I love breastfeeding and the sweet bond Vienna and I share because of it, but it sure can be challenging figuring out what to wear in the morning so that I can comfortably and efficiently do it throughout the day. Although caring about nursing fashion may seem trivial and superficial to some, I’m assuming the women who read this blog care about taking care of themselves so they can be good, happy mamas to their babies. I thought I’d share what I’ve found to be helpful getting dressed for the day in the last 7 months as a new mama, including at least 18 different styles that are nursing-friendly.
Like most new moms, I wanted to breastfeed my baby girl for all of the amazing health benefits it would bring both of us. I was very strong-willed about it, even though I couldn’t see her or hold her for a little over 24 hours after birth (read my birth story here). If I couldn’t give birth the way I envisioned, I could get over that, but not being able to nurse would have personally devastated me. Thankfully, the nurses had me pumping the whole time she was in the NICU, even though in the beginning I could only send them a few drops of colostrum on a cotton swab. After every pump, though, more and more milk started accumulating, and I couldn’t believe my body was now still continuing to feed my baby — now through my breasts instead of through the umbilical cord.
Getting the hang of breastfeeding was challenging, but I’m glad I stuck to it. The first month or so I would literally brace myself and often times cry before I tried to get her to latch. But here I am now, almost 7 months later of exclusive breastfeeding under my belt, to share with you some of my tips on how to dress to nurse without giving up on your personal style. Whether you’re still pregnant and wish to nurse or have been nursing for some time already, I hope I can share something insightful on what’s helped make things a little easier throughout the learning process.
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What You Need:
- Comfortable nursing bras
- Easily-accessible clothing
Confidence is self-explanatory. If you’re feeling like you need a little help, talk to a nurse, lactation consultant, or just a girlfriend who’s done it before. Or watch a ton of YouTube videos, like me. As time goes on, your confidence will grow, just as with any learned skill. Also, if you’re feeling nervous about nursing in public, don’t be! Everyone knows babies need to eat, and you’re protected to nurse anywhere — public or private — in the state of California.
I went through a few different kinds of nursing bras, but I found my absolute favorites to be the Sexy Mama and the Mama Mia styles from Le Mystère. They are available at Destination Maternity/A Pea In The Pod, Nordstrom (where I first heard of them), Amazon, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Zappos, Macy’s, and many other retailers. I have the black and the beige, and I literally wear them every single day exclusively. The lace detailing really makes the Sexy Mama the most beautiful nursing bra I’ve ever seen, so I never feel frumpy wearing them, and knowing that I have pretty underthings on gives me a little extra pep in my step. I find them to be incredibly comfortable while giving a nice shape to a larger nursing bust. There isn’t too much padding, which I definitely don’t need with a DDD cup size at the moment. The clips don’t unclip throughout the day, and one-handed clipping is definitely possible. I can’t believe I didn’t get at least one of these Le Mystère bras from the very beginning.
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Easily-accessible nursing clothing is a little harder to get the hang of, in my opinion. When I got pregnant, I had to relearn how to dress a growing belly (and hips and breasts and basically everything else). Then, after I had my baby and was no longer pregnant, I had to yet again relearn how to dress for a now-deflated belly and cantaloupe-sized breasts that needed to be out and about every 30 minutes to an hour. I remember googling how to dress while breastfeeding many times, only to be kind of disappointed in my search results; lots of hands-on experience was what helped me out eventually.
I started out with actual nursing tops, which were incredibly, incredibly helpful as a no-fuss option when I didn’t have time to think about what to wear. Later on, though, as my confidence grew, I figured out ways to keep wearing things in my existing wardrobe so that I could start feeling a little more like the old me (well, I’ll never be the old me since becoming a mother, but I like to think of myself as a better version of my non-mothering self, haha). Plus, I only had a handful of nursing tops, and laundry was barely ever getting done in those first weeks, so those special tops weren’t always clean and available.
I began looking at my wardrobe through “breastfeeding lenses,” analyzing what would work for my new responsibility. There are a few ways you can breastfeed: you can basically either unbutton, pull down, or lift up. Here are some examples of nursing-friendly styles (to varying degrees) you may already have in your closet:
- Button-down shirts
- Button-down shirt dresses
- Button-down jumpsuits/rompers
- Wrap shirts
- Wrap dresses
- Wrap jumpsuits/rompers
- Stretchy, somewhat low-cut tops that keep their shape after being pulled down
- Stretchy, somewhat low-cut dresses that keep their shape after being pulled down
- Non-stretchy shirts/sweaters that can be lifted (with cami underneath)
- Strapless tops (make sure your strapless bra is fabulous)
- Strapless dresses
- Strapless jumpsuits/rompers
- Zip-down shirts
- Zip-down dresses
- Zip-down jumpsuits/rompers
- Crop tops with high-waisted bottoms (ok, this is for later on when you’re feeling like you’ve got your mojo back)
- Actual nursing shirts
- Actual nursing dresses
Another thing I did was continue to wear my maternity jeans with panels for a few months after giving birth, because the panels provided some support to the soft post-baby belly as well as hid the belly if I had to lift my top. Alternatively, if I was wearing bottoms that didn’t cover my belly, I would wear a camisole underneath my top for those two reasons.
I went ahead and found some currently-available nursing and non-nursing fashion options that I personally really like for my visual readers. Hope this helps!
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