Using a breast pump isn't usually difficult, but it can be somewhat boring. That's because most breast pumps require you to use both hands to keep the flanges in place and to keep from spilling the breast milk.
If you plan to spend a lot of time pumping, or need to be able to multi-task while doing so, a special hands-free pumping bra can help.
Here are some great hands-free options to try.
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The B3 Bra from Simple Wishes provides lots of options in just one bra. It functions as a nursing bra and a pumping bra, so you you could easily pump on one side and nurse on the other, or quickly pump after nursing, without having to switch bras. There's a halter strap that can be used to support the pump flanges and bottles, plus other loops that can fasten around the pump pieces to hold them in place. About $60.
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Simple Wishes Signature Hands-Free Pumping Bustier
This bustier style pumping bra can be worn alone or over another nursing bra. It's incredibly adjustable, up to 10 inches difference around, and there's a few inches of movement for each flange, too. You can customize the fit just for you. There are four layers of fabric, so it fits tight and keeps a good seal on the flanges while you pump. About $40.
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PumpEase Hands-Free Pumping Bra
This hands-free bra fits sizes from 32AA up to 48H and it's available in lots of fun colors and patterns. You use the PumpEase bra over your regular nursing bra or on its own for pumping. There's extra stitching around the horn openings, so it's made to last through years of use. About $40.
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This sports-bra-style pumping bra is very comfortable and costs less than $25. It's also sized like a sports bra, just small through XXL. It works with most breast pump brands, but be aware that it does not fit with Avent or Evenflo breast pumps. About $22.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Medela Easy Expression Pumping Bustier
This is another simple bustier style hands-free pumping bra. It's a basic band of fabric that zips in the front and has spaces to slip in the horns of your pump. You can wear the Medela Easy Expression bustier over another nursing bra, but it's not designed to be used as a bra alone. It's very comfortable, easy to pack in your breast pump bag, and is sized in the basic small through XL. About $30
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Rosie Pope's Pump and Nurse Underwire Bra
Who says the bra you wear to pump breastmilk can't be cute and lacy? Rosie Pope's Pump and Nurse Underwire Bra has two clips, one for nursing (where the whole breast is free) and one for pumping, where only the nipple is exposed. It comes in just one color, nude, but is feminine and pretty.
It has a front-closing zipper and comes in sizes 34B through 40F