I will admit there are many days when this nursing mom picks pajamas as an outfit, but there’s something about getting into real clothes that makes you feel better and be more productive. It’s just so difficult to find clothes that work with your every 2 hour feeding schedule and the overall change in your body composition (well hey there 15 pounds of baby weight you’re still here?).
I nursed Ramona for a year, so I have had to nurse and work even if that’s not the case with Beckett. I wanted to write this as sort of an encouragement to all the moms who are balancing life and nursing. Here’s to looking great while doing it.
Go ahead and buy stock in button down shirts. You will be wearing them for pretty much as long as you choose to breastfeed. I do wear blousey shirts from time to time. If I have to nurse in public, there is just too much material between the pulled up shirt and the nursing cover. Beckett does not approve (lots of crying involved). It gets too hot. Nursing becomes frustrating etc, etc.
Pull out a boyfriend button down. Pair it with a cute cardigan and some flats. This formula works so well you’ll keep going back to it, so keep things interesting by mixing patterns. You will wear your hair up because 1) your hair falls out by the handfuls after you deliver and 2) baby will pull your hair with their surprisingly strong grip. You need this DIY hair tie, so make one. It’s the right addition when you’re sick of your usual top knot/messy bun.
Pumping frees you up a bit with regard to wearing layers. You aren’t having to juggle a baby with the multiple pieces of clothing, so you can layer away. Tucking in your shirt and wearing a skirt at your waistline is going to make you appear thiner i.e. trick people into thinking the baby weight vanished. I love how this skirt drapes and is knee length.
Yes date nights will be possible…eventually. You will have to pump at some point either on the way there or home or both. I just slip my cover on, pull my dress over my shoulder, and pump in the car. It’s not as easy as a button down but still possible.
When you need to wear a dress, think wrap dresses, shirt dresses, cross front dresses, jersey dresses that pull down, or button front dresses. I like to wear dresses that pull in at the waist, but you can belt any dress.
I prefer to wear nursing tanks instead of bras. They are great for day and night, but don’t work out in them because there’s no support. (But who needs to work out when you’re burning all those calories nursing? This girl. Desperately. Ugh last 10 pounds.)
A pair of statement earrings and sunglasses go a long way. You can hide the rough nights with those handy accessories. I am not much of a casual jewelry person anyway, but I’m really not a fan of necklaces while nursing. They seem to get in the way or baby pulls on them. A scarf is a better option. Plus it can hide what’s left of the baby weight or a boob leak (yep that happened).
I can’t stress the necessity of button down shirts enough. If you are buying new pieces, pick shirts with small prints since they are more flattering. A chambray shirt and a black boyfriend cardigan can be layered with everything. They are basics that you will reach for more than a few times.
Hope that helps all you nursing friends out there because breastfeeding is hard enough without having to worry about what you wear. It does get easier and is so worth it though! I’m working on a newborn essentials post, so look for that!
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