How to Choose a Nursing Tank

Nursing Tanks are incredibly versatile and are a great staple to have in your wardrobe during both pregnancy and while nursing.

Tanks can we worn as inner wear or can be layered as outerwear to create a fun look that is practical for breastfeeding mothers. They can be purchased in a range of colors so that they can be mixed and matched with several different items in your wardrobe.

Nursing tanks range from XS to XXL, they are easy to fit and will stretch and change with your growing body shape.

How do I choose the right tank for me?

With several nursing tanks in the marketplace to choose from, it can be confusing when it is time to make a purchase.

Knowing what to look for is half the battle! We have come up with a helpful checklist to make shopping easier.

Breathable fabric

Choose a nursing tank that is made from natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo or modal. Natural fabrics will help to keep you cool and allow your skin to breathe.

They are also less likely to irritate your skin, feel scratchy and or cling to you in warmer weather.

Synthetic fabrics while cheaper can become hot and/or can be irritating to wear.


Try on or test wear the tank before purchasing it. If it does not feel comfortable in-store, then it is highly unlikely that you will wear it often.

Comfort is particularly important during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, especially as a woman’s body and skin is more sensitive during this time.

Purchase for your current clothing size. Avoid buying for what you think your body will look like in the future. A tank that is too big will not sit correctly on the body and is likely to twist and move around (very annoying). A tank that is too small, will feel restrictive and uncomfortable to wear.


Choose a tank with good stretch. A stretchy fabric will be more forgiving and will stretch with your changing body, providing for a more comfortable fit.

Non-stretch fabrics could feel tight and uncomfortable. A woman’s body is constantly changing during pregnancy and while breastfeeding and it is possible that a less forgiving fabric will not fit in time.

Drop down cups for feeding

A good nursing tank will have feeding clips incorporated into the strap design.

Drop down cups will make feeding a breeze and more discrete when out and about.


Decide if you want a tank for outerwear or foundation purposes.

Outer wear tanks generally have a few extra design features and may come in a variety of prints.  The design and cut of the tank are generally more flattering and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Tanks designed for underwear will often have less design features and come in a smaller color range.  Nude and black are most popular and these tanks can often be worn as a replacement for a bra.


It is often better to spend a little more than to buy budget.  Even though you are only wearing the tanks for a short period of time, it’s better to invest in a durable garment that will wash and wear better, than invest in a cheaper garment that will probably loose stretch and shape.

Neutral colors

Select neutral colors.  That way they can be easily matched and dressed up with other accessories to create fun fashionable outfits you will enjoy wearing.

Pregnancy does not mean you have to dress frumpy! Mix and match your pre pregnancy clothes and accessories with a few key maternity dress items to create fun fashionable looks.

Longer length

Select a tank that has a longer length. The longer length will be much appreciated during the later stages of pregnancy and then to mask any excess tummy post pregnancy


Choose a tank that not only flatters your body but also can be worn throughout pregnancy and post birth.

This way you really get your value for money!

Support shelf

Choose a tank that has a built-in shelf. This will provide for added support and comfort.

Depending on the size of your bust and the support provided by the garment, you may or may not need to wear a bra with the tank.

Once you find a tank that is suited for your needs, we advise you to buy a couple more in different colors.

A good nursing tank will soon become a staple in your wardrobe and your go to item, through your pregnancy and beyond.

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