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Something Blue for a Breastfeeding Bridesmaid?

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Finding outfits for special occasions is never simple when you’re breastfeeding. Add a colour scheme to the equation and…
I’ve been searching for breastfeeding friendly bridesmaid dresses in dark blue. Here are my favourites so far.
Breastfeeding Bridesmaids: Something Blue?
House of Fraser, Brora, Episode, French Connection
Personal shopping mission for a breastfeeding bridesmaid – all of these dresses give good access for nursing mums.
1. Fenn Wright Manson Crepe jersey cowl neck dress – Cowl neck should stretch for breastfeeding
2. Planet Navy wrap dress – Fixed wrap holds its shape well, but stretch fabric should allow breastfeeding access
3. French Connection Meadow Jersey Dress – A more traditional maxi length with a stretch v-neck that should allow breastfeeding access. If you are busty, I would buy 1 size bigger than usual and tie tight at the back. The empire line shape of this dress is very flattering.
4. Episode Soft jersey maxi dress with belt – another traditional maxi, with a stretchy cowl neck for breastfeeding. This one has a belt at the waist rather than underbust – great if you want to emphasis your waist, but it may cling a little over the tummy.
5. Tommy Hilfiger JOY Jersey Dress – Stretch v-neck for breastfeeding.
6. Soft Pleated Jersey Dress – Beautiful draped fit that will flatter most shapes. Currently in the sale!
7. Whistles Lucy Slinky Dress– Draped fit with a removable belt. The stretch v-neck again works for breastfeeding.My favourite nursing dresses for special occasions come from Babes with Babies. They have a selection of styles in blue which are also worth a look.For all of these, if a bit of extra coverage would make you feel more confident, I would choose a nursing vest underneath. You could also wear a part buttoned cardi, or use a pashmina or scarf instead.

Thanks to the lovely @BigAuntieMeg37 for the inspiration for this blog post. I’m always happy to help with specific requests…. they give me ideas and help me get motivated! E-mail me, or chat to me on Twitter @milkchic if you have a personal shopping request.
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Autumn Wrap Dresses for Breastfeeding Mums

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People Tree “Anya” Dress

The crossover shape of a wrap dress is great for breastfeeding. A yummy mummy staple, even the non-stretch versions usually have enough give to pull down easily for nursing and they work equally well for day or evening.

In fact, as so many of you have requested them, I have just added even more wrap dresses to MilkChic. Here are my tips for picking the best ones for you:

If you are pear shaped:
Look for a-line of full skirted options that skim the hips. Wrap dresses drape easily over your lower body and with detail at the neck, can really balance out your shape.
If you are apple shaped:
Wrap dresses are flattering as the fit over the bust. Empire line versions can be flattering, with a belt that ties below the bust instead of at the waistline. Try tying at the side rather than the back to give a focus away from your stomach.
If you are an hourglass:
Make sure you pick a dress where the tie falls on your natural waistline. A wrap dress can really emphasis a narrow waist.
If you are top heavy:
If your nursing cleavage has left you a little unbalanced (sadly my hips are still winning that war…), go a for a dress which fit well over the boobs and skims the hips. Avoid tighter skirted versions as these will just make you look more Barbie-like!
Whatever shape you are, consider buying a size bigger than you would normally choose. Wrap dresses nearly always look better with a bit more fabric, and you can use the waist ties to fit it neatly to your shape.
If you want a bit of extra coverage while feeding, wear with a nursing vest underneath.
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Magpie Monday: Love, Lampshades & Louis Feraud

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When I first heard about “Magpie Monday” at Me and My Shadow, I had every intention of joining in immediately. It’s taken me 3 months, but here is my first post…
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I bought this dress 2 years ago for £15, a big spend for me and…I HAVE NEVER WORN IT! Usually, this would fill me with guilt. I’m not the kind of girl who has unworn clothes in the closet – I refund with pride and sell old stuff on Ebay.
But this dress is different. Yes, it’s vintage Louis Feraud. Yes, I could sell it for a profit. And yes, I could do with the cash. But here’s the thing… I bought this dress when I was 6 months pregnant and had just moved to a new town. I was getting my bearings (navigation by charity shop being the most reliable way) when I happened upon it in perfect condition, in my size.
When I say “in my size”, I mean my pre-pregnancy size, possibly a bit snug over the bust. Obviously I’d have to wait a bit, until I’d lost the weight… But, like I say, I could always sell it on Ebay, if it didn’t work out between us.
I didn’t reckon on breastfeeding.
I’ve been breastfeeding now for 21 months. Not full time any more – I could easily wear something less easy access during the day, even a dress like this. Unfortunately, since I bought it, my boobs have grown 7 cup sizes, show no sign of deflating and I can’t zip it up past my waist.
I really should sell it to someone who can wear it. But I won’t, and these cute little embroidered lampshades are the reason why.
They were bought on impulse in a charity shop a decade ago. They cost me 50p and I didn’t know they were from IKEA. I bought them for my daughter. Except of course she didn’t exist then.
But dreams do come true, and this year my beautiful daughter will turn 2. I plan to decorate her bedroom to match the lampshades. Except her bedroom doesn’t exist yet. And nor does our house. But they will. I have the lampshades to prove it.
Chances are, I will never get to wear this dress, but I suspect it will stay in my wardrobe until my daughter is old enough to wear it. It carries all the excitement and wonder of my pregnancy and all the joys and frustrations of new motherhood and I just couldn’t bear to part with it.
About me: I adore charity shops, junk shops, car boot sales and everything else in between. I also love finding things that are preloved but “on trend” to sell on Ebay or Etsy. That thrill of getting it right and finding something unique that a stranger might treasure is exactly why I love my day job as a retail buyer.
MilkChic gives me the opportunity to indulge my passions with “Last Chance to Buy”, a selection of sale bargains, vintage and preloved fashion that’s ideal for breastfeeding. I get to list all those things that I can’t justify buying myself, wouldn’t suit me, or aren’t in my size. I’m afraid that if you’re a busty (and now milk-enhanced) hourglass size 12 who loves a pretty dress, you may need to search for yourself….
Me and My Shadow
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Spring Weddings: Fashion for breastfeeding mums

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It’s that time of year again when the wedding invites start arriving. If you’re like me, having spent a few weeks thinking about how lovely it will be to show off your gorgeous baby to all those admiring friends, outfit panic is probably now setting in.

As a breastfeeding mum I’m finding occasion shopping that much harder. I used to have a wedding “look” that always gave me a confidence boost, but strapless prom dresses and empire line maxis don’t work with my nursing bras and I’m having to rethink my style.

If like me, you’ve been stuck in a fashion rut, why not take the opportunity to reinvent yourself this Spring and try out some different shapes and styles.

Remember that outfits don’t have to look functional to allow you to feed easily – a cardigan or shrug buttoned at the top allows you to feed without fuss (or flashing) in any top or dress that will pull down. If you make your own nursing vests, you can tailor colour, straps and neckline to work perfectly underneath any dress and you can use the same technique to make nursing slips for a smoother silhouette.

Here are some of my favourite looks for the wedding season:

There are some lovely 50s style dresses in the shops at the moment. They are a flattering shape and great for hiding a mummy tummy, but most of them won’t work for breastfeeding. Look for styles which button to the waist and wear with a nursing vest or cropped cardi for extra coverage.

Flirty Fifties
Dorothy Perkins, Dorothy Perkins, Dorothy Perkins
1. Shadow butterfly dress (Green/Blue/Orange) Was £40 Now £36 – Dorothy Perkins
2. Black poppy print fifties dress £35 – Debenhams
3. Button front 50s dress Was £65Now £45, Warehouse
4. Emily And Fin Dorothy Coral Dress £55 – Coggles.com
5. Claudia Twist Back Button Front Flower Print Denim Dress £15 – Boohoo.com
6. Scenic Print Prom Dress £29.99 – New Look
7. POP by PPQ Bianca Dress £49 – Very

If you prefer a clean lines and a tailored look, look out for simple shapes with hidden button or zip fronts and wrap dresses in graphic designs. Stick with strong colour and striking accessories to really stand out in the crowd.

Simple Shapes, Strong Colour
1. Rag & Bone Carmel Dress (concealed button front) £239.60 – Shopbop.com
2. Nevada Dress (concealed button front) Was £135 Now £80 – LK Bennett
3. Lauren Jestina Jersey Shirtdress £175 – Ralph Lauren
4. Phase Eight Stripe Renee dress Was £95 Now £53.20 – House of Fraser
5. Nanette Lepore Ingrid Dress (exposed zip front) – £119.16 – Shopbop.com
6. Red spike fascinator £30 – Debenhams
7. Kit Heath Garnet Charm Bead £12 – House of Fraser

Shirt dresses are easy for breastfeeding and there are lots about. Pick luxe fabrics, prints and detailing and wear with heels for effortless glamour.

Sophisticated shirt dresses
Be Beau, Thomas Pink, Antik Batik, Parker

1. Tommy Hilfiger Dress £99.90 – dress-for-less
2. Gryphon Burnout Dress £135.03 – Shopbop.com
3. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress £136.01 – Shopbop.com
4. Antik Batik Kim Mini Dress £119.81 – Shopbop.com
5. Be Beau Blurred Print Shirt Dress £22 – Matalan
6. Pink Kinsella Dress Was £135 Now £79 – Thomas Pink

The strong 1970s influence this season means there are lots of laidback styles in soft, draped fabrics. Cape style, wide sleeves and slouchy looks all work well for a simple wedding look. High heels and flats both work with this look but keep accessories simple. This is a perfect low-effort look for yummy mummies!

Laidback Cool
Parker, Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent, Rare

1. Warehouse Lace Trim Shirt Silk Dress £30 – ASOS
2. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress with Print £142.48 – Shopbop.com
3. Ruby star print v neck maxi dress (sleeve / pull down feed) £18 – Boohoo.com
4. Cape Tie Waist Dress (sleeve feed) Was £47 Now £38 – Rare
5. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Bibbed Tunic Dress £211.12 – Shopbop.com
6. Clarie flower border maxi dress (sleeve / pull down feed) £15 – Boohoo.com
7. Rachel Pally Newport Dress (also available in other colours) £165.94 – Shopbop.com
8. Pied a Terre Floral and paisley print dress (sleeve feed) Was £130 Now £91 – House of Fraser

If you’ve found a great outfit you want to share, please e-mail me or share it on the MilkChic Facebook page!

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Personal Shopping: Pink Dresses for a Cornish Blonde!

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I was asked by a lovely breastfeeding Twitterer to find her some dresses to wear to an upcoming wedding. Here are a selection of finds in her favourite pink!

Pink dresses for a Cornish Blonde!
Boohoo, Peacocks, Fly 53, WGACA, Warehouse
A little personal shopping exercise – something for a breastfeeding mum to wear to a wedding.

1. Julie V neck waist bobby maxi dress £15, Boohoo.com – Either pull down to feed, or possibly sleeve feed – add a nursing vest underneath for extra coverage.
2. Rochelle Chiffon Frill Top Layer Detail Dress – £15, Boohoo.com – I’m not 100% on this one as the sleeves may not be wide enough to feed, but at £15 it’s so cute I’d be tempted to order it and see…
3. Floral Vintage Dress £85, People Tree – Pull down feed – wear with a nursing vest or add a cute cardi buttoned at the top for extra coverage while feeding.
4. Parker Double Flared Sleeve Dress with Print – £142.48, Shopbop – Button down for easy feeding, flattering to a mummy tummy and incredibly stylish, but it is dry clean only. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.
5. Button Front 50’s Dress Was £65 Now £45, Warehouse – I love this as it’s something I might have worn to a wedding before I was breastfeeding. It has a button front for easy pull down style feeding and wide straps to hide a nursing bra!
6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Carmen Silk Jacquard Dress £209.78, Shopbop – Not exactly a budget buy, and it is dry clean only, but the colour is stunning and the style is a classic and very figure flattering. Button down for easy feeding.
7. Short Dress £39, La Redoute – The smocked bodice and adjustable straps will allow for easy feeding but the narrow straps mean it’s best paired with a cardi if you want to hide a nursing bra. Unbutton the bottom of your cardi and it will give you extra coverage for feeding too.
8. Pink Kinsella Dress Was £135 Now £79, Thomas Pink – A very posh shirt dress. Button down for easy pull down feeding – add a nursing vest underneath for extra coverage. Again, dry clean only.
9. Long Floral Print Dress £65, La Redoute – The wrap top and smocking under the bust will allow for a pull down feed and wide straps mean no showing your bra. Wear with a nursing vest or a cardi buttoned at the top if you want extra coverage when feeding.
10. Rachel Pally Newport Dress £163.09, Shopbop – The crossover top and stretch fabric on this classic Grecian style maxi dress will work well for a pull down feed. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.
11. What Goes Around Comes Around Bianca Dress £227.96, Shopbop – Not a cheap option, and dry clean only, but the hidden button down front is great for feeding and I love the simple style, which is loose over the tummy and will show off a good pair off legs.
12. Fly53 Womens Repent Strappy Dress Raspberry £44.99, M&M Direct – A slightly more casual option for a relaxed wedding, the button down front will make feeding a breeze. Wear with a nursing vest or little cardi for extra coverage.
13. Ladies Tea Dress £20, Peacocks – A really cute print dress with covered buttons for a chic look.  Wear it as it is, or style it up with a contrast belt and a net petticoat to create an hourglass silhouette and the illusion of a miniature waist. Wear with a nursing vest for extra coverage.

Personal Shopping note: MilkChic is not a big company. In fact it’s… erm… well… just me. I also have a day job and a toddler, which can make it difficult to find hours in the day, but it does mean I always offer a personal service! If there is something you are looking for, please contact me and I’ll try to find it for you.

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