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 that precious breast milk. If you'll spend very much time pumping, a special hands-free pumping bra can help you use that time wisely. When your hands are free, you can read a book, continue work on the computer, or entertain your baby.
My milk supply was low with my youngest son, so I spent a... lot of time every day hooked up to a pump. A hands-free pumping bra really saved my sanity during those times! Here are some great hands-free options to try.
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Simple Wishes B3 Bra
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 5 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.