When I started out breastfeeding I was so clueless about what to wear. There were several failed attempts at baggy shirts with ill-fitting nursing bras beneath, cringey wet patches due to slippage because of the constant FEAR that my nipple (if not my whole new big boob) might pop out and spray someone. Thankfully that never happened. Not accidentally anyway.
I was gladly not as shy as I expected to be, feeding in public but I did like a little modesty. I was just keen to get back into normal clothes and start feeling ‘me’ again. The mumsy middle-of-the-road nursing clothes did not appeal. The maternity clothes for nursing (huh?)… did you not expect me to look such a svelte size 16?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not some fashionista, far from it but I know what I like and I’m sure I’m not alone in my shopping habit. Well, turns out retail therapy is even more satisfying if you can’t spend the money on booze.
So, I went into search mode. I hope you guys can benefit from this new found challenge that I still pursue, whether breastfeeding or not. Call it habit, obsession or perhaps just me trying to give something back.
Anyway, it’s been a while, I’ve had time off going back to work 🙂 oh yeah and learning the ropes of toddlerville. But I’m back, refocussed and hoping to add value. Just maybe.
Whatever your feeding style, the nursing vest has to be THE staple item. Often worn threadbare as you eat, sleep, go out, lounge in, all in your trusty vest.
So, what makes an amazing nursing vest. Well, clips, yes – most of the time but there’s so much more your under-garment friend can offer. And there’s more and more options emerging so it’s worth considering what’s going to suit you. You’ll need a few, that’s for sure.
So, there a couple of categories; are you a…
Clips kinda gal?
It’s simple, it works. The same clips as on your nursing bra but on a vest. Often but not always coulee with a secret support panel which depending on your size and the fit can be a blessing or a curse. Personally it worked for me and my bustiness. This is perfect for 1up-1down feeding, you hoick up your top, revealing the nursing vest beneath unclip, pull down and do the same with your bra. The slight down side is doubling up onto clips can look bulky under certain clothes and sometimes feel uncomfortable.
You’ll find most nursing vest use this design, I think H & M are particularly good value for money. They get my vote.
No clips, please?
Clips can be fiddly, especially in a rush to feed a screaming baby. Simple access by lifting a cropp
ed overlay to reveal boob access whilst at the same time providing a little modesty is a great design. However, if you’re going for 1up-1down, which is most probable, you have that extra up layer to consider.
There are two front runners in this category; feedmemummy and Bshirt. Personally I think Bshirt edges it with thicker straps to cover your nursing bra clips meaning it could be worn alone, especially as it has a pretty edge to the over-layer.
The feedmemummy vest is more designed to be worn underneath, the edges of the layers don’t meet so you get a draughty gap. Both a long in length, so good bum coverage.
All of these vest provide tummy coverage but uniquely breastvest has a design that exposes your nursing bra meaning no second or third layer so good for those that get too hot or for the Summer. That said, it means you’re tied to wearing it underneath your top.
Let us know what you went for… do you love or loathe your current vests, spill all and tweet us @milkfeedfashion, instapic or simply comment 🙂
Forthcoming wedding, christening or funeral. It’s these slightly more formal occasions, with lots of people casting their beady eyes over us, that tend to leave us feeling baffled as to what to wear.
It was hard enough ‘before child’ but now we shop with practicality in mind, the boob access! Of course, it’s important to feel your best and use this chance to glam up!