Motherhood comes with its share of challenges. As a breastfeeding mum, one of those challenges is finding an outfit I can easily nurse in. In my earlier breastfeeding days, I would get frustrated because none of pre-pregnancy clothes were nursing-friendly. Sometimes I still need to remind myself of everything I’ve written in my earlier post. I’ve been breastfeeding for almost two years now and most days, I have no trouble picking out what to wear. Yes, comfort comes first, but you don’t have to be limited to buying “proper” nursing wear. Skip the maternity section and go for clothes that will last beyond your breastfeeding years. If you need ideas, take a look at some of my go-to nursing-friendly non-nursing outfits below.
Front Zipper Tops
Nursing a toddler in public isn’t easy. Whoever came up with the idea of putting zippers in front is a genius! I would say this is my first go-to outfit because of how quickly I can cover up after a nursing session. I only wish I had a dress version of it or attempt to make my own, like this blogger did. I must admit tops like these are not easy to find though – especially ones with long zippers that go below your boobs. Luckily I spotted two such tops during my vacation in Singapore.
Deep Muscle Tank Tops
I started wearing these tank tops recently and I love how easily I can nurse Zooey in them. Thanks to the long arm holes, you can discreetly nurse from either side. (Don’t forget to wear a tube top underneath!) The cool thing is you don’t even have to go buy a tank top. Save the cash and DIY your own by cutting away the sleeves of an old T-shirt. You can also make the armholes as deep as you like.
If it weren’t for breastfeeding, I would have never tried wearing overalls because I was pretty sure I couldn’t pull it off. Never say never until you try it. This outfit works like the tank top above, where you nurse from either side. My only issue with this outfit is that I have to tuck in my shirt again afterwards. A tiny extra step but still an easy outfit to nurse in. Perhaps I should try nursing in a pinafore next.
Button down dresses
The bigger the buttons the better, because they’re faster to button up. This was one of my favourite dresses from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, that so happens to be nursing-friendly. I only started wearing it again a few months ago, when my chest finally shrunk to its pre-pregnancy size. I would be adding more dresses to my wardrobe if they were as nursing-friendly as this one.
My fellow nursing mamas, what are some of your favourite go-to outfits? I’d love to know! Do share in the comments below.