Wear it now: Breast-feeding-friendly style (part II)

Following on from last week’s post with nursing style tips and high street picks, as promised I’ve put together some more great finds which won’t break the bank and this time it’s all about dresses and jumpsuits.

If you’re a new mama or you’re expecting a baby soon, you may not know how long you will choose to breastfeed your baby so might not want to buy too many nursing-specific items.  Perhaps you just want to rid your wardrobe of anything maternity-related post-birth and want to feel as normal as possible, in which case looking to the high street for breast-feeding-friendly pieces that will work now and later is a great way forward.

Feeding friendly style

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It’s so easy to get fed up when dressing in the morning (or afternoon – it’s totally OK to get dressed after lunch, honest!) when we have to accommodate so many things; breastfeeding access, potential for baby vomit, and maybe even older child-friendly activities involving messiness, outdoor play and sticky fingers.  So throwing on a printed dress is not only easy – grab, jump in, go – but also adds instant interest to your look.

Of course you have the option to style it up; add trainers for an on-trend look, team with ankle boots for a boho vibe, pointed courts for evening or occasions and pointed jewelled flats (a must-have for a/w14) for adding a bit of sparkle to lift your look and your mood, because twinkly toes will instantly add spring to your step.  Not to mention a bit of neck candy, a block colour bag or neat little belt.  But the point is, even without all the style tweaks (we can save those for later when we actually have a bit more time to get dressed – this day will come won’t it?) a printed dress is a ready-made outfit right there, no matter what you do or don’t add to the look.

Don’t think you have to pass-by your favourite brands just because you’re nursing, take advantage of the enforced sofa time while feeding and have a quick browse online on your go-to brands for ‘shirt dress’ or ‘zip front dress’ and you should find something that’s breastfeeding-friendly and oh-so-you.

nursing wear cocomamastyle uniqlo tunic dressBlue printed tunic shirt dress, Uniqlo

My star pick is this printed tunic dress from Uniqlo.  It’s also available in black and nods to the pyjama trend we’ve seen for the past few seasons with its nightshirt cut and classic print.  The shape will skim over your tum so it’s a perfect post-birth piece if you’re conscious of any excess around the middle, plus the easy-care flannel fabric will stand up to lots of wear and washing.  And it’s under £30.  Once you’re finished breastfeeding you can try it with a slim fit roll neck underneath and the sleeves pushed up and it could also be worn over leather leggings or skinny jeans when the temperature drops.

nursing wear cocomamastyle retro style dresses

Striped dress, Louche / Checked dress, Louche

Retro-styling is big news for a/w14 and these vintage look prints will keep you on-trend while allowing easy access for feeding.

nursing wear cocomamastyle  occasion dresses coast closetBlue lace button-front dress, Coast / Pink floral zip-front dress, Closet

Perfect for late-summer weddings, parties or dressy events with baby in tow.

nursing wear cocomamastyle mamalicious dressGrey printed nursing dress, Mama.licious

The only actual nursing-specific dress featured, but it would pass as a normal frock too thanks to its neatly concealed zip with jersey underlay.  This simple shape and busy print will flatter and can be worn in many ways; smart, casual, dressy, office.

nursing wear cocomamastyle uniqlo shirt dressBurgundy sleeveless dress, Uniqlo

Ideal for mamas who need to express at work, feed before work or dress-down now then smarten up after maternity-leave for the office.

nursing wear cocomamastyle jumpsuits zip front

If trousers are more your thing or you want to try something different, jumpsuits are still sticking around.  The ultimate versatile one-piece to dress-up, down and everywhere in between will add something new to your new mama wardrobe.  Add slider sandals now, trainers when it’s cooler and boots come winter, or bright heels for evening (with or without baby!)


I’ve linked up to Mummy’s Got Style Fashion Friday.

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