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This post was originally published two years ago but I have updated for 2019! All of the swimsuits listed here are available and well loved breastfeeding friendly suits plus I have reviewed a new one provided to me by Figure 8 Moms.
As a pregnant mom to be or a new mom, looking for a bathing suit is probably low on your list of priorities.
When I was pregnant with my first baby I ended up buying myself an oversized swimsuit and continued using this once she was born . I always pulled my breast out of the top of my suit to breastfeed, and while that does work fine, it can be kind of a pain to pull wet and sweaty skin out of the wet bathing suit top. Despite the stickiness, this is how I did it for the first summer after my daughter was born.
When my second baby came along I discovered a great company called Figure 8 Moms. And, I was thrilled to discover they carry maternity and nursing friendly bathing suits.
Figure 8 Moms has a large selection of maternity and nursing wear, and this includes stylish nursing swimsuits that can be used while pregnant and while breastfeeding.
They have a great selection. Here is a review of some of my favorites.
Boob Designs Fast Food Tankini
I ordered this one shortly after my son was born. It is a tankini style that you can use for maternity and beyond.
While it works during pregnancy, it definitely does not feel too large for the postpartum period.
The top has adjustable shoulder straps that can also be used in a halter style or removed.
The center of the top has ruching and a drawstring so you can pull it as tight as needed and adjust to your changing size.
The Boob Designs brand allows easy access for nursing by having two layers over the breast area, one that pulls up, and the other that pulls down.
What I love about this suit is how forgiving it is and having that top layer over the chest to make breastfeeding access easy.
The top is not underwire, and if you have a large chest it may not feel as supportive as something with underwire. I found the two layers plus drawstring to be enough support.
Sizing is XS 0-2, S 4-6, M 8, L 10-12, XL 14.
It seemed to run a little large for me, but I did get it a couple of months postpartum so that may be why. I think this would work great as a maternity suit and for however long it is needed during breastfeeding.
Boob Designs Fast Food Swimsuit
This is extremely similar to the Boob Designs tankini above, but it is a one piece.
This swimsuit also has the adjustable and removable shoulder straps.
It features ruching on the sides and the drawstring under the chest area to adjust as tightly as needed. It has their signature design for nursing that I described above.
Sizing is XS 0-2, S 4-6, M 8, L 10-12, XL 14. It comes in black and a maroon color.
Rosewater by Cake Nursing Tankini
I have not personally tried this one but if I was pregnant or just starting my nursing journey I probably would!
From the pictures and reviews I have read this suit looks amazing. It has a light flexible underwire under the chest (which I usually prefer) so it’s great for anyone who needs that extra support.
It has removable foam cups, a racer back, UPF 50+ UV protection and drawstring sides for height adjustment.
I love the looks of this suit which comes in purple, black, or a black and print design. The tops clip down for easy breastfeeding access and this suit can be used while pregnant and nursing.
I also learned that it is produced by an Oeko-tex 100 certified company, which means it has been tested for harmful substances. That’s always nice to know when it is something that will be near your baby.
There is a sizing chart on the website to help you get the right fit.
This swim suit is new for summer 2019 and I was able to try it out.
It is a new design from Boob Design called:
This swimsuit can transition from pregnancy to breastfeeding. It has a flexible shape which will work for either.
This suit is made from a sustainable material of ECONYL. It is also Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certified: Fabric free from harmful substances.
This design is simple and clean with adjustable shoulder straps. It’s incredibly easy to breastfeed in this suit by lifting up the piece of fabric over the breast. You can breastfeed as discretely as you like with this one.
The swimsuit is fast drying and has an SPF of 50+. Having a fast drying suit is such a nice feature when breastfeeding. I love the simplicity and ease of use of this new nursing swimsuit.
This Boob Design swimsuit comes in black and a color called magnet which looks a like a purplish grey color. It comes in sizes S – XL.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this Boob Design swimsuit at all!