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Here are our four top clothing picks for nursing moms.
When you’re breastfeeding, getting dressed in the morning requires some additional strategy.
Every piece you wear needs to give you easy nursing access, which might rule out a couple of options from your pre-baby wardrobe. Don’t worry, you won’t need an entire wardrobe overhaul. Just add a few of our favorite staples into your usual fashion rotation (and maybe a Tide-To-Go pen or four), and you’ll be good to go.
1. Nursing Bras
Nursing bras can be a little pricey, but trust us when we say the investment is 100% worth it. Their soft, flexible cups adjust as your breasts fluctuate in size, providing you with easy access to your girls. We recommend underwire-free styles, like the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra or the Nude Ollie Gray Signature Series. They put minimal pressure on your milk ducts for maximum flow. Also, consider buying a sleep bra—it provides comfortable support through the night and keeps nursing pads in place to prevent leaks.
A light scarf is a fun way to add some flair to an outfit, and it can also serve as a nursing cover without taking up any room in your diaper bag. Some brands even design scarves with nursing in mind, like the Itzy Ritzy Nursing Scarf. Once your done feeding your little one, just roll it on up and style it as an infinity scarf. It’ll be your most useful wardrobe upgrade ever.
3. High-Waisted Leggings
The right type of leggings are most definitely pants, and no one knows that better than new moms. They’re stretchy, comfortable, and a high waisted pair can even provide some extra coverage if you have to sneak in a feeding session. Go for a pair that sits about half an inch above your belly button, like these Mother Tucker Leggings by Belly Bandit. We love this pair because, in addition to their camouflage capabilities, they also shape and support your tummy and tush.
4. Wrap Tops
Thank the fashion gods that these are so on trend! Tops with crossover bodices provide easy boob access for baby and a sweet hourglass silhouette for mom, so they’re a real win-win situation. You can find them pretty much anywhere, but if you’re looking for one made with both nursing and fashion in mind, try the H&M MAMA Nursing Top. It has a concealed snap fastener for maximum coverage while feeding.
When you look good, you feel good, and that’s pretty important when your body is surging with those postpartum hormones. Tons of brands are getting hip with post-maternity fashion. Stores like Target, Gap, Old Navy and ASOS all have nursing friendly lines that won’t break the bank. Regardless of where you find your nursing-friendly wardrobe—in your closet, online or at a store—you won’t have to sacrifice fashion, comfort or your clothing budget while breastfeeding.