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.