Breastfeeding Guide

Nursing Bras vs Nursing Tanks

Can't decide between buying a nursing bra or nursing tank? Read this.
Nursing Bras vs Nursing Tanks

First off, the Nursing Tank 101.

What are nursing tanks?

A nursing tank (a.k.a. nursing cami) are essentially tank tops with a built-in bra and nursing clips that allow you to unclip the top down for breastfeeding access.

Do I need to wear a nursing bra under a nursing tank?

No, you do not. Nursing Tanks like our Soft Ribbed Nursing Tank have a built-in bra (and removable pads) so you don't have to wear a bra underneath - which means one less thing to worry about as a new mom!

Should I buy a nursing bra or nursing tank?

Now that we have addressed the basics, we'll get down to the pros and cons of getting a nursing bra vs nursing tank.

A nursing bra (or a nursing-friendly bra such as a regular bralette that pulls aside easily for breastfeeding) is absolutely essential when you are breastfeeding every 3 hours around the clock. You will need a nursing bra to wear under your clothes, especially when you are out and about with bubs. 

The downside? With a nursing bra, you would have to find nursing-friendly tops to wear over your bra. You can wear regular clothes (such as a T-shirt) but it is not the most user-friendly e.g., you need one hand to lift up your shirt the whole time your baby is feeding.

Some moms prefer a nursing tank because they would not have to worry about finding a nursing-friendly top to wear over their nursing bra, and breastfeeding with a nursing tank means they can easily unclip the top to breastfeed without exposing their stomach (as opposed to having to life up one's shirt to feed).

Nursing tanks can be worn on its own - especially in a hot and humid climate like Singapore's - or under a sweater when it's cold, or a shirt so your stomach is covered when you lift your shirt up to breastfeed. 

For those who use wearable pumps - most nursing bras and nursing tanks should be compatible with wearable pumps although it's relevant to note that nursing tanks typically offer more coverage which means they can hold up a wearable pump better.

Our advice? Try both and see what works better for you before investing in more.   

About the author: Claire is a nursing bra specialist, designer and founder of maternity brand Embrace. She is a mother of two and has spent four years breastfeeding her babies. Understanding firsthand the unique needs (and woes) of breastfeeding mothers, Claire has made it her life's mission to help make mothers' breastfeeding journey a little more comfortable.