I’ve been nursing or pumping for a total of 17 months and am still going strong. At times, it’s been difficult to modify my clothing into something that allows for easy access multiple times each day. But, I’m committed to breastfeeding and am therefore, committed to making snazzy adjustments to my wardrobe.
Nursing tanks have become a huge part of my success. Between the few I’ve tried and an informal poll of my closest mama friends I’m excited to share our lot of the most functional favorites.
For me, nursing tanks fall into two categories – the ones I wear at home and the ones I wear out and about. Home tanks focus on comfort and access. Out and about tanks are more about coverage. I should mention that I’ve never been the girl who can go without a bra – breastfeeding or not. When I’m nursing I wear a 34 H/I in this bra so ample support is a crucial element of my tanks. With that said, here are the tanks I love!
At home I alternate between my Bravado, Motherhood Maternity, and Target tanks. My Bravado tank is definitely the most supportive – it’s my number one choice for both sleeping and lounging around. The closures are easy to maneuver and I love the basic and seasonal colors available. The price is a bit high, but I feel the value is there since I grab this tank most of all. It even has a snug fit around the waist which feels great during those early postpartum weeks.
I purchased this Motherhood Maternity bra and a similar lift-up version as a tank (not pictured online, but I have seen it recently in stores) and although I wouldn’t give it the pretty award, I would definitely recommend it for comfort. I rarely see lift-up options with nursing tanks, but have found that type of access to be great for me and baby.
Since my first baby in 2010, Target has come a long way in their nursing wear department. I LOVE this tank for it’s button detail. I categorize this tank in my home batch because it is a simple shelf bra and that doesn’t suite me well when I’m out. But, I can imagine that it works as a great nursing summer top for many mamas. Target tanks ranked high for many of my mom friends too. A few are down right fancy with the lace detail and square neck options – I may have to add these to my home nursing tank collection soon.
If you haven’t yet guessed, I’m at home most days. That’s why the majority of my tanks are high on comfort and access rather than coverage. When I do go out, I almost always put on a real nursing bra (isn’t the world lucky?) and add an Undercover Mama tank. This post could easily turn into a full review for Undercover Mama. It’s such a genius idea when it comes to making breastfeeding functional in public.
- The Undercover Mama has just the right amount of spandex and can connect to your bra with a hook or loop. I’ve grown to like the loop the best. When you’re ready to nurse you simply unhook your nursing bra, let the bra cup and tank drop down and your shirt covers your top boob. All the while, your sides stay covered and warm. Don’t you just love it when you don’t have to flash your postpartum tummy?
A few friends have recommended Milk Daze, Glamourmom, and Carriwell tanks, but I haven’t personally tried those … yet. Leave me the link to your most loved tanks – I have many months of nursing left in my life and am sure my collection will grow!