Breastfeeding Style Tips

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Note from the Editor: When I was pregnant, I thought I had prepped for everything, but when Reegan was born I quickly realized that not only did 90% of my closet not fit my new body, but maybe only 1% of it fit my needs. Easy access to my boobs was not something I usually wanted when it came to style, but chest deep in breastfeeding all the time, I quickly realized I needed breastfeeding style help. I hate nursing bras and the occasional nursing tank from Target is fine for at home, but if I really planned on nursing for the next 6+ months, I thought how the heck was I going to do it as me? Enter the wonderful Veronica. I met Veronica on a commercial set a few years back and couldn’t be more thrilled to have kept in touch with her.  I asked her to share her best tips for keeping your style while breastfeeding. Not only as a stylist, but as a new mom to baby Ryder, Veronica knows whats she is talking about…

Veronica… take it from here!

Nursing tanks, button down shirts, cardigan sweaters, wrap dresses, nursing bras and covers… these were all suggestions from other moms to help make breast-feeding a little easier.  But wearing a cardigan sweater with a wrap dress just wasn’t me.

I was already finding it difficult to keep my style post baby. How can I wear my favorite red lipstick that I loved so much (sephora #16) and layered jewelry, while still caring for my new baby?  I didn’t want to scratch his beautiful new skin with a studded bracelet or have my lipstick smeared on his precious face.  I was looking forward to not wearing maternity clothes anymore, and dressing back to my old pre-baby self, once the weight was off that is.  But now I was being told the only way to easily breastfeed was to wear certain types of clothing, which didn’t really suit me.  How do I keep being me and having my style, while still being able to be a breastfeeding mom?

So I began to figure out ways to incorporate my usual wardrobe and style into the mix of breastfeeding.  Here are 5 things that I found helped make my breastfeeding style a little more comfortable for me.  

We already have enough to worry about with sore nipples and latching, clothing shouldn’t be another obstacle.

  1. Bralettes and Cami Bras- I loved wearing those soft bralettes from Urban Outfitters and American Apparel pre-baby, so after trying a few nursing bras and hating them, I actually found it easier and more comfortable to just wear a bralette or cami bra instead.  They are soft and easy to maneuver when there’s a screaming hungry newborn next to you.  EXPRESS has some comfy and cute bralettes too!
  2. Muscle Tees- Who would’ve thought shirts with giant arm holes would be appropriate “mom wear” , but it is! Those armholes are perfect access for nursing.  No one can even tell what’s happening, you just move your shirt to the side, no buttoning and unbuttoning needed.   Muscle tees are also great during those hot summer months; the wide holes keep you cool. I lived in my Gameday Threadz muscle tee last summer after I gave birth to my baby boy Ryder.
  3. Over-sized T-shirts- with a scoop or off the shoulder cut. This style of shirt looks cool and keeps nursing easy breezy.  I also loved wearing these over-sized shirts to sleep in, since I found nursing tanks to be so binding and uncomfortable.
  4. Cross-front Rompers: First of all I noticed a lot of rompers were loose in the midsection and had elastic, perfect for concealing a post baby tummy,  the low cross-front neckline provided baby with easy access.  Rompers are great too, since you can wear them during the day with sandals, or dress them up at night.
  5. Off the Shoulder Blouses:  These are awesome for nursing.  The top is usually elastic, so you just pull it down and there you go.  Baby gets his lunch in less than 10 seconds.  Most off the shoulder blouses are also quite loose and flowy, which is an added bonus, since most women aren’t into wearing tight tops right after giving birth.


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