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These Stylish and Supportive Nursing Sports Bras Are a Fit Mom's Dream

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One of the first things new mothers will realize when it's time to get ease back into your usual exercise routine: Nursing sports bras are pretty sad. It wouldn't be a stretch to say they mostly resemble potato sacks, and you often have to layer three separate bras just to get enough support.

Hold the phone... you just performed the super-human task of bringing life into the world and this is how you're repaid? I. Don't. Think. So.

It's not that new mothers are looking for anything coated in lace, tangled in straps, or dripping with sex appeal, but a cute, stylish, and secure nursing bra for post-natal Vinyasa or weekly mommy-group runs shouldn't be too much to ask for. Why should you settle for beige and baggy?! As plus-size model Tess Holliday perfectly stated, new moms of every size deserve to "feel sexy and desired."

It can be difficult even finding a sports bra made for nursing. As one mommy blogger pointed out "Victoria's Secret carries 237 types of racer back bras alone... but 0 maternity bras." And if you've ever worn one, you know how hard it can be getting that tight boobie-trap on and off. But since new mothers find themselves always on the move (This Mama Breastfeeds While on the Treadmill, And It's Kind of Amazing), a sports bra made just for their breastfeeding and fitness is essential, not only for running without insane bounce but for overall breast health.

Cake Maternity, a maternity intimates brand based in Australia, is rising to meet the needs of active nursing mothers to help them keep up with the fitness activities that make them feel blissed-out. They believe healthy bodies and healthy babies go hand-in-hand, as does a modern, stylish design.

"A nursing sports bra should support without compression, which could otherwise do significant damage to the lactating bust," the designers of Cake Maternity say on their website. And as all new mothers come to learn, it'll feel like you're living in your sports bra for the next six months, so make it a sports bra deserving of your miraculous body.

Cake's yoga and sports nursing bras add colorful pep to the bleak landscape of nursing activewear, considering they're both supportive and cute as heck. Exhibit A: The Zest Flexi Wire High Impact Maternity & Nursing Sports Bra ($80). The wicking fabric pulls away sweat (hoorah to no more boob sweat!), the molded cups are seamless, the construction minimizes bounce (run your heart out, mama!), the cups drop down for easy feeding, and they come in sizes 32B–40K. The brand is also mindful about using materials that ensure their bras are free from harmful substances.

Fellow Aussie brand Hotmilk Lingerie is also designing high-impact nursing sports bras like the Active Sports Flexiwire ($70), so there's no need to sacrifice that HIIT workout just because you don't have the right bra.

XOThree is another name in maternity and nursing sports bras you should keep an eye on. Their super-stylish Aria bra ($136) looks like it's off the rack at Zara and conceals "maternity features" like bulky clips. The three XOThree founders and designers are all fit-minded mothers who have blended their experience in the design industry and with pre- and postnatal training to create a bra that seriously delivers. Their mission is to remove the need for women to sacrifice their personal style during pregnancy and breastfeeding. And psh, why should they?!

 

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