As a new mom it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of, well, new things in your life. A new baby, new body, new sleep schedule, new hormones and now, as if the list wasn’t long enough already, you have to buy a new wardrobe to allow for breastfeeding. Having done this after both of my pregnancies, I can tell you shopping for attractive, breastfeeding-friendly clothes isn’t as fun as you want it to be.
Why? Because in shopping for breastfeeding clothes, you find that the pieces either don’t allow for comfortable and discreet nursing or look like something straight out of the 90’s (and not in a fun, retro way. More like a frumpy, plaid and weird shade of green way.) Often women feel limited in their clothing options for nursing, and the resort to the same milk-stained T-shirt that got them through the first few weeks of new motherhood.
However, breastfeeding and looking your absolute best don’t have to be polar opposites. I’ve done the dirty work for you, and rounded up 11 items that will allow you to nurse wherever your busy day takes you and look good while you’re at it. From formal dresses to year-round tops, there are plenty of pieces out there for moms who want to look good while they breastfeed.
1. Draped in Style
This draped nursing top ($25) from H&M is both classy and comfortable, making it the perfect piece to wear back to work or while running errands.
2. Double Layered Dream Dress
ASOS has the most amazing nursing pieces and this dress is no exclusion. On trend with stripes and falling just above the knees, this double layer body-conscious dress ($63) would be the perfect addition to your closet. All you have to do to nurse is simply lift up the fabric.
3. Pullover Perfection
Pullover’s are notoriously tricky for breastfeeding moms because they’re too bulky to lift up to nurse. But with this lightweight striped nursing hoodie ($36) from Latched Mama, that problem disappears. With a layer to lift up for easy access, this hoodie has very positive reviews and is great for any mom looking to add an easy layering piece to her wardrobe.
4. Sneaky Side Buttons
This lift up nursing sweater ($109) from A Pea in the Pod is unique with its side button details. Simply unbutton at the sides and lift up for easy access. It adds an interesting appeal to an already adorable sweater, and will be a great piece to have after you weaned baby to the bottle.
5. Wrap It Up
The great thing about this mock wrap dress ($66) from Seraphine is that you can easily wear it once you’re done breastfeeding.
6. Hot Cross Top
Another piece from ASOS because they’re just too good. This top with wrap overlay ($40) is easy and lightweight, perfect for year-round wear.
7. All Seasons Plaid
This window pane plaid pullover ($13) from Old Navy is the perfect all seasons top. It is versatile, simple and easily accessible.