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  • Our Story

    Emma Downie

    I launched Milk & Mummy in September 2012 because I don't believe nursing mums should have to compromise on style, as I often did when I was feeding my own daughter. Getting to grips with breastfeeding and looking after a new baby can be challenging enough without having to worry about something as fundamental as what to wear. After all, this is a special time in a mum's life and the clothes should make you feel special too!

    I really struggled to find any breastfeeding clothes for myself and those that I could find were often frumpy and unflattering, with awkward nursing access and just not something I got excited about purchasing.

    My aim is to bring you beautifully cut, outstanding quality breastfeeding tops and dresses that look first and foremost like great fashion pieces, but have very clever and completely fuss-free hidden nursing openings. Some of our items are suitable for maternity wear too! There's something for every occasion from casual everyday nursing wear to chic breastfeeding dresses for weddings. In fact, our breastfeeding party dresses are so popular for weddings and christenings that we now specialise in these glamorous nursing dresses.

    In February 2014 I had my baby boy and loved having access to a wardrobe full of stylish nursing clothing, which is how it should be! I'm no longer breastfeeding but I still wear Milk & Mummy clothes because I love the styles.

    We hope to make a real difference to the wardrobes of breastfeeding mums all over the UK and beyond. After all looking fabulous is at least half-way to feeling fabulous!

  • Looking Fabulous while Feeding

    Here are my top five tips for how to stay stylish while breastfeeding

    Tip 1 - Comfort

    Be comfortable. OK, so comfort and style aren't always synonymous with each other but how can you look great if you feel awkward? This is especially true when you are breastfeeding. Choose comfortable clothes in soft, breathable fabrics that give you plenty of room for movement.

    Tip 2 - Accessories

    Accessorise! Chances are you can't afford or won't want a breastfeeding wardrobe as big as your pre-pregnancy one, so the key to keeping it interesting is accessories. Scarves are a nifty option. They add colour and interest to any outfit, can give you extra privacy while feeding and can be removed easily if you get too hot. Layering lots of smaller bracelets and wearing a fantastic pair of stud earrings are the best jewellery options for you as they won't get in the way of a nursing baby. A statement ring can look great and can be switched between hands to remind you which side to breastfeed from next.

    Tip 3 - Layers

    Layer up. Many of our clothes are made from lighter fabrics, as we know mums tend to get hot when carrying and breastfeeding their little bundles. When it gets colder these items work brilliantly with layers. If you don't already have them, then invest in a couple of cardigans of different lengths, which can be stylish and very useful. Easy to fling on over your nursing top or dress when it gets cooler and likewise they provide some modesty if you want it while feeding.

    Tip 4 - Preparation

    Be prepared when out and about. There's nothing less stylish than leaky boobs. As well as baby's essentials make sure you pack your own too. Always have some spare breast pads in the change bag, and if you are prone to a lot of leaking then pack a spare bra and T-shirt if you can. And remember that light colours tend to conceal milk leaks better than dark ones.

    Tip 5 - Access

    Easy access. It sounds quite obvious but make sure you can get to your breasts easily without taking all your clothes off! Again, this is more important when you are going out. In the comfort of your own home it doesn't matter so much but if you've stopped in a cafe to give baby a feed you want to be able to get to be able to get to your breasts quickly and discreetly. At Milk & Mummy we only select clothes with the simplest breastfeeding access, and we discarded quite a few garments because the nursing openings weren't generous enough, were too fussy or stretched the garment.
  • Breastfeeding at a Wedding

    Whilst it's lovely to be invited to a wedding with your newborn, it can also be rather daunting. I should know, I felt just the same with my first baby. As well as ensuring they don't scream during the ceremony and that they aren't passed around the adoring relatives like a parcel, there's the rather major decision of what to wear that you can breastfeed in. You probably won't have a private room where you can strip off to feed, and you shouldn't have to. Baby may want feeding at a moment's notice so you need easy and quick access to your boobs.

    Whilst it may be possible to improvise with normal clothes, this is one occasion when many mums feel they don't want to. They want to feel glamorous and dressed up along with the other guests. Breastfeeding shouldn't compromise your style.

    Here at Milk & Mummy we specialise in breastfeeding dresses for special occasions. From personal experience, it was failing miserably to find a breastfeeding dress to wear to a friend's wedding that gave me the final push to set up Milk & Mummy back in 2012. These days we get so much demand for glamorous breastfeeding dresses and we love sourcing and selling them. We've even come to the rescue of several breastfeeding bridesmaids, much to the bride's relief!

    Every wedding season we ensure we have a wide range to choose from, from pretty prints to striking jewel colours, from flirty frocks to marvellous maxis and at prices to suit every budget. We know how difficult it can be to get the right fit and size, especially at a time when your body shape is changing. This is why we now offer free returns, so mums can try on plenty of different styles and sizes in the comfort of their own homes with no pressure to keep them. If you live locally to Cambridge we'll quite happily welcome you for a fitting appointment at our own address and we're also able to advise on our different styles and give recommendations over the phone, if you want some extra guidance.

  • Organic & Bamboo Nursing Clothes


    We know how important it is for some mums to wear organic clothes, and never more so than when you are breastfeeding, as your baby is likely to come into close contact with your clothes too.

    For this reason we have included within our collection a selection of breastfeeding tops and dresses made from organic fabric.

    Organic fabric is by definition produced without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers or hormones. It is not only better for the environment but it is better for people too – both those wearing the clothes and those producing them.

    Bamboo fabric, while not necessarily organic, is a popular material within our nursing clothes range due to the fact it is sustainable, thereby making it a more environmentally friendly source of fabric. It is 100% biodegradable and the fastest growing plant in the world, which grows in conditions where nothing else will, and with much less water than other fabric sources. Added bonuses of this fabric are that it's very soft, breathable and naturally absorbent.

  • Breastfeeding Support Groups

    At Milk & Mummy we know that breastfeeding doesn't come naturally to every mum and for some it can be extremely challenging. However there is a lot of help available out there, from organisations you can speak to over the phone, to drop-in clinics, to home visits, so no mum should ever have to struggle alone. Sometimes just talking to someone who's been there before and can re-assure you can be a massive support. Here are some of the main organisations and groups* that can offer advise on either a local or national level, or both. Visit their website to find out more.

    Click on this link to find your local breastfeeding support groups:
    Breastfeeding support groups local search

    Your community midwife or health visitor should have details of local support groups and drop-in clinics. These often take place at your local doctor's surgery or children's centre.

    * This list is meant as a helpful guide as is by no means exhaustive. Milk & Mummy is in no way affiliated with any of the above organisations.


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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