Who gets all-inclusive meals, endless pampering and naps any time of the day? A breastfed baby. Move that action poolside and you've got a five-star getaway. But seriously, if you're planning a family vacation or just preparing for warmer weather, we've got the best nursing swimsuits for you and your little vacationer.
While your luggage will be full of newborn essentials, you deserve a little space in that suitcase, too. And a great bathing suit that makes nursing easy should be at the top of that list.
Breastfeeding in a regular bathing suit is possible, but usually ends in stretched-out cups and awkward fumbling while baby screams for milk. Nursing swimsuits come with clasps, ties or extra stretchy fabric that make getting your baby latched a breeze, so you can get back to basking in the sun (don't forget the sunscreen).
Many bathing suits double as maternity and nursing suits, so when shopping, make sure that you're choosing a style that's just as convenient for your boobs as your belly. Also, check that the nursing swimsuit offers the modesty you're looking for. Some have fabric panels that allow you to reveal just your nipple to your baby, while others pull aside, revealing your whole breast.
Here are the fabrics and features to look for in a nursing swimsuit:
This best-selling ribbed top is great for hands-free pumping and nursing and works as a nursing tankini top, workout top or layering piece. It comes in sizes small through 3X and in colors hot coral and black. It also comes in fun prints that make it one of our favorite swimsuits for nursing moms.
There are no clips on the straps or cumbersome removable padding. The top simply pulls down easily for breastfeeding and fabric liners make it easy to wear while pumping. The cups are lightly lined, providing another protective layer to hide leaks.
This elegant bathing suit is perfect for buying when pregnant and wearing through your postpartum time. The pretty bow detail can be untied and adjusted to fit your body. Ruching on the sides also allows for size fluctuations. Wear it during pregnancy or in the months that follow as nursing swimwear. Reviewers love that it comes in 20 colors and patterns and in sizes small through XXL.
"This is very flattering," writes a very happy, verified Amazon purchaser. "Not too low cut, and has great tummy control for postpartum wear as well. The top offers easy access for nursing but is supportive when worn normally. Offers smooth lines and is comfortable to wear."
This cute button-front henley-style swimsuit makes breastfeeding simple while looking stylish. Adjustable shoulder straps can be worn crossed in the back or tank style. Ruching along the hips makes this suit a great maternity option. It comes in nine colors and in sizes small through XL.
Shoppers say it's a nearly perfect dupe for the Andie Swim style that's more than twice the price. Buttons make it both stylish and breastfeeding-friendly.
"Quality and fit exceeded expectations and I love how it looks on me. It's very comfortable and offers great coverage of the breasts, belly, and booty area," wrote a happy customer on Amazon.
Ready to rock a bikini? Amazing. (Did you rock one through your whole pregnancy? Even better.) Like your favorite crossover nursing bra, this comfortable Kindred Bravely style pulls aside for nursing. It was specifically designed for nursing, which means no detail was overlooked in this classic piece.
It has comfortable, adjustable straps—and bustier sizes have even wider straps for extra support. It's made of recycled fabric and offers UPF 50 sun protection. And Kindred Bravely offers three styles of bottoms to match: high rise, low rise and shorts.
This adorable rashguard one-piece isn't a nursing swimsuit at all, but the front zip makes it perfect for breastfeeding at the beach. The easy-to-use zipper is what makes it so nursing-friendly. It comes in three prints and sizes X-small through X-large. The built-in cups add a bit of support and the short sleeves are great for sun protection without hindering nursing access.
We love this cute review titled Yes! by rxzruby on Amazon. "Fits good, feels good! Feeling modest? Zip it up! Not so much? Zip it down!" Something to note: many reviewers suggest sizing up for a more comfortable fit.
This is Seraphine nursing swimsuit is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. The classic black with-white polka-dotted pattern will look great on anyone and the ruching and supportive cups are super flattering. Ruffles on the straps hide the clips that make nursing easy by the beach or pool.
Made from recycled polyester in double layers, this suit is stretchy and comfortable. Choose from sizes XSmall through XXLarge and refer to Seraphine's thorough sizing guide to find the right fit for you.
Want to turn any bikini bottom into a nursing-friendly swimsuit? This UV Skinz top is for you. This zip-up rash-guard-style top can be worn over a bikini top or on its own. The zipper allows easy access for breastfeeding and the long sleeves and UPF 50 offer great sun protection.
This suit is made from chlorine-resistant fabric so it won't wear out or lose its color quickly. It comes in sizes from XS through 4XL and many reviewers on Amazon noted that it was loose at the bottom so consider sizing down.
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