If you’re a modern aged mom, chances are you’ve considered breastfeeding or want to give it a try. You probably have even taken a class or two to help you prepare. But, something the class won’t cover, is all the types of nursing clothes you will need in order to make you and your baby as comfortable as possible during this new experience.
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While pregnant, I became so wrapped up in what my baby would need, that I totally forgot about myself. A month away from my due date, my mom asked me what I had planned to wear at the hospital to help make those initial breastfeeding days easier?
I immediately started to feel overwhelmed, because I hadn’t even thought about nursing clothes! How could someone who felt so prepared with every baby item accounted for on her registry and a house that I had been full blown nesting in for months, have overlooked this whole other wardrobe?
Luckily, you’re already thinking about breastfeeding clothing, and you are choosing to do it in the most efficient way possible- by learning from others long and hard searches!
After baby arrives, it’s necessary for a first-time mom to have her nursing attire ready. Since you will be staying indoors much of those first months, it’s important to have comfortable pieces that are perfect for lounging around the house.
Here are some of my favorite, and super comfortable, nursing clothes, to get your new breastfeeding wardrobe started:
I love these nightgowns! They come equipped with an easy to use clip down bra strap, which is basically a plastic piece on the strap that easily clips on and off at the start or end of the nursing session.
These particular nightgowns also include padding for your breasts, which is great to protect your nursing clothes from breastmilk stains (the worst!). Personally, I loved the padded feature as I felt comfortable to wear these when family visited, when I didn’t feel like changing into real clothes.
The fabric is stretchy and breathes well, making it perfect to sleep in. After trying several of these nightgowns, I would suggest sticking to the patterned ones that they offer. I found that the grey was nice, but you could see stains on it easily, which will happen often when breastfeeding.
This dress is stylish, comfortable, and makes nursing super easy. All you have to do is lift up the top portion of this dress to feed your little one. Fast food for your baby will be important when they are screaming their head off in search of your milk!
Although a little pricey, the dress washes well and can be worn around the house when visitors come over or for a quick trip to the grocery store.
I love that it’s super forgiving of your postpartum belly and can fit long after you’ve lost the baby weight.
It’s kind of sad how excited I am to share this find with my readers, but after trying on about 100 different nursing bras, I was ecstatic to discover this one! Maybe not your everyday bra, this Motherhood Maternity Nursing Bra is great for working out or a mom on the go.
What do I love about it? It’s super comfy, made with stretchy material, and the clip down feature is easy to use. The bra also has a hook and eye in the back, with adjustable straps. This feature is perfect for the mom who is probably going to change sizes after baby (I lost 50 pounds!)
Even better, it doesn’t break the bank, but the quality has held up after millions of washes.
Trust me on this, you NEED this bra in every color!
As a Side Note:
As I mentioned previously, I tried on hundreds of nursing bras before finding some good ones. Macy’s offers great deals from time to time on their nursing bras, so make sure to check their site often. I also found that when it comes to nursing bras, you get what you pay for most of the time, so don’t be afraid to splurge a little in this part of your nursing clothes wardrobe.
If you are a Target person, this nursing bra may be for you. Although a little more expensive than the Macy’s bra explained above, the Bravado! Yoga Bra displays all the same features that I loved about the Motherhood Maternity ones I had purchased previously.
So, what qualities are similar in this bra? For one, the material is stretchy and comfortable! Great for long wears and workouts. I also love the adjustable straps and clip in the back. Finding a sports bra with these features was a major selling point for me, as it can be easily adjusted as you lose/gain weight.
Light, flowy nursing tops are just what the doctor ordered. This top is not only comfortable, but makes it easy breastfeed your baby throughout the day and night because it clips down.
This cami is so breathable, which was important for me because breastfeeding is hard work for both you and your baby.
I love this top because it also has a super cute and feminine print (could make for a great photo opt!)
6. Bun Maternity/Nursing Swing Tank (Nordstrom.com)
I should start by stating that this top is perfect for nursing, but not so much maternity, so please just use this for postpartum. I love that the way this top works for breastfeeding your baby is in the name- just swing it over on the side and getting to nursing!
With this scoop neck feature, you can even nurse from the top, rather than the side. So easy!
It comes in several colors, and is perfect for lounging around the house and bedtime.
A nursing and tummy tuck in one? Yes! This tank is perfect for wearing underneath a shirt, sweater, or even a dress! I liked this because I got away without wearing a bra when out and about, but also felt more confident with my postpartum belly.
Once again, this top sports easy access for feedings, which is necessary to the nursing process.
It is a little on the pricey side, but all you need is one or two for your wardrobe!
Learning to breastfeed along with your baby can be a difficult task. Ensuring that you have comfortable nursing clothes is important for you and your baby. Try any of these essential breastfeeding pieces to get your new nursing wardrobe started.
Looking for other ways to make breastfeeding easier, check out this list of the products I would suggest after breastfeeding my baby for 13 months, here!
Have you discovered any pieces that you would like to share with us? Please comment below with your finds, because I know there are several moms who are dying to know more about it!