Another Thursday! I think this week’s topic depends a lot on the type of breastfeeder you are, combined with ummm…. body type I’m a bit…. blessed, if you get what I’m saying, and that has played a big (haha!) role on the types of clothes that work for me and my goal to breastfeed discreetly.
When I first started breastfeeding, I opted for loose fitting tops. I not only needed them easy to pull up, but also to be loose enough to help cover the top of my breast, as well as my post-partum belly and back. This worked fine, but left me looking pretty frumpy most of the time. I also occasionally paired a button down shirt with a tank top underneath, which allowed me to unbutton from the bottom, and pull the tank top down, while still having some coverage. It was harder to keep the goods covered up though, and I found it frustrating unbuttoning a shirt with a squirming, hungry baby. It was also hard to button my shirt back up one handed, often while holding a sleeping baby.
In the early days of nursing my youngest, I used a nursing cover. What I loved about using the cover is that it made my options for nursing clothing so much larger. I was actually able to find a few dresses with a cross-over style that I could pull down and get access. Since I wasn’t trying to cover up with the dress, it worked wonderfully! Until my son started flailing everywhere when I used the cover, and I was left completely exposed. Whoops! No more dresses for me.
Now that I’ve been breastfeeding for awhile (something like seven years!!), I find that what I wear while nursing isn’t as important as it once was. I can wear clothes that fit, and still arrange everything so my back, sides, and breasts are all covered while baby eats. Except for those times when Nehemiah tries to push my shirt up to my shoulder…. Ahem.
If you are just getting started nursing, and trying to figure out what to look for, I would just try several things and see what works for you! I would also highly recommend buying an Undercover Mama shirt. I haven’t invested in one yet, but after reading Jeniffer’s thoughts, I can see what a huge help they would have been to me in the early days!
What’s your breastfeeding wardrobe style? What details do you look for in clothes?
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