September 13, 2016

How to Create a Nursing Friendly Wardrobe

When I became pregnant a mama friend told me "Now you'll only look at buying new clothes if they're nursing friendly." I smiled, took the advice in mind, but didn't really do much with it. I didn't have to buy too many maternity clothes, so the advice never really resurfaced until I had the baby. Then, I totally understood what she meant.

As a first-time mom I had to build my nursing wardrobe from scratch. Here's what I have found that works and I love how it looks!

1. Basics. Invest in a few nursing tank tops (& of course bras) in different colors. I love tanks because I can wear them around the house or under many other pieces. Many different companies offer different styles of nursing tank tops. I have one stretchy neck tank from Motherhood that I like, but in my opinion is overpriced. I ended up buying several Gilligan & O'Malley Nursing Camis (the kind with the handy clips on the front straps) at Target. I was lucky enough to snag them on a buy 2, get 1 free promotion. I like that they are a nice length so they can be worn long or tucked in to cover the lovely post-partum belly. The versatility gives you more looks!

2. Cardis & Kimonos. If you're going out to dinner, to church, or to an outdoor wedding, it is so easy to pair your nursing tank with a cardigan or kimono. Any pant that currently fits you will likely compliment this effortless style. The cardigan provides light coverage, but baby still has easy, quick access to the milk supply. This is a lifesaver when you're still establishing your nursing relationship and learning your baby's rhythm.

3. The Flowy Shirt. I didn't really wear button-up shirts before pregnancy so I didn't really love them as an option for nursing, either. I love wearing a flowy shirt because it is complimentary to nearly every body type and is very trendy right now. Simply wear a nursing bra or tank under a flowy shirt and then you can tuck baby right under your shirt and not even need a nursing cover. Wearing a tank under the shirt is nice because you won't worry about exposing your belly or back every time baby wants to nurse.

4. The Sundress. Living in Florida, dresses are a staple in the hot weather. They're not always the best for nursing, however. To make sure I can nurse while I'm out, I choose dresses that have stretchy necklines or are loose fitting and I can easily slip the strap off my shoulder. 

5. The Accents. No outfit is complete without a few accessories! As my little one has grown I've found it best to wear simple (aka non-grabbable) earrings and a sturdy necklace for him to hold onto while nursing and play with while I'm holding or wearing him. Since he's putting everything in his mouth these days, I look for necklaces with natural, safe ingredients for him to chew on.
 

I hope these tips help all you new mamas and mamas-to-be!

written by VHS contributor// Amanda Mcneil
www.hausofmcneil.com