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.
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.
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.
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.
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.