Breastfeeding friendly clothes

I am not afraid of nursing in public, but I don’t want to flash everyone! I don’t want to think about my clothes every day to make sure I can feed Noah when he’s hungry. So I’ve been trying a fair share of breastfeeding clothes, which I thought I’d review.

When James was a tiny baby I discovered the Breastvest, which is basically a vest with extra long straps. The vest is designed to sit under your bra, and the stbreastvest.pngraps don’t get in the way of your nursing bra straps. The vest then covers your belly, and you can wear your normal pre-pregnancy tops. I found this most useful when wearing vests. It doesn’t cover the side or top of your boob, of course. The fabric it’s made of makes me feel quite warm, and I remember having to jettison one Breastvest off during the day in Miami when James was a baby.

So, more of a postpartum belly coverer in cool weather, I think!

I did buy some nursing vests from Vertbaudetvertbaudet nursing top.jpg too, which look like a regular capped sleeve vest and have a little panel in to pull to one side when nursing. They come in really nice, fresh colours, which I loved. They last throughout pregnancy and beyond. And of course you only have to wear a bra underneath. But for some weird reason, these tops all were too big in the arm hole so my side bra was completely on show. So while I was pregnant I wore a boob tube underneath. Now I’m just nursing I rarely wear these tops or else have to wear a cardigan too.
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Recently I bought a long sleeved top from Bibee which is a bit like a milkmaid top! It is basically an extra low cut top so that your boobs are easily accessible when you lift up another non-nursing top. I like the fabric – it’s silky soft, has a nice thickness to it and is a little stretchy, so it sort of hugs your wobbly belly in a bit (I’m not just on my own with this jelly belly, right?!) alas, this top has not washed well. First wash the whole of the bottom hem came undone, second wash the sleeve cuffs are undone and the third wash somehow let the stitching along the length of the arm loosen. Hopefully you’d have better luck!

Edit: Bibee were keen to let me know that wasn’t normal for their tops, and sent me another to show that. The replacement they sent me is just as silky soft as the first, but has survived a many, many washes (and even a tumble or three – oops!)

My absolute all-time favourite nursing wear, however, are the brilliant t-shirts from Mama Feelsgood. Theymothership_j_black_copy__49232.1417433158.368.491.jpg have two layers, the inner layer is longer than the outer and has a sort of vest shape. You lift the outer layer and push the inner one slightly to one side. You get great tummy coverage, and top and side cleavage is covered too.

They last really well; the tops I bought when James was a baby are still going strong now. I love the designs – they’re fresh and funky. It’s great that they’re hand printed in the UK.

I also love that you can buy matching baby vests!

I’m also happy in a vest top from H&M, which has clips on the straps likehandm nursing top.jpg a nursing bra. They are my go-to for bedtime, either with a tshirt over the top or just as they are, depending on the temperature and if we have guests!

Of course, many women get away with just wearing normal tshirts.  It’s all about what makes you comfortable!

What are your favourite nursing tops? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!

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  1. February 26, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    not having had a baby myself I always did wonder how mums feel about the tops they wear while breastfeeding. Sounds like you’ve found some great options after trying out some not so good ones!

  2. March 13, 2015 / 9:28 am

    It can be a bit hit and miss can’t it? I bought a nursing dress for a christening just after small was born and while it looked awesome in the photo it turned out to be very poorly made out of thin t-shirt material – not exactly what I needed to cover the lumps and bumps, and very depressing when I’d spent a small fortune on it! Love the matching baby vest too 🙂 x

  3. March 29, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    H&M used to do long line jersey vests with spaghetti straps that weren’t actually adjustable but it was so easy to pull them down under your bra. I think they cost £2.99. My experience was they were just as good as any “nursing” vest. I love the Bibee dresses but I could never have afforded one unfortunately! x

    #streetstylesunday

    • March 29, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Those Bibee dresses often have sales or discounts on Twitter, I’ve seen, but I didn’t find them until Noah was born. They look really fun maternity dresses.

  4. March 29, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    I have never seen those mama feels good tees but I think they look and sound perfect especially on you guys! Great post and really informative (shame about the Bibee top), thanks for linking #streetstylesunday xxx

    • March 29, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Ah, the Bibee top came good in the end 🙂 Glad I found you, I’ve been needing inspiration lately and there are some really good posts linked up.

  5. July 26, 2015 / 6:13 am

    Nice article

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