Monday, September 17, 2012

What details make clothes great for breastfeeding?

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Since I gave birth to Nathan, I have been nursing him. As a first time mom, and one of the first to go full-fledged into breastfeeding in my immediate family, I had no idea what to look for and purchase when it came to nursing-friendly clothing. Sure, I could go to a maternity store and buy their $60+ tops, but really who can afford that? Even if I was still working full time, that is simply too much for a shirt.

The first items I bought were nursing pads and bras. With minimal research, I bought some comfortable, reusable cotton nursing pads:

 (which I love) and some Lamaze cotton/spandex nursing bras that I actually quite hated.  However, these bras were the only affordable, decently-reviewed nursing bras I could find at the time. And so I suffered. These bras were fine if I never moved. As any new nursing mother will tell you, the nipples are quite delicate until you break them in and get them used to nursing. These bras would let my boobs move just enough so that they'd fall halfway out the middle of the bra, and get stuck and scrape across my nipples. Every. Ten. Minutes. It was agonizing. I ended up tying the straps together behind my neck, even though this cut into my shoulders I preferred that over the nipple pain.

Luckily, about a month later, there was a sale at Target for some nursing tank tops! $10 apiece! They even had pretty good online reviews. So I bought 5. The fit was good, they were easy to open and close with one hand, and they covered up my tummy while I nursed! How can I ask for more?

Well, now that the hot Summer weather is leaving us, I am now asking for more warmth while still being nursing friendly. The little guy is likely to start nursing a little less in the near future, but certainly won't be stopping for a while I'm sure. Any tips you guys could offer me? For now I'll just put on a sweater over the top of my nursing tanks and call it good!


  1. I would just wear the tank under whatever kind of shirt or sweater you would like to wear. That way your tummy will still be covered. I would just avoid to many buttons!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at the Breastfeeding Blog Hop! ~Melissa

    1. Thank you for the tip! I do love wearing sweaters so this will work out perfectly :-) I might even have to buy a couple more! Oh darn ;-)

  2. Thanks for linking up.

    I wore camis underneath my t-shirts when it cooled down, and when winter came, I wore cardigans.