I don’t know one mom who doesn’t multitask to manage her life, especially working mothers who have to pump at the office. But breast-pump manufacturers have caught on, and they've come up with a number of hands-free breastpump bra options that allow moms to pump while simultaneously continuing to work. This may just be the solution us multi-tasking moms have been seeking.
What are the best hands free breast pump bras?
There are tons of hands free breastpump bras on the market, but some stand out more than others for reasons of comfort and variety. Here are three top options.
This Amazon Choice bra fits sizes XS through L, and it also features an adjustable Velcro back so it can be changed as your body changes in postpartum. It's soft and well-designed, but the material is not flimsy. "I literally could not pump as quickly or easily as I do at work without this bra," one reviewer notes.
This bra is 90 percent cotton, which makes it one of the most comfortable bras on the market offering light to medium support. It offers good support and is very soft. It's also relatively inexpensive.
The PumpEase bra fits sizes 32AA up to 48H, and it's available in a wealth of colors and patterns. Plus, it can be worn over your regular nursing bra or on its own for ample support and convenience.
This is actually an accessory, not a bra, but it lets you keep your current top or bra on while you're pumping. And it's all hands-free and easy to use. Insertion and removal are easy, and bottles are held upright and in place.
$26.99 - $37.99
This bra is completely adjustable and accommodates different pumping speeds depending on your needs. It's also completely secure — so you won't have any mishaps.
This is a more affordable alternative. It accommodates smaller-busted women and allows for hands-free pumping. The material stretches to suit your body for enhanced comfort.
Lightweight and flexible, this bra is not too tight and fits the wearer. It's comfortable and easy to wear under your clothing. Whether you're using it for pumping or nursing, it's a good choice. Plus, it looks like your average tee-shirt bra.
What are the benefits of a hands-free breast pump bra?
A hands-free breast pump bra can change a new mother’s breastfeeding experience — and it may, consequentially, even lengthen the time she nurses her baby. That's because a hands-free breast pump bra not only frees up a mom's hands during pumping sessions to talk, text or type, but it also helps create a better seal for the pump flanges to improve suction.
A common feature of hands-free pumps is the list of settings from which to choose. For example, a faster setting will allow a mother to draw milk more quickly, which is convenient for working moms who have a limited amount of time. Plus, most hands-free pumps also come with accessories that further simplify pumping, such as tote bags complete with bottles and ice packs so working moms have everything they need for pumping at the office.
What does a hands-free breast pump bra look like?
Bra sizes normally range from 32AA to 48H in most styles. They typically feature discreet slits in the fronts or sides, or they have pull-down designs so moms can slip in the suction top of a hands-free pump. There is a design style for every mother, ranging from seamless, lacey and sexy lingerie to cross-over and sports bras for bustier moms or moms with breasts that are engorged and heavier than usual. There are also strapless bras available, and some have reversible zippers and added Velcro panels for comfort and sizing — ultimately, however, all of the materials used are carefully selected for softness and comfort with sensitive nipples in mind.
Whatever you choose, your pumping experience will be made a whole lot easier with a bra that does it for you.
Valerie Lynn is a traditional feminine healthcare expert specializing in post-pregnancy recovery, as well as the author of, The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body, Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom and the cookbook Healing Meals: Simple Recipes for New Moms (Q1-2018). Valerie has lived, worked and conducted research in Japan, the U.K., Australia and Indonesia. Her coaching practice in New York City supports expecting mothers and their families, guiding them through a new mother’s recovery based on the most holistic and effective after birth recovery program in the world with success rates of 97 percent. Her seminar, Optimizing Maternity Leave: A Roadmap to Post-Pregnancy Recovery, is gaining recognition in the public and private sectors.