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Dress to Impress: What to wear when you’re breastfeeding

Lindy Bop 'Vanessa' Femme Fatale Vintage 50's Wiggle Pencil Dress
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Thanks for hopping over from Adventures of a Novice Mum and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt Day 3 Dress to Impress. Sponsors today include Milk and Mummy with a £50 voucher, Lorna Drew Maternity who are offering a beautiful set of nursing lingerie and Mummy Makes Milk who is offering a signed copy of her beautiful book for our Grand Prize winner. Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs and entries are via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

When your belly is jelly and your boobs have ballooned, even the most fashion-phobic go shopping. This would be fine, except that your confusing new shape is accessorised with this season’s hottest “newborn baby”, a charming but impractical addition which ensures that all shopping must be completed within 15 panicked minutes between feeding and nappy changes.

MilkChic is a fashion site dedicated into women who need to get their boobs out in public. Here is a guide to breastfeeding friendly high street fashion for busy new mums.

1. The Lift Up
Anything with a top which can be lifted to above the nipple – no danger of flashing your baps at an unsuspecting public, but does limit you to tops and skirts or trousers.

Try these:

It’s easy to keep your tummy covered – pick a camisole or vest with adjustable straps and extend them so it sits below your bust or make use of a maternity belly band to keep warm and hide the lumps and bumps.

2. The Pull Down
Any top that will pull down over one breast at a time – stretch fabrics are ideal, but don’t be put off by non-stretch as the right neckline will still give you all the access you need. Plenty of dresses in this category too, so worth mastering for occasionwear!

Try these:

Although your baby’s head covers most of your breast, this can feel a little exposing. I like to layer a pull down top over a nursing vest – learn how to make your own nursing vests easily.

3. The Sleeve Feed
As it sounds – tops with sleeves that will stretch to give boob access.

Try these:

4. Clever Layers

Try these:

  • “One up / one down” – layer 2 stretchy tops (lift up your top one and pull down the bottom one to create a gap for feeding.
  • A cardigan buttoned at the neck like a cape over a pull down top to create a feeding gap.
  • Unbutton a shirt in the middle for quick, layer free feeding access without flashing any flesh.

5. The Random Ones

Love Label Macrame TopEvery now and then you see something really clever – often when a determined older baby figures out a way in! Recently I very much enjoyed seeing a baby latching on through a top like this. Clever child!

 

You can find some more ideas on Dressing to Impress over on Family Fever blog along with another chance to gain some extra entry points to our grand prize giveaway. Remember you need to earn 50 points to be eligible, full details can be found on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Site.

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Strawberries & Cream Fashion

Strawberry Jewellery Charm
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It’s Wimbledon week! Celebrate this most British of sporting events with the (strawberries and) cream of breastfeeding friendly fashion and baby clothes.

1.Strawberry Jewellery Charm
4.Strawberry Baby Bib
2.Bill Skinner Strawberry Stud Earrings5.Strawberry pack a bag
3.Joe Browns Strawberry Dress

6.

Cutie Strawberry Print Skater Dress

7.Voodoo Vixen Cresida Lemon Strawberry Cardigan (Yellow)
8.Dickins & Jones Strawberry Silk Scarf
9.Smafolk strawberry bug kids tshirt
10.Stewart Strawberry All In One
  1. Links of London Strawberry Charm, House of Fraser
  2. Strawberry Stud Earrings, ASOS
  3. Joe Brown Strawberry Up and Down Dress, Amazon
  4. Strawberry Bib, Not On The High Street
  5. Strawberry Pack a Bag, John Lewis
  6. Cutie Strawberry Skater Dress, New Look
  7. Voodoo Vixen Strawberry Cardigan, Amazon
  8. Dickins & Jones Strawberry Silk Scarf, House of Fraser
  9. Smafolk Strawberry & Bug Kids Tee, Amazon
  10. Strawberry All in One, Not On The High Street
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Can a ring stop you snoring? Win a Good Night Anti Snore Ring!

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There can be nothing more annoying for an exhausted new mum than finally getting to sleep only to be woken up by someone else’s snoring (or indeed their own)! This week we reviewed the Good Night Anti Snore Ring and you could win one of your own.
Angel Sleeps - flickr.com/photos/planetchopstick/While Mr MilkChic is a dream in so many respects (Happy Father’s Day, darling…), his sleep noises can be deafening, so when I was offered the chance to trial the Good Night Anti Snoring Ring, I jumped at the chance. I was a little nervous of mentioning my commitment to the man himself, but it turns out his snoring even wakes him up and he had it out of the packaging before I could even photograph it!

In a recent clinical trial, this ring gave a measurable reduction in volume and amount of snoring in 85% of the people tested so we were keen to see whether it really did anything in the real world.

Good Night Anti Snoring RingWhat is it?

The Anti Snore ring is a rather innocuous silver coloured ring with a little gap in one side.

On the inside of the ring, two small nubs are designed to stimulate acupressure points.

How do you use it?
Good Night Anti Snoring Ring on fingerThe instructions say to wear the ring on your little finger with the gap at the top and the acupressure points at the sides.

Put it on about 30 minutes before you go to bed and the theory says you should have a peaceful night.

Does it work?

Well, yes. Yes it does! It’s not a complete silencer (you may still wish to consider a pillow or judiciously placed elbow for that), but it definitely makes it bearable. There was one night midweek when, having quickly got used to the gentler honeybee like snooze, I was rudely awakened by ear-shattering snorts of a whole other kind. Feeling the pain rather more keenly than usual, I kicked Mr awake to ask what was going on, only to discover he’d forgotten to wear the little silver dream machine. He has of course worn it religiously every night since and you’ll be pleased to hear that the bruises are now fading.

I have a Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring worth £29.99 to give away to one lucky reader.

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Terms & Conditions:

The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by 1st July 2015. The prize is 1 x Good Night Anti Snoring Ring in the size of the winner’s choice. No cash alternative is available. Winners will be contacted by e-mail. If we do not successfully make contact within 14 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. Please note that all entries will be validated and those which do not meet the entry requirements will be disqualified.

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Win an Ottillie Pop Dress

Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50
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Ottillie Pop are a new favourite here at MilkChic thanks to their eyecatching prints and rich colours. Their gorgeous selection of wrap and bodycon dresses are made here in England, and Ottillie Pop are so confident in their quality workmanship that they offer a 5 year manufacturing guarantee against fraying fabrics and faulty seams!

Ottillie Pop Pembridge Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Westbourne Wrap Dress £79.50Ottillie Pop Kendal Wrap Dress £79.50

You can see the full range of breastfeeding friendly Ottillie Pop wrap dresses on our shop pages. We have a stunning Ottillie Pop dress worth £79.50 to give away to one lucky reader, and everyone who enters will receive an exclusive 40% off code!

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Breastfeeding Fashion Fit for a Princess

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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge presented their new baby daughter to the world only a few hours after her birth today, Kate looked amazing in a fabulous Jenny Packham dress.

With the tiny HRH Princess of Cambridge fast asleep for her journey home, and presumably the help of a full team of stylists, the yellow floral shift was a perfect choice for effortless glamour (and very flattering on a postnatal tummy!)

While I don’t expect to see Kate in traditional new mum attire any time soon, she is bound to have a few more breastfeeding friendly outfits waiting in her wardrobe. Here are few really special pieces for a new mum – perfect for your most formal public engagements and fit for any breastfeeding princess.

The “Fourth Trimester”

Just like the rest of us mere mortals, Princesses take a little time for their bodies to return to their normal selves and maternity / nursing designs are ideal for the transitional few months after giving birth. Kate was seen wearing a Seraphine nursing dress after the birth of Prince George, so perhaps one of their current range of nursing day dresses will take her fancy… but will she go for a fresh blue like last time, or will it be a raspberry pink for the new royal arrival?

 
Out and About
The Duchess attended her first public engagement only 5 weeks after Prince George was born, so it will be no surprise if she’s back in “normal clothes” quickly. A shirt dress is a great daytime option for a new mum and with this season’s styles, it doesn’t need to look as functional as it is:

 
Evening Occasions
A bit of stretch and a wrap front means that Kate will be able to dress up in some of her favourite styles for formal occasions even while nursing:

Behind the Scenes
Finally, because even perfect princesses need a little pampering at home, I’m loving this Olli Ella Nursing Chair from John Lewis, a modern classic which could grace any royal nursery – perfect for relaxing in your understated but glamorous MamaMoosh loungewear.

Olli Ella Mo-ma Glider Nursing Chair, Sky Snow
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