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Win £50 in Vouchers! New Look Nursing Clothes!!

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For National Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’ve been asking retailers to support the UK’s breastfeeding mums by searching their collections for fabulous breastfeeding friendly outfits.

New Look are giving away a £50 voucher to one lucky reader. To win, visit the New Look website and then tell me in the comments below what you would like to buy from their range. For a second entry, either like MilkChic on Facebook or tweet the following message:

“I’ve entered to win £50 @NewLookFashion vouchers
with @MilkChic http://www.milkchic.co.uk/56299”

New Look have recently launched a range of nursing bras and nursing vests, so it’s now a great one stop shop for a complete outfit. Here are a few for inspiration:

For a wedding:

Wrap dresses are ideal for breastfeeding as they flatter most figures and pull down easily for nursing.

“Love these one size wrap dresses!”

N and Willow Green Wrap Dress, Was £39.99 Now £27.99
Wide Fit Black Laser Cut Court Shoes, £19.99
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99

This knot front dress is breastfeeding-friendly too and the colour is just gorgeous!

N and Willow Purple Nodo Dress, Was £36.99 Now £25
Black Bow Detail Court Shoe, £19.99
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99
Black Flower Earrings, £2.99

Holiday looks:

These crossover front maxi dresses are perfect easy dressing. Just throw them on for instant laidback glamour.

Apricot Flower Print Chiffon Maxi Dress, £34
Maternity Pink Nursing Bra, £12.99
Birkenstock Pink Gizeh Sandals, £49.99

Apricot have loads of great potential nursing dresses. Here’s another!

Apricot Geometric Egg Print Maxi Dress, £32
Maternity Black Lace Nursing Bra, £12.99
Black Silver Embellished Sandals, Was £17.99 Now £13.49

For a BBQ or weekend with the family:

I LOVE this cute button down dress. It’s perfect for a relaxed weekend.

Apricot Orange Polka Dot Dress, Was £29 Now £20
Mama·licious Feeding Singlet Top, £20.99
Red Crochet Pumps, £12.99

You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly New Look fashion on the main shop pages! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the National Breastfeeding Week 2012 posts with more outfit inspiration and more giveaways!

Terms & Conditions: Closing date for entries: 10 July 2012. Entry restricted to UK & Ireland.

Please share this widely – the more successful this is, the more giveaways I will be able to host at MilkChic!!

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Win Tesco Style for Breastfeeding Mums!

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For National Breastfeeding Week 2012, I’ve been asking retailers to support the UK’s breastfeeding mums by searching their collections for fabulous breastfeeding friendly outfits.

Clothing at Tesco are kindly giving away 3 x £50 vouchers so 3 lucky mums can revamp their wardrobes. To win, visit the Clothing at Tesco website and then tell me in the comments below what you would like to buy from their range. For a second entry, either follow me on Twitter or like MilkChic on Facebook!

For a wedding:

“This show-stopping prom dress is sleeveless in design with a low v-neck, voluminous skirt and belted at the waist, it is a must-have for any formal event.”

This dress is cotton with just a little stretch, and it’s one I’d missed before now but it should stretch for feeding. The straps are wide enough for a bra, and the shape is flattering and feminine. Add a cardigan buttoned cape style, or wear with a nursing vest for confident and stylish public breastfeeding.

F&F online exclusive prom dress, £30
F&F Cotton stretch cardigan, £10
F&F Patent strap Sandals, £15

For summer BBQs:

“You cannot beat a maxi dress for its floor skimming beauty. Finished in a floral print, this lightweight maxi dress is perfect for your next island getaway or garden party. Wear with the highest of heels or strappy sandals.”

The elasticated bandeau top gives great nursing access – combine with a strapless nursing bra for a throw on but glam look.

F&F Floral print maxi dress, £20
F&F Long Shell Rope Necklace, £8
F&F Corsage Strappy Sandals, £10

For a night out with the girls:

“Mixing a feminine cut with a fun print we absolutely love this dress from Influence. Finished in an all over swallow print the dress is detailed by a wrap over v-neck, cinched faux leather belt at the waist, long sleeves with button cuffs and a flowing a-line skirt thats screaming to be paired with heels. Fab for styling up your office look or making at entrance at a party.”

The wrap over neckline is perfect for breastfeeding. Layer over a nursing vest for easy access. I just couldn’t resist these fab turquoise heels…

Influence Swallow print belted dress, £25
Emma Jane Maternity Longline nursing top, £20
F&F Peep Toe Court Shoe, £10

You can find lots more breastfeeding friendly Tesco clothing on the main shop pages! Don’t forget to check out the rest of the National Breastfeeding Week 2012 posts with more outfit inspiration and more giveaways!

P.S. Not strictly a fashion accessory, but if you’re going out with a baby late at night, the Gunamuna Gunapod is pretty desirable – you can unzip from the bottom to remove nappies or completely remove the front section to stop baby from waking up.

Closing date for entries: 07 July 2012
Tesco deliver to 26 countries, so open to International entries too!

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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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Fashion Issues: Breastfeeding Tops for a September Wedding

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Where can a new mum with a 5 week old baby find a breastfeeding friendly top to wear to a posh wedding?

The brief:

  • A top to go with trousers
  • Breastfeeding friendly – something with easy access, and potential for covering up if uncomfortable
  • Budget – “the cheaper the better”. If your little one is only 5 weeks old, chances are you are not going to stay this shape for long, so even if you have money to spare, cheap and cheerful often does the job.
  • Needs to flatter a bigger bust and probably a post-birth “mummy tummy”

What to look for:

There are lots of lovely tops in the shops – glamorous smock styles are perfect for lift-up style feeds and camouflage a mummy tummy beautifully. If you’re big busted, they can look tent-like and may even resemble maternity clothes. There is nothing more likely to dent your confidence at a posh do than still looking pregnant, however normal and natural it is.

Always choose a flattering top over a “wow” top. Find something that works and feels good, then accessorise. If you’re feeling sleep deprived and lacklustre, picking colours that reflect the light onto your skin can give you a lift.

The most flattering shapes for bigger busts are empire line and wrap styles. Empire line tops are fitted under the bust so give some definition to your figure and avoid the tent look while skimming your stomach. Wrap styles give great access and often have added stretch, so are great for defining curves. Avoid wrap tops that are too short or tight over the belly, as it can make them unflattering.

Here are some of my favourites:

Peacocks, Traffic People, Vero Moda, Ted Baker
Tops which work for breastfeeding – keep it simple and accessorise.
  1. At the top end of the price range, this Warehouse Honey comb detail blouse (£50) is really special and will look great accessorised with a cuff bangle. The wide sleeves should allow a sleeve feed.
  2. This Velvet Odora Top (£33.62) is extremely flattering and the stretch wrap style gives excellent feeding access. Don’t be scared of the simplicity – use toning accessories for a chic, understated look.
  3. South Ballet Wrap Jersey Top (£18) – another simple option which is longer at the back and has a lovely bow detail. Bright accessories contrast well with the bright white. 
  4. Traffic People Summer Heat Wrap Top (£36) – A gorgeous print top with exquisite detailing. The wrap style and elasticated underbust should work for a pull down style feed, but check the sizing charts to make sure you order a size that fits your boobs!
  5. BORATO Batwing Cowl Neck Top (£39) – A great, strong colour and a forgiving style. This top should work for either a pull down style feed or a sleeve feed.
  6. Star by Julien Macdonald Green & Yellow Wrap Tunic (£42) – The print and balloon sleeves give a strong look and breastfeeding access is great. The style is fitted, so buy a size bigger to avoid emphasising a mummy tummy.
  7. Episode V neck wrap top (£50) – The wrap style and stretch fabric give great access for breastfeeding.
  8. Peacocks by Design Cold Shoulder Top (£30) – Simple but glam, this Forties style top is available in cream or a black print. The fabric doesn’t stretch, but the fit is loose enough to still give feeding access. 
  9. Vero Moda Kimono Sleeve Top (£35) – Another very simple option, but the kimono sleeves make it look special. the wrap style should allow a pull down style feed.

As long as it isn’t uncomfortable when feeding, a 5 week old will still let you wear your favourite jewellery without grabbing, twisting and breaking it. Make the most of it, as those days are numbered!

Finally, remember that whatever everyone else is wearing, and however good they look, you already have the most fabulous, eyecatching accessory known to man…. No amount of designer clobber will ever compete with a gorgeous 5 week old baby. Bask in the reflected glow and enjoy!

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