Did you know that nursing requires a special wardrobe? Well it does, unless you don’t mind showing off your post-baby pooch every time you have to feed your kid. Personally, I mind that part more than the occasional nip-slip. (hunh. I don’t wanna know what that says about me.) So, in order to keep things-you-wish-weren’t-there under close surveillance, you have to get creative. Button-up tops become your golden go-to’s. Scarves become strategic hooter-hiders. Nursing camis become workhorse peices: they can make any top more nursing-friendly, and take the place of a nursing bra, and can also be worn solo under a cardigan. If you’re lucky enough to find a truly cute nursing top, as in, a top made especially for nursing moms, that doesn’t LOOK like a nursing top, then you’ve really scored.
Over the three months since my little one was born I have assembled a serviceable nursing wardrobe: a few nice nursing tops, a couple of neutral button-downs, and an arsenal of nursing camis and bras. But I love wearing dresses, and have missed them. Do you know how hard it is to find a nursing-friendly dress that doesn’t look like a frump-fest? Difficult, my friends.
However, in the last couple of weeks I managed to find TWO. And, drum roll please, here they are:
I’ve been loving Athleta for swimsuits and workout clothes for years, and was excited to find that they’ve opened their San Francisco store just a few blocks from my house. When I poked my head in, my eye immediately landed on this dress, due to its wrap styling and stretchy fabric which make for excellent nursing access. A bit of rouching on the side helps camouflage the post-baby poochiness. So far I’ve styled it with richly-colored cardigans and tall boots, but once the weather is warmer it will be cute with sandals as well. It comes in a variety of colors, although I came home with this neutral print. Super comfy, easy-to-wear, put it on and you’re done.
The Anna Dressy Denim Dress from J Crew
This one I scored on sale! It unsnaps halfway down the front for just the right amount of boob-access. What I especially like about it is its versatility: it is, at least for San Francisco climate, multi-seasonal, so I can wear it now with tights and a cardigan or jacket, and later in the year with bare legs; and it can be dressed up or down. A perfect transition piece. Incidentally, it’s also good at hiding my friend The Pooch because of the slight gather in the front. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link for this one online, so I guess I’ll be the only one who gets to have it…
I’m so Frilled about these finds. I feel like a real girl again.