Having a new baby comes with lots of challenges. One of the things many new mums underestimate is how your wardrobe needs to change.
Getting pregnant, carrying your baby and transitioning into early parenthood is a journey. You can expect your body to change continuously, and that means you’ll need to update your wardrobe as you go. The right clothes can make all the difference to how you look and feel, and they can definitely change how easy it is to look after your baby!
Breastfeeding dresses are a staple of every new mum’s wardrobe. And the good news is you don’t need to start from scratch – some of the dresses you own are already perfect for your nursing journey! In this article we’ll take a look at how to make a dress breastfeeding friendly so that you’re ready for the arrival of your baby.
Choose Your Necklines Carefully
The best way to make a dress breastfeeding friendly is to pay attention when you’re browsing through the racks.
That’s right, all you really need to do is choose clothing that gives you easy access come feeding times. Halter and deep V-necks are a classic choice, and wrap dresses make it even easier to keep bub happy.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine you could even modify the straps on a dress you own! Simply cut the strap at the shoulder (or unpick the existing seam) and replace it with some fabric press studs. These can be unsapped at feeding time, giving you easy access so you don’t need to pull or stretch the fabric.
Get Those Layers Going!
One of the easiest clothing hacks for breastfeeding your baby is to use layers! Layering a singlet underneath your top makes it simple to stay covered when nursing.
When feeding time rolls around, all you have to do is lift your top up and pull the singlet down. That allows your baby to feed without exposing your breasts or tummy in public.
Add a (Lightweight) Scarf
So, you’ve got a great top or dress with a neckline that provides easy access for feeding time. But what do you do if you want a little more privacy? Add some accessories!
Scarves look good and they’re an easy way to keep things covered up. We know that Australia doesn’t have much in the way of scarf weather. But lightweight fabrics like chiffon can be worn at any time of the year, and they provide plenty of coverage for feeding times.
Plus, a scarf can do double duty for hiding little mishaps, like leaking breast milk or small stains on your shirt!
Keep a Feeding Towel or Lightweight Cloth Handy
It’s an old but simple trick – if you need to feed your baby in public but want a little bit of privacy, a feeding towel or lightweight muslin cloth can help you keep things covered.
Simply tuck one edge of the cloth into your bra or dress strap and use it for additional privacy while bub nurses. This is a great trick if your outfit isn’t ideal for breastfeeding, but you can also combine it with our other tips for times when you want to keep things covered.
Stock Up On Breastfeeding Dresses
Sometimes you just have to admit that your favourite dress isn’t really up to the challenge. If that’s the case then it might be time to look into breastfeeding dresses.
Breastfeeding dresses are exactly what they sound like – they’re dresses that make it easy to look good and keep bub fed! Nursing dresses come in a few different styles. Some have wrap necklines, others use neat layering tricks, and some have hidden zips that make nursing access a breeze.
The best part about breastfeeding dresses is that they’re designed for your changing body. After your baby arrives you can expect things to change, and your maternity wear might not fit the way you want. But the right outfit can make all the difference to how you feel, and a breastfeeding dress makes it easy to look and feel good, even when you’re nursing every hour on the hour.
Get Your Wardrobe Newborn-Ready with Our Breastfeeding Dresses!
There’s lots to think about when you have a new baby, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about yourself! Dressing nicely is a great postpartum confidence booster, and the right outfits can even do double duty at feeding time.
At Mad House Mums we offer a range of breastfeeding dresses, pyjamas, postpartum support tights and breastfeeding tops Australia wide for new mums. We’re mums ourselves, and we know all about the challenge of finding nursing clothes that look (and feel) good. We wanted to give new mums the gift of confidence, so we’ve created a clothing range that’s specially designed for nursing.
Our clothes feature an invisible side zip that gives you easy access at any time of the day or night. The zips disappear when they’re not needed, and you’re left with a dress or nursing sweater that looks fantastic for lazy days, family outings and date nights! Check out our range online, or get in touch with Mad House Mums if you have any questions about our clothing.