If you are pumping breast milk regularly, being able to do it without holding up your flanges the entire time is life-changing! Here are the eight best hands-free pumping bras currently available, and the pros and cons of each.
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Types of Hands-free Pumping Bras
There are three types of pumping bras – corset-style bras, pumping bras that integrate with your nursing bra, and hands-free bands.
Here are some more details about each type.
Corset-style Hands Free Bras
This type of hands-free bra wraps around your body and has holes where your nipples are.
To use it, you put the tunnel part of your breast shields through the holes, which (along with suction from the pump) holds up your pump parts.
The advantages of corset-style pumping bras are that they are easy to use, and they can be used with any nursing bra.
Hands-free Bras that Integrate with a Nursing Bra
Here, your nursing bra itself is your pumping bra, as it has fabric panels to hold up your breast shields.
The benefit of these bras are that you don’t need to take them off or awkwardly push down your bra to pump hands-free, because it all works together.
Also, you don’t need to carry around an extra accessory – you’re already wearing everything you need.
This option actually isn’t a hands-free bra at all; it’s a band that goes around your neck and holds up the flanges with loops at your chest on either end.
The great thing about this method of hands-free pumping is that it’s really easy to do hands-on pumping because there’s no fabric compressing your breasts into your chest.
Best Hands-free Pumping Bras
Here are the top pumping bras to consider.
✅ Adjustable, secure fit with velcro closure
✅ No need to carry around an extra accessory
✅ Easy to do breast compressions
✅ Extremely lightweight and comfortable enough to sleep in
✅ Simple design and easy to use
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Davin and Adley Amelia
✅ Works for pumping with traditional flanges, nursing, wearable pumps, and milk catchers
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✅ Works well for large-breasted and plus-sized women
Bodily Do Anything
✅ Lightweight, comfortable, and silky integrated option
Lilu Massage Bra
✅ Does breast compressions for you
Below is more on eight of the best hands-free pumping bras, and the pros and cons of each.
1. Pump Strap
Type: Corset-style, Adjustable Velcro Closure
The Pump Strap is a corset-style pumping bra that’s made of neoprene, is stretchy and comfortable, and has an adjustable velcro closure.
- It’s one-size-fits-most, so no need to worry about complicated sizing charts – and you can adjust the size as your body changes postpartum
- Comes with an additional strap for around your neck that you can use for more support
- It’s easy to use with pump parts that have a combined connector and breast shield (like the Spectra)
- Opening the velcro can be a little loud, which can be an issue if you take it off when your baby is sleeping
- It’s machine washable, but hang dry
If you’d like to try the Pump Strap, you can use the code EPUMP for 10% off!
If you want to see more, here are some stories I did about it:
2. Kindred Bravely Sublime Hands-Free Pumping and Nursing Bra
Type: Integrated with Bra
The Sublime hands-free pumping bra by Kindred Bravely is just your nursing bra – no additional equipment required! It’s super comfortable and has two layers – a pumping bra layer and then a covering over that.
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- No need to take off your bra or have an extra accessory – this does it all
- Easy to pump and nurse on the other side (if you are nursing or comfort nursing at all)
- Easier to position the flanges and no need to remove the flanges from the pump parts to get set up
- Easy to do breast compressions
- You’d have to buy a couple of these since you need to be wearing this particular bra to pump hands-free (but then, you don’t need to buy nursing bras separately)
You can see the Sublime in the below stories:
3. LactaMed Simplicity Hands Free Bra Kit
Type: Hands-free Band
- Easier to do breast compressions
- No need to wash it (or buy extras for when it’s being washed)
- Very compact and doesn’t take up a ton of room in your pumping bag
- Has a bit of a learning curve – and if it’s not positioned correctly, you may have issues with spilling
- The loop may cover the nipple within your flange, making it hard to see if you need to adjust positioning
4. Larken X
Type: Integrated with Bra
The Larken X is a super comfortable integrated nursing and hands-free pumping bra. It consists of two fabric panels in the front. When you’re ready to pump, you just cross the panels over each other to hold the pump parts in place.
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- Extremely lightweight, and a great option for warmer temperatures
- Comfortable enough to sleep in
- Simple, effective design and easy to use once you get the hang of it
- You don’t have to worry about your nipples being in the exact place that the bra designer put the holes
- Might not be the best option if you need a hands-free pumping option but already have plenty of nursing bras.
You can see more of how the Larken X works in the below stories:
5. Davin and Adley Amelia
The Davin & Adley Amelia is a cute cropped cami that you can wear all day.
- It works well for both pumping with traditional flanges and wearable pumps
- It’s simple to use – no clips and no wires
- You can wear it all day and don’t need an extra accessory
- You can nurse on one side and pump on the other, or single pump
- This bra doesn’t have any padding (if you prefer padding)
You can see more of the Davin & Adley Amelia in the below stories:
6. Simple Wishes
Type: Corset-style Zip Up
- Ability to adjust size as your body changes postpartum; can get smaller if you lose baby weight or your breasts change
- Comes with additional (optional) straps that you can add for more support to help hold up the bottles
- Works well for large-breasted and plus-sized women
- This style of hands-free bra may make breast compressions more awkward
- You may need to purchase an extra panel, depending on your sizing needs
Type: Integrated with Bra
The Bodily Do Anything bra is another integrated nursing/pumping bra solution.
- Material is silky and very comfortable; it’s lighter weight than the Sublime
- No need for an extra accessory
- Easy to pump on one side and nurse on the other
- Easy to position the flanges and do breast compressions
- As with other integrated solutions, you’d have to buy a couple of them to be able to pump hands-free around the clock
You can see the Bodily Do Anything in the below stories:
8. Lilu Massage Bra
Type: Corset-Style Bra (with straps)
The Lilu massage bra is a hands-free bra that does breast compressions for you. It’s good for people who have to constantly massage to get any milk out at all, so that they can truly be hands-free.
- Does breast compressions for you
- Easy to use with breast shields that are attached to a connector
- It’s a little heavy – it’s kind of like wearing a crop top bulletproof vest
- Washing it is more complicated than other bras because you have to disconnect the connector and remove the massage cushions
You can see more of the Lilu massage bra in the below stories.
What to think about when choosing a Hands-free Pumping Bras
Here are four things that you should think about when picking a hands-free bra.
1. Whether or not you need to buy new nursing bras
If you’ve already have purchased a bunch nursing bras (either for this baby, or maybe you still have some on hand from older children), and aren’t in the market for more, the type of pumping bra that integrates with your nursing bra might not be the best option.
2. Sizing considerations
Obviously, size isn’t an issue for a pumping band at all, and the fact that you can adjust the sizing on the Simple Wishes bra is a big plus.
3. How often you do breast compressions.
4. Ease of use
In my sleep-deprived state, I cannot count the number of times that I started pumping with my pump parts attached but not the bottles, or turned the pump on without attaching the tubing.
You know yourself, so pick the one that seems like it will be easiest to use when it’s 3am and you’re exhausted.
One final tip: Based on my experience, black is the best color for hands-free pumping bras, as the inevitable breast milk stains aren’t as visible.
Have you used one of these hands-free pumping bras? Let us know what you thought in the comments!