Best Hands-Free Pump Bras for Nursing Moms Reviewed in 2019
Baby feeding frenzies don’t need to be hectic. There are plenty of tools available to your family to help make your everyday life easier, even with the new addition of baby! If you’re looking to be able to save your milk in bottles, you’ll want the proper pumping equipment, enough bottles for your schedule, and the right wardrobe to make pumping easy. A handsfree pump bra allows you to collect and store milk while accomplishing many of the infinite other tasks on your to-do list. Take a look at some of our favorites below.
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Side slits for easy pumping
Super comfortable and easy fit
Zipper-front allows the bra to be easily taken off or put on
10 Best Hands-Free Pump Bras Reviewed
1. Momcozy Black
Side slits for easy pumping
Super comfortable and easy fit
Zipper-front allows the bra to be easily taken off or put on
The sizing can be slightly off and run small
At first glance, this hands-free bra looks just like an ordinary sports bra which is really what we like about it. Wearing any type of nursing or pumping bra can make women initially uncomfortable and self-conscious, but not with the Momcozy pumping bra.Read more
Ease of use
It features a zipper in the front that conveniently hides any signs that this is anything other than a normal bra, but works as an excellent way to freely pump with side slits that you would never know are there.
The back wraps around for extra-added support where you need it, and overall, it’s a snug and comfortable fit which is exactly what you’ll be looking for
This pumping bra is so easy to wear and its unique shape lends itself to appear as nothing other than a typical sports bra. Setting up is just about as easy as it is to actually wear this bra, and one thing that really helps are the detachable straps that can be crossed or worn straight.
Let’s be honest, hands-free pumping bras can be really confusing and often times, just downright uncomfortable. The best way to ease into using them is by finding one that’s simple, easy to put on and take off, and works just as well as a regular nursing bra such as this one.
2. Pump Strap
Can tighten for increased milk flow
Compatible with most major brands
Not as supportive as some bras
Not as easy to customize sizing
Recommended by lactation specialists, the Pump Strap is the bra that allows you to simultaneously pump both breasts, or pump and breastfeed, all without having to juggle multiple accessories and pieces of apparel. This adjustable bra fits women sizes XS to XXL, with cup sizes A-DDD. You can wear it by itself or over a nursing bra/top so you won’t need to undress fully every time you need to pump.Read more
Ease of use
With easy to maneuver openings, you’ll be saving time on setup and execution. Plus, the bra is machine washable so you won’t be standing over a sink trying to hand wash it when you have other things to do!
This bra is a heavy duty, made-to-last solution to breastfeeding. You can use it with most electric pumps and it will hold up and maintain suction, even with heavier bottles attached. Free up your focus and your hands with Pump Strap.
The Pump Strap hands-free nursing bra is a less covert but more sturdy option. This bra fits more like a crop top than a traditional bra, with a little extra length beneath the breasts. It’s available in two sizes: the first accommodates cup sizes A-DD and the second is meant for cup sizes DD and beyond.
It works with all single and double electric breast pumps, including major brands such as Medela, Lansinoh, Ameda, Spectra, and Pumpin Pal.
3. Momanda Underwire with lace
Beautiful lace design
Available in four colors
Six total hook-and-eye closures for adjustability
Easy hook-up to hands-free pumping via the discreet hidden flange slots
Comes in normal cup/band sizes as opposed to generic sizing
Underwire makes this a less dreamy choice for sleeping in
Runs a little small and the seams show
You should be able to feel pretty and be productive at the same time. The Momanda Hands-Free Pumping Bra comes with beautiful lace detailing and underwire support to hold you up throughout your busy day. It’s available in four different colors and closes in back just like a regular bra. You can even nurse on one side and pump on the other if you feel like multitasking!Read more
Ease of Use
With one-handed nursing clips, you’ll have easy access to the source anytime you need to pump or feed. Hidden flange openings keep everything discreet. You can either pull the bra aside or unclip it: your call!
This beauty is made from 61% Polyamide, 26.5% Polyester, and 12.5% Spandex. Lace overlay keeps the bra looking pretty but the soft fabrics keep mom nice and comfy! Since there is underwire, this may not be the best bra to sleep in--but if you want to wear it out at night, you’ll certainly look great when you hit the town!
If you’re tired of generic sizing, this will be the bra that puts your mind at ease. The Momanda Hands-Free Pumping Bra comes in specific cup and band sizes ranging from 32B to 40E. Six rows of hook-and-eye closures allow you some wiggle room as your body fluctuates based on what kind of pumping day it is.
This is hands down one of the two most stylish bras on the list. Much like the Dairy Fairy, this design is like a lacey little bralette with a (highly functional) secret. It comes in four colors: Beige, Black, Sunkissed, and Adobe Rose. The low v-neck shows a little cleavage and the underwire helps support your chest.
4. The Dairy Fairy Rose
Has a standard bra design and offers optimal support
Adjustable hook back closures
Adjustable straps that can be converted to crisscross in back
Compatible with most flanges and electronic breast pumps
Not a nursing bra and not designed for nursing purposes
This is a hands-free pumping bra that has the look and feel of a basic standard bra. Not a bustier with holes but actually a stylish looking bra that is designed specifically with using an electronic pump.Read more
Ease of use
This bra by Dairy Fairy proves that using an electronic pump doesn’t mean having to wear something that is a specialized garment that isn’t designed for wear all day.
Give a woman the option of pumping away from home. No need to worry about changing into a hands-free pump bra than to change back into a basic standard bra. Ideal for a woman to use while at work or even while traveling. But still offers all the conveniences of hands-free pumping.
This bra provides light support and is great for sleeping. The design includes six rows of hook and eye closures so that the sizing and fit can fluctuate with your body. It’s available in sizes Small-Large, with an additional Petite Plus option as well.
In fact, this bra is so attractive a woman may want to continue wearing it as part of their foundation garments even after they are done using a pump and their child is now on solid food. Has stylish accents such as black lace trim and hook back closures.
5. Simple Wishes Signature Patented
Convenient hands-free breast pumping that is quick and easy to do
Has a front zip closure and adjustable velcro panels
Convertible straps that can be removed or crisscrossed in the back
Machine Washable and comes in a wide range of sizes
Ideal for use with most electric breast pumps
The stitching on the holes around the nipple opening can be irritating to sensitive skin.
When it comes to a good quality hands-free breast pump bra, Simple Wishes seems to stand out from the competition. Created by Four Savvy Sisters, this innovative bra takes into consideration the fact that women want a hands free pumping solution.Read more
Ease of use
It then will securely keep the tubing and the containers in place with no need for the woman to hold it there.
The bra is easy to get on and off with zip-up center front and velcro closures that are adjustable in the back for optimal fit. Takes into consideration the world we live in and the fact that women are no longer stay at home moms.
With a constantly changing body throughout nursing, finding an option that will always fit comfortably might seem overwhelming. This bra can adjust up to ten inches in the bandwidth and can be worn with or without straps. The two sizes encompass Small-Large, and Large-Plus Size.
The company has the vision to provide innovative solutions to help out new moms. So, providing this bustier style bra for hands-free pumping is one way they have accomplished this. This free pump bra gets great reviews online with good reason. It covers all bases in providing easy and convenient hands free pumping.
6. PumpEase Galaxie Black
Can be wrapped over a nursing bra
Holds pumps in place
Offers several trendy and chic designs
It can’t be put in the dryer
Hands-free pumping bras are probably one of the greatest inventions for new moms. Pumping can take up a lot of time when you’re a new mom and have a baby to take care of but are also returning to the life you had prior to your pregnancy.Read more
Ease of use
With the PumpEase bra, you’re free to do practically anything without needing to hold a pump in one hand and try to do other things with your free hand.
Who says a pumping bra can’t be stylish? With a variety of pattern and color options to choose from, not only are you guaranteed a comfortable fit, but you’ll also be wearing something with a little flair to it as well.
With a front closure of three hook-and-eyes, this bra is versatile and easy to secure all on your own. No more yoga poses just to snap your bra shut. It’s available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large.
This bra is designed specifically to hold pumps in place while you go about your daily life, and you can even breastfeed while wearing it -- PumpEase encourages this because the bright and vibrant patterns will help to hold your baby’s attention. It’s comfortable, easy to wash, and even easier to use.
7. Rumina Essential Relaxed
Comfortable pull-over design
Ideal to wear for nursing and pumping
Comes in a variety of sizes and three standard colors
Has an innovative folding layer for pumping from the breast as opposed to holes
Size of bra can run smaller than is stated on their sizing chart and may require buying a
size bigger to get good fit and coverage.
When it comes to providing versatile types of bras with new mothers in mind Rumina certainly stands out. Their Essential Relax pump bra lives up to its name. This one will actually be so comfortable to wear that a woman could actually wear it round the clock.Read more
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A hands free pumping bra that was designed with a new mother and even expectant mother in mind. The company was founded by new mothers to address their own nursing needs and this bra is an example of how they have gone about addressing these issues for all mothers.
Design for a woman who definitely wants to multitask. This one takes into consideration demanding schedules and the fact that women have a whole lot on their plate these days. It is designed to take care of all nursing needs while still providing a woman with all she would want in a good quality nursing, pumping and even maternity bra.
Rumina’s design is most reminiscent of a sports bra. It’s cut in a deep V-neck with thick straps. It provides moderate support and there are no clasps so you can comfortably sleep in it. The sizes run from X-Small to X-Large.
Also, no need to worry about having to purchase a separate hands-free pumping garment because this nursing bra has the revolutionary patented design that will make it possible to pump out the breast milk as well.
8. Bravado! Designs Clip Accessory
Fits over most nursing bras
Might be slightly confusing to strap over another bra
This pumping bra is revolutionary and will probably change your life as you know it. With a super sleek and comfortable design that resembles nothing more than a sports bra, this hands-free nursing bra add-on is a discreet way to get away with wearing one of these all day longRead more
Ease of use
The bra attachment is easily clipped onto a previous nursing bra and the fold allows for simple and fast pumping through your daily routine. It’s comfortable and causes no irritation -- Oh, and did we mention it won the Mom’s Choice Award in 2017?
This is a great way to have a hands-free pumping bra without buying something that’s strappy or needs to be fully wrapped around you
With four rows of closures, you can secure a snug but comfortable fit, no matter what kind of pumping day it is. This bra is soft and provides light to moderate support. Additionally, the figure-8 opening helps keep bottles in an ideal, upright position. It’s available in sizes Small through X-Large.
It’s simple, easy to use, and requires absolutely nothing fancy -- And that’s what we love about it. This pumping bra is no-frills but does a solid job in the way of helping you be hands-free.
Elastic band: wireless bra
Extender and 4-clip closure in back
Clips in front for everyday use
Easy to attach pumps to one-handed
Band is a true fit but cup sizes are small
Fabric openings where flanges go stretches out easily
With a 49% cotton, 32% modal, 19% spandex blend, this nursing bra is a comfortable way to keep your hands free while making sure baby has a full bottle. To use it, simply unclip your nursing bra/tank, attach the pumping garment to the HoFish bra clips, insert the breast shield, slip your pumps on, and get to it. You can easily ready yourself with one hand and the 4-row hook and eye closure at the back (with an extender!) ensures a better fit that you can customize to your body. It clasps in front for easy access. The bottom band is elastic, so no pesky wires will cause discomfort.Read more
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Free up your hands; you’re a busy woman with plenty to do. There’s no reason you can’t do a few things at once with HoFish’s hands-free nursing pump bra!
It’s soft, stretchy, and breathable. The extender and back-closure allow you to customize the fit to your body but from that point out you can clasp it easily in front, allowing for hassle-free dressing and pumping!
Each 3-Pack of HoFish Nursing Bras contains three stretchy, comfortable pieces. The bras feature three rows of closures for easy adjustability, as well as a strap converter so that you can wear it seamlessly with many different styles and tops! It’s available in Small to X-Large.
Designed to work with all major breast pumps, this bra is machine washable and available in packs of one or two in gray, white, and black.
10. The Dairy Fairy Ayla Lace
Six rows of hook-and-eye closures allow for maximum adaptability for your changing body
Utilizes demi-underwire design to provide support without the squeeze
Hidden flange openings support all major breast pump brands and styles
The lace design can be itchy and we recommend using nursing pads to avoid accidental nipple pinching
May not provide adequate support for pumping equipment
This may be a revolutionary thought but breastfeeding and pumping do not have to make you feel unattractive! It can feel like you are in a semi-permanent frump during the first few months of your little one's life. Hormone instability, body changes, and bland beige maternity garments can strip you of your femininity and make it easy to forget that you are a woman as well as a mother. The Ayla Lace Underwire pumping bra can help bring back some of your lost womanhood and make you feel like the truly beautiful creature that you are! After all, you just created a human being!Read more
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That is a miracle and you should be celebrated, not relegated to granny panties! This gorgeous lacy bra looks like lingerie while still offering all the same support of other pumping bras.
Snapping cup straps also allow you to breastfeed at the same time you pump, helping to keep your milk production consistent and prevent painful engorgement.
Its unique independent-cup design supports a wide range of breast pump styles and sizes including both single and double pumps.
Six rows of hooks and eyes provide a larger width adjustment than other similar pumping bras. This hands-free support also utilizes a demi-underwire design to handle the weight of your changing breast size as well as the additional weight of pumping equipment. This partial wire system will not compress your breasts, helping to prevent your milk ducts from becoming blocked. Comfortable material with just the right amount of stretch can support breast sizes from 32A to 40G.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
This is key to any garment we wear, especially for a new mother. She has enough on her plate so she would want a bra that wouldn’t pinch or constrict, that allows for extra room and not constrict the natural flow of breast milk. Even in a hands-free pump bra, it is essential that it be comfortable to wear.
This is another important feature for a pumping bra. These need to be adjustable because the breast size of the woman will shrink over the months as the breast milk starts to deplete. As the breast shrinks, the bra has to be able to continue to work with it and be adjusted to conform properly.
Life, in general, doesn’t stop because we are new mothers, there are other obligations that will need to be met and fulfilled, which is when a quality breast pump can come in handy.
Especially helpful are the electronic ones that are hands-free and actually able to express milk without the woman having to use her hands to do it. This frees up a mother’s hands so that she can multitask while using the pump.
Other Factors to Consider
Unfortunately, breast milk can seep out even at the most inopportune moments such as during pumping. This is why a good pumping bra needs to have good absorbency. These can also come with washable breast shields for even more protection. After all, a woman will need to make sure that the bra remains dry against her skin.
This component certainly applies to the hands-free pumping bras. These make it possible for a woman to do other things while pumping. They can text, talk on the phone, fix breakfast, even work online all the while pumping out milk. With a nursing bra, it will be important to have one that makes it easy to nurse when necessary and be able to readjust when finished.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Isn’t it best to breastfeed as opposed to using a pump?
There is no denying that actually breastfeeding a child is quite beneficial to a child’s development. Not only does it help create more of a bond between mother and child but there are experts who believe that it also benefits a child’s cognitively to have this sort of close contact with their mother.
But there is a reason why pumping is becoming so common in America and why more than 80 percent of new mothers now use one. It’s because women don’t have the time that they used to in order to always breastfeed their child.
For instance, if they are working, they may only get six weeks for maternity leave, if they have other kids or if they have other pressing schedules, they might not be able to breastfeed as often as the baby requires. Yes, whenever possible it is still a good idea to breastfeed a child and to have that personal contact but sometimes it’s just not practical to do so.
q: When is the best time to start using a breast pump?
Some recommend that the best time for a new mother to start using a breast pump is two to three weeks after giving birth. However, the best course of action is to consult the pediatrician or obstetrician about when would be the best time to start. No two babies are exactly alike and some could have different needs, as could the mother, so it’s always advisable to consult a physician about when would be the best time to start using a hands-free breast pump.
q: Do all hands-free pump bras work with most breast pumps that have a hands-free option?
Most of the ones we chose on our list have a very good track record of being compatible with most electric breast pumps. But as also illustrated, sometimes the hands-free pump bra won’t be compatible. So, the best advice is when in doubt check information that you can find on the bra you have in mind to see if it is compatible with the electric breast pump you either have or are considering.
q: What is the best time of day to use a hands-free pump?
This could vary as well depending on a mother’s schedule. If she is home taking care of her baby, a good time would be in the morning around an hour after the child has actually been breastfed. Another option is to actually pump one breast while the child receives milk from the other, which is possible with a hands-free pump and pumping bra. If the pumping is done while working or on a tight schedule, then a set time will need to be put in place in order to use the hands-free pump. Pumping can take place up to three times a day but will need to be done at the same time each day whenever possible.
q: Is there a difference between a standard nursing bra and a hands-free pump bra?
As illustrated on our list, there is a definite difference between the two. Hands-free pumping bras are ideal for using while expressing milk with a breast pump, but these aren’t always made to be worn at other times. There are, as we showed above, some bras that actually give the convenience of both a nursing bra and a hands-free pumping bra as well.
q: Are battery-operated breast pumps similar to the electric kind and can these hands-free pump bras be used with them?
Yes, hands-free pump bras are ideal to use with battery-operated breast pumps as well. Keep in mind though that although these may seem more convenient to use than an electric breast pump because they are more mobile, the fact is these don’t express as much milk. So, a battery-operated breast pump might be fine to use away from home but always have an electric or manual one as well. It turns out these hands-free pump bras tend to work with manual breast pumps as well although the hands-free feature won’t be possible.
q: Are electric breast pumps comfortable to use?
Just like with the hands-free pump bra, a new mother will also want an electric breast pump to be comfortable. The first thing to do is to read the instructions that come with the pump completely to make sure that you completely understand how to use it. When using the pump, start at a standard speed and adjust it to a level that is most comfortable during the process.