Special occasion breastfeeding dresses don’t always need to break the bank. If you keep an eye on sale items (also watch our #lc2b tweets on Twitter!), there are lots of options. Here are a few to start you off:
For all of these, either layer over a nursing vest or add a cardigan buttoned “cape-style” over the top for extra confidence feeding in public.
If you’re looking for bargains, it’s always worth a quick look at the Ebay Fashion Outlet – lots of new items with the safety of a brand behind them and fixed prices, but at a fraction of the price.
This week I am using the Britmums Blogging Prompt as inspiration – who can resist a chance to rant about their pet peeve after all?
My pet peeve is a bit of an odd one. Since breastfeeding my daughter, and starting MilkChic, I have developed a pathological hatred of “fake” detailing on clothing.
You know the ones. They phrase it so carefully:
- Button placket detail
- Fixed wrap front
- Cape styling
What they mean is:
- Might have worked for breastfeeding, but we couldn’t be bothered to add the buttonholes and slight bodice overlap that would have made that possible for you.
- Loved the look of that breastfeeding-friendly wrap dress, but thought it would be better if we sewed that pesky wrap down and removed the practicality before selling it to you.
- Looks like it has wide armholes for sleeve feeding and a loose fit. Actually has armholes so tight they cut off your circulation and a cute looking overlay.
They will tell you these are cost saving exercises, but I know the truth.
They are specifically designed to frustrate mums trying to find breastfeeding-friendly clothing online. That’s you and me. Especially me, as hopefully some of you use MilkChic to find clothes that work for breastfeeding, and I’ve already screamed and shouted enough for all of us.
It’s enough to drive you to tea and cake!
Baby: The point of the exercise. Cleverly designed to smile, gurgle, or be generally loveable at the point of highest stress and sleep deprivation.
Batwing sleeves: Wide sleeves that allow â€œsleeve feedingâ€… the practise of feeding a baby through the sleeve of your tops so as to keep mummy tummies and boobs covered up. Also see Kimono Sleeves, Cape Sleeves…
Bonding: Breastfeeding is an amazing way to bond with your baby. There is a wonderful post at Analytical Armadillo that explains it so much better than I can. If you’re concerned about giving a breastfeeding Dad the â€œchance to bondâ€, check out these ideas â€“ relevant to all parents, whether breastfeeding is an option or not.
Booby traps: Both real and imagined barriers to breastfeeding – often myths perpetuated by well meaning but misinformed advice. There is a great series on Booby Traps at Best for Babes.
Bras: A well fitted nursing bra makes breastfeeding access easier.
Breast(s): Essential equipment for breastfeeding.
Button fronts: Used in â€œpull downâ€style feeding. Where combined with a stretch fabric these are particularly versatile and can be used to cover up if preferred â€“ unbutton in the centre of the placket and pull to one side for simple feeding access with only one layer!See the full A-Z of Breastfeeding so far, and feel free to add your own in the comments!
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).
Dip Hem Shirts
1. Love Label Oversized Dipped Hem Stripe Top Â£28 – Very
2. Dip Back Oversized Shirt Was Â£22.99Now Â£15 – New Look
3. Cut Hem Blouse by Rare Â£35 – Topshop
4. Cream Chiffon Tailed Shirt Â£22.99 – Quiz Clothing
5. Love Label Dipped Hem Boxy Blouse Â£25 – Very
6. Sleeveless Dip Hem Shirt Â£19.99 – New Look
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 Â£150 price tag, take a look at the rather more purse-friendly option from Dorothy Perkins – at Â£38, you could even treat yourself to some copycat white buttons!
Clockwise from top left:
Western shirtdress Was Â£45 Now Â£20 – Oasis; Denim pintuck smock dress Â£35 – Dorothy Perkins; 70’s Button Through Denim Dress Â£55 – Oasis; Label Lab Denim utility dress Was Â£65 Now Â£45.50 – House of Fraser; Marc by Marc Jacobs Denim dress Â£235 – Net-a-Porter; Vivienne Westwood Lee Anglomania Twist Denim Dress Â£162 – Urban Outfitters; Boutique by Jaeger Denim Dress Â£150 – John Lewis; Mid wash 70s denim shirt dress Â£38 -, Dorothy Perkins; Dark blue denim shirt dress Â£55 – Debenhams