How to make your own hands free nursing bra on the cheap.

If you’ve ever been a mother who has to pump on a regular basis you’ve probably shopped around for nursing bras and pump bras. Those babies can be expensive, am I right? I broke down and bought one bra to sleep in and it didn’t even keep my girls under control! I already threw $20 down the drain at this point, and in my household there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. With empty pockets and determination, I figured out a way to support my breasts and my pump while still doing other things. Apparently I’m not the only one who has thought of this idea, but in case it hadn’t occurred to you yet I want to share it with you!

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Things you will need to make your own:

  • a comfortable sports bra that gives you lots of support but isn’t too restricting. I got mine from Wal-Mart for $5.
  • a quarter or small circular object
  • a pen, pencil, or sharpie
  • scissors
  • a needle and thread

Put your sports bra on and adjust your breasts. I suggest wearing your sports bra for a little while before beginning so your breasts settle to where they want to be.

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First compare your quarter or circular object with your pump. Assuming you have the right flange, make a mental note of how much bigger or smaller you need to make the holes to fit your pump.

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Then find your nipples. Hold the quarter up to yourself and trace a circle. The bra I’m using in these photos has two layers. Since the outside is black, I turned it inside out to trace on the white part. You can probably barely see the marks because my pen marks were too light, but just trace both circle right where your nips are and make sure it looks right in a mirror.

Then cut the shape out with scissors starting in the middle and working your way out. Keep in mind the size of the quarter in comparison to the size of your pump flange. I extended my circles outward to compensate. It doesn’t really have to be perfect.

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When sewing I like to stretch my bra over my laptop to keep it steady and for easy managing. Then hand sew along each cut out circle using a basic blanket stitch. Make sure you stretch the bra gently to accommodate the fabric as you work. When you’ve gone all the way around make extra knots to secure it. It’s okay if it isn’t perfect. Your holes shouldn’t fray, I just prefer to sew for a more finished look.

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And that is basically it! Try it on and make sure everything lines up or is easily adjustable. (I put the tank underneath for the illusion of modesty. You of course wouldn’t have a tank top on under your new hands free pump bra.)

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Add your pump by inserting the flange from the inside and positioning it correctly. Then attach the rest of your pump and enjoy your new found freedom!

 
I’m linking this project up over at Natural Living Monday and The Humble Brag.

 

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Comments

  1. Awesome idea!

  2. This is great. If I didn’t suck at pumping (ha!) I’d totally make one!

    • I suck at pumping, too. I totally jut pump a bit in the mornings to relieve myself after going all night. My real pumping session is supposedly in the evening but I skip it all the time. I’m horrible at it. I was hoping the hands free bra would help me be more consistent.

  3. That’s some majorly cool idea.

  4. Wonderful and very creative! My daughter will enjoy this post.

  5. This is a way cheaper alternative than an actual hands free nursing bra. Thank you for the tip!

  6. Margo McCann says:

    So interesting! I never thought to make a homemade nursing bra. Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. I happened across your Top Posts and then was intrigued by this post title so I had to check it out! I’m beyond nursing baby days but I just had to tell you this is genius! Oh, and I have never heard of it until I saw your post. I’m betting many others haven’t either.

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