Functional and Fabulous Nursing Tanks

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!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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Diwata Ponamantuma
Hi! I am a mom of three and I TRY to breastfeed. I have been successful after my first, she was very difficult but my biggest issue was I felt that I had to go home everytime I had to feed her. I cam across this article and have tried most of the tanks and I do especially agree with the comment on the Bun maternity nursing tank tops because they took me and my girls (yes I have 3) to a new comfort level. I started nursing my latest one anywhere and no longer need to be close to… Read more »
Jazmine Craig
hands down Bun maternity nursing tanks are the best I’ve ever had. I’ve had other kinds too, but these tanks fit amazing. I bought one and even despite wearing it one time they took it back so I could exchange the size. What’s great is that they work with your own nursing bra and look cute on alone and I don’t feel like I look like I am wearing a nursing tank. For a mom that travels, these are the best for the plane ride and discreet nursing. My whole chest stays covered and I’m still using mine onto my… Read more »

Hands down, best tank! I pump hands free in the car to and from work and also hands free while at work while I eat or chart (I’m a nurse.). I would recommend this hands free tank to anyone who needs to multitask while pumping.

I had a Glamourmom nursing tank once. It was a nursing tank that had a control top tummy panel in it. Sounds great, right? Except that it was SO TIGHT I couldn’t even get it over my head! Talk about a post-partum hit to your self confidence! The worst part about it was, THEY WOULDN’T TAKE IT BACK! I spent almost $50 on it planning to wear it all the time and it was a total waste. I would definitely discourage people from buying from Glamourmom. LOVE the Target tanks though!! Definitely a staple in my wardrobe for a very… Read more »