Knowing the right clothes to wear is part of your breastfeeding journey. After giving birth you've probably asked yourself, "What should I wear when I'm breastfeeding?"
Many new mums find themselves struggling to buy nursing clothes that will make them feel comfortable, look stylish and allow easier nursing access.
Luckily, we’re now in 2021 and nursing clothes have come a long way. There are a lot of options available and some maternity wear are also made nursing-friendly. To help you get started, below are eight must-have nursing clothes you can include in your wardrobe for a comfortable breastfeeding experience.
Your wardrobe is not complete without a tank top. Tank tops go well with everything and they’re great for breastfeeding too. When buying a nursing tank, you have to ensure that it’s comfortable enough for you to wear for an extended period and will allow you to feed your baby easily. Buy ones that have snaps, hooks or a buttoned front for easy nursing access. Make sure that it’s also made with high-quality fabric that is lightweight and breathable.
How to style: During summer, pair it with shorts and sandals for a fresh casual look. In the colder months, you can layer it under your favourite jacket or sweater then pair it with pants and boots.
After giving birth, it’s not advisable to wear tight pants pressing on your stomach or pelvic area. Tight clothes are uncomfortable and they can also increase the risk of infection. During the first few months, opt for comfortable bottoms like jogger pants which are less constricting and looser around your crotch and buttocks.
How to style: If you’re going for a street style look, wear a plain top and a denim jacket with your jogger pants. Finish your look with your favourite white sneakers.
Nursing clothes are all about easy access. If you’re looking for a top that will let you nurse easily and make you look professional, a classic button-down shirt is your best option. It’s perfect for working mums as you can just simply unbutton it and you’re ready to breastfeed or pump.
How to style: You can pair it with almost anything - from skirts to pants, from sneakers to wedges. It’s also versatile and can be worn at any time of the year.
When you’re breastfeeding, it’s always best to choose a top that is above all else, comfortable and will make breastfeeding your little one easier. Loose tops are very convenient and practical when you're out running errands and you need to nurse. It’s simple, cute and doesn't compromise either your comfort or your sense of fashion.
How to style: You don’t want to wear your loose top with bottoms that don’t properly fit or with a flowy skirt. Opt for leggings or something a bit fitted to give you a more slender look.
Looking for trendy and comfortable nursing clothes? Then, Wrap dresses should be included in your wardrobe. It’s perfect for breastfeeding and you can wear them all year round. It’s also incredibly flattering on all body types and will allow you to use breast pumps easily whether you’re at work or attending a dressier occasion.
How to style: Wrap dresses are very versatile. It’s perfect for any occasion, including formal ones. Just wear strappy sandals/stiletto, necklace and a sling bag.
Do you love wearing jumpsuits before pregnancy? Don’t worry because you can still use them when you’re breastfeeding. A wide-leg jumpsuit is perfect for pre- and post-pregnancy wear. It helps you show off your bump and could help you make breastfeeding comfortable once you're past the maternity stage.
How to style: If you want a timeless and classy piece, invest in a black one. You can wear it with sneakers for a casual look or wedge if you're opting for a more formal OOTD.
We can all agree that maxi dresses are a wardrobe staple. If you like wearing a maxi dress before, you’ll love it even more when you start breastfeeding. There’s a lot of options to choose from, but make sure to find something that has flaps or buttons so you can feed your baby easily. When buying, you also need to consider the length of the maxi dress and check if it will suit your height.
How to style: If you want to wear it to work, smarten it up with a blazer and belt for a sophisticated look. For a more casual look, pair it with your fave sandals and hat.
Denim shorts are not advisable in the first few months after giving birth. So if you like wearing shorts, find something that has super soft, lightweight and breathable fabric. You can buy ones that have supportive waistbands that will work great for pregnancy and postpartum tummy control.
How to style: You can never go wrong with shorts and a white tee. But if you want to achieve a tropical island vibe, pair it with your loose nursing blouse, fringe bag and ankle-wrap sandals.
These are just some of the nursing clothes you can include in your breastfeeding wardrobe. There are a lot of options out there but when it comes to breastfeeding wear, comfort is key. Always remember that it really comes down to finding one that's easy and comfortable for you to use.