When our baby boy was a few months old, I did a post on breastfeeding style tips — and several months later, most of those tips are still things that I live by. However, since breastfeeding style is a thing that I’ve thought about night and day (literally) for more than six months, I thought I’d add a few additions from months of experience!
And I’d love for you guys to add your own tips in the comments! I’m always looking for new ideas, so you’re helping me as well as everyone who reads this. In particular, those of you who’ve nursed through the winter months, please chime in!
But from my perspective, here are a few more tips for breastfeeding style!
Stretch is your Best. Friend.
In my last post, I wrote a lot about low necklines and forgot to mention the most important part of all: whatever shape or silhouette you feel comfortable in, pick a fabric that has lots of stretch. The tank top in this post is one that I actually bought while I was pregnant, and while it was very baby-bump-friendly, it’s actually even better for nursing. I have it in half a dozen colors (it was $2, literally, from Forever 21) and I sleep in it every night. (Because, sigh, at six months old, our baby boy is still waking up twice a night to nurse… so easy-access tops are crucial!)
Look for Machine-Washable Fabrics
No mom with an infant has ever worn silk and later though, “hey, that was a good idea.” I have a really good friend who told me about wearing a silk blouse to her four-week-old’s pediatrician appointment… and if you can’t guess how this story ends, I’ll skip to the chase: it ends with a bodily fluid of her newborn baby all over that beautiful top. Picking machine-washable fabrics is crucial for those weeks (er… months) when going to the dry cleaners is just not going to happen.
Button-Down Tops are Key!
When our baby was born, it was the very beginning of summer in Texas, so my tips were more “tank tops” and less “sweaters.” But as the weather has gotten cooler, I’ve dug out my cardigans and button-down shirts, and they are crucial for getting through these chilly months. Honestly, wearing nursing-friendly clothes is much harder in the winter, so finding tops that keep you warm is important! And for nursing moms who pump at work, blazers and button-down shirts are an absolute must.
I have a longer post on our breastfeeding story coming up, so if this is the kind of thing that you’re into: stay tuned. But if not, I have to say: breastfeeding style doesn’t have to come with the breastfeeding caveat: this outfit is something that I would have happily worn pre-baby, because, you know what? It’s just cute.
So, I bought these shorts literally one day before finding out that I was pregnant — and not surprisingly, pretty shortly afterwards I tried to button them up and the answer was a resounding ‘not a chance, lady.’
In fact, big shock, I wore them exactly one time before tucking them away into a post-baby drawer, where they stayed for almost exactly a year, until this weekend.
And here they are: and oh my gosh, I sure do love them.
And they paired perfectly with these boots from Nine West, who very kindly let me pick them out from the Galleria store as part of their breast cancer awareness efforts! They’ve partnered with the CFDA to donate $25 of every $125 purchase to a breast cancer research fund, so if you’re looking for some boots this season, stop in before the 21st to take advantage of their pledge! (And you’ll also get a free gift with purchase too!)
We have a good friend who is in treatment for breast cancer right now, and this month, I feel particularly grateful for the medical advances we’ve made in the last ten years. Nearly everyone I know has been touched by this disease in some way, and I know it’s near and dear to many of your hearts, as well as mine.
Nine West boots, LF shorts, Forever 21 tank and necklace, FEED x Rachel Roy purse, Soko and Tanya Lochridge bracelets.
So, something kind of amazing happened when I took these photos.
In one last burst of Houston humidity, the air outside was literally wet. I’m used to this by now: I feel my hair starting to frizz, my skin starting to “glow” — it’s a familiar drill.
But this time, my camera lens got in on the action. And when I took a look at one of the photos, I found that they all looked like this:
Do you know what those remind me of?
Kind of amazing, right?
Truthfully, my logical mind knows that Glamour Shots were totally absurd and ridiculous, but can I confess something?
I know I shouldn’t admit this…
But as a kid…
I wanted them.
Oh my gosh, I wanted them so badly.
And I know Glamour Shot were more than just the super-blur filter (there were also the props! and poses! and perms!) — but to me, that super-blurry filter was just the epitome of cool.
(Or something like that. Man, though. I wish I’d gotten some as a kid, just to look back on them now and laugh myself to tears.)
So these photos are my consolation prize. Frizzy hair, check. Blurry filter, check.
The outfit, on the other hand. Very current, very subdued, very chic (if I do say so myself).
And — best of all — it’s full of pieces that look expensive but aren’t. The dress is from Macy’s and under $100. Brahmin bags are decidedly affordable and insanely beautiful — I get compliments every time I wear one. The necklace? Forever 21. Boom.
And the bracelet, I have to say a special word about — it’s from a website called Soko, that connects women artisans in sub-Saharan Africa with a global market for their beautiful creations, using principles of fair trade and sustainable design. This bracelet was made in partnership with an organization called Sasa Designs by the Deaf, and each bracelet is made by a deaf woman in Kenya (you can read more about it on their blog here).
Projects like this are a great reminder that fashion and technology can change people’s lives and offer opportunities to support communities that we couldn’t otherwise reach. It’s a beautiful piece and I love how it looks — but more than that, it’s a reminder to be grateful, to give back when you can, and to think about the small ways that you can make a difference for others.