If you choose to breastfeed your baby, finding clothes that are both stylish and practical is not always an easy task, and as a new mum you’ll be limited on how long you can spend shopping and choosing outfits.
But what is the perfect breastfeeding wardrobe, that doesn’t mean a choice of over-sized t-shirts and wrap tops...? At Scarlet Ribbon Merino we are committed to designing clothing for your baby that is ‘Simple. Sustainable and Stylish….’ So why not take the same approach to your own wardrobe! We’ve broken it down with some tips and links to a few of our favourite maternity & nursing brands to keep you looking great, without sacrificing practicality.
First things first: getting a good quality, comfortable nursing bra is essential and be sure to get yourself properly fitted (the general advice is to be fitted for your nursing bra after the first 4 weeks of feeding). There are plenty of nice brands out there these days. Figleaves and ASOS both have a great range to suit all tastes and budgets; from pretty feminine styles to sports bras specially designed for feeding.
When it comes to your day to day clothing, keep in mind that many women can lose quite a bit of weight post baby, so we’d recommend not to buy too much in those first few months; you don’t want to buy a gorgeous new dress, only to find your shape and size change before you get to wear it! It’s all about getting a good collection of classic staples that layer well, using accessories to add colour and your own personal style.
There are two points to keep in mind here. Firstly the print of the fabric – patterned designs will be the best for hiding any inevitable spills and stains. Second is comfort – wet polyester or nylon is unlikely to look good or feel comfortable, so favour quality natural fibres, made to last. You often sweat more when you breastfeed, so choose breathable fabrics, and if you need a little more coverage a shawl or blanket is a great option. Try our lightweight merino blankets, which can double up from a luxurious, breathable baby wrap to a stylish feeding cover.
Whatever the weather try layering; a nursing vest or a regular shelf tank top is the perfect base layer in summer and winter, so get a few in different colours. Not only do they provide some extra support, you can throw on a light shirt, t-shirt or cosy jumper, or wear them under a dress for security and a little tummy control, making discrete feeding a breeze. Hush do a good one in a few basic neutral colours.
While there are some fabulous maternity / nursing clothing brands, they are limited and there are a lots of breastfeeding-friendly regular clothing styles that will work just as well.
For casual day-to-day wear, mid waist jeans cut loose (a boyfriend cut is perfect) flatter all shapes, and can be paired with layered tops to make different looks. Lightweight trousers/shorts or skirts with an elasticated / stretch waist also work well post-birth and are very flattering.
Jumpsuits may not be your first thought, but these are a great option as they streamline the silhouette and often come with wrap tops, button down fronts, and simple elasticated waists to help minimise your tummy. Stylish, incredibly practical for out and about, and comfortable, jumpsuits are a win all round and come in casual and smarter styles! For some fun retro styles and stylish wrap jumpsuits https://rockthejumpsuit.com is definitely worth a look!
Dresses do not have to be limited to wrap dresses. Anything from A-line dresses to maxidresses can work! The latter often have a looser bust and gathering underneath, perfect for feeding, whilst shirt dresses have convenient button access as a style feature.
Deeper V-necklines, a little stretch, button fronts and draped fronts; there’s no need to feel limited or like you can only buy nursing wear – most of these styles will suit and fit even after you stop feeding. If you have a holiday planned Anthropologie has some lovely summer sundress options. Empire line dresses are great for hot weather and Aspiga has a great range of jersey ones that are comfortable, very flattering and will also work when you are back home.
Depending on your style there’s bound to be a brand to suit you. More minimalist brands like Isabella Oliver or Me&Em can cover all your basics. Team with some colourful and stylish accessories such as a lovely silk scarf or statement earrings (that aren’t too dangly!) – try The Outnet for discounted designer pieces or Lily & Lionel’s gorgeous range of scarves in natural fibres, including merino and you’ll have yourself a wardrobe that will last you for as long as you plan on feeding, and beyond!
This is only the start – there’s no need to feel limited, and when a new baby can occupy so much of your time and thoughts, a little retail therapy is a perfect boost. So to all of you, happy nursing…. in style.
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