you know, I neve rhad nursing clothes with first baby, and I thought this time I'll splurge! Well I can nurse more discreetly in normal clothes than nursing clothes! They're akward (spell?) and kinda ugly, lol. Just go for long, roomy shirts.
I just found some great summer cotton dresses at New York and Company. They hae a criss cross front and are awesome to nurse in, show off sexy mama cleavage and are otherwise fairly conservative, very comfortable, yet sexy.
I bought one, and would have bought several more if I could have afforded them. A definite winner.
So what kind of "normal" clothes do you wear and how to you manage to nurse discreetely in them? I'm a new nurser- DS is 3 weeks old and I've only had 2 occasions where I've had to BF outside home and both were in private.
None of my current clothes fit my new bra size (36 I) so I need to go buy some tops anyway. I'd rather not spend a fortune, but I will to get some comfortable clothing that works for us.
One of my pet peeves is there are so few nursing shirts out there. When you ask about nursing clothes all too often you get shown nightgowns and that's it! I have bought nursing clothes at Motherhood. Often consignment/resale shops that sell kids clothes have a nursing section. Try before you buy if at all possible. I've found that different styles work better with how I'm built than others. I don't care for the ones with side slits as much as the ones with a panel that you lift. I also tried one once that just had one opening in the center of the shirt. Hello--I'm afraid I don't have a breast in the center of my chest! My favorite nursing shirts are made of thin, flimsy synthetic material. It's not that I am a huge fan of synthetic materials in general, but they drape nicely and don't look so bulky, allow for discrete nursing because you can keep that thin fabric draped close to the nipple, they're stretchy which helps make them easy to use, and they dry fast if they get wet. Some of my shirts of this style are from Motherhood (though I just looked on their web site and didn't see anything like I have--the wrap style shirts look like something I would try, but I have no personal experience with them http://www.motherhoodnursing.com/openings.asp). I also have some nursing/maternity shirts from precious image creations www.preciousimagecreations.com. They are expensive though. And their quality control isn't great. I had to send 2 shirts back for replacements because the seams started unraveling after handwashing them once (which they did and reimbursed my shipping--the replacements have held up fine). I splurged because I bf in some situations where pulling up a shirt to nurse over my big pregnant belly would be uncomfortable.
A girlfriend of mine has a nursing shirt that is really more of an undergarment--glamour mom tanks www.glamourmom.com. She LOVES it. If you wore this under your regular shirt (maybe an open short sleeve button-up shirt for summer) you could nurse w/o exposing your belly.
I usually wear my regular clothes. Button up shirts are great: you just unbutton the bottom buttons, the baby covers your tummy and it seems to be pretty discreet. Nursing in a sling provides a lot of coverage, too, if you're wearing a regular knit type shirt. Those glamourmom tops seem like a great idea- but $42? yikes... they sell something similar at Motherhood for $16... think I might check them out this time around.
i HAVE NOTICED THAT at motherhood, there is a new style..having a tank top underneath a shirt and just moving it to the side to nurse...this is more attractive than those other nursing clothes and helps me
while i don't mind if any one sees me nursing...i do mind them seeing my postpartum belly, lol
I have somenursing tanks that I just wear under a regular shirt. It is a lot easier than fussing with the layers in a nursing top and a lot cheaper than buying a bunch of nursing tops. Plus it has a shelf bra in it.
I never did like any of the nursing tops I bought. It was too much trouble fumbling around with the flaps and things, and it made it very obvious that I was about to pull my boob out and nurse my baby. It's easier for me to wear stretchy t-shirts and pull them up instead. Baby covers any flesh that might otherwise be exposed and most people just think she's sleeping.
Most of the time I just wear regular shirts. I have two glamour mom tanks and wish I had one for every day of the week! I just bought, not inexpensive though, a majamas dress that fits like a dream! If you have any dress up occasions and can splurge it's wonderful!
A mama here gave me this idea: buy a 3 pack of haines type tank tops from someplace like Kmart. Cut vertical slits where your bb's are. Wear them under your regular shirts and then the tank stays down, covers all your tummy and lower back, and the other shirt just pulls up. You can still work around a nursing bra this way too. It doesn't get much cheaper than that!
I have a few nursing tops like from motherwear or motherhood or one of those places that are similar in construction to what I just suggested above and they are nice. I'm actually wearing one right now. Patterns are kinda ugly, but they work. I got them on the TP here.
I have a few nursing dresses I bought from Motherwear (actually, one I bought off eBay but it's also a Motherwear dress.) I personally see no point in nursing shirts- any loose-fitting shirt easily lifts up for nursing. Button down shirts are especialy convenient because they can either be lifted up, or you can open a few buttons in the middle for nursing (great when nursing in a sling.)