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Breastfeeding in Style: The Basics

I thought it might be quite appropriate to do a little series on how to breast feed in style. After all that’s one of the main reasons I set up Milk & Mummy; so that breastfeeding mums don’t have to compromise their pre-pregnancy style. Whilst researching for the series I came across a fantastic Australian website Fox in Flats which “navigates motherhood in style”. It’s only fair to mention them as apart from being a wonderfully refreshing look at motherhood, I also took some inspiration and extra tips from their breastfeeding section. So we get the ball rolling with The Basics.

A lot of it is to do with being comfortable. OK, so comfort and style aren’t always associated with each other. For me though, comfort and style do go hand in hand, because if I know that if I’m not comfortable in what I’m wearing it shows in my general demeanour and that can’t be stylish! It pretty much goes without saying that with all the other stresses new mums are under, it is especially important to be comfortable if you are breastfeeding. So how do you do this?…

1) Keep your cool. If you tend to get hot (I found that in both winter and summer I seriously overheated because holding little one was like having a hot water bottle stuck to me) then wear several layers of thin, breathable fabrics, rather than one or two thick ones. Then you can easily peel them off. If you get really hot opt for short sleeves or a vest on the lowest layer. Bamboo and cotton are both ideal as they are natural, breathable fibres which are also easy to wash and a lot of Milk & Mummy’s clothes are made from these.

consider the nursing opening and how it will work for you and your shape

2) Think about how you are going to feed when you are out, before you leave the house. This sounds pretty fundamental but I do know of mums who haven’t thought this through and got caught short when they were out and baby was screaming! Because although you think you might be able to nip out in between feeds, how often do things actually go according to plan with a small baby? So if you don’t have nursing access in your top or dress can you still get to your boobs easily? You might be able to lift up your top or t-shirt if you don’t mind exposing your tummy, but with a dress or tunic it’s a different matter, as you’d be exposing a lot more by lifting it up.

3) This takes us nicely onto talking about nursing access. Pieces with button fronts are good for access, as long as the buttons actually open low enough down for you to get enough of an opening over your breast, and as long as you can open the buttons easily – preferably with one hand, whilst your other is holding your baby. Clothes designed specifically for breastfeeding do tend to make life easier, but then I would say that wouldn’t I?! However, even then consider the nursing opening and how it will work for you and your shape. We spend a great deal of time at Milk & Mummy ensuring that we only sell garments with openings that we know are really easy to use. When I was feeding I had a top with extra long ties covering the nursing openings. Every time I opened it the ties got tangled around my daughter and it took far too long to re-arrange it when I’d finished, so I stopped using it. Needless to say I didn’t want to sell any tops with this type of nursing access!

Rachel – cream print

Rachel – cream print – nursing access

4) Avoid dark colours if you have the dreaded leaky boobs! I may end up doing an entire post on this wondrous subject because leaky boobs were the bain of my breastfeeding life. Oh joy how interesting – I hear you scream! Well, then again maybe I won’t… suffice to say I learnt that wearing five breast pads on each side and taking lots of spares out with me to change them after a feed, was the only real solution. Hey, at least it gave me some good “uplift” for a while.

Next time it’s the turn of Accessories and how they can quickly and easily liven up your nursing wardrobe.

About Me:

My name is Emma and I have three (!) wonderful babies. The oldest is my daughter Elsa, born in 2011 the second is “Milk & Mummy” my online boutique selling beautiful breastfeeding clothes and launched in 2012, and the youngest is my son Oliver, born in August 2014. All three exhaust me, excite me and make me proud on a daily basis and naturally all vie for my attention! But of course I wouldn't have it any other way.

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Milk & Mummy sells stylish nursing clothes including nursing tops and nursing dresses. We have everything from casual breastfeeding tops for a day at home to glamorous breastfeeding dresses for weddings. Many of our nursing dresses are also maternity dresses and we also sell beautiful breastfeeding covers and cute baby dribble bibs.

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