Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best booster chairs, high chairs, and changing pads for babies on Amazon, we’ve also written about the best nursing bras for new moms and the best baby monitors, according to experts. Here, we’re zeroing in on the best hands-free pumping bras, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best hands-free pumping bras
“As a first-time mom, I was cautious about not getting suckered into all the gimmicky things out there. I initially waited to buy this bra. Turns out I was a dang fool because this thing is a LIFE SAVER! Any woman who has ever tried holding their milking-machine during the arduous and BORING task of pumping can appreciate the hands-free option. Now, instead of awkwardly attempting the one-handed hold and inevitably spilling some of that liquid gold all over my lap, I can scroll Facebook, drink water, type an Amazon review (ha), and inhale a lactation cookie with ease, since my pump is securely attached and both of my hands are blessedly free. I won’t go so far as to say I “enjoy” pumping, but I do appreciate the few moments of multitasking this bra affords me.”
“If you’re going to pump daily, or pump while traveling, and are considering some DIY option involving hair ties or an old sports bra, please respect yourself and just get this bra. It is a snap to throw on over a regular nursing bra with the flaps down. It holds the flanges on so securely that you can hand-express, fold laundry, collate papers, or whatever it is you have to do while pumping without them moving an inch. I have used this three times a day, five days a week, for about seven months. It still looks brand-new and works great. When I found myself pumping in a McDonald’s bathroom somewhere in Ohio, wearing the Pump in Style on my back and trying not to touch anything, I realized that I in no way regretted spending the money on this bra.”
“I don’t know how I lived without this bra. I was using something else while pumping, and it just wasn’t working anymore. First, I love how pretty this bra is. I feel sexy and feminine, which I haven’t felt in months. I was a 34B before pregnancy, then a 36B/C after having my baby. I ordered a small, and it fits perfectly. The strap in the back has lots of snaps to make it tighter or looser. I even slept in it last night for easier middle-of-the-night pumping, and it was so comfortable. My Ameda flanges fit in the opening perfectly. The material is very thin, and depending on the shirt you’re wearing, the nipples could show through. I’m wearing reusable nursing pads today, with a loose top, and so far so good!”
“I love this bra! I had two different pumping bras (both the front-zip style) from well-known breast pump companies, and while they were better than holding the flanges and bottles the entire pumping session, they were a hassle. I had to put the first one on every time I needed to pump because the nipple cutouts had no covers, so there was no way to wear it with shirts. The second one had straps and flaps to cover your nipples but looked strange under shirts because of the flaps and the bra and zipper came up so high that it stuck out of the top of most of my shirts. The Essential Relaxed pumping bra fits and looks like most sports bras and is easy to slip on and wear all day at work. I WILL be ordering more! Thank you for the great and helpful product for such a busy and chaotic time in a mom’s life!”
“I use this product every single day, multiple times a day. This is a must-have for moms who are breastfeeding/pumping. The material does not irritate my sensitive skin and is easily washed and hang-dried. Without this product, I would not be able to multitask while pumping at all. It’s hard enough being plugged into a wall, but this product allows me to at least be hands-free to feed my baby, or use the computer as I do work from home. Someday, when this product wears out, probably many years from now (it’s a good solid product), I plan to buy it again. I like this way better than the idea of a bra that you strap your breast shields into because this fits over a nursing bra, which you can roll down. That means more versatility to wear with whatever nursing bra I like. I love this product! I would definitely recommend it!”
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“I’m convinced this is one of the smartest pumping bras out there — it attaches to your existing nursing bra very easily and the design lets you slip the pumping flanges into the bra while you wear it. It’s truly hands-free and works whether you’re small-breasted or better endowed. The really great thing, though, is that you DON’T have to buy their pricey nursing bra to make this work— word to the wise — the cheap-o $18 Gilligan and O’Malley seamless nursing bra from Target also works (the hooks are similar if not a perfect fit). Highly recommend if you value being able to do anything with your hands while pumping!”
“I really like how this attachment allows me to use my nursing bras to pump, so I don’t have to switch bras. I find other pumping bras to be uncomfortable and/or not sturdy enough to hold the bottles hands-free. This bra accessory is comfortable and sturdy enough for hands-free use. I like that I can just wear my nursing camisole and no bra.”
“This is the BEST option for hands-free pumping, in my opinion. I’ve tried a lot of pumping bras and it’s always a pain to take off my bra, put on a hands-free bra, and then get set up to pump (especially at work!). This is great because it snaps on to a nursing bra, which you can already have on, so no need to change bras during the day. I haven’t had issues with leaks, so the fit is good, and it comes with a back expander to be really adjustable. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.”
“This is a very simple alternative to the expensive bustier models you can purchase. It works so much better than them, as well. I like it because I don’t have to completely undress or remove my current bra to use it, unlike with the bustiers. I pump in the car, and this product is a winner for me!”
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