So, you are out of your maternity clothes, and are now facing an entirely new wardrobe crisis. The breast feeding wardrobe… Something you didn’t prepare for when you were pregnant, bet you thought you would just wear your old clothes didn’t you!
When I was pregnant with Scarlett, I spent most of my pregnancy creating a mental wish list of all the clothes I would wear after having her – not even 10% of this list turned out to be even remotely practical for the new lifestyle that was ahead.
It is extremely hard to find nursing tops and dresses that are anything other than “practical” so I would like to share some stylish essentials that I have bought this time around that work for me…
You need to feel comfortable feeding in public so choosing tops that will keep this discreet is key. These are the rules to follow when shopping:
- Avoid anything too tight or fitted, these ride up your back when nursing and can make you feel quite vulnerable from behind! Not to mention cold…
- Go for good quality even with your basic tees so they don’t lose their shape with all the stretching they’ll endure
- If you find a top that requires feeding from above the neckline, wear with a scarf or a vest that you can pull up under the top so that you don’t feel too exposed on your chest.
- It is best to layer in these colder months than to wear a bulky top for breast feeding so that yourself and baby don’t get too hot
- Steer clear of pastel shades, these are the worst at showing wet patches and sick!
- Floaty tops are great for draping around your baby when feeding, these make for the most discreet nursing
- Go for support instead of aesthetics when it comes to your underwear, I recommend Panache and Emma Jane, if you are anything bigger than a D you can forget gorgeous brands such as Elle Macpherson and Hot Milk!
Here are some of the best buys I have found (click on any image for more details):
Gap are great for basic tees, they keep their shape brilliantly and are so reasonably priced. I stocked up in the sales! Can’t go wrong with stripes…
Found this top in TopShop for slightly smarter occasions, beautiful from the back (below) and will look great with skinny jeans and a tight leather biker jacket!
Denim shirts are back again! Again, major fan of Gap for these style staples (plus this one is in the sale!)
If you fancy splashing out, The White Company are fab for their cashmere collection, I absolutely love this square jumper, seriously chic for that “What? This old thing!?” look!
Not that these greatly affect how you nurse, but a new pair of skinny jeans will freshen up your wardrobe, and lets face it, you won’t be wearing anything smart for a while so may as well invest in your casual attire! My favourite jeans are GAP, the Skinny Jean or the Jean Leggings – both are fab, really comfortable and stretchy which is essential and even after a weeks wear still won’t lose there shape! Normally I would suggest going for a dark blue as these are most flattering and can make you look thinner, but unfortunately dark colours show up milky sick, so best to go for the classic shade of denim.