queen
This nursing shirt style regularly sells out, and for good reason. Its long, loose style pairs well with maternity leggings (because you’ll definitely still rock those postpartum). Between the black and the gray striped sections there’s a truly hidden zipper; it has pulls on both sides so you can alternate breasts. One reviewer said, “Easy to use and you would never know it’s a nursing shirt! I’m nursing my third baby and wish I knew about this site five years ago with my first!”
With nursing shirts as cute and comfy as these, you’ll be keeping them in the wardrobe rotation long after you’re done breastfeeding and pumping.
This article was originally published on
Aug. 7, 2018