Being a new mom can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping. With so many different products on the market, it’s hard to determine which ones are necessary and which ones aren’t. One question many new moms have is whether they can use their nursing bra as a pumping bra. Before we dive into whether nursing bras and pumping bras can be used interchangeably, let’s discuss the purpose of each.

Nursing bras are designed to provide easy access for breastfeeding while offering comfort and support for your breasts. On the other hand, pumping bras are specifically designed to hold a breast pump in place, leaving your hands free for other tasks. Both kinds of bras allow you to breastfeed your baby.

Pumping bras can come in several styles, but the primary goal is to find one that allows you to be truly hands-free and that can be worn all day so you can save time by not changing in and out of different bras every time you need to nurse or pump.  Some bras that are designed for pumping only, have holes, openings, or seams around the nipples where you insert the flange. This type of bra is not meant to be worn all day as it leaves you exposed and can be very irritating to your sensitive skin.  In addition, if you opt for a bra that is designed for nursing only, you will need to change into a separate hands-free pumping bra every time you need to pump, which wastes time and is particularly inconvenient when trying to take care of a new baby.

nursing bras and pumping bras

Wearing a comfortable all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra is key to making nursing and pumping more seamless, and comfort is essential to making the breastfeeding journey better. This is why our bestseller The Larken X, an all-in-one nursing and pumping bra is the best bra for new moms and has sold out over 8 times. With a focus on premium comfort, the patented Larken X is an all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra made with lightweight buttery smooth stretch fabric that adapts to your changing breast size. Designed to make your life easier, the Larken X is wire-free with relaxed support and skips the weird holes, elastic, zippers, or clips — making it the most comfortable, easy-to-use nursing and pumping bra you'll want to live in all day and even sleep in at night.

Nursing and pumping is an incredibly unique experience that can vary from mom to mom, and you want to be able to relax and be as comfortable as possible. You don't have to worry about written instructions when you purchase our nursing and pumping bras because we have a quick tutorial on how the Larken X works here.

Choosing the right bra is a must when you nurse and pump, so shop the Larken X for all your pregnancy and postpartum needs. Contact us with any questions you have!