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What is a Nursing Tank?

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What is a Nursing Tank?

If you’re planning to breastfeed, a nursing tank or more generally, a nursing top, will make life so much easier when you have to whip out your boobs every couple hours to feed your baby. Without a nursing top, you (and your baby) would have to deal with the hassle taking off your top or pulling it up whenever you breastfeed. Trust us, you’d rather not.  

Nursing tops or tanks are essentially tops that provide easy breastfeeding access. For instance, a stretchy neckline that pulls down (like our Daily Ribbed Tank), a layer that opens up or zippers along the side. In fact, your typical buttoned down shirt is a nursing-friendly top. These nursing tops typically do not come with a built-in bra, so you'd have to wear them with your nursing bra.

The best nursing tops are comfortable enough for sleeping in, can also be worn as a maternity tank (i.e., bump-friendly) and provide convenient, *one-handed* breastfeeding access - because you’d probably be holding your hungry baby in the other. 

Some nursing tanks, however, take it up a notch by featuring a built-in bra AND removable pads so you have one less thing to worry about - like our Soft Ribbed Nursing Tank. Though they do come with a heftier price tag since you are basically paying for a bra + tank in one.


Whichever style of nursing top or tank you choose, you will find plenty of ways to make use of this versatile postpartum closet staple. so you may want to stock up on a few! x


About the author: Claire is a nursing bra specialist and founder of maternity brand Embrace. She is a mother of two and has spent four years breastfeeding her babies. Understanding firsthand the unique needs (and woes) of breastfeeding mothers, Claire has made it her life's mission to help make mothers' breastfeeding journey a little more comfortable.