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Breastfeeding in style

Thanks for hopping over from Lycrawidow and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 3:- Dress to Impress. Sponsors today include Milk and Mummy (that’s us!) with a £50 voucher, Lorna Drew Maternity who are offering a beautiful set of nursing lingerie and Mummy Makes Milk who is offering a signed copy of her beautiful book for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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Of the seven different themes of this week, doing what I do, this is the one I’m most excited about. I love reading other mums’ tips for staying stylish whilst feeding and I love selling beautiful clothes that can make mums look and therefore feel a bit more confident about themselves. Here are my top five tips for staying stylish whilst breastfeeding:

1. Get yourself fitted for some good quality nursing bras, if possible a few weeks before your due date, as you will get bigger closer to the birth. They will give you good shape and be comfortable too. Bear in mind you will probably have to wash them frequently so buy them in materials that wash and dry quickly. I found the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra brilliant – so soft and comfortable, easy care and really simple sizing.

2. Regardless or not of whether you own nursing clothes, think about how you’re going to feed in your clothes before you leave the house. This might sound obvious but I know a few mums who got caught short out and about and had to find a changing room to feed in as they had to remove their entire dress to get to their baby to feed! I’ve also been caught out wearing a button down dress which didn’t button down far enough – it was very frustrating to say the least and I looked rather ridiculous trying to get enough leverage to feed from it.

3. Be comfortable. Comfort and style don’t always go hand in hand but they have to when you are breastfeeding. You will probably spend a lot of time in awkward positions as you tend to or feed your baby, never mind the fact that carrying them everywhere can make you very hot. Clothes that you can layer, with a bit of stretch and made from breathable fabrics are best, so you keep your cool and avoid looking too creased! We sell a lot of clothes made from natural fibres such as bamboo and cotton, which are highly breathable and quick drying too.

Zoe is made of bamboo and will keep you feeling fresh as a daisy

Zoe is made of bamboo and will keep you feeling fresh as a daisy

Ultra easy nursing access through vertical slits

Ultra easy nursing access through vertical slits

4. Accessorize! This is the cleverest way to update and revitalise that top you seem to wear most days! Scarves are a godsend for nursing mums. They brighten up an ordinary outfit and can also give you some extra modesty when feeding in public. A bold, statement ring looks great and can also be a reminder of which side to feed from next – just swap it to your other hand after a feed. But avoid dangly earrings for obvious reasons! Oliver Bonas sell some gorgeous, slightly different and reasonably priced accessories.

Oliver Bonas Jericho Stripe scarf - pretty pastels to brighten up any outfit

Oliver Bonas Jericho Stripe scarf – pretty pastels to brighten up any outfit

Oliver Bonas Gold Aazo Duo Stone Ring - swap sides to tell you which boob you need to feed from next

Oliver Bonas Gold Aazo Duo Stone Ring – swap sides to tell you which boob you need to feed from next

5. Breastfeeding clothes will make your life simpler, so invest in a few. You knew I was bound to mention this sooner or later! It doesn’t have to be many items; just one fabulous everyday dress and a couple of flattering tops can make a huge difference. They might seem expensive at first, but when you consider how intensively you will wear them when you are breastfeeding, the cost per wear is actually quite reasonable. And if you’re going to a special event such as a friend’s wedding then wearing a gorgeous breastfeeding dress which you know you can feed in easily and discreetly will give you so much more confidence. Milk & Mummy specialise in special occasion nursing dresses, that don’t look like maternity dresses, and we get high demand for them.

Ellie - apple print

Ellie – apple print

Maya cornflower - fabulous everyday maxi

Maya cornflower – fabulous everyday maxi

Best selling Josie dress - stunning in gold

Best selling Josie dress – stunning in gold

You can find some more ideas on Dressing to Impress over on Life With Baby Kicks blog along with another chance to gain some extra entry points to our grand prize giveaway.


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19 thoughts on “Breastfeeding in style”

  1. Lovely post, Emma and great tips. x

    1. Thanks Helen! x

  2. gemma clark says:

    At the moment my go to outfit is a maternity dress I bought for my godson’s christening! I am sure in a few weeks time I will mostly be in my pjs 😉 xx

    1. PJs are always very tempting!

  3. Oh the perils of a button down that doesn’t button down! Then the awkwardness of wrestling a boob out! Been there, done that!

    Bra fitting. Ooh. The bane of my life!!

    1. Ha! So you know what I’m talking about. I avoided buttons after that. Couldn’t undo them with one hand anyway. After struggling myself with the nursing openings of tops I’d bought before setting up Milk & Mummy (eg elaborate ties that got tangled around baby!) I make sure that everything in our range has really simple nursing openings. As for bra fitting I went to Bravissimo and they were OK, but I’d love to hear other recommendations of shops that really understand nursing bra fittings.

  4. Great tips – as a brand new breastfeeding mumma, the nursing clothing world is a brand new place I’m just starting to discover so all help is much appreciated (I say as I’m still in my pj’s!!)

    1. Thanks. So pleased you found them useful!

  5. Great tips – I wish I had gotten fitted for a proper nursing bra sooner, even just that once change just made such a huge difference and I felt so much more confident when feeding out and about!

    1. Thanks Jenni. Well done for finding a great nursing bra – it’s not always easy.

  6. I dress to be comfortable, not to impress.

    1. So do I but I like to think that both are possible (most of the time!)

  7. Martina Pichova says:

    I have a comfy but nice dress with a long zip at the front – easier than buttons…

    1. We have a few items with zip access. They are probably some of the most discrete.

  8. Gerri Tennant says:

    My daughter in law is having her first baby and I want her to feel fabulous, look great and be empowered, thanks.

  9. Samantha Loughlin says:

    Leggings and dress top

    1. Same here! Which is why I wanted to find dresses with nursing access as lifting up a tunic top was becoming difficult!

  10. Carly Mugulday says:

    Great breastfeeding tips, i desperately need to get some breastfeeding clothes due in Oct!

    1. Thank you. Pleased you find them useful. Let me know if you need any help with the breastfeeding clothes!

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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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