Are you considering breastfeeding or just starting on your journey? Wishing your wardrobe was a little more feeding friendly but worried about spending loads on stuff that you end up not using? Fear not, we have called on some experienced breastfeeders to get their views on the 5 ‘must-have’ clothing items to make your breastfeeding life a little easier.
*Any products/brands mentioned in this blog post are not sponsored, simply products that are enjoyed by our contributors!*
1. A nursing bra
You’ll likely already have this on your list to buy but the importance of a comfortable, soft and non-wired bra cannot be overstated! Making sure to buy a well-fitted nursing bra will mean you not only feel supported and easily accessible for feeds regardless of your outfit, but it will also minimise the risk of the bra digging into breast tissue (which can be very sensitive!) and potentially causing irritation/issues. Some nursing bra’s even come built into vest tops! Check out your options to see which you think you’d prefer.
For a nursing bra with a little something for baby too, check out Mumba (@mumba_bra), which uses high contrast fabric within the bra to interest and engage baby.
2. Snazzy pyjamas
Having a nice pair of nursing accessible pyjamas, is a must for easy night feeds and slow, relaxed mornings. Whether it is a pair of standard button-through pyjamas or a specifically designed nursing nightie, it is worth treating yourself to a couple that you love. If you’re going to be awake a lot while wearing them, they may as well be a little luxurious right? The bonus of a pair that you love to wear is that you won’t mind in the slightest if visitors see you in them!
3. Something for comfort and ease
An oversized jumper or t-shirt is a quick and easy everyday outfit option. Luckily, this is a major style trend right now so you may already have an old favourite you can enjoy again or you can embrace the excuse to invest in a new one! Simply wear with biker shorts and a vest top underneath and you’re ready to feed/pump and right on-trend.
We’ve been enjoying browsing the beautiful jumpers for mums on Blossom and Ivy (@blossomandivy_). Who doesn’t love a splash of Liberty print?
4. Something to be active in
When you are fully recovered from birth and have been OK’d by a doctor to begin some gentle exercise, you may find a sports nursing bra, top and/or a pair of leggings is next on your ‘to buy’ list. Whether you’re heading out for a walk with the pram or to a mum and baby yoga class, keep yourself feeling supported and fresh in some gear made for sweat!
Why not check out LatchedUK (@latcheduk) for their range of pregnancy and postnatal activewear.
5. Something to feel ‘nice’ in
A versatile breastfeeding dress or top that you can wear out to a café, to lunch or even to a keeping in touch day, is a must. The key is to find something that you like, feel good wearing and know will allow you to breastfeed with confidence.
Of course, we may be a tad biased but, we think our tops and dresses are perfect for this! We love our June dress and Louise and Rosa tops particularly for this as they can be dressed up or down and can be worn with other pieces from your wardrobe, fitting right in with your existing style. Why not check these out on our website?
Bonus – Accessories!
Accessorising an outfit is such an easy way to make it feel fresh and different, plus you’ve probably already got a selection of favourites at home. Why not try some new combinations with your breastfeeding wardrobe?
If you’re worried about little ones grasping and pulling as they grow, there are a number of accessory brands that make necklaces designed for safe teething and grasping. Check out the colourful range of teething necklaces that Seb and Roo (@sebandroo) offer.
Let me know what you think of our 5 ‘must-haves’. Would you add something else? I’d love to hear!