Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nursing clothes I could get used to

When I had my first child, I received some lovely nursing tops from my sister, but unfortunately, I found them to be too cumbersome to use.  The American style of nursing wear, limited as it is, just has too much fabric to deal with to get your little one nursing.

And, I've never been able to get used to nursing covers, as popular as they are.  That was just another layer of bulk that I just couldn't navigate while trying to be discreet and calm a fussy babe at the same time.

So, for Baby 1 and Baby 2, I used the tank top and regular shirt method.

But, by the time, I weaned Baby 2, I was tired of always wearing a heavy tank under my clothes and missed proper undergarments.  

About that time, I saw a Mama at Mass with a lovely dress on.... and then later on, I saw her nursing one of her twins.  Nursing?!  In a dress!?  That's not pulled down and exposing everything?  

It's pretty simple: the dress has a second layer over the top of the dress, reaching just below the bust, and there are discreet slits under to access your nursing bra. So, simply-put, the dress has a built-in nursing cover... but the dress is not frumpy or tacky.

So, I asked her where she got it, and saw they had plenty of selection. Here's the dress I recently purchased from ASOS.

And, yes, it can be a maternity dress too!  It's super soft and comfortable and truly modest.    I can't wait to start nursing!!

So, to search for such dresses and tops isn't easy at all. They're not very affordable (or available, really) in the American market, so you need to search European and South American websites... using all that Spanish that you may remember from grade school.  Here are some other websites with lovely, affordable nursing wear that I found.  Some don't yet ship to USA, but hopefully soon!

Luz Natal
Coco Maternity

And, here is just one site with DIY suggestions for you if you sew.  There are lots of hacks, especially on Pintrest.

Do you know of other nursing sewing patterns, hacks or stores?  Let me know and share with other readers in the comments below.