How I regained my Style Mojo. Fashion Tips for Breastfeeding Mums

On my blog blurb I said my blog would be (amongst other things) about fashion, after all I’ve worked on women’s magazines all my career so style posts should be easy.

But they’re not.

Thanks to Asos and New Look’s fab maternity ranges I managed to dress the belly reasonably well. But when the baby came I seemed to lose my style mojo. And I hate to say it but I put this down to breastfeeding. It turns out my wardrobe of bodycon dresses and tight tee’s was not remotely compatible with nursing a teeny weeny infant. My main preoccupation became ease of boob access rather than looking and feeling good. I’ve decided it’s high time to bring my wardrobe bang up to date AND breastfeeding friendly.

Now I know for a myriad of reasons breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and that’s absolutely fine by me. A fed baby is a happy baby and all that. However, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding here are my tips on how to be a stylish nursing mama.

 

1. THE ESSENTIALS. 

Above all else my two breastfeeding essentials have been a feeding cover up and a large lightweight scarf. Obviously if you’re someone of a less modest disposition to me then well done, I wish I was more like you, but for whatever reason (and I think this is a different post) I get a bit conscious showing lots of skin when I’m out and about.

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Only £6.95 and folds down to fit in the nappy bag.

 

For example I’m a big fan of this summer’s cold shoulder dresses.   They’re super easy to feed in, just pull the dress down and woop there you go, but it exposes quite a lot of flesh so I’m more comfortable with a cover on. Plus, I find when I’m wearing the cover it lets you take your time making sure baby is sorted without everyone getting an eyeful of boob.

I also find the scarf almost more essential. Given the choice of showing a boob or a bit of pale, flabby stretchmarked muffin top I’d choose a boob flash everytime.

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A large lightweight Zara scarf is a must.

When wearing trousers and a top that you need to pull up in order to gain boob access, then I gently drape the scarf around my middle to save showing the world my post partum tum. Nobody needs to see that! Obviously if you’re wearing a cardie or have a jacket with you then you could use these, but I find I can gently tuck it in to the bra underwire and drape it around the side. Plus, because it’s lightweight it’s deadeasy to carry around and never leaves my nappy bag.

 

2.NICE BRAS.

Initially you just don’t care. Whatever is comfy works, but I found once feeding was established I didn’t want to be relegated to a years worth of nun-esque sensible bras. The two companies I found that did the best nursing bras are Hot Milk and good old Topshop. Obviously though, don’t go for style over a good fit. Ultimately the fit is the most important thing so shop around.

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Toyshop bras offer a great fit and great colours

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Hotmilk undies look good and are practical

 

3. BOYFRIEND TEES

Thankfully these are fashionable at the moment, they allow easy access and are super cheap thanks to Asos’s multi buy offers.

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4.SHIRTS

Shirts are a breastfeeding essential and thankfully are everywhere on the high street at the moment.

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Patterns are a pukey baby mum’s friend! I love the Giraffe print from Whistles.

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This Asos shirt is big, slouchy and oh so practical

 

5. BREASTFEEDING TOPS.

H&M and Jojo Maman Bebe do great breastfeeding tops that allow super easy access discreetly. I didn’t want to overhaul my wardrobe to get loads of these as they’re not the most fashion forward of items but they’re great staple pieces and perfect for those first few weeks and days when you’re out and about.

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Jojo Maman Bebe offers lots of Breton style nursing tops.

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H&M tops provide easy and discreet feeding at a reasonable price.

 

 

6. DRESSES AND JUMPSUITS

You CAN breastfeed in public and wear dresses, it just requires some forward planning.   Cold shoulder dresses with elasticated top bands are great as are tea dresses or any style of dress or jumpsuit with a button/zip up front.  Thankfully this Autumn there is a wide selection of casual and formal styles available on the high street.

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Oasis patterned casual dress

 

 

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I love EVERYTHING about this Zara dress

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Disco Mama in this River Island dress

 

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Zara jumpsuit all in black = slimming.

 

7.WARM CLOTHING

When the temperature drops I’d advise against jumpers and go more for cardigans, jackets, zip up hoodies and shirts. Having a November baby, there was more than one times I found myself shivering in a café because I had to take my jumper off in order to feed.

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Dorothy Perkins bomber jackets are good between the seasons

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Is it a jumper, is it a dress? Whatevs, I want it! From & Other Stories

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How cosy does this French Connection poncho look?

 

8. SHOES!

If you’re having to potentially compromise on your outfit to allow easy and discreet breastfeeding then investing in a stylish pair of shoes can give your outfit a fashionable edge and transform an otherwise simple outfit.

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Silver shoes are going nowhere this A/W. These are from Zara

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These Topshop fur ankle boots will help lift any outfit!

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Put a sparkle in your step, from Topshop

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Asks over the knee boots go with everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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25 Comments

  1. August 30, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    I’m 38 week pregnant with my third so this couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I need a bit of a refresh and certainly a few new nursing bras! I love all your tips and hopefully will feel a bit more stylish and I feed my new little and haul him around town. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Sarah
      August 30, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Oh wow!!! Best of luck with number 3, that’s so exciting! I actually just had a look on asos too and they’ve got some nice nursing bras too. I have a real hatred for the thick strap matron type ones! Thank you for reading and commenting xxx

  2. September 2, 2016 / 11:35 am

    There are some really great tips here for Breastfeeding mums, I think you just have to be a bit creative and think about how you will feed in the outfit you have chosen. I remember picking a lovely summer dress for my daughters christening then finding the only way I could feed her in it was to basically take it off – huge fail ! #picknmix

    • sgolisti
      September 2, 2016 / 11:44 am

      Haha! Ive totally been there. Having to feed in a grotty loo because my lovely pretty floaty dress was not feeding friendly!! Thanks for reading xxx

  3. September 2, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    I read this via our mutual friend Charlotte Green earlier today and loved it! Wish I’d had it a year ago – I massively winged it as I went along 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • sgolisti
      September 4, 2016 / 9:37 am

      Ahhh it was so sweet of Charlotte to share it – what a sweetie she is!!! haha, I know exactly what you mean about the winging it!! Thank you so much for reading and commenting xxx

  4. September 2, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    these are some great tips here. I have just given up breastfeeding, but my sister is just about to give birth so is soon to start. I will send her across to your blog. thanks Pen x #bloggerclubUK

    • sgolisti
      September 4, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Ahh thank you, please do!! Thank you so much for reading and for passing to your sister! Best of luck to her, I hope everything goes smoothly xx

  5. September 5, 2016 / 11:16 am

    I’m not pregnant, I’m not breastfeeding, I am a SAHM, and I feel totally and utterly mums! I do so much walking, school run, food shopping, walking the dog, I need really comfy shoes, and comfy clothes – but I want a bit of style. and I live in Paris – seriously how hard can it be?

    • sgolisti
      September 5, 2016 / 11:33 am

      I think that’s my next challenge, how to be a stylish and practical and comfortable mum, without spending a fortune too. When I’ve got that sussed I’ll let you know (so next decade maybe?! ) thank you for reading and commenting xxx

  6. September 5, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Some great ideas thanks so much never knew about top shop bras! And oooh I love that Zara dress!!! Xx

    • sgolisti
      September 6, 2016 / 9:10 am

      I love it too!! Shame I’ve got no where to wear it – bit OTT for a trip to the swings!! I love the topshop bras – I’ve never seen them in store but you can get the online. I love them cos they’re fab colours and don’t have the ridiculously large straps other nursing bras have! Thank you for reading xx

  7. September 7, 2016 / 7:27 am

    It had genuinely escaped me whilst pregnant that you can’t just breastfeed in anything! A fact which I think explains why it took me so long to get my interest in fashion back after having a baby. I didn’t get on with breastfeeding covers at all, so I had lots of breastfeeding designed clothes (luckily lots of my maternity dresses were breastfeeding friendly too), and also made good use of the double vest techique – ruch one vest up, the other down, and you’ve got yourself a perfect breastfeeding top! I definitely support your call for a pretty bra – there are some lovely ranges available if you look in the right places. #KCACOLS

    • sgolisti
      September 7, 2016 / 2:02 pm

      Me too!!! Why does no one warn you about this??? Having said that they probably did and I just didn’t listen. Much the same as when colleagues were talking about night feeds and I blithely thought ‘that won’t happen to me’ and tuned out! It’s all come back to bite me on the bum now!
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting – I love your blog! x

  8. September 8, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    You’ve found some really lovely bits there to keep you going. It can be a difficult time clothes-wise post baby – I’m loving your ideas. Really love that denim coat too #KCACOLS

    • sgolisti
      September 8, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      So do I! I thought it’s a very stylish, practical AND breastfeeding friendly piece! Thank you so much for reading xx

  9. September 8, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I WISH I had read this while I was breastfeeding! I was a slave to the boyfriend T with a cami vest underneath for the lift up, pull down technique. Not sure I could have managed in a heatwave!
    Excellent post – thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub…Total love for those furry boots!

    • sgolisti
      September 12, 2016 / 8:14 am

      Ahh you’re very welcome, thank you for hosting!! Yeah, I was a fan of that in the winter – not been great this amazing summer though!! xxx

  10. September 8, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Back when I was pregnant and then nursing, there was no where near the choice that there is now sadly. Love your choices here 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix, hope to see you there again tomorrow

    Stevie x

    • sgolisti
      September 12, 2016 / 8:16 am

      Thank you!! I’m afraid I’ve had a poorly babe and a wedding so no new posts for me , but normal life has been restored now (fingers crossed) so hopefully I’ll be back this Friday xx

  11. September 9, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I never really got on with tops that are designed for breastfeeding! I ended up going for a layered look, with a vest top under a tshirt or jumper, so when I needed to feed my daughter I could just lift the top up and pull the top of the vest down, so I was always pretty covered up. x #KCACOLS

  12. September 10, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Wow I love these options. When I was pregnant I always tried to look for alternatives that will make me look better and I did the same when breastfeeding. There is brand that I absolutely love which I still use one of them tops which is Boob Design.They have amazing stuff. It is a little bit pricey but it worths it. You have a great style! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is lovely to have you, 🙂 x

    • sgolisti
      September 12, 2016 / 8:13 am

      Ahhhh thank you so much for your kind words! I will defo check out boob design!! Thank you for hosting xxx

  13. September 12, 2016 / 9:42 am

    Ohh great list. My baby is arriving next month so I’m starting to think about my breastfeeding wardrobe. Last time I layered 2 tops a lot ad I found this was the best way to hide belly and not expose too much boob. Love your picks xx #coolmumclub

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