Nursing Dresses Not Maternity
I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed my baby for six months. I did have some difficulty finding dresses that fit me and the baby. I am hoping this article will help you find dresses that work for nursing as well!
Dresses that were not bought for breastfeeding, but worked for it.
You are not alone. The fact is, many nursing dresses were not purchased with breastfeeding in mind. While the vast majority of nursing dresses were designed with this purpose in mind, and therefore include a built-in shelf bra (or two), there are still some options out there that don’t fit into that category. So how can you get the most use out of your clothes if they weren’t originally intended for breastfeeding?
Change Your Mindset – You may be surprised to find that dressing as if you’re expecting a baby can actually be easier on your body than dressing like an actual mom during pregnancy! Think about it: when was the last time someone offered you their chair or asked if you needed anything from the store because they saw your belly first? When was the last time someone called their friend over to meet “the new mom”? These factors tend to fade away once babies arrive and become part of our everyday lives. If we approach each day thinking about how our clothes will work under different circumstances, we’ll have more options available at any given time – especially ones that work well for nursing!
Inexpensive dresses that would buy multiple of
- Get a nursing dress that is versatile. This means you can wear it in many different ways, and with many different accessories. A nursing dress that looks good with flats as well as heels will be a better investment than one that only works for you at the height of your pregnancy.
- Comfort is key! You’ll want to be able to move around easily, especially if you plan on having help from family or friends when the baby comes home from the hospital (or even during labor).
- Make sure they don’t have zippers or buttons around where your baby will come out. Zippers can pinch and buttons can scratch or irritate skin when pulling out of them during delivery—and who wants anything but smooth sailing with their new bundle of joy?
I love these as they are versatile and I can wear them after nursing as well.
For the record, I love these as they are versatile and I can wear them after nursing as well. I have a couple that I can wear after nursing as well, but I bought them specifically for breastfeeding.
These are the dresses I bought specifically for breastfeeding.
Here are the dresses I bought specifically for breastfeeding. They are all nursing dresses, and each of them is a nursing dress that can be used for breastfeeding. (I was very specific about this.)
Some of these dresses have pockets, but most do not. All of them would work with a nursing bra.
Ruched t-shirt dress- I do not really like this dress, it was used when we went out to eat and they had a private bathroom. But its a good shape with enough room in the chest area to be able to pull it down and get access to the baby.
I do not really like this dress, it was used when we went out to eat and they had a private bathroom. But its a good shape with enough room in the chest area to be able to pull it down and get access to the baby.
Comfortable dresses I’d wear at home or on an outing with the baby.
- These nursing dresses are easy to get on and off.
- They don’t require a nursing bra, which is great for those who don’t want one.
- These nursing dresses are convenient for travel as well as home use.
- They are comfortable enough for nursing in public, but stylish enough that you won’t feel like an invalid who can only wear sweatpants at home!
Non-maternity clothes can work for postpartum nursing!
In the past, nursing clothing was limited to maternity dresses with an easy zip-down panel in the front. While these are still valid options for nursing, there are plenty of other styles that can work just as well.
- Non-maternity clothes: A non-maternity dress from your closet is one way to go if you don’t want to buy a new piece of clothing while pregnant or after giving birth. The good news is that most non-maternity styles will also work postpartum! If you have a favorite dress or skirt that fits well and looks great on you (and doesn’t show too much skin when worn without a bra), it could be perfect for nursing in public without having to buy anything.
- Nursing dresses: These can be purchased at any time during pregnancy or afterwards through an online store like Amazon, which has many choices available at reasonable prices ranging from $30-$60 USD per item depending on what design/materials were used by designers during production stages across all brands such as Hue Shift Designs ($50 USD) versus Lovedrobe ($20 USD). There are also some lesser known brands out there like I Am Maman ($30-$35 USD) offering quality designs with excellent customer service; if something goes wrong with your order due to shipping issues (which does happen occasionally), they’ll usually send replacements within days rather than weeks so keep this in mind when ordering online before making final decisions about what style(s) would work best foryouandyour body type!
I hope this helps you find some great dresses to nurse in. I am sure that there are other options out there, but these are the ones that I tried and would recommend!