Here’s a fun little fact for ya… did you know that I have been nursing for pretty much 5 years straight?! I’m basically a dairy cow at this point, ha! But all joking aside, nursing has been hands-down my favorite part about motherhood. The bond that is created while feeding your child (whether it’s breast or bottle) is like no other feeling in the world. I feel so fortunate that I have been able to breastfeed each of my girls. Not that it hasn’t come with some hardships. There have been times with each of the girls where I wanted to give up. But I knew that I would deeply regret it if I quit, so I worked through and dealt with the latching issues, sore/bleeding nipples and lots of mastitis. Nursing the girls has been a journey that has challenged me, yet bettered me as a mother, and I’m so thankful that I have had the support to work through all the challenges.
On a much lighter note, I wanted to talk about nursing-friendly fashion. Something that I deal with daily. Dressing to nurse/pump can be tricky so I wanted to share some of my personal favorites that make life a little easier!
At the beginning of each of my pregnancies, I’m always anxious for the “bloated” stage to end and to start dressing a REAL bump! And then about 7 months into my pregnancy I’m pretty much over it and CANNOT wait to squeeze back into my normal clothes again. However, I always seem to forget that about 4 days after having my baby, I wake up looking like Dolly Parton, and once again, I need a whole new wardrobe. Nursing moms, you know the feeling. You might as well not even wear a shirt because you’re constantly lifting it up, pulling it down – or if you’re a dairy cow like I am, you’re changing your shirt constantly because even nursing pads can’t control that stuff!
You really only need maternity clothes for 3-4 months, but most moms nurse for at least a year, so your nursing wardrobe needs to accommodate all the lifting, pulling and of course, the pumping, (ughhh the pumping)! Fortunately, you don’t have to live in a robe (which is my favorite nursing outfit), there are a bunch of cute options out there. I have picked out a few of my favorite looks that are totally nursing-friendly!
All of the options below are either off-the-shoulder, button-up or wrap, which all provide easy access to nurse. Another great option is to wear a scarf, which is a built-in nursing cover!
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