7 Nursing Dresses That are Functional and Fashion-Forward, Because Breastfeeding Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Your LBD

by Olivia Youngs

Breastfeeding can feel pretty unglamorous at times. While there are plenty of shirts and tank tops out there that make nursing easy, breastfeeding-friendly dresses aren’t as easy to find as you would hope, when you need easy access to “the goods”. And god forbid you even think about trying to be fashionable while you’re breastfeeding, because cute dresses and nursing can never go hand in hand. (Insert sarcastic emoji here…)

But in reality, it can really seems that way to the breastfeeding mom. Trust me, I am one. As a mom who has breastfed two babies, I know the depressing disconnect that often exists between fashion and nursing all too well. I, like many moms out there, love wearing dresses and feeling like I put energy into my appearance. So naturally, I will jump on any breastfeeding-friendly dress that is practical and fashionable. While it can sometimes feel like nursing will take a major toll on your fashion choices, in fact, the opposite can be true. I did the dirty work for you and rounded up seven of my favorite nursing-friendly dresses that would not only be the perfect addition to your closet, but are sure to make you look and feel your best.


Skater Mom

Midi Skater Maternity Dress, $49, ASOS

This midi skater dress is as classy as it is fun and nursing friendly. It features a double layer, ensuring convenience while breastfeeding and that you’ll look good while doing it.


Floral For Days

Pink Blush Maternity

Purple Floral Draped Maternity/Nursing Dress, $42, Pink Blush Maternity

This gorgeous floral maternity dress is the perfect all-seasons piece, making it a go-to pick for nursing. It has a draped v-neckline that allows for easy access and discreet nursing.


Mom’s New LBD


Nursing Friendly Maternity Wrap Dress, $88, Nordstrom

Wrap dresses are perfect for nursing– they’re convenient and flattering for every body type. This little black number can easily be dressed up or worn casually.


Button Up Perfection

Shirt and Sweet Chambray Shirt Dress, $54, Lulu's

Here’s a breastfeeding pro-tip: button-up’s are the way to go. They’re comfy, oh-so-trendy, and allow easy access. This chambray shirt dress would be perfect paired with leggings and ankle boots.


Discreetly Draped

Figure 8 Maternity

Colette Crochet Maternity and Nursing Dress, $89, Figure 8 Maternity

This crochet nursing dress drapes across the front, allowing you to simply pull it back and nurse your baby. This would be the perfect dress for special occasions or for when you‘re just feeling a little fancy.


Maxi Magic

Floral Maxi Wrap Dress, $68, Pink Blush Maternity

Nothing says, “I didn’t wake up like this” like a classic maxi dress. This floral wrap maxi allows for both comfort and convenience when nursing, and all without sacrificing an ounce of style (or breast milk.)


Striped Perfection

3/4 Sleeve Asymmetric Dress with Double Layer in Stripe, $48, ASOS

Stripes are perfect on just about anyone and this asymmetric dress is no exception. Great for formal occasions, the draped popover on top allows for easy access when it’s time to breastfeed.