DIY hands-free pumping bra

You can buy a hands-free pumping bra for about $30 online, or you can make your own with a sports bra that you have laying around. Here’s how.

Grab a sports bra that fits fairly loosely. Old, stretched out, whatever you have lying around (unless it’s too tight) will be fine. I had to buy this one because my pre-breastfeeding bras absolutely do not fit me anymore.

Cut two one-inch long slits in the bra, about an inch or two outside of where your nipples are in the bra. You can mark where your nipples are when wearing the bra if that will help. You don’t want the slits to be right where your nipples are (unless you don’t mind your nipples poking through all the time).

Put your flanges in the bra and through the slits that you just cut. Line the flanges up over your nipples, attach your pump parts and enjoy being hands-free.

You can also do this during your daily commute if you’re a working mom. Just wear a nursing cover (or not, whatever you want) and pump on the road! Be sure that you are stopped somewhere when you start and finish pumping though. No crashing, please.

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  1. Amy J -  March 22, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Excellent! Totally doing this today!

  2. Shelley Payton -  October 4, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    Great idea!!

  3. Kat -  October 11, 2012 - 7:37 am

    I totally did this with a regular bra when I went back to work several months ago! I bought a bra at the thrift shop for a quarter and cut the slits. Once the bottles start getting full, I have to support them a bit but it’s awesome!!!

  4. sharon -  August 21, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Just wondering…why does the sports bra have to fit loosely? Can you use a sports bra of normal tightness?

    • Felicia -  September 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

      Loose sports bras are important for milk supply. If your bra is too tight, it can actually decrease your milk production.

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