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Six Shirts for Saturday: It’s all about the hem!

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The dip hem (or tail back, depending on how you look at the world…) is an easy way to update your post-baby wardrobe and looks great with jeans.

It’s also a great shape for breastfeeding as you don’t have a mass of material at the front to get in the way of a lift up feed and it hides a mummy tummy beautifully. Button down shirt styles can also be used for pull down style feeding (wear with a nursing vest if you want a bit of extra coverage).

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Quiz, Rare, New Look, Love Label, Love Label

1. Love Label Oversized Dipped Hem Stripe Top £28 – Very

2. Dip Back Oversized Shirt Was £22.99Now £15 – New Look

3. Cut Hem Blouse by Rare £35 – Topshop

4. Cream Chiffon Tailed Shirt £22.99 – Quiz Clothing

5. Love Label Dipped Hem Boxy Blouse £25 – Very

6. Sleeveless Dip Hem Shirt £19.99 – New Look

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Trend Flash: Denim Dresses

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The denim dress is a key item for Spring/Summer and Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood prove that denim doesn’t have to be casual to be cool. There is a dress to suit everyone this season – even breastfeeding mums! Here are some of our favourites, which all have button down fronts for easy feeding.

If you’re coveting the Jaeger dress, which a number of celebrities have been sporting recently, but can’t justify the £150 price tag, take a look at the rather more purse-friendly option from Dorothy Perkins – at £38, you could even treat yourself to some copycat white buttons!


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Clockwise from top left:

Western shirtdress Was £45 Now £20Oasis; Denim pintuck smock dress £35 – Dorothy Perkins; 70’s Button Through Denim Dress £55 – Oasis; Label Lab Denim utility dress Was £65 Now £45.50 – House of Fraser; Marc by Marc Jacobs Denim dress £235 – Net-a-Porter; Vivienne Westwood Lee Anglomania Twist Denim Dress £162 – Urban Outfitters; Boutique by Jaeger Denim Dress £150 – John Lewis; Mid wash 70s denim shirt dress £38 -, Dorothy Perkins; Dark blue denim shirt dress £55 – Debenhams

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Spring Trends

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It’s hard to feel springlike when it’s all grey and rainy outside and the weather is more suited to chunky knits than pretty dresses. The sun is shining today so I’ve decided to take the plunge – here is the MilkChic pick of the spring fashion that works for breastfeeding mums!

70s:

The 1970s is influencing all the trends this season, with pretty prints and florals for daytime and washed out denim and crochet details all over the place. At night, think Studio 54, with jewel and neon colours, dramatic long lines and lots of glitz!


So Fabulous!, Dorothy Perkins, Boohoo, Marks and Spencer

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Spring Florals:

Easy to wear country garden florals are everywhere. If you’re not ready for full on girlie, pick tailored shapes and graphic florals like this shirt dress (£44.90 at dress-for-less) or clash your prints for a more edgy take.



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Brights:

A splash of colour is a great way to update your look this season and any shade goes as long as it’s bright. If you’re not feeling brave enough to colour block, pick some vibrant accessories to get the look – the gorgeous Storksak Jess changing bag is perfect to brighten any day.



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Romantic Nudes:

If all of these bright colours and prints aren’t quite your scene, try a sophisticated palette of nudes – there is something to suit all skin tones, from caramel to blush, and it looks great teamed with black. Make sure it’s machine washable though, as pale colours aren’t always baby friendly!


Monsoon, Tropez, Love Label, Club Monaco, Untold


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Pure White:

This probably isn’t the most practical trend for mums with young babies – I am someone who can get a white top filthy in minutes even without a toddler throwing Weetabix at me! Having said that, it looks great and if you pick easy to wash fabrics like cottons, at least you know you can throw them in with the baby vests and they won’t wreck.

Oasis, Chilli Pepper, Per Una, Vsct Jeans


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Stripes:

Simple stripes always look great. This season, the trend is for wide stripes and striking colour combinations. I love the heart shaped GUMIGEMâ„¢Teething Necklace from MamaJewels – practical and on trend!

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Let them eat cake!

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milkshakeThere was an article in the Science pages of The Telegraph yesterday about the effects of breastfeeding on your child’s tastes in later life.

The bare bones of the research were nothing new – your diet affects the way your milk tastes. Just as we are aware that what we eat during pregnancy is important for our developing child, we know that our diet affects the quality (and quantity) of our milk.

I posted the link on Facebook, filed it for future reference, and moved on. So why is it still bothering me?

The focus of the article was on ensuring that mothers ate enough fruit and vegetables while breastfeeding, especially between the critical ages of 2 and 5 months.

Dr Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, in Philadelphia, who led the research, believes that

By exposing infants at this very sensitive period is appears to be possible to make them like something that they would otherwise deem to be horrible. If we could enhance consumption of vegetables amongst pregnant and nursing women, it ought to impact on their children’s later food choices and result in healthier eating.

I enjoy my vegetables and manage my 5-a-day with ease. In fact, thanks to the wonderful “Mr MilkChic” who is a great cook, I generally feel quite smug about my healthy, well-balanced and varied diet.

But… until my daughter was at least 6 months old my focus was purely on calories. I’m not talking about calorie control, or crazy celeb post-baby diets here. I’m talking about managing to get enough calories into my body, one-handed, while looking after a baby.

For those 6 months or so, as well as my healthy balanced diet, I ate huge amounts of cake, chocolate and biscuits. I needed them just to remain awake and functioning!

I don’t think it’s really harmed me – my weight has plateaued at about 1/2 a stone above my pre-baby weight, which as I am unable to exercise and am 6 cup sizes bigger than I was, seems fair. I figure that when the small one is weaned and my back has recovered, I will be much the same as before, physically if not mentally.

But now I am worrying about the harm to my daughter’s fledgling tastebuds. Has my colossal appetite for chocolate buttons cancelled out the benefit of my otherwise balanced meals and given her a sweet tooth that will haunt her in later life? I really hope not. Short of employing a full time chef, I don’t think breastfeeding would have been sustainable on healthy food alone.

To be fair, it isn’t the Telegraph’s fault that I’m feeing guilty. The article was balanced and well-written. And there is little I can do to change things now, except be mindful that my daughter may have a propensity for chocolate milk abuse.

So, as I don’t want to pass on a guilt complex as well as a sweet tooth, I am listening to the ever practical KellyMom, who says that “Making women think that they must maintain ‘perfect’ diets in order to have thriving breastfed babies is an unnecessary obstacle to breastfeeding”.

Besides, one day I dream of another baby, and what would maternity leave be without cake?

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Classic breastfeeding style hits a fashion high!

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I was amused to see this Warehouse Two Layer T-shirt Dress in the Marie Claire Fashion “25 Best Dresses to Wear Now”.

Warehouse 2 Layer dress in Marie ClaireThe “two layer” look is a classic in breastfeeding tops. It’s never been a favourite style of mine as I always felt it screamed nursing, which is why they aren’t featured too heavily on MilkChic, but maybe it’s time I reconsidered…

Here are a few nursing tops and dresses that were way ahead of this particular fashion curve!

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