Breastfeeding: The Best Clothes for Comfort, Convenience and Style!

Waiting in the never-ending queue at the supermarket you hear the sound you've been dreading -- your hungry baby has started to cry. Nursing mothers know that when you're breastfeeding, your clothes can make or break this situation. Some outfits allow for easy and discreet nursing, whereas others...well let's just say that having to take off your entire outfit to feed your baby probably isn't appropriate when you're stuck in the high street with a screaming, hungry baby.

But don't worry -- just because you're breastfeeding doesn't mean you have to settle for frumpy clothes. And you don't have to stay in the house, either.

Types of Breastfeeding Clothes

Milkbug offers a wide selection of dresses in the £50 range, as well as nursing tops and stylish nightwear for the breastfeeding mum.

Look for clothes that are easily accessible. Not every item needs to be designed specifically for nursing. Instead, find tops that can easily be lifted, moved to the side, or pulled down. Combine these items with purpose-made bras and tops.

An essential item for your nursing wardrobe is the tank top with a snap fastener. Layer your easily accessible outfit over the top, and even if you have to pull up (or down) your outfit, you won't be exposed because the tank top is underneath.

A nursing cover is another essential for nursing mums. Readily available in stores or online from speciality companies such as Bebe au Lait, the cover fits around your neck and drapes over baby so you can feed your child in public with complete privacy and discretion. You can even make your own nursing covers by attaching a neck strap to a square or triangular piece of fabric. Match the fabric to the pattern, colour or design of your other breastfeeding clothes and - voila! - you have a pretty, coordinated nursing outfit.

Breastfeeding Bras

Babycentre, an internet site for mums to discuss all things child-related, recently put nursing bras on test. The "star buy" identified by the site was the Marks and Spencer lace bra, sold for £19 and available in two colours, black and white. This bra was top rated because of its comfort and soft lining, which doesn't irritate sore nipples.

Another top rated choice was the Anita Underwired Breastfeeding Bra from Blooming Marvellous. Priced at £29.99, this bra is stylish and easy to open and close, however the available sizes are fairly limited, as it is only offered in 34-40" B, C, D, and E.

To get the best value for money, the NCT Comfort Bra from the National Childbirth Trust can be used for nursing as well as throughout your pregnancy. Priced at £24.50 and available in sizes 32-44" DD-K, this bra is available in black, white and nude, although the babycentre testers found it to be slightly itchy.

Regardless of the style you choose, to work well in combination with your other breastfeeding clothes it's essential for your nursing bra to have drop down, easy to access cups.

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