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I’m curious to know what type of clothes work best when you’re breastfeeding. If you’re a breastfeeding mom, did you buy specific breastfeeding shirts to wear or did you just wear tops that button up, etc.? I went to Thyme Maternity yesterday to get some nursing tank tops but it turns out my boobs are too big even for the size XL (pre-pregnancy I wore size small or medium shirts so this is not normal for me! ).
I ended up buying a couple nursing t-shirts that fit okay (still needed a bigger size because of the boobage) and they were buy one get one 50%. However, even with the sale price I find that nursing-specific clothing is really expensive! I was hoping to find some comfy breastfeeding tops to wear with PJ pants when I’m in the hospital but I’m not having any luck finding any.
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In the early days, when I was nursing all the time, I used nursing tops. Now my son is 1 and only nurses for a few minutes, so most of my old clothes still work. I’d get a couple go-to nursing shirts (I had a white tank top I just threw sweaters I already owned over), and wait it out. Soon enough, the nursing becomes much easier/shorter, and your old clothes will (mostly) work.
Post # 5
I wear nursing tanks under regular t-shirts! I have about 8 tanks in different colours and I still wear them at thirteen months pp.
Post # 6
I’ve been living in my camis that have a built in bra. I just pull the strap off and I’m good to go.
Post # 7
@As_You_Wish: Rock it Regina George Style
Sorry I couldn’t help it. First thing that always pops into my head when someone says breast feeding friendly clothes.
Post # 8
@j_jaye: Believe it or not, there are actually nursing tops like this designed to be worn under another top!! I made a DIY version but found it fiddly….
I wore nursing specific tops with my 1st baby but didn’t bother so much with my 2nd whose still nursing at 17 mths. It mignt be different in the US but in the UK most of the nursing tops double as maternity wear aswell and you get fed up of wearing maternity tops once you’ve had baby and lost some of the initial wobble.
I had quite a few of the nursing vests which i wore around the house but found these much better for when out and about as i needed the additional support that an actual bra offers.
I actually don’t tend to nurse very often when out of the house now but i still wear these under my tops especially if i’m wearing a top that rides up or that i feel is a bit short and i don’t want to show my mummy tummy!
I also wear these http://www.breastvest.co.uk/ (which are kind of the uk version as i could only get the undercover mama ones off amazon in the uk at the time) but i find that there’s too many straps going on or i wear these http://www.bellebelly.co.uk/ which are just a longer version of a bump band.
I wore all of the above in pregnancy with some of the normal tops i had that got too short then after for nursing and i’m still wearing them now 17 mths on! so although they also mignt look a bit pricy, they do come in useful. Also, i got some cheap shorter bump bands with no gathers at the sides and wore these as boob tubes with dresses/tunics so i’d pull the dress down and the boob tube up so that i was still covered across the top
Post # 9
I wear nursing tanks and then a regular old top over top. I tuck the nursing tank into my pants. I tried a bunch of different things, but I like nursing tops with other shirts best because when you lift your top up to feed, no flab/stretchmaked skin is exposed to the public, which happens even if wearing a nursing cover! I found the ones at Thyme fit small and had weird hooks – the ones at Motherhood Maternity fit larger, are a better material, and the hooks are way easier to get undone and do back up again. Motherhood’s aren’t cheaper than Thyme’s, but they do have deals like 2 for 1 all the time. We have an actual Motherhood store here, but if you don’t I am sure that they ship here because of the fact that they have stores here.
Post # 10
@As_You_Wish: My sister swore by the Thyme tops – there isn’t one in NL so I bought them here and sent them to her. Apparently they’re one of the only places that make them – all her NL friends/doctors/nurses were amazed by them.
If you sign up for the Thyme emails they will send you coupons that will save you some money. Maybe they’ll fit you better post birth?
Post # 11
I went to Winners and bought some cheap tanks with built in bra, look in their sleep wear section. Much cheaper than maternity stores and i think they are pretty good for when you are BF at home. Although they are not designed for nursing, i think they will work fine… I am still pg so haven’t used them yet.
Post # 12
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I’m not planning on getting any breastfeeding tops, just wearing old loose tops and pulling them up, or getting button-up tops. We’ll see if I change my mind after baby arrives.
Post # 13
Mehhhh. I tried nursing tops, but even the xxl ones smoosh my boobs, which are quite sore – and they aren’t even crazy big! I just wear a t shirt over my nursing bra and hike up the shirt to my arm pits. Since I’m home almost all the time, this works.
Post # 14
Any top I could pull up. I never bought nursing tops. As
long as I could pull it up. We were good to go.
Post # 15
@j_jaye: Bahaha! That is awesome. I was actually reading a blog that suggested making your own nursing tank tops by buying regular tank tops and cutting slits for your boobs. It totally made me think of this!
@KCKnd2: I really like those tops! I’m always so nervous ordering clothes online though since it’s hard to guess which size I’ll need.
@MsKeee: I’m glad I’m not the only one who found that Thyme tank tops fit small and I know what you mean about the weird hooks! I might check out Motherhood Maternity and see if I can pick up a couple tank tops there.
I like the idea of wearing a nursing tank top under a regular shirt. I don’t want to wear regular shirts with nothing underneath and just pull them up to feed because a) I don’t feel comfortable showing that much skin and b) since baby is due in January, it’s going to be very coldddd and I want to be covered as much as possible!
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I also found nursing tops to be way too expensive. I only bought 2 nice nursing tops for rare occasions. Most days, I wear a cami or tank top with a sweater over it, or I wear button-up shirts. I actually find the nursing tops that I have are more fiddly and a pain in the ass compared to wearing a tank top and just pulling my boob out. Bous: if you wear a tank top and just pull your boob out the top, you can wear a regular bra instead of a nursing bra.