I've started thinking about breastfeeding clothes now that I'm coming to the end of my pregnancy and as a first time mum-to-be, I'm pretty clueless. I really want to have a few options ready for when I came home with Baby B to get me through those early weeks. I know it's not a given that I will be able to breastfeed but I want to be as prepared as possible in case I can. As soon as I started looking, I quickly realised that maternity and feeding came under one section which confused me as most women are not pregnant when they're breastfeeding. I know that as a new mum I will still have a bump for a while and I will want to feel comfortable but I was disappointed at the lack of stylish feeding options available to new mums.
I started my search by looking for buttoned shirts, tops and blouses that could be lifted easily and I also invested in a few feeding vests in different colours. I thought that when I'm lifting said blouse, top or shirt to breastfeed, the vest can be worn underneath and cover my stomach and modesty. This all felt like guess work as I've never been a mum before and I've certainly never breastfed before so it's a little overwhelming. I also found a few shirt dresses with buttons and zips that will hopefully come in really handy.
I really wanted to find some key pieces that made me feel like me. I know that the early weeks are going to be hard and as much as this might sound quite shallow, I think a few pieces of practical and stylish clothing can really act as a pick me up. I've compiled a list of my favourite finds so far which will hopefully help out any other first time mums out there who are stuggling to find breastfeeding clothes that aren't frumpy and quite frankly boring!
This is a pack of two and they do them in a variation of colours. These are the best quality feeding vests I have found and they do good neutral colours which can go underneath dresses and shirts. I'm sure a normal vest would work too but until I gain confidence I wanted to make things as easy as possible.
TIE STRAP POCKET DRESS
This is a great little summer dress from Warehouse which can be worn on it's own or with a t.shirt underneath. It has handy buttons which means it can be easily buttoned down for a bit of breastfeeding action. I love the pocket and cute tie straps detailing!
This floral zip up blazer from Zara would look lovely over a black feeding vest and has easy access for breastfeeding. It's light which is perfect for the warmer months too. I love the detailing and it's a top that could be dressed up or dressed down.
GEORGIE DENIM SHIRT
I love a good strong denim shirt. I like the length and style of this denim shirt from Oasis and think it would be so handy to throw on over a feeding vest for those early weeks.
FLORAL EMBROIDERED SHIRT DRESS
New Look/ £29.99
This is a great stylish shirt dress which can be teamed with flats or heels. It's buttoned all the way down which means it should be fairly fuss free when it comes to a spot of breastfeeding.
OVERSIZED WRAP BLOUSE
This is a great simple shirt from ASOS which can be dressed up or down. It has great access for breastfeeding and because it is oversized, it won't be too clingy for those early weeks.
FLORAL EMBROIDERED SHIRT
This is the perfect shirt to wear in the summer over a feeding vest and I love the floral detailing on the back. It can be worn buttoned up or loose which gives it great versatility. It's a Topshop shirt and a good staple piece for your breastfeeding wardrobe.
MAGNOLIA BUTTON THROUGH DRESS
This is more of a dressed up option from Warehouse but it could also be worn casually with a pair of sandals. It's a lovely feminine, floaty option which is stylish and practical.
UTILITY SHIRT DRESS
This is a fab button down shirt dress which can be dressed up or down easily. It can be teamed with a pair of pumps for the day time or heels for the evening. It's light and has a flattering drawstring waist.
OVERSIZED FLORAL SHIRT
I love this floral oversized shirt from Zara and with a white feeding vest underneath it makes a stylish breastfeeding friendly top.
I love dungarees and have quite a few pairs. I have lived in them during my pregnancy because they are so damn comfy! I think they will be really handy and practical when it comes to breastfeeding too. This is a pair from ASOS which they do in different coloured denims.
I'm trying not to buy too many bits before Baby B arrives just incase some of the items I think will be breastfeeding friendly turn out not to be. I'm buying a few bits to get me started but I definitely feel a bit more encouraged about my options now that I've had a good search.
**This is not a sponsored post. All the items mentioned in this post are items I sourced and would buy myself.
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