In the last unexpected sunshine, lovely Alpha Parent asked me to find her some cool clothes to stop her sweltering in the heat. “Of course!” I said. “At once!”, I promised… Apologies. This time, with a whole series of summery posts over the next week or so, I’m keeping my promise.
For my money, the best summer solution is the batwing. If you haven’t yet tried breastfeeding through the sleeve of a wide-sleeved top, you’re missing out. You don’t have to pull your top down or up, you don’t have to wear an extra layer underneath to cover your boobs, or your tummy, or any other wayward bit of skin you’d rather not share. You just pull the sleeve aside (which drags the extra sleevage at the back around to cover your side), and feed away – perfect! Check the breastfeeding in public page for a video of sleeve feeding.
Unfortunately, proper batwings aren’t always easy to find. Crazy designers add cuffs, orÂ modesty panels, or use fabric with no give. Worst of all, some even add inner sleeves with “batwing effect panels”… the cruel, deceptive, breastfeeding mum-baiting fools!
Here is a veritable feast of batwings for you to try. I’ve done my best to weed out all of the above issues, but if you spot one, please let me know. A lot of them are in the sale, so get them while you can!
If you are doing a bit of batwing hunting on your own, look for:
- Wide armholes and sleeves that stay the same width or get wider.
- Stretch fabric (not entirely necessary but helpful)
- No modesty panels (or ones you can cut)
- No cuffs or narrowing at the wrist (again, you could cut these off, but that risks a messy finish if you’re not confident at sewing.
- Hot Tip: Check out cheap clothing stores. They rarely waste money on deceptive styling. If it looks like a batwing, it probably is!
There are lots more clothes for sleeve feeding in my listings. Apologies that they are not completely up to date. I’m in the middle of a major site update (again!) and I’m trying not double up the work. Hopefully all working properly soon!