Whether you’re about to start breastfeeding, or you’re already nursing and you’re wondering if you can make things any easier, choosing what to wear when breastfeeding can make all the difference.
Should I Wear a Nursing Bra?
Nursing bras can make feeding your baby a lot more comfortable, and a lot more straightforward. There are numerous different sizes and designs of nursing bras to choose from. Some women start wearing them early during their pregnancy. But if you’re already breastfeeding, then it’s not too late to buy your first nursing bras.
Read our full guide to buying, measuring, and using nursing bras.
Clothes for Breastfeeding Easy-Access
Along with comfort and support, finding clothing that allows for quick and easy access should be your main priority when choosing what to wear when breastfeeding. Look for loose-fitting clothing that will allow you to feed your baby without much hassle, while also allowing you to stay as covered as possible.
This might include:
- Tank tops and V-necks – With wide arm openings and lower neckline, so you can simply push it aside or lower it down to feed your baby while remaining covered.
- Button down shirts – You can leave the lower buttons done up while just undoing the top and middle buttons, so that you can feed your baby without getting too exposed. A blouse with a wide neck opening and a tie closure will also work a treat.
- Wrap dress – Look for dresses that feature one layer of fabric draped across another. These can give your baby quick and easy access to your breast, while allowing you to stay comfortable and stylish.
- Crossover tops – These offer all the benefits of a wrap dress, a t-shirt, or a V-neck. But while being comfortable and practical enough for everyday use, they can also look a lot more stylish than a lot of other nursing clothing.
- Jumpsuits – They’re practical, comfortable, and increasingly chic. Plus, many styles feature simple button down fronts and low necks, which will make feeding easier.
- Dungarees – Wear a tank top or low-cut t-shirt under a pair of dungarees. Then, when you need to feed, you can simply unbutton one side of your dungarees and pull down or push aside your top as necessary.
- Scarves – Combining a scarf with your outfit can give you a bit more coverage if you’re feeding in public and feeling shy.
Tips for What To Wear When Breastfeeding
- Light materials – Above all, it’s important that you stay comfortable. Your clothing will have to offer support, but it should also provide ease-of movement and access for your baby. Support yourself with a good nursing bra, and layer up with light materials on top to get the best of both worlds.
- Light colours – Leaks are common when breastfeeding. Marks and stains are less likely to show up on lighter colours than on darker colours. You could also use a scarf or a cardigan to cover any leaks you might get when feeding in public.
- Carry a change of clothes – Pack a change of top, or a spare layer, in your changing bag. This could help you stay clean and comfortable when you’re out and about, especially if you experience any leaks.
Reusable Breast Pads
Whatever you wear when breastfeeding, our reusable breast pads can help you stay clean and comfortable.
They’re designed to catch breast leaks during the first few weeks of breastfeeding, and beyond. They’re soft, gentle, and highly-absorbent. And because we make them bigger than the average breast pad, there’s less chance that they’ll move around while you’re wearing them. This means you’ll be able to stay clean, dry, comfortable, and confident throughout the day.