My Favorite Nursing Clothes {Shirts, Dresses, Bras, and Nightgowns for the Breastfeeding Mother}


I’ve been breastfeeding for 4.25 solid years at this point, and gone through a ton of different clothes to see what worked for me. Here is a full list of the clothing and tips that have helped me build my nursing friendly wardrobe.

Nursing Dresses


A few years ago Ethan bought me this dress from Pink Blush Maternity. I wore a tank that I cut off to end just below my bust underneath, and I could very easily and discreetly nurse with this system. (This hack makes pretty much any stretchy v-neck dress into a nursing dress!)

The Sleeveless Essential Crew Neck Tank from Christopher and Banks is my favorite! It has a modest high neckline, wide straps, and no little annoying plastic pieces on it to make weird bumps on your dress. Find it here.

I own several of these gorgeous dresses now. They work pregnant, not pregnant, and while breastfeeding. They’re make up 90% of my dress/church clothes.

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Sometimes they have good sales on their website, I’ve found them used on Poshmark, and they’re also on Amazon.

Zelie Maternity
You can find this dress here

Nursing Shirts

In general I use this nursing tank with wide straps and a higher neckline from BBHoping found here on Amazon. I just put a cardigan over it and go.

I also have some nursing shirts from Milk Nursingwear which I really like. My one complaint about Milk is I feel like the necklines just go really low when nursing, so I end up having to layer a cut off tank underneath still. The red striped one is the only shirt so far I don’t need to layer with.

You can find this shirt here
You can find this shirt here


You can purchase direct from Milk, or find these on Amazon.

You can find this shirt here

Like I talked about in my nursing accessories post, I love nursing in a ring sling or in a structured carrier, and having a proper nursing shirt lets me latch Zelie on and off easily and discreetly.

Nursing Bras

When it came to nursing bras, I had languished for 2.5 years with the Lily bras from Motherhood Maternity and a Bravado bra that not only fit poorly, but just didn’t have enough support.

At Christmas I stumbled into a children’s boutique at a mall in Montana and I tried on the most comfortable and supportive bra by Cake Maternity. (Find it here)

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Photo from Cake Maternity

Their Croissant bra is *amazing*. Once again, it kills me to spend more than what I was at Motherhood, but for something I use constantly day in and day out, Ethan said he was fine making the investment.

The super wide band smoothes my back and provides amazing support, the cups don’t have lines in awkward places, they’re made with quality construction, and they actually come in a great variety of sizes.

I prefer the support of an underwire, and since they’ve never caused plugged ducts for me, I love this bra. If you prefer one without an underwire, they also make this one here, and this one for plus sizes.

This has been my go-to nursing bra for over 2 years now and I’ll never look back!

As for sports bras, I’m a real believer in this zipper front, high intensity sports bra from SheFit. It has customizable support I’ve NEVER seen in any other bra before, and even if you don’t nurse, this is the best sports bra I’ve ever worn.

You can get $10 off your first bra using my link here!

The wide waistband has a velcro strap so it is perfectly cinched around you –

That wide waistband will fit perfectly thanks to the super high-quality velcro!

and the straps have the same.

Finally, straps that NEVER slide down and are as high as you need!

It will fit like a glove with truly astonishing support. I have never been able to run and move so easily with my large chest as I have in this bra. If you want $10 off your first SheFit, you can use this link here!


I sleep in this 3/4 sleeve length nightgown from Ekouaer and I love it! It definitely goes down lower on me than in the Amazon photo – about to my knees.

My sister has this short sleeve one and really likes it, and it has more length than the longer sleeve one.

I want to get this really long one for winter, too!

How About You?

Do you have any favorite nursing clothes? I’d love to check out your recommendations!


You can find my favorite nursing accessories here

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Nursing Clothes {Shirts, Dresses, Bras, and Nightgowns for the Breastfeeding Mother}

  1. I found the cutest ruffled camis on Amazon a few months back (ended up buying two) that aren’t crazy expensive either. The company is called Bearsland. My favorite parts are that the ruffles hide the mommy tummy and the straps are adjustable so you get as much coverage as you want! 10/10 would recommend!! I love putting them with a cardigan or button up.


    1. After reading your suggestion, I have been looking at the Bearsland ruffled camis…Do you find they provide high enough coverage on top, or do you have to wear something under them? I know they are adjustable, but from the pictures I couldn’t tell if they would be high enough.. They are SO pretty!! Thanks!


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