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I Don't Have money for nursing clothes. Alternatives?

post #1 of 36
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DH and I are completely broke. I don't have any money to buy nursing clothes (bra, camis, etc). Is there something else I can do instead?
post #2 of 36
I'm not sure, but I am hoping I can at least sometimes get away with cheap, tight spandexy tank under zip-up hoodie. (Because I can afford some nursing clothes, but not much). Thats generally what I wear in the summer anyway and I don't see any reason that I couldn't just unzip the sweater a bit and pop the boob outta the tank. But we'll see, might not be comfortable w/out a supportive enough bra; but I'm only a B cup or so and don't imagine that even "full" I will get too, too much bigger.

ETA: I bet thrift stores and consignment stores are a safe bet, but I get freaked out about thrift store underthings. I have OCD though. Seriously. Most people probably don't care, and that's probably what other people do/will recommend.
post #3 of 36
I did have a nursing bra, but other than, that no special clothes. If you are busty, you might want one bra (maybe a used one? Check on the trading post) if you are smaller, a sports bra or something loose that you can pull up would be fine. I've bought nursing bras at cheap places like Walmart for 10 dollars.
post #4 of 36
I don't think you need nursing clothes per say. I mostly used my regular clothes and just pulled up my shirt to nurse. I second trying to find a nursing bra that is cheap. Maybe try freecycle, the trading post or Walmart and Target have cheap ones.

What about asking for nursing bras or clothes for gifts?

I wish I was more help.
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
Would a Cami with built in support work? I have many because I hate bras! I would much rather have something fancy, but it's just not going to happen unless someone gets them for me. Maybe I can just wear my camis as shirts this summer in the heat...
post #6 of 36
I think it would work. You just need to be able to pull it up or down
post #7 of 36
I agree that if you are used to going braless, you might find no need for one now. You MAY feel uncomfortable if you get larger and you MAY feel sensitive, but maybe not. I don't think it will be an emergency. You could certainly just plan on using the camis and wait and see if you feel like you need something else. After the first few months, my size when back to normal.
post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by LizzyQ View Post
Cami with built in support work?
Hrm, that's exactly what I meant by "cheap tight spandexy tank top"... why do I never come up with the right terms for things?
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by amyleigh33 View Post
Hrm, that's exactly what I meant by "cheap tight spandexy tank top"... why do I never come up with the right terms for things?
LOL- It makes sense now! I too have an issue with used underwears, unless I KNOW who's it was before me (only with bras though, undies are a big n-o-no used!)
post #10 of 36
I read that there is a way to turn tank tops to nursing tops. I don't remember the site though.
post #11 of 36
http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/braconvert.html
This is how I've converted bras- I'm sure it'd work with a tank as well.
Also, I've found that cutting a horizontal slit in the shirt and then sweing a square over it (only stitch at top and bottom, leave sides open) works great as a cheap nursing shirt.
post #12 of 36
For me, personally, I felt nursing clothes were a waste of money and uncomfortable. That is just me.
I was a big fan of the whipping it out method. I just whipped my boob out. It's not for the modest, but I am not modest.
I don't wear bras either, so that helped.
post #13 of 36
Dont need nursing clothes IMO.

Just anything you can pull up or down to nurse.

Nursing clothes look like nursing clothes and there don't seem IMO so be many that are quailty. They just don't last long don't wear well wash well ect.

As for bras anything I pull under my breast works. I have one or 2 nursing bras for the first couple of months when my breast are huge and need a bra that can fluctuate with their size.

I love the tanks with built in bras
post #14 of 36
I've nursed 4 little ones and never owned a single piece of "nursing" apparel, bra or shirt. I wear underwire bras (yes, I know about the extra risk of clogging, but it's worth it to me for comfort - and it's never happened) which I flip up over the boob and regular shirts. About the only concession I make to nursing clothing is that I wear mostly skirts and blouses to church instead of dresses, but I've been known to wear a loose dress I really wanted to and just hike it all the way up or pull down a lower cut top (we have a nice, private mother's lounge).
post #15 of 36
I took a t-shirt I already had and cut two circles out right on my boobs. I wore that a TON. At night all the time, and also under other shirts for tummy coverage but still good access. It didn't create wrinkles like slits do, and wasn't as hot as double layer nursing shirts for some reason.

If you like to wear bras I personally find nursing bras really nice to have. I've bought cheap ones but they wear out fast. The ones that last the longest (I have some that are two years old and are still good as new) are my Blue Canoe Jane's Plus bras. Definitely worth the money, and they wash with regular laundry which was always a PITA for me with other bras.
post #16 of 36
i have 2 nursing bras, that is it. i have no nursing clothes. i will use a nice small blanket when i NIP. at home: dh's t-shirts are excellent.
post #17 of 36
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Originally Posted by emiLy View Post
I took a t-shirt I already had and cut two circles out right on my boobs. I wore that a TON. At night all the time, and also under other shirts for tummy coverage but still good access. It didn't create wrinkles like slits do, and wasn't as hot as double layer nursing shirts for some reason.
DH has been asking me to do this with all my shirts for YEARS.... quite unrelated to breast feeding.
post #18 of 36
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I took a t-shirt I already had and cut two circles out right on my boobs. I wore that a TON. At night all the time, and also under other shirts for tummy coverage but still good access.
what a great idea!!!
post #19 of 36
I got some tanks at the end of the season from old navy for $2 or $3 each and just cute the arm hole wider and layered those under things. certainly not a necessity but it was nice in the winter to not have to expose belly skin.
post #20 of 36
Yeah, I've heard of getting a pack of men's undershirt tanks and cutting slits in the front for boob access, and then wearing them under regular clothing.

I never bought a lot of nursing clothes, but I usually got a dress or two with nursing access since that was something I never could figure out how to do with regular dresses...
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