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post #21 of 36
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Originally Posted by PapayaMom View Post
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.
I've done the cut a hole for the boob thing, but it looks funny IMO. I think the cutting of the arm hole to be wider may be the solution. Thanks. I'll probably be doing this. Although, it's so hot in FL that even the double layer of fabric in "real" nursing shirts is too much. I'm going to use camis with built in bras (nursing and otherwise) mostly, but I will try that for the fall and winter.
post #22 of 36
I didn't have any nursing shirts last time and did fine, no problems. I did have a nursing bra though. I had to wear a bra since I leaked so very much and needed it to keep my breast pads in. Well, I did use those Lilypadz sometimes, but they didn't always work. I just wore tops that didn't tuck in and just lifted and fed. I didn't even have to "whip it all out" in public lol, still discreet.
post #23 of 36
You can wear regular clothing.

Button shirts - unbutton them from the bottom, not the top. Baby covers your belly, and the top of the shirt covers the top of your boob. Many people don't even notice you're nursing in public!

T-shirts - lift from the bottom, keep the shirt close to the baby's cheek and again, baby will cover most of your belly.

If you don't want to expose your belly, wear a tank underneath that's loose enough on top you can pull it down. Then you can lift your shirt from the bottom, pull the tank down, and you've got top and bottom coverage. Or, if you sew at all, make yourself some bella bands to wear under shirts.

If you have a sling, nursing in a sling is super-discreet.

For nursing bras, you don't necessarily have to wear them, especially if you're small breasted. But you may want to wear something to hold nursing pads on, if you find you tend to leak. You can just wear a regular bra and just move it to the side or hike it up when you nurse. Just be careful not to have any elastic or underwire up against your breast anywhere while you're nursing, in case you cause a plugged duct.

The older your baby gets and the more experienced you get at nursing, the easier it will be to nurse discreetly wearing normal everyday clothing. I always recommend moms nurse in front of a mirror or a trusted friend or dh to see what it looks like to others - it makes one less self-concious about NIP. Also, instead of looking down at baby in public, look up and around - it makes it less obvious what you're doing and draws less attention. Finally, a big blanket over the shoulder is not only hot, but is likea neon sign advertising you're nursing - it draws more attention.

Hope some of that helps.

Amy
Mom to Jody (7) Jaden (4) and Sawyer (due in May)
post #24 of 36
i feel like nursing clothes are doooooooooorky. some friends gave me some last time that i wouldn't be caught dead in i had 2 nursing bras and several little tank bras from target (like $7 each). and i was just STOKED when i finally shrank down enough to get into some of my regular clothes. not that i am a fashion maven but the nursing clothes i've seen are so frumpy. just not me. and totally unnecessary
post #25 of 36
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i feel like nursing clothes are doooooooooorky. some friends gave me some last time that i wouldn't be caught dead in i had 2 nursing bras and several little tank bras from target (like $7 each). and i was just STOKED when i finally shrank down enough to get into some of my regular clothes. not that i am a fashion maven but the nursing clothes i've seen are so frumpy. just not me. and totally unnecessary
YEAP i share that sentiment the motherwear stuff esp just seems so overpriced and then so.....well....basic too. Even Motherhood can barely manage to make cute nursing clothes--it's like they think breastfeeding is the antithesis of "hip mama"

IMO nursing shirts are great for the WINTER--when you don't want your belly getting a draft and of course that can easily be solved by a bellyband-type thing under any regular shirt.

Nursng dresses, however, are essential IF you like to wear dresses I mean, in a spaghetti strap dress I suppose you can pull it down, but then you're basically starkers from chin to boob, and that might not be within your comfort zone I have *a* nursing dress from last time that I paid like 60 bucks for on sale : and that's it. Just nice to have if the thought of one more day of jeans is gonna make you hurl of course, i don't wear shorts either....so that might also be considered...hmm..

as for nursing bras, yeah, IMO you can't get away without a least a couple. I woult NOT recommend the k-mart specials tho they are un-comfy and, well, if you care about cuteness of your underthings, those are NOT the way to go! I had my super-crazy-cool tie dyed bravado from last time, and I managed to win two more bravados in my size off eBay. I think I paid $28 plus shipping, so i guess that's half the retail price...?

So. IMO 3 nursing bras, one dress just cause i think it's cool to have, and some way of not exposing your tummy in the colder months--
post #26 of 36
Target has some nursing bras that are actually kinda pretty.

Most I have seen are so plain.
post #27 of 36
;yeah that: to all of the above. No need for "nursing tops". I'm a sports bra and cami/shelf tank kinds of a girl, too - wear it under whatever you're wearing, then pull the shirt up and the cami down, and viola!

I had 3 nursing shirts, and gave them away.
post #28 of 36
The only item of nurseing clotheing i have ever used has been a nurseing bra but thats not really needed all you really need is tops that either easy to lift up or pull down and a bra that gives easy access to your breasts i don't even use my nurseing bras anymore i just wear a cheap non underwired bra cos i find wires a bit uncomfortable.
post #29 of 36
I found that Target nursing tanks were like a thong for your breasts. It was like they took a thong and somehow turned it into a nursing tank. Now, this was 2 years ago, perhaps things have changed...
And thank you for saying nursing clothes are unattractive. Most to me scream house frau or farm wife (no offense if you are that- my DP is a farmer, but we're the hip kind.)
post #30 of 36
When I had my first baby we had no internet and lived in a nonretail type of area.The few nursing tops I saw were way hideous,screamed "shes lactating!", and totally not my style I still think they look pretty horrid and don't cover a real post partum women's tummy.I did find some bras at JC Penny's and Motherhood but most of the time I wear a regular demi style and pop out of it.I do underwire too cuz at a size DDD/F I feel a need for a flying buttress.LOL I wear regular Tshirts and if its winter use a cardigan to cover any back/tummy fat.In the summer I wear tshirts and tank tops and sometimes a button down short sleeved or sleevless blouse over it.I've even worn pretty summer dresses.I just lift out of them and usually I have a recieing blanket that covers anything if I'm feeling bashful.
post #31 of 36
Target did just totally change their nursing bras and tanks selection. I'm liking it. They are on hangers now too instead of in those horrid little boxes.
post #32 of 36
I have nursed for 3 years and never owned any nursing clothes at all! I think most of them are ugly and tacky (or at least what I have seen) and was always just as happy to wear what I liked and nurse in that. With the exception of most dresses, everything is nursing clothes IMO!
post #33 of 36
I've been nursing DS for almost 4 years and never wore anything special. I just plop the breast over the top of my regular bra, pull the shirt up or down, whichever works best with that shirt. No need to buy anything new.

If you feel the need for specific nursing clothes, I'd check garage sales and consignment stores.
post #34 of 36
I have a few bravado bras... other than that, I tend to wear lots of shawls and veils, and if I feel I want coverage, I'll just wrap us both up.

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post #35 of 36
I agree with the consensus that nursing clothes are a waste of money in most cases.

For me and my F/G nursing boobs a nursing bra is essential. It depends on your comfort and size for bras.
post #36 of 36
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Originally Posted by LizzyQ View Post
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...
That's what I wore a lot when I was nursing my little guy. Actually, I live in those regularly anyway!

I never had even a single nursing shirt, just had some nursing bras. I know you said you're broke, but if you can scrape some $ together, both Walmart and Target have a few bras, and I've got a few of them (I think the Walmart ones were like $7 each, and the Target ones more like $11) (tho I suggest you go into a store vs. looking online, the selection and prices seem to be better in-store). I've been using them during this pregnancy, and plan to after Max is born. While I'd love to be able to afford Bravados or something, these work just fine for me so I can't justify paying for something so much more expensive. (Also, I know many people have issues with Walmart and/or Target, but in my experience, when you're broke, you're broke!!!)
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