We asked our loyal, buxom customers to share which nursing bras worked best for them and compiled their testimonials. Here’s a handy guide to the best nursing bras available for larger busts, according to the moms using them every day!
Cake “Croissant” Bra
The gals at Cake concentrate on designing lingerie for maternity and nursing that’s not just functional but also beautiful. AND! The bras aren’t just beautiful for our dainty-bosomed sisters. Even the bras for large cup and band sizes are elegant.
Jen Barbati really loves the support from the Cake Croissant bra, which other moms tell us are high quality and long-lasting. Jen feels it also looks like a regular bra.
The Cake Croissant Bra is one of our best-selling bras because, as moms like Sara Dawida Novelly pointed out, they “make me miss my old, fancy bras less” and they create a great shape, which makes them “work wonderfully under thin or even tight shirts.”
The Croissant bra offers such a smooth profile without using foam. It has a flexible underwire (which means no pressure on milk ducts so even brand new moms can use this type of bra), 6 hook-and-eye levels to accommodate ribcage expansion (or contraction) and comes in sizes ranging from 32C to 40K.
Sara said that the Cake bras are definitely an investment, but “I thought my hard-working boobs were worth it and I need the support!” Sara is such a Cake fan she also bought their White Chocolate bra, which she says reminds her of her pre-baby fancy bras.
Panache “Sophie” Bra
The elegant Sophie bra offers beauty and support, without underwires. Panache bras are known to appeal to women with a large bust, and our customers find them to be easy-to-use and beautiful. Stephanie Slogar, a Pittsburgh local, says, “I’m currently wearing my Panache, which I like for the easy clasp. I can sometimes re-fasten it with just one hand!” Anyone with a larger bosom knows that one-handed claps fastening is nearly unheard of. Stephanie also loves the look of the black lace over the nude cup.
Shauna Marlowe, another Pittsburgh mom, has a tough time choosing nursing bras but says her Sophie bra is the best she’s tried in terms of comfort.
Sophie bras range in size from 30D through 40J. Even though this bra is manufactured in the UK (which usually means different sizing) moms find they can order their US size to get a good fit. Bonus: we carry matching boy-short panties if you want to order a set!
Elomi Smoothing Bra
Moms rave about the Elomi bra, which comes in sizes ranging from 34-48 bands and DD to K cups. Pittsburgh mom Emily Whitco wore Elomi bras before getting pregnant–she started out as a 36GG. When she learned Elomi also made nursing bras, she was elated because even though a new baby turns life upside-down, she at least had the comfort and familiarity of a tried and true bra. The nursing bra was great for her because of the support it offered and she finds it easy to put on–the bra has only 3 clasps and she can easily fasten it without spinning it around her chest first. How supportive is the Elomi bra? Emily says, “If I had to emergently jog while wearing this bra, I could do that without getting a black eye.
She feels the bra works great for thinner shirts or t-shirts and describes it as “sturdy without stretching out, and has great shoulder straps that are thick without looking ridiculous.” Brenna points out that the bra takes some breaking in–the elastic felt a bit scratchy the first few wears, but she’s glad she invested. “I remember feeling the relief of actually having a supportive bra that lifted my heavy breasts and made me look 10lbs thinner. It was wonderful!” Brenna points out that the bra seems expensive, but “it is a priceless feeling to have the support you need. You’ll spend that on three-five cheap bras that wear out in a few months. Bras, nursing bras in particular, take a beating and you definitely need quality over quantity.” Both Emily and Brenna have been happy with how long their Elomi bras have lasted–Emily even confesses to putting hers in the dryer and it’s still looking great.
Our Elomi Smoothing bra uses a traditional underwire, so most lactation consultants advise waiting six weeks postpartum before using to avoid pressure on milk ducts while your body transitions to producing milk based on demand from your nursling.
Did you have a tried and true nursing bra for a larger bust? Leave us a comment to tell us which one you think works best for you!