I’ve said a few times that I struggled through pregnancy but on those occasions when I wasn’t grey, I felt like I looked fantastic! I really enjoyed my new pregnant body and found it easy to choose clothes that made me feel good. I loved showing off my bump! Then I had my gorgeous girl and my stomach was left looking like a shrivelled balloon and I had the added issue of breastfeeding. I suddenly needed constant access to my boobs whilst wanting to disguise my new tummy and obviously I still wanted to look good and feel like my old self as much as possible.
I’ve been breastfeeding for 14 months now and here are just a few tricks I’ve learnt along the way. If you’re in a similar position I hope you find this useful and I save you some time!
- Buy at least 2 nursing vest tops.
I have one in black, 2 in navy and one in white and I wear them under EVERYTHING. It then means you can easily pull up your top to feed your baby and feel confident that you are still covered up. Any vest top will work but the convenience of those nursing clips is worth the money, especially when you’re out in public with a hungry baby. Mine are from H&M MAMA range and they are just as good now as when I bought them.
- Anything button down is your friend.
Fortunately, shirts and shirt dresses are everywhere now and you can get so many variations on style that there is something to suit everyone. I loved being able to buy a normal piece of clothing from a non maternity range and feel good in it. Obviously button down means easy access. I like dresses where I can cinch in my waist as I find them the most flattering. It’s getting colder now and I’ll just throw on some tights with the same outfits.
- Bandeau tops can adapt anything.
If you want to wear a strapless dress for example (or just something without big, fat bra straps) you can wear a bandeau bra or boob tube underneath to keep you covered up and in place and you can just pull it down a bit when feeding.
- Don’t completely dismiss maternity clothes.
Certain pieces will still work and most maternity tops and dresses have a nursing function. I actually bought a maternity dress for Little Knight’s birthday party as it was a skater style so wasn’t tummy-skimming and had a hidden panel for nursing. Just have a look through your maternity things and see what will still work.
- Wrap tops/dresses.
Just a wardrobe classic for anyone really, never go out of style and suit all different body shapes. They are super easy to breastfeed in and always make me feel very put together.
- Throw on a scarf.
I feel like a scarf can add interest to an otherwise simple outfit and they can also be used as a nursing cover. You can also get really pretty ones for a couple of quid and they will always fit.
I’m not saying I put a pretty dress on everyday after Little Knight was born. Let’s be realistic, I lived in my maternity leggings until they ripped and I had to bin them. This is just for those times when you do have 5 minutes and want to spend them on yourself (which is ok, honest!) Breastfeeding in public can be daunting at first and I always felt more confident when I was in an outfit with easy access!
If you have any other tips please share them, I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading,
Knight Mummy x