How To Look And Feel Fab While Breastfeeding
It can be tricky finding what to wear while breastfeeding, as you’re getting used to a new baby, a new body; and you need easy access, but you don’t want to strip off completely (especially with our changeable weather!)
Just a few key items can make a huge difference to how you feel while you’re nursing, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. (Please be warned, some of the photos below are clearly regular models with cushions up their jumpers, but that doesn’t mean the products aren’t good!)
It's All About The Bra
Getting a good nursing bra will make all the difference with how you look and feel. Plenty of shops do nursing ranges, so it’s worth checking out what your favourite brands have to offer; but if possible go and get professionally measured when you’re about 8 months pregnant, as you may be a completely different size than you're used to. You don’t want to go emergency bra shopping with a newborn in tow! Anita, Bravado, Royce, and Cake come very highly recommended by moms, and offer a great range of sizes. They're available online, and from various stockists nationwide. On the high street, M&S, Penneys, and H&M also have good affordable ranges.
TOP TIP: As your size is likely to fluctuate, get at least one seamless wireless bra that doesn’t have a specific cup size, which is perfect for when you’re moving between sizes.
From left: Bravado Seamless Nursing Bra, Royce 'Poppy' Nursing Bra, Anita Padded Wireless Nursing Bra.
Love Your Layering
If you don’t want to risk too much exposure, wearing a camisole or bump band under your top helps avoid flashing too much flesh. There are also some fab nursing vest tops with built in support on offer in stores including ASOS and Topshop, which are perfect if you’re finding bras uncomfortable.
From left: ASOS Longer Length Nursing Vest, H&M Multipack Nursing Vests, Topshop Maternity Multipack Nursing Vests.
Gorgeous Nursing Wear
Luckily maternity and nursing wear doesn't have to be frumpy, and it's not necessary to compromise personal style for practicality. Whether you’re dressing up for an occasion or just pottering around, there’s just the right outfit out there to make you feel like you.
From left: ASOS Double-layer Animal Print Dress, New Look Shell Pink Nursing T-shirt, Topshop Twist Front Nursing Dress.
Embrace Button-Down Shirts
If in doubt, it’s easy to whack on a shirt over jeans or leggings; which can be easily unbuttoned for nursing. Shirts make it easy to change if you get covered in baby vomit, and patterns will help hide any minor mishaps. Plus as long as they’re not too fitted, it doesn’t matter whether shirts are maternity, regular womenswear, or stolen from your other half!
From left: ASOS Maternity Denim Shirt Dress, Topshop Cat Print Shirt, M&S Pure Cotton Striped Shirt.
Rock The Wraps
Another great long-lasting option is wrap tops/dresses. They don't necessarily have to be maternity, and are easy to wear long after your breastfeeding journney ends. Plus they're usually super comfy, while still looking 'put together.'
From left: Bluebell Wrap Striped Top, New Look Red Wrap Dress, ASOS Nursing Wrap Tea Dress.
Cotton/Linen Scarves can brighten up a super simple outfit, keep you warm when you’re stripping off, cover your modesty, and wipe up stray milk before being thrown hastily in the washing machine. What’s not to love? They also make great inexpensive gifts for new moms; with Mango and Zara offering particularly beautiful selections year round.
From left: H&M Black and White Striped Scarf, Zara Cotton Scarf With Striped & Floral Print, Mango Floral Scarf.