Dressing a Postpartum Body

Dressing a Postpartum Body | What’s Nursing Friendly Anyway?

black panama hat, marled sweater, white jeans and a cognac boot

First up, in case you missed it, that wardrobe page thingy I talked about a few posts back that I wanted to put together is finally live! You can now sneak a peek into my closet and see exactly what and how many pieces I’m working with at any given time — even though the biggest changes will still happen once a season. I’m still in the process of adding links to similar items to each image, but I expect I’ll be done sooner than later. ;) Let me know what you think!

One of the biggest surprises for me after I had my first baby was how little of my clothing was actually nursing friendly.  Yep, this one’s for all you nursing mamas out there.  Wyatt was born at the end of June, and prior to babies I lived in dresses in the summer. Nothing fancy, but dresses none the less. I feel comfortable in them, I look good in them and they keep me amazingly cool. PLUS I don’t have to fool with shorts shopping which can be a real pain in the you know what. Hello girls with butts.

But anybody who’s ever tried nursing in public with a normal non-nursing dress (yep they make those — for a pretty price too!) has felt my pain. Suddenly I felt like I had to re-learn to do yet another thing that I wasn’t prepared to re-learn.  Dress.

Now, in today’s world they make all sorts of garments specifically for nursing, but just like when you add the word ‘wedding’ to something, when you add the words ‘nursing friendly’ to something its price too sky rockets.

After much trial and error I have figured out several pieces — and combinations of pieces — that are not marketed as nursing friendly, but most definitely are.  Pretty much any button down, shirt dress, top + skirt, or top + pant combination works, but you can find some of my favorites below.


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    Andrea H
    October 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I hear ya! I felt like it was an eternity before I could wear dresses again after giving birth. I have spent nearly 3.5 years of the last 6 nursing, (wow!) and though my kiddos are all weaned now, I feel like my nursing needs have forever altered my personal style – in a good way. It also just might be the change of trends though too. I have such an affinity for loose, flowing tops, and big portioned sweaters, etc. that I didn’t have before nursing. I love your wardrobe suggestions!

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      October 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm


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    Andrea H
    October 21, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    And I forgot to say I love these pics!

    • Reply
      October 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks my dear! :) I’ve always loved your blog photography. You make me want an all white backdrop — so don’t be surprised wen you eventually see me switch to one ;)

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