Having a baby requires you to change many aspects of your life including what you eat and what you wear. When you deliver your baby and start breastfeeding, not only do you watch what you eat, but you also change what you wear.
This is especially important when you are a busy mom who is out and about running errands or working on a daily basis and want to make nursing an easy task. The less fuss, the better — especially when you’re having to hold a hungry baby with one hand and adjust your bra and shirt with the other.
In this article, we are going to talk about what you should and shouldn’t wear when you are breastfeeding.
Nursing Shirts and Blouses
These come in so many in so many different styles and colours. When picking out nursing tops, go for those that have sides that pullover, button-down, or pull up.
Tops with draped necklines can easily be pulled to one side when you’re ready to nurse. On the other hand, those with flowy styles make it easy and decent to breastfeed in public.
There are also styles that don’t look like nursing tops at all. You might even continue to wear some of your nursing tops long after you wean your baby.
Nursing bras are a must have wear for breastfeeding mums because they offer convenience and comfort.
These bras usually have flaps or panels that move over or pull down so you can breastfeed without having to take off your bra.
Additionally, choose nursing bras that are made from natural, breathable, absorbent fabrics with soft cups. It’s easy for nursing bras to become wet, even with nursing pads, and absorbent fabrics will leave you feeling much more comfortable.
Whether it’s a nursing tank and yoga pants, or a nursing nightgown, sleep in something comfortable that allows easy access to your breasts for those nighttime feedings.
If you only make one purchase designed specifically for breastfeeding, this might be a good choice. Good nursing sleepwear will allow you to nurse your baby as easily as possible and get some more shut-eye before the next feeding.
Life doesn’t stop after you get pregnant and have a baby. Sometimes you go back to work while at the same time breastfeeding.
For formal wear, always try to incorporate patterns, prints, and darker colours in your tops and dresses. These will help hide any unexpected leaks from your breasts much better than solids or light colors.
You may also want to wear breast pads inside of your nursing bra to help soak up any breast milk from leaky breasts and prevent stains from reaching your clothing.
What not to wear when breastfeeding:
Try to stay away from tight-fitting bras, tops, and blouses. Pressure from tight clothing on your breasts can be uncomfortable and could lead to sore nipples, plugged milk ducts or mastitis.
Also, jumpsuits or rompers, dresses without front buttons and excessive layers are a no-no because they make it hard for you to breastfeed if you are out in public.
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