Wardrobe Essentials For The Breastfeeding Mum

Thanks for hopping over from Positive About Breastfeeding and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 3 Dress to Impress sponsors today include Milk and Mummy with a £50 voucher, Lorna Drew Maternity who are offering a beautiful set of nursing lingerie and Mummy Makes Milk who is offering a signed copy of her beautiful book for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Any breastfeeding mum will know how much easier it is to feed your baby when you’re wearing the right clothes and if there’s one snippet of information I always pass on to mums to be (when asked! I’m not one of ‘those’ tell ’em how its done mums, I assure you) is that you’ll feel much more confident feeding infant of other people when you’re wearing clothes which are easily accessable, don’t show too much flesh and aren’t too tight around the bust.

Dresses and shirts tend to be banished to the back of your wardrobe due to the risk of flashing your underwear or being too fiddly while your starving baby draws full attraction to all around, you need something quick to lift up or down and, in my own personal opinion, discrete. That’s not to say I think us breastfeeding mums need to hide what we’re doing, far ‘from it, but to avoid making any male relatives uncomfortable and lets face it, 99% it will, it’s always an idea to avoid sitting naked from the waist down if possible.

The baby and mum market is a world away from my early breastfeeding days and I hasten to add that if I’d had some of the kit I have this time around, I’d have probably fed my baby a lot longer so for anyone wondering what constitutes wardrobe essentials for a breastfeeding mum here’s my guide;


Breastfeeding mum essentials


BreastVest is a vest which you can wear to make any out fit breastfeeding friendly, it sits under the bust line and hides your tummy when opting for a ‘lift up’

Nursing bras are an obvious choice I know! I find the Bravado range amazingly comfortable and as there’s so much stretch you won’t need to keep buying new ones as your size changes.

A loose cardi or kimono is fab for smuggling your baby in and wrapping around. (The one in the photo is from H & M)

A summer top which can be worn with a few different colour trousers or shorts. This one is from the Milker range and looks fab with leggings, jeggins, skinnies and crops.

A summer dress which can be dressed up or down like the Suzie from Milk & Mummy

Easy access pyjamas or nightie, it goes without saying that you need something you can wear at night which will make sleepy feeds quicker. The ones above are from Vemrtbaudte and can be worn as maternity pj’s too.

I’ve got a couple of dresses, tops and a breast vest in black and white which seem to be enough to keep me going. One thing however you must NEVER, EVER have in your kit is a blanket! Honestly, who wants to be stuck in the dark, getting hot and sweaty, while having your lunch.

I seriously would suggest if anyone asks you to cover up, you give them the blanket to stick on their head and see how they like it.

You can find some more ideas on Dressing to Impress over on Fit For Parenting along with another chance to gain some extra entry points to our grand prize giveaway.


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Ali Chapman

Ali is a business owning, blogging mum of 3 boys, all tucked quietly away in East Devon. You can also find her at family blogs, Mum in a Nutshell and contributing to The Mumington Post.

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  1. July 20, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    SOme really lovely bits here – the breastvest is awesome , such a genius idea, and I love that dress! So pretty! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

  2. July 27, 2015 / 8:21 am

    The outfit one wears really contributes to one’s comfort whilst breastfeeding out and about. Good job there are many breastfeeding ready made outfits today, hey. Breastvests are definitely fab to use with existing tops, aren’t they. 🙂 #MaternityMondays

  3. gemma clark
    August 3, 2015 / 8:48 am

    At the moment my go to outfit is a maternity dress I bought for my godson’s christening! I am sure in a few weeks time I will mostly be in my pjs 😉 xx

  4. Zoe
    August 3, 2015 / 9:23 am

    H&m is fab for all the layering basics!! I’ve never bought anything nursing specific other than a nursing bra! X

  5. August 3, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Breastvest what a great idea, I love the kimino too, very nice.
    I think the key for me in terms of a breastfeeding outfit was a really good nursing bra!

    • Ali Chapman
      September 2, 2015 / 1:58 pm

      It’s a must Jenni!

  6. Rosie
    August 4, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    I dress to be comfortable, not to impress. My “wardrobe essentials” consist of any top which can be pulled down to feed in. Breastfeeding in this culture is in a sad state if one has to own a Breastvest to nurse one’s child longer…

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