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The 6 Best Bras for Saggy Breasts After Breastfeeding

The 6 Best Bras for Saggy Breasts After Breastfeeding

Dana Donofree
6 min read

The 6 Best Bras for Saggy Breasts After Breastfeeding 

Your body is truly amazing – it created and sustained life! That process, however, does leave your body looking and feeling different than it did before pregnancy and breastfeeding. You may find yourself needing new clothing, including a new bra, to provide support to breasts that may hang a little lower and feel a little less full than they did before pregnancy and breastfeeding.

On the hunt for the best bras for saggy breasts after breastfeeding? Check out our recommendations below.

Which Bra Should You Wear For Sagging Breasts? 

If you’re looking for ways to support sagging breasts, start with the essentials: Begin with the right-fitting bra! Measure your ribcage and the fullest part of your bust to know your band size and cup size. An ill-fitting bra won’t help keep you upright, as any gaps, tightness, or slipping straps will only contribute to looking (and feeling) saggy. Check out the AnaOno Fit Guide to  learn more about how to measure your bra size.

Aside from this foundational principle, you can look for a few more features that will help perk up sagging breasts after breastfeeding. Those are: 

  • A bra with extra support. Whether it’s the right fabric, a well-fitting band, or a style that provides ample coverage, this extra “bump” can help counteract any sagginess you’re concerned may be obvious.
  • Bras that provide some lift. Shape is key to counteracting saggy boobs after breastfeeding. A bra that provides a little “yank up” – especially one that evades underwire! – can help create a rounder and fuller appearance that you may be missing after breastfeeding.
  • A bra with some stretch to it. Stiff, molded cups don’t provide the uplifted, rounded look as well as some folks may think they do. Bras with flexible, stretchy fabric instead bring lift, shape, and support in a natural looking way.
  • A bra that still fits your changing breasts. It takes months, if not longer, for your boobs to return to their pre-pregnancy selves, or at least some semblance of them. Don’t be surprised if your bra size changes a time or two during this process. That stretchy fabric may be more forgiving than molded cups in this regard.

Looking for the right type of bra after breastfeeding, but don’t know where to start? We got you covered. There are a ton of great options that fit every occasion and need.

1. T Shirt Bras 

Seamless and nearly invisible under your clothes, T-shirt bras are celebrated for their comfort and their ease of wear. This type of bra also ensures that your breasts look natural, round, and lifted. They are an excellent addition to your wardrobe if you enjoy wearing body-hugging dresses or tops and the visible seams bother you. 

T-shirt bras are perfect to help with saggy breasts after breastfeeding

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2. Sports Bras 

There’s really nothing like a sports bra when it comes to the support saggy breasts need after breastfeeding. But no two sports bras are created equal: If you’ve ever had the bands roll up, shopped for a sports bra that wasn’t measured by band and cup size, or it made you look like you have a “uniboob” once it’s put on, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

As you’re looking for the best supportive sports bra to help lift you up as you step out, look for bras that prioritize comfort, adjustability, and ease of wear above all else. Remember: Any bra, including a sports bra, should be able to adjust to your body, not the other way around!

At AnaOno, our sports bra line is designed with your body in mind. Comfortable, wire-free support, and cute to boot, our sports bras feature the little details that make all the difference in your comfort in daily wear. Front closures, breathable mesh panels, and adjustable straps all play a part in keeping sagging breasts upright without giving up on all-day comfort, both in and out of the gym.

Front Closure compression sports bras are perfect for saggy breasts to help keep everything in place

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3. Full Coverage Bras 

The more plunging and revealing your bra, the fewer ways your boobs benefit from the hoisting power of the right bra. Full coverage bras boast superior support and provide the coverage your boobs need to ensure you look perky. Plus, you skip all the disadvantages of a bra with so little coverage – no cups runneth over with a full coverage bra!

If full coverage bras are a new garment in your life,  try our Monica bra. Available in four colors and band sizes up to 42, the Monica has a modest neckline, high sides, and a high back that work together to help uplift saggy breasts. Wire-free support and adjustable straps are perfect for daylong comfort. 

Full Coverage bras are perfect for saggy breasts to help cover the whole area

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4. Wire-Free Bras

Did you know? Bras with metal underwire may make sagging worse. That’s because the metal may affect how muscle around your breasts develops and strengthens, contributing to any sagging you may be experiencing, whether stemming from breastfeeding or just simply due to age, weight fluctuation, or the many other factors that contribute to breast sagging. Wire free bras, on the other hand, aren’t as restrictive and allow for natural movement without giving up on that uplift you need. All of AnaOno’s bras are proudly underwire-free!

Wirefree bras and bralettes are perfect for saggy breasts after breast feeding

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5. Racerback Bras

Active lifestyles deserve a bra that can move and flex with ease. We know it can be difficult to find a sports bra for your new body that not only looks good but feels good too. Having that racerback will give extra support to your busts.

Racerback bras are perfect for saggy breasts after breastfeeding to help give back support

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6. Front Closure Bras

With our front closure collection, we're right there with you in your quest to find comfort. In this collection we want you to have comfortable bras to wear during the week. If this is your first time considering a bra that closes in front, we think you're going to like what you find here. The ease of opening and closing the clasps, allows you to easily feed your newborn.

Front Closure bras are perfect for post breast feeding saggy breasts

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Why Do Your Breasts Sag After Breastfeeding? 

After pregnancy and breastfeeding, your breasts may return to the way they were, become larger, or become smaller. It’s often said that your boobs will sag after breastfeeding, but that’s not always the case: Genetics and lifestyle also play a role in whether or not your breasts will sag after breastfeeding.

However, if your boobs do sag after breastfeeding, there’s a reason why. Sagging occurs when breast tissue shrinks – when there’s no more breast milk being produced – in a process called breast involution. However, the process that shrinks your milk-producing tissue can’t change the skin on your breasts – once it’s stretched out, it’s not bouncing back. This can cause sagging and “deflating” often associated with post-breastfeeding.

Notably, sagging breasts after breastfeeding is not a medical issue; it’s totally expected. However, if the sagging is extreme, you may want to consider cosmetic surgery to help improve lift. 

Can You Prevent Your Breasts From Sagging After Breastfeeding?

Sagging boobs are simply a part of life. Age, gravity, and the stretching of breast ligaments over time are just a few of the factors that contribute to when, and how much, your boobs will sag. When it comes to breastfeeding, your genetics, the size of your boobs, and the number of pregnancies you’ve had can influence if and how much your breasts sag afterward.

In addition to lifestyle factors such as not smoking, and applying moisturizers that improve skin elasticity and ease skin stretching, wearing a nursing bra during pregnancy and nursing can make a big difference. That’s because these bras are specially designed to support Cooper’s ligaments, which are the breast ligaments that keep your boobs upright and “in position” and may undergo serious strain as your breasts grow during pregnancy.

Lifting Your Breasts At Any Stage Of Life

Body changes are a completely normal and expected part of life, especially after an event as life-changing (and body changing) as pregnancy and breastfeeding. The effects of such a significant life event can linger long after your child has weaned, and the occasion calls for new clothes to support and uplift, quite literally, your new body. AnaOno is here for those life changes: With breathable fabric, wire-free support, and boob-boosting coverage, AnaOno’s bras are here to fit your body as it changes, not the other way around. Gone are molded cups that don’t sit right and tons of padding that look more like a pillow than a breast. Our bras celebrate you as you are!

Dana Donofree
Dana Donofree

Founder and CEO of AnaOno. After a diagnosis of breast cancer in her late 20’s, Dana took her own lived experience and fashion design background and (re)designed intimates for those that have undergone breast surgery. Dana’s story has been published around the world in outlets like New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, The Today Show, and more.