As we continue along on our Motherhood May themed month, today we have a fashion post with some of our new mamas in mind. Even before I got pregnant with my first baby, I was well aware that as an expecting mother I would have to invest in at least a few maternity pieces to accommodate a growing baby bump. But before my baby was born, it never even occurred to me that I would need a separate wardrobe for nursing. At first I was excited for the day that I would be able to squeeze back into all my old clothes post-baby. But then I realized that so many of my favorite clothing items wouldn’t accommodate my need to nurse or pump when I was out and about.
Most expecting mamas only need maternity clothes for the last 4 or 5 months of pregnancy. But with many mamas nursing their babes for a full year or beyond, you may need to think about your nursing-friendly wardrobe for a lot longer! Anything that can’t be pulled up, stretched down from the neckline, or unbuttoned is simply not practical. This includes structured tops, most dresses—and forget about all the jumpsuits and rompers that are so on trend right now. But it’s definitely not impossible to find cute pieces you can nurse or pump in. All of the nursing-friendly fashion picks below combine form and function in the best way possible to show you can still look chic while breastfeeding your little one. Take a peek…
1. RUKEN Sophie Dress, $185
The beauty of this lightweight plaid dress is that it buttons down, making it easy to nurse your little one. (The big bow will also provide some coverage as you re-button yourself post-feeding!) I personally love the springy light blue hue and adorable bow detail.
2. Anthropologie Elevenses Ikat Zip-Front Jumpsuit, $118
Jumpsuits are one of those clothing items that you may think are completely impractical when you’re nursing. But this flattering Ikat find is equipped with a zipper in front, which changes everything.
3. Tularosa Sid Wrap Maxi Dress, $220
Wrap dresses provide easy access when it’s time to feed baby. This charming maxi, which comes in blush and ink blue, is perfect for all of your spring and summer soirees.
4. Emma Elwin x Boob Trousers E. E., $109
It’s true that pretty much any pants work while nursing your babe, but the nice thing about these cropped flare trousers designed by stylist Emma Elwin is that the high cuff around the waist can be worn folded down or up—so that you don’t have to expose your tummy when you lift your shirt up to nurse.
5. LC Lauren Conrad Dress Up Shop Collection Pleated Metallic Midi Skirt, $32
With nursing-friendly dresses being somewhat limited, skirts will become your new best friend for dressier occasions and events. This swingy skirt from Lauren’s Kohl’s collection will make a beautiful addition to your new mama wardrobe.
6. The Little Market Stripe Scarf, $60
If there’s one essential accessory for a breastfeeding mama, it’s an oversized, lightweight scarf that can double as a nursing cover in a pinch. Not only is this Little Market scarf beautiful and stylish, but it’s fair trade and handmade by artisans in Ethiopia.
7. Topshop Stripe Wrap Dress, $90
Another wrap dress for the win. This fun and flirty Topshop number is perfect to dress up or down with flats, sandals or wedges.
8. The Great The Ruffle Oxford, $285
Button-downs will be your new best friend when you’re nursing or pumping, but it’s nice to have something with flouncy details that go beyond average button-down. The Great designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are both moms to little ones, so they always have comfort in mind for the pregnant and post-baby body. (Plus, they also have a collection of coordinating pieces for your little one!)
9. Mango Striped Linen Top and Striped Linen-Blend Skirt, $30 – $60
There’s nothing like a matching skirt-and-top set for the look and feel of a dress with much easier nursing access. This feminine, summery set fits the bill quite perfectly.
10. Eberjey Gisele PJ Set, $120
Especially in the beginning, when you’re nursing all day and night, it’s a great morale booster to have a chic pajama set to lounge in. The Gisele PJ’s are especially comfortable and forgiving—and with button-down access, they are especially easy to nurse in. (P.S. This also makes a great gift for a new mama friend or mama-to-be!).
Which one of these pieces is your favorite?
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