For most of us, breastfeeding our first child is overwhelming. There is so much information from friends and professionals on it, it’s hard to know who to listen to. It’s also something that feels like it should come naturally but isn’t always as easy as it seems.
We don’t want to add our two cents worth here to how you should be doing it. But rather let you know that you’re not alone should you be feeling pain from sore nipples, mastitis or simply feeling exposed when your baby is wanting a feed while you’re out and about. There can certainly be some prying eyes about and there are some who don’t understand that babies do not operate like clockwork and deem it inappropriate when women need to feed anytime, anywhere.
The amazing contrast between breastfeeding my first baby to my second was not simply down to being a mum the second time around and knowing what to do. I invested in nursing tops that allowed for easy, one-handed access. I felt a huge wave of relief at how much more enjoyable breastfeeding was when I wasn’t concerned with overly exposing myself. Then, I could actually concentrate on admiring my gorgeous baby and breastfed him more than twice as long as my first.
So, let’s get down to what you are really looking for when buying nursing wear:
- Easy, unfettered access to both sides of your breasts
- Nursing tops that can be opened with one hand if possible, otherwise press studs will also allow for uncomplicated access.
- If you are quite self-conscious when breastfeeding in public, try and purchase tops like this one which has a modesty layer underneath to help keep part of your chest covered.
- Nursing tops which are affordable so that you can purchase a whole week’s worth and not have to worry about when you’re able to get around to doing the laundry.
- Think about the season – nursing singlets are ideal for summer while our nursing sweaters are the perfect complement to our long-sleeved nursing T-shirts to keep you warm when breastfeeding in winter.
- If you are on a budget, purchase items which will work for both maternity and post-pregnancy nursing wear. We have plenty of great options for this – we ensure not to add ruching for items which mums will want to use as nursing tops. Last thing you want is for people to ask if you’re pregnant! Which by the way happened to me anyway as it took me ages to lose my belly after number 2.
- Pick out at least a few tops in neutrals so that they’ll be easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe.
- Lastly but of equal importance is picking tops that are stylish so that even after a few hours sleep, you’ll instantly feel better when you’re wearing clothes that make you feel and look good.
Our best-selling items are our charcoal nursing singlet and white nursing singlet – they’re fantastic value (sold at a significant discount to other brands), made from high-quality fabric and are easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe. We also have an excellent selection of breastfeeding dresses for casual and special occassions.