Breastfeeding. It can be such a wonderful experience, but it can also be challenging and stressful. I don’t know many mums who have found breastfeeding effortless. I have breastfed all my babies, but it didn’t come naturally or easily to me. Each time I’ve had attachment issues, cracked nipples and it’s taken me a while to get going. It’s no breeze. Right now I am having troubles again, but that’s for another post.
I once heard that one of the reasons women stop breastfeeding is because they feel self-conscious about feeding in public. But these days there are so many stylish and discreet breastfeeding tops and dresses that feeding in public should be easier than it’s ever been. Breastfeeding doesn’t mean giving up on wearing pretty clothes. I look for two key features – access (so I don’t have to flash my white boobs) and comfort (it has to fit well and feel good on). I also like to keep my tummy and chest covered, particularly in the cooler months!
I was delighted to discover Milk and Love shortly after Miss I’s birth. Sourced from Australian and international brands, their clothes are flattering, functional and fabulous! Their entire range is hand picked to make sure it is stylish AND made ethically. Milk & Love only work with suppliers that have strong environmental and socially responsible operating polices. In an age of fast fashion and poor working conditions, this is a huge tick! If you want to know the many compelling reasons to shop ethically and buy organic, milk and love has a great read here.
What I love about most about wearing Milk and Love’s breastfeeding clothes is that I get both style and discretion. The items featured in this post are easy to nurse in, yet still feature a discrete layer so you don’t feel exposed while you’re breastfeeding. Here are my top three favourite items:
3 breastfeeding friendly clothes
1. Breastfeeding top
I love the easy and discrete breastfeeding access in this top. It’s called the Goddess Drape and it is one of their best sellers. This gorgeous top features a draped front panel, which works as a nursing cover. Instead of pulling up my top, I can part the drape and feed without exposing my tummy. You can see in this pic that I still have quite a tummy. This was taken when Miss 1 was just a week old. This design is flattering for postpartum curves, and it is made with natural fibres (bamboo).
2. Maternity and Breastfeeding summer dress
I love this dress. I really LOVE this dress. It is the perfect maternity dress that can also be worn while you’re breastfeeding. Made with 95% bamboo, and 5% spandex for easy washcare, this dress is lightweight and beautiful to wear. I love the cleverly disguised side seam breastfeeding access, with a draped panel your can pull aside to access the opening underneath. This style is very versatile and can be dressed up or dressed down.
3. Breastfeeding winter dress
I am going to love wearing this beautiful Crew-Neck long sleeve breastfeeding dress this Winter. It’s incredibly comfortable and makes nursing in public places easy because it’s simple and quick to just lift up the top layer. This makes it perfect for daily breastfeeding, particularly if you are having any problems with attachment at the breast. It has an inner cami lining from the empire line up to the neckline to make discrete breastfeeding easy. This dress can easily be dressed up with heels, or down with boots. And it can be worn on its own or with comfy leggings. I think this one is going to feature as my most worn outfit in my mummy uniform!
Do you have any favourite breastfeeding friendly clothes? What did you look for most in choosing suitable clothing?
Disclosure: Milk & Love kindly sent me these items to review.