I’ve been breastfeeding my son for the last 13 months now. I love breastfeeding; it’s the best option for us as a family, it fits best with our preferences, and has excellent benefits for our son, but it sometimes gets a bit tricky…
The early days, of course, had their challenges – engorgement, cluster feeds, cracked nipples (thank goodness for Lansinoh cream, which, like nectar of the Gods, rains down on the nipples of the righteous), but, after the initial phase, another challenge presented itself…
Clothes – this is the thing I find hardest about breastfeeding, the lack of clothing options for nursing women. As women, our bodies may be designed to breastfeed, but our clothes certainly aren’t.
A lot of women will make do with trousers and a couple of tops, and do a ‘one up, one down’ kind of maneuver. I, however, don’t wear trousers, which makes things a little harder.
Skirts and a top are manageable in the above way, but, as someone whose wardrobe is made up of about 90% dresses, what am I to do?
I’ve come up with a few staples, which have helped me through (wrap dresses, shirt dresses, wearing office dresses back to front – there is often a full fastening at the back that you can use for access when turned around), but what about when you want to go somewhere special, want to get dressed up and feel fancy, without starving your infant?
Well, luckily for us, there are a whole host of celebrities who, for years now, have been donning breastfeeding-friendly clothes, and attending the fanciest of award ceremonies, to give us all some inspiration…
Just take a look through this gallery for some excellent options to keep the fashion high and the boobs free>>>
Ahh, Liz Hurley, one of the pioneers of breastfeeding fashion. This dress even comes with safety pins, which can be used for cloth nappying – what a clever design.
Rose McGowan – the perfect Little Black Dress for the breastfeeding mother.
Here’s Jennifer Lopez with an excellent ‘pull down’ option.
Jennifer Lopez, again. This woman really is a fashion icon in the breastfeeding world. This one has the added bonus of letting you get some air to your c section scar in the early days after delivery – now that’s creative thinking.
Christina Aguilera. This is a wonderful, ad rarely seen, ‘pull up’ option and has the added bonus of being easy to clean (It’s much easier to get stains out of skin than fabric. Reducing the fabric content instantly reduces the washing load) – hallelujah!
Beyonce has the right idea here by covering just the nipples, for public discretion. Warning – those jewels could be a choking hazard so watch your little ones carefully.
Jenna Dewan Tatum shows us that you don’t have to choose between fashion and function in this sheer number. There are even some extra straps to distract the ‘twiddlers’ – perfect!
Naomi Campbell and friends, back in the 90’s, giving a range of options that allow babies to help themselves.
Rihanna – What a perfect option. Light weight and airy, such an easy to wear piece.
Caprice, using those boobs wisely, to share some breastfeeding fashion options. What a clothes horse.
Kim Kardashian – such a fashion icon had to get in on the trend. This is a wonderful option for those chillier evenings.
…and last, but by no means least, Miley Cyrus, bringing us a very versatile look that can be accessed from any direction. Perfect for those Gymnurstics practicing babies.
I’m sure you’ll agree that there are some great examples to follow here, ladies. Please, feel free to share with your nursing friends.
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