6 Helpful Tips When Shopping For New Nursing Outfits
Having a baby comes with several dos and don’ts. But new moms can always look forward to doing something fun once they’ve given birth: shopping. When you’re already nursing, you can update your wardrobe to add a few new breastfeeding tops and dresses.
If you’re ready to splurge on some new nursing outfits, here are some shopping tips worth remembering:
Know What Kinds Of Clothes Look Great On You
Your body went through a lot of changes during pregnancy, and you will still have to deal with them postpartum.
Halter crop tops, mini-skirts, and other trendy fashion pieces may seem amazing in photos but you need to be certain that they will look great on you. Keep in mind that there are various clothing designs and styles, and although all of them look amazing, not all of them will be right for you.
As such, when shopping for breastfeeding clothes, know your new body and what works with it first. If you already have plans to lose weight, try to think about what your body may look like after several months. You can then choose styles and sizes that will look great on your body now, and even after you’ve lost the extra post-baby weight.
Get Some Nursing Bras
Aside from clothes, you should also think about giving your undergarments an upgrade when you are nursing. This means investing in some new good-quality nursing bras.
Nursing bras can provide you several benefits. Nursing bras help make breastfeeding a breeze since they are easier and quicker to pull up or down. They can also conceal leaks and hold breast pads. Many nursing bras can also adjust as your breast fills with milk or empties out – something that regular undergarments can’t do.
With so many designs and styles to choose from, you won’t have a hard time finding one that will work well with the new nursing outfits you plan on getting.
Consider Ease Of Access
Nursing clothes are designed to give you an easier time and help you be more discreet when breastfeeding. However, not all breastfeeding clothes are designed the same way. When shopping, if possible, test the dress or top to see how easily and quickly you can open it.
Tops and dresses with zippers, snaps, and buttons in front will make it easy for you to nurse your baby. However, make sure you consider how much access you will need. You don’t want to accidentally expose more skin than you normally would especially in public.
Choose Fabrics Wisely
Fabrics treated with harsh chemicals can cause skin allergies in some babies. As such, make sure you choose clothes made of fabrics that are not colored with strong dyes or other harmful substances.
In addition, you would do well to buy easy-to-wash tops and dresses during your first months of nursing. Once your baby’s spit-up frequency becomes lower, you can be less picky with your fabric choices. You can go for more delicate fabrics such as silk and velvet at this stage – something that you will definitely appreciate if you’re going back to work.
Opt For Items You Can Easily Mix And Match
Choose a few basic staples that you can easily mix and match with your pre-pregnancy outfits. Postpartum clothes that work well with both pre-and post-pregnancy outfits include:
- Button down long-sleeved shirts
- Black leggings
- High-waisted pants
- Dark-colored blazers
- Nursing tank tops
Although these clothes may seem basic, you will be able to get the most use out of them since you can put them on for everyday wear or for special occasions.
Go For Classic Designs
Lastly, if you want to have nursing clothes that you can wear even if your baby is already weaned, choose outfits that come in classic, timeless designs. This means avoiding that skirt with loud colors and going for that little black dress, a simple wrap-around outfit, and a plain white cardigan. You won’t go wrong with choosing these designs since they’ll remain classic and great to look at even in the years to come.
When you shop smartly, you are sure to have new outfits that are comfortable, fashionable and functional. Best of all, you will have clothes you can wear even after you’ve stopped breastfeeding – a great money-saving technique, and something that you will appreciate if you’ve grown quite fond of your nursing outfits.
At 16, Merril Bainbridge began her career in the Australian fashion industry. In her early 20's she left to launch a successful Pop Music career which saw her at the top of the US Music Charts. Retiring to start a family, she found a new purpose helping breastfeeding women with her fashion label, Peachymama.