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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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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!


Denim dresses
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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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