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July 14th, 2014 · Print Print

Breastfeeding-Style

Remember how I wrote about my pregnancy style tips, and I was all, “gosh, you guys, it’s so hard to dress cute while you’re pregnant?”

Silly, silly girl.  Dressing cute while pregnant was a piece of cake.  Just throw on a tight shirt and some maternity jeans and you’re good to go — cute, big round belly and all!  Also, people have zero expectations for pregnant women to dress cute: I once showed up at a doctor’s appointment wearing (I kid you not) a tank top, jean shorts and a necklace, and she was like, “WHOA, what are you up to today, you are looking GOOD!”

But then the baby pops out, and you can suddenly, more or less, wear whatever you want again.

Only you can’t.

Because you’re breastfeeding.  And you have a screaming newborn who mandates that your boobs be accessible at all times, no matter what, LADY.

So you can wear exactly four things, which, in my wardrobe, consisted of the following:

A flannel shirt.

A robe.

A zip-up hoodie.

And wrap dresses.  Thank GOD for wrap dresses.

That being said, I do have a few pieces of advice that I learned by trial and error, so I figured this would be a good subject for a post!  So, if you’re breastfeeding (hopefully you are!) and stuck in a style rut, here are my ideas:

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Muscle Shirts: This is my personal favorite.  You know those shirts with arms that are cut super low?  I wear those tank tops with a bandeau bra underneath, and they are literally the easiest thing to breastfeed in EVER.  Even in public.  No lifting up your shirt, no fiddling with clasps.  Just slide the arm-hole to the side, pull down the bandeau, attach the baby and you’re done.  When Bear was about three weeks old, I went to Forever 21 and bought five random muscle shirts for specifically this purpose.

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Deep V Necklines: You don’t need to shell out extra money for “nursing wear” in most cases, but take a long look through your closet before the baby arrives and pull out every single top you own that has a deep-V neckline.  See those?  Those are your wardrobe for the next two months.

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Classic Wraps: Wrap dresses are legitimately a lifesaver while breastfeeding, especially if you have to look reasonably professional at any point in the first month or two.  They’re always stylish and chic, and no one will ever know that you put it on out of necessity!  Check out some of my favorites here, here and here.

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One Official “Nursing” Piece: You don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe while breastfeeding, but it’s nice to pick up at least one piece that’s specifically designed to be convenient for this particular function.  I had three: two nursing tanks from H&M that I didn’t like at all and a terrific striped “nursing tee” from Boob Design that I absolutely loved.  When I went out for lunch in those early weeks, this was what I wore, every time.

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Go Strapless: I never would have guessed this, but strapless dresses are about ten-zillion times easier to wear while breastfeeding than dresses with straps! (And sleeves?  Forget about it.) But that turned out to be a terrific realization, because I have tons of strapless dresses in my closet!  So when I wanted to look cute for something social (I snapped the pic above on my way to a friend’s house for a playdate), I just picked one and threw it on — and actually managed to look cute in the process!

Those are my favorite tips!  After three months of breastfeeding, Bear now eats at more regular intervals and my options have expanded a lot — but for his first two months, I basically lived in these pieces!  What were your breastfeeding favorites?


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Natasha Garber // Jul 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    You prove there’s NO reason to give up style when breastfeeding! Beautiful mama, beautiful, breastfed baby. Congrats!

  • 2 Adiel // Jul 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    These are sure to come in handy for me in just a couple of short months! Thanks!

  • 3 Katherine Boroski // Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    The low v and wrap styles just don’t work if you have large breasts! That was my biggest challenge. Finding clothes that covered my nursing bras. I ended up always wearing shirts with modest (cover the bra) and very stretchy necklines, so I could just pull it down when I needed to nurse the little guy.

  • 4 Jaclyn Kent // Jul 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Ahh I LOVE this! You do such a great job of hitting the most convenient pieces!! I’m definitely dedicated to maintaining style while being a new mom and a breast feeding mom, so I will be sharing this!! :*

  • 5 Elle // Jul 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    i love the pink dress in the third photo. where is it from?
    thanks!

  • 6 erickajen // Jul 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    only problem is, what do you do if you’re a lot more modest? i would NEVER wear anything that low cut. nor would i wear those muscle shirts where you can see my bra or side boob under my arms. and strapless is not something i can manage at the size of my chest. no way.

  • 7 katy // Jul 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Elle — It’s from Topshop but it’s about six years old!

    ErickaJen — I totally understand.  I’m not exactly well-endowed in the chest department, so some of these are definitely unique to me.  I love the idea from an earlier commenter of buying stretchy materials that you can pull down or to the side — I think that works basically every body shape.  Also tops like button downs and henleys work really well for larger chests!

  • 8 Ailee // Aug 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    These are great tips! I only recently gave up on wearing anything ‘dry clean only’… not sure why it took me so long. I love the Boob Design shirt – also love similar styles from Milk Nursingwear. I wish I could wear deep Vs – my milk filled chest is very Pamela Anderson-esque. I don’t want to ever stop breastfeeding, but am anxious to have my smaller boobs back!

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