Best Hands Free Pumping Bras – Multitasking Made Easy!

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If you haven’t discovered hands-free pumping, then you are missing out!

When I started back at work after having my first baby, I was a complete rookie pumper. I had very little idea as to what I was doing or what accessories existed out there to make my life easier…

One of those accessories was a hands-free pumping bra.

Before finding a great pumping bra, I would set my pump all up, pull up my shirt, pull down my bra and literally hold the breast shields in place for the full pumping session (20 minutes give or take). It was incredibly boring and I was itching to multitask!

I was finally introduced to pumping bras and it changed the way my pumping sessions went!

I was able to scroll emails, watch videos of my baby (helps with your letdown!), text, read, eat, or just about anything else. It really helped pass the time and made pumping less of a chore.

Now that I am a little more seasoned I do all sorts of things while I pump. Like pumping and driving, the dishes, folding clothes, working on the computer, etc. It really opens up a whole new world!

I highly recommend getting a pumping bra if you need to pump for any length of time! They are lifesavers!

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7 of Best Hands-Free Pumping Bras

Here you will find some of the best pumping bras on the market.

Make your life 1,000 times easier and get one of these today! You will be amazed at how much more enjoyable pumping can be. Trust me, I know.


1 – Clip and Pump Hands Free Pumping Bra by Bravado Designs

Clip-and-Pump-Hands-Free-Pumping-Bra-ReviewThis is my absolute favorite pumping bra to date!

The Clip and Pump has literally changed my life. It hooks around your waist (like a bra) but then clips into your existing nursing bra. So no bulky wrap or fabric to fit over your clothes. It just clips right in. 

I love, love this bra! It is worth every penny.

You can read my full review of the Clip and Pump, here.

 


2 – Simple Wishes Pumping Bra

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The Simple Wishes is probably my favorite pumping bustier. It is not a bra that you wear. It is a bustier that you put on only when you are pumping. It wraps around you and clips into place.

The thing I love most about this pumping bra is that it is very structured. 

A lot of the bustier-type pumping bras have very little support. Being a larger-breasted mom, I need structure or it is hard to keep the breast shields in place. If you are like me and are a little “extra” on the top, then this is a great choice for a bustier pumping bra!

You can read my full review of the Simple Wishes Pumping Bra, here!


best-hands-free-pumping-bra3 – Rumina Classic Crossover Hands Free Pump & Nursing Bra

One of my personal favorites of which I happen to own about 4.

This relaxed crossover bra is made of soft jersey cotton (seriously so soft) and is both a nursing and pumping bra. Little slits in the front make pumping comfortable and discrete.

It offers great support for both day and night. These were fantastic to wear in the hospital and for the first few weeks when my breasts were painfully engorged. This bra is so comfortable! You won’t be disappointed!


4 – Rumina Hands Free Pump & Nurse Tanks

This pumping and nursing tank has it all! A built-in seamless bra that allows for pumping and nursing while giving you shape – can we say “Aaaaamazing!”

You can easily wear this comfy tank under any garment from suits to workout clothes. It makes nursing and pumping easy without pulling the bra down or revealing your stomach.

This is a great quality tank that will last you a long time and will be part of your everyday wear!


best-hands-free-pumping-bra5 – PumpEase Hands Free Pumping Support Bra

The PumpEase bra is NOT a bra but rather a support that is designed to fit over your nursing bra when it’s time to pump. I LOVE these.

They are very easy to use and give you the freedom to wear a variety of nursing or regular bras that don’t have the hands free pumping feature in them.

I also love the cute designs and colors that are available! Check these out. Fantastic item to add to your pumping arsenal especially if you work!


best-hands-free-pumping-bra6 – Medela Easy Expression Hands Free Bustier

Just like the PumpEase, the Medela Easy Expression is NOT a bra but rather a support wrap.

It is a cotton/spandex blend though, in my opinion, doesn’t provide much in terms of support. It’s best to wear over a nursing bra when you pump.

I prefer the PumpEase, honestly, as it is a better fit but the Medela is a good choice too and with a slightly cheaper price tag, would be a good option if you are working with a budget.


7 – The Dairy Fairy Arden All-in-One Nursing & Handsfree Pumping Brabest hands free pumping bra

The Dairy Fairy Arden nursing and pumping bra is all-in-one.
You can nurse, pump hands-free, or pump one side while nursing on the other. It is a soft structure and comfortable to wear while pregnant or at night.
The thing I love about Dairy Fairy bras is that they allow you to adjust the size using the cross-over cover panel. So you can tighten it or loosen it depending on how full your breasts are. This makes this bra perfect for wearing in the hospital and in the early weeks after giving birth since your milk comes in and can cause uncomfortable engorgement. 

I hope you enjoy your hands-free pumping bras as much as I love mine. I can’t say enough about them. They really are life changing! Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite hands-free bra? Share with us here by leaving a comment!




Also See – 

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Read: Medela Freestyle – See Why You Need This Pump!

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Read: Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Pump – Want a Hospital Grade Pump? See Why This Pump Fits the Grade!

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Read: Hands-Free Nursing? Yes, Please! See Why the Koalakin is a Must Have!

20 comments

  1. Ann says:

    Hi Heather,
    I don’t see an email or contact me form so trying to reach you through comment. I loved loved your website. Its an all comprehensive resource for moms who are exclusively pumping. Can you talk more about cleaning the breast pump accessories and bottles. I would also like to speak to you offline about the system I am developing. Please email me. Thanks.

  2. Jessie says:

    I so wish I’d known about these when my kids were babies. I used a manual pump with the first child which was just way too time-consuming but I used an electric one with the last two. Although it was better, it drove me nuts that I was still stuck sitting there unable to do anything waiting for the bottles to fill. I think if I’d have found something like this, I probably wouldn’t have given up as quickly.

    • Heather Grace says:

      I agree with you that the worst part of pumping is the feeling of just being stuck. Before getting a hands-free bra, I felt the same way. But having my hands free was a huge change for the better! Especially while working. I was able to still work on my computer or read a book, etc while pumping. It makes the entire process much more tolerable! I think all moms who pump should invest in a hands-free bra. It is so worth it! Thank you for your comment!

    • Lori says:

      This is my first child and I was. 2 days in, hysterically crying for this reason. I am not a sit in one place kind of person and was having to exclusively pump because she would not latch and also bottle feed her and try to nurse her…I was told about Freemies.and that saved my life. They are pumps cups that go inside your bra so you can pump discretely. Now I can go out and have company over, pump in the car more easily, pump at the store…Got a pack of rechargeable batteries for my medela pump and I am golden. Now just need to get a pump/nurse bra to hold one in at a time while baby nurses, because as she grows stronger, she is beginning to nurse almost every feeding! 🙂

      • Heather Grace says:

        Hi, Lori.
        Thank you for sharing your experience! I can completely relate to not being a sit in one place kind of person… I am glad the Freemies worked for you. I have used them and they are on my list to review for the blog. I think most moms appreciate these products that allow us to be more flexible and free. It sounds like your baby is doing better with latching so huge congrats for hanging in there!

  3. Andrea says:

    I had no idea that hand-free pumps existed. I nursed all three of my children and never had to pump. If you used these to help with engorgement, what would you do with the milk you pumped?

    Do you still have to pump these by hand? How does the pump work?

    • Heather Grace says:

      These are actually bras that you wear to hold your existing pump attachments in place. You can use a pumping bra with most major brand pumps. It basically has little slits in the bra that allows you to slip the flanges into so the that bra holds the flanges to your breast. I would not see the need to use a pumping bra with a manual pump since you still have to hold the pump. I would only use this for an electric pump.

      As for what to do with milk you pump when engorged. You can freeze it. Milk can stay good for 6-12 months when stored in a freezer. I typically used it to build a stash for when I returned to work or if mommy and daddy got a night out. =-)

      But I would not advise pumping often to relieve engorgement. Nursing is supply and demand. The more you pump or nurse, the more your body will make. Your body will adjust over several days time so pump just to get some relief (a few minutes) and then stop.

  4. Lauren Kinghorn says:

    Hi Heather, wow, breastfeeding is my favourite subject, and yet this is a whole area of breastfeeding I know very little about – I’ve never seen wonderful bras like these here in South Africa – perhaps I should consider importing them! They look great and so helpful for pumping Moms!
    I have been very blessed that I have not needed to go back to work after having my son, and even though it’s now 2 and a half years later, and I’m still nursing him and have never pumped. Do you think it’s too late to learn how to pump?
    I believe in extended breastfeeding, and I’d like to continue to nurse my son until he weans naturally – however, he can already go 8 to 10 hours between feeds, so he could be weaning already. Your thoughts?

    • Heather Grace says:

      Yes, it does sound like weaning. My youngest self-weaned as well. He started only nursing at nap or bed time and only for a minute. One day, I just did not offer it and he went on like nothing happened. It made me a little sad but I knew he was ready and I was glad I let him take the lead.

      As for pumping now. You certainly could give it a try. I would doubt you will get much and it might be more of a pain than it is worth at this point. But to answer plainly, yes, you can start pumping at any stage. It’s never too late!

  5. Jezza says:

    Hi, I really like the way you have compiled it all together and this is for stay home moms like me. I really prefer to use a hand free pump I actually use the Rumina and it works perfectly fine for me that I can do other household chores and even write my own blog when my baby takes a nap. It is really a time-saver. 🙂

    • admin says:

      Yea! I am so glad to meet another Rumina user! I absolutely LOVE mine! I honestly don’t remember life before going hands free. It was boring and a time when very little got done I am sure =-) Thank you for stopping by and letting us know how your Rumina is working out for you!

  6. fmwaniki says:

    Hi grace,i find your site so helpful.With these pumping bras i believe it is easier now to perform the task.I can say i have seen mothers in my country express by the use of hands since they claim that the machine is uncomfortable.What would you say about that,a myth or a genuine complaint? I have not tried it myself but from your explanation i think it is a perfect recommendation,the bras plus the pumping machines,i love them.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Pumping should not be painful. The most likely cause of it being uncomfortable is improper fitting flanges/breast shields (the piece that fits to your breast). Also early on after giving birth your nipples will naturally be sore. That goes away with time. I pumped for nearly 18 months with my first baby 5 times a day (I worked) and never would I have called pumping uncomfortable. So I believe the common mistake is not fitting the flanges correctly. Most brands will have size charts to help. If you still aren’t sure, try a size and then go up a size if you are feeling pain. I hope that helps! Thank you for your comment!

  7. Billy Hunter says:

    Hi Heater,
    This just scarred me for life I think haha. I have never seen a double booby pump before. But you did a good job of explaining what they do and how they work. I hope one day my wife gets to use one of these bad boys. The fact that I will not be able to use these makes me mad,.. uugghh. haha. jk.
    Cheers!

    • Heather Grace says:

      haha, Billy! I hope you recover from your life-long scars! It is quite the sight, I will give you that! Truthfully, I always wore a nursing cover when I pumped since I am a prude. There was no walking around like that. You are safe from unexpected harm, don’t worry! Your wife will certainly want to get one of these some day! Thank you for stopping by and best wishes to you!

  8. jCamden says:

    Wow, I really love the setup of your website. I’m a mother of three young boys and I didn’t even know these existed! I pumped alot with my first two boys but on my last I just gave it up because it took too much time. If i had known about these, it would have helped alot. I thought it was awesome that with most of the bras you posted you added an additional section listing where someone might find deals on that specific bra. Your page makes very good use of white space and everything is laid out cleanly. Great job with content and everything!

    • Heather Grace says:

      I have to say, pumping with a hands free bra is a life saver! I don’t blame you for giving up, especially with three little ones to tend to haha. What a pain pumping can be. I really felt less “stuck” if you know what I mean by having my hands free to do something. I am glad you are enjoying the site and thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

  9. Uwais says:

    Very interesting post. Am a male and single with no children on the way. But will definitely inform relatives and friends about your page.

    Seems very convenient and easy for a mother to breastfeed her kid.

    Love the illustrations. They were very eye catching and once you see a product it easier to understand what you speaking about.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! I tend to like pictures too. I am so very visual. And yes, as a single male without children I do think you would find it an interesting read haha. But hey, you never know when you may know someone in need! Thank you for stopping by and take care!

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