I absolutely loved being able to breastfeed Anabelle, but what I wasn’t keen on was my lack of wardrobe options.
I made do with a few vests & cami’s under my regular clothes, but I really wish I’d splashed out on a few specific nursing items.
I must confess I didn’t even know these genius nursing clothes even existed until I’d stopped breastfeeding, which is completely typical and I blame it entirely on me being in a haze for the first year.
It seems that there is more and more demand from breastfeeding mums for fashionable clothes with concealed nursing pockets, and the shops are slowly but surely listening. I think if I’d have owned a few of these items I would have definitely ventured out a lot more and not been so conscious when I had to feed my little lady in public.
We’re big fans of Topshop’s maternity fashion, duplicating many of their high fashion items in the Mama friendly fit, so we’re loving that they’ve extended their range and come up with dual purpose maternity and nursing clothes, helping us save a few pennies and justify the need for said new top or dress even more.
Their wrap tops are gorgeous in their own right. The grey marl is perfect for casual strolls and trips to the park, and the dressier ochre drape blouse for a Sunday brunch with the family. With a genius lift over cross panel making feeding your little one whilst your out and about a doddle.
These classic blue stripe and navy multipack vests are a great investment to any maternity and nursing wardrobe worn on their own in sunnier climes or under a regular top on, lets face it our colder days.
The item of clothing I missed wearing the most whilst I was breastfeeding was a cute little tea dress, as you can’t really lift that up without flashing more than you bargained for, so I simply adore the flippy nursing dress with stretchy insert shelf, revealing just the right amount of flesh when required.
How cute is this jersey maxi dress? I think even if you’re not feeding you should pop it in your basket. It’s a great edition to any summer wardrobe, as is the short 3/4 sleeve stripe dress with front zip hidden nursing pocket.
The front zip function seems to be a popular design with the Mamalicious nursing range, these gorgeous cream lace, blue wrap front blouse and mono blouse all sport the clever function. If you love the gorgeous cornflower blue stripe top, they even do a dress in the same pretty fabric.
This sleeveless colour block top has to be my favourite of them all though. A cute dipped hem and a fabulous light weight material. Just beaut.
I think the time I was most stuck for something to wear was at a friends wedding and family Christening. I ended up having to excuse myself from the party whilst I found a private place to strip out of my regular dress to breastfeed. How I would have loved to have had a gorgeous coral nursing dress like this one so I could continue to enjoy the fun.
As I said above I missed wearing a dress whilst I was feeding. It seemed to be one of my wardrobe staples before falling pregnant again and due to successfully establishing breastfeeding post arrival I never got to rekindle my love of the dress. This navy textured skater dress with its handy double layer nursing top is totally beaut and would look just as adorable with some flip flops as it does with heels and who would even know it was a nursing dress. The same applies to this bodycon dress with the double layer concealed by the striped pattern.
I may have snuck this merlot asymmetrical nursing dress into a previous maternity fashion post, but it’s SO fabulous I thought it deserved another mention. Soft touch jersey, double layer design for nursing, what’s not to love. And if you’re looking for a bargainous nursing dress and like the asymmetric design then you definitely need to check out this black nursing dress with cute button detail.
I seemed to have stuck to quite a similar palette of navy & white nursing fashion, with quite a lot of striped items. So I thought I should end with this utterly fabulous leopard print blouse. Insert multiple heart emoji’s here.
A great alternative to non specific nursing fashion is a shirt dresses and luckily the high street seems to be full of them.
I love this bold tropical print dress from Oasis, with a handy back pleat allowing for extra manoeuvrability, and this yellow Sophia dress from Boden is just a ray of sunshine, also coming in a blue print and denim design too.
What have you all been wearing to feed your little ones? Have you found any fabulous non-nursing high street buys you can share with us?