12 Best Nursing Tank Tops for New Moms
Becoming a new mom goes hand-in-hand with change—and, yes, your wardrobe will need some switch-ups too. After giving birth, you may find you need pieces that offer more support and functionality than your previous go-tos. Pre-pregnancy, you probably had at least one tank top in your rotation, but now that you’re nursing, you’ll want options that meet your new needs. Enter: Nursing tank tops.
Available in an array of chic styles and cute colors, nursing tanks are a versatile postpartum closet staple. They can act as a base layer, workout top or sleep shirt—allowing you to go about your day-to-day routine while still being able to easily breastfeed or pump on the go. “I actually tend to recommend tank tops over bras for my clients, since they provide so much more coverage when you’re nursing or pumping in public or at work and give you way more flexibility in whatever you choose to layer on top,” says Meema Spadola, a New York-based postpartum doula and lactation counselor.
Below, shop our favorite nursing tank tops on the market, followed by some expert-backed tips for finding the best styles to support you throughout the fourth trimester.
With so many different brands and styles of nursing tank tops out there, it can be a challenge to find that one perfect nursing cami or tank top—the one you’ll buy in every available color and turn to again and again when reaching for something to wear. We looked at different designs, care instructions and customer reviews in order to narrow the field, then picked a dozen of the best nursing tanks on the market in a range of prices and styles, with a focus on material, fit, ease of nursing access and, of course, comfort. With our guide as a starting point, we’re confident you’ll find one you love. We also spoke with a certified lactation counselor to make sure we offered the best advice possible to nursing moms, and since many of us are parents ourselves, we relied on our own experiences with our children.
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From nursing camis for everyday wear to breastfeeding-friendly workout nursing tanks and everything in between, we’ve rounded up the best products on the market. Here, shop our curated list of standout nursing tank tops.
Super-soft and comfortable? Check. Flattering? Check. Easy-to-access clips? Check. This nursing tank top from Storq has it all. It’s made from smooth, stretchy modal spandex jersey that will support you morning, noon and night. Inside, there’s a shelf bra to offer light support—plus, it can be clipped down (with one hand!) for easy access when breastfeeding. This nursing tank top works well as a layer, but it’s also stylish enough to be worn on its own.
Size range: XS to 3XL | Material: 92% modal/8% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, dry flat
- Clip-down design
- Built-in bra
- Has a slightly shorter length
The best nursing tanks allow you to breastfeed baby within a moment’s notice—which is why we love clip-down styles. This nursing tank was designed in part by a lactation consultant to ensure it was perfect for 24/7 wear—and to accommodate your newborn’s around-the-clock feeding schedule. Other things we love about this nursing tank include the one-handed clip-down design, the front-strap adjusters and the soft, roomy fit. If you’re prone to leakage, be sure to pick up some of Bodily’s breast pads and place them in the built-in shelf bra for added coverage.
Size range: S to 3X | Material: 93% micromodal/7% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry
- Roomy fit
- Front-strap adjusters
- Non-absorbent fabric
Whether you're combo feeding or exclusively pumping, this tank is a must-have. Made from soft, stretchy and supportive fabric, it's a variation on a hands-free pumping bra and works with all standard pump flanges as well as wearable pumps. The extra-long cut hits at the low hip, so you won't be tugging it down all day, either.
Size range: S to XXL, regular and busty fits | Material: 94% nylon/6% spandex | Care instructions: Hand wash, line dry
- Hands-free pumping
- Long length
- No underwire
- Not machine washable
As its name implies, this nursing tank can be worn 24/7—no matter what your day has in store. It has a built-in bra for added support and comfort, and front-strap adjusters so the top will fit you like a glove. The nursing cami also has a one-handed clasp so you can quickly feed baby or pump.
Size range: S to XL | Material: 91% Pima cotton/9% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry
- One-handed clasp feature
- Flexible front-strap adjusters
- Form-fitting style
This plus-size nursing tank top offers a modern, seamless style that looks great by itself or layered under a favorite sweater. For your convenience, it features clip-down cups for breastfeeding access—plus, it has a built-in, wire-free shelf bra to keep you supported and comfy. Choose between the stylish light gray or black option—or pick them both up to add to your postpartum wardrobe rotation!
Size range: 14/16 to 26/28 | Material: 94% nylon/6% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash
- Inclusive sizing
- Wire-free, clip-down cups
- Wide straps
- Light lining
Dreaming of a super-soft nursing tank top you can wear day or night? Look no further than this pick from Kindred Bravely. Available in slate blue, black and twilight, the lightweight style is perfect for lounging around the house, running errands with baby or anything in between. It also has clips for convenient nursing access and a built-in bra for your comfort. Pair this nursing tank top with matching shorts or joggers for a cute (and easy!) casual outfit—or a comfy pair of pajamas.
Size range: XS to XXL | Material: 95% viscose from bamboo/5% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry
- Lightweight, breathable fabric
- Matching shorts and joggers available
- Built-in padded bra
If clip-down nursing tank tops aren’t for you, consider a crossover style—like this option from Beyond Yoga. It’s ultra-soft and stretchy to support you in all the right places, and thanks to the V-neckline, it offers straightforward nursing access. And when baby inevitably spits up on you, don’t panic: This easy-care nursing tank can be tossed in the washer and dryer so it’s ready to wear again in no time.
Size range: XS to XL | Material: 94% polyester/6% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry
- Low hip length
- Crossover neckline
- No built-in bra
- Doesn't clip down
Next up on our list of the best nursing tanks is this flattering seamless option from Knix. The sleek style is made from ultra-comfy BlissFit fabric, designed with changing bodies in mind for the perfect fit every time. Better yet, this nursing tank top offers built-in, wire-free support so you can layer it or wear it on its own. It even comes with removable leakproof pads.
Size range: S to XXXL | Material: 93% polyamide/7% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, dry flat
- Super-stretchy fabric
- Wireless support
- Removable leakproof pads
- No built-in bra
Postpartum shapewear offers supportive compression that can help you feel and look your best in the fourth trimester, while also aiding post-birth recovery. Functional yet fashionable, this nursing tank top can help with all of the above. The stretchy fabric offers gentle midsection compression to engage your core while you go about your daily routine. When it’s time to feed baby or pump, simply pull down the strap.
Size range: XS to XXL | Material: 90% nylon/10% spandex | Care instructions: N/A
- Gentle-core support
- Seamless style
- No built-in bra
- Doesn't clip down
Searching for a nursing tank top that doubles as active wear? This style from Anook Athletics has got you covered. The light, breathable design is made with DriRelease moisture management material so you can move (and sweat!) to your heart’s content. Whether you’re in the middle of a vinyasa flow, a leafy hike or breastfeeding your newborn, this nursing tank will have your back. Plus, it comes in three contemporary hues: charcoal gray, pacific blue and thyme green.
Size range: XS to XL | Material: 84% polyester/11% wool/5% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash
Although it's designed as a maternity tank, we love this Gap pick for sleeping and nursing after baby arrives. Made from super soft, stretchy material, it's easy to pull aside the low-cut neckline so baby can nurse in the wee hours—no fumbling with clips or dealing with multiple layers of fabric when you're bleary-eyed. The sweet scalloped trim adds a touch of femininity, and the long cut is comfy for sleep (when baby lets you get some!). Interior pockets in the cups hold nursing pads, which are sold separately. Choose from four colors, and pick up a pair of coordinating shorts while you're at it.
Size range: XXS to XXL | Material: 89% lyocell/11% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash
- Adjustable straps
- Soft lace trim
- Not padded
Last on our list of the best nursing tank tops is this versatile option from Target. The racerback cami is made from a seamless material designed to help you feel supported and comfortable throughout your day. What’s more, you’ll be able to nurse or pump ASAP thanks to the nursing tank’s helpful clips. Best of all? It’s under $20.
Size range: XS to XL | Material: 78% rayon/17% nylon/5% spandex | Care instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry
- Seamless style
- Fabric may pill
With all the stylish maternity brands out there, it can be hard to know which nursing tank will work best for you. We asked Spadola where to start.
“If you’re combo feeding, my top recommendation is to look for a tank top that works both for hands-free pumping and nursing, since not all tops offer that dual use,” she advises. “It’s also important to consider whether you have to clip and unclip the top to close and open, or just pull the fabric to the side—it can be super frustrating when those clips are difficult to use with just one hand.”
She says you’ll also want to pay attention to the length of the tank, as well as its care instructions. “It’s wise to look for tops that are long enough so they provide total belly coverage and also that can be tossed in the washer/dryer."
When shopping, keep these features in mind to help you find the best fit for your needs:
- Clip-down design. Whether baby is hungry, you need to pump ASAP, you’re simply exhausted or all of the above, clip-down nursing tanks will be your best friend. The functional style allows you to easily unclip the strap of the top so you can access your breasts in no time.
- Front-strap adjusters. Front-strap adjusters make it a piece of cake to modify the fit of your nursing tank throughout the day (and night!) to meet your changing needs. They’re a lot easier to deal with than typical back-strap adjusters—especially if you have a crying newborn in your hands.
- Built-in bra. If you’re looking for extra support in addition to or in lieu of a nursing bra, opt for a nursing tank top with a built-in bra. If you tend to leak between breastfeeding or pumping sessions, you can add removable nursing pads for added coverage.
Meema Spadola is a certified postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor based in New York City.
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