Recently my husband did something really sweet, he surprised me with dinner…without the kids! While I thoroughly enjoyed a nice acai Paloma at a local restaurant, getting ready had been stressful. I had ZERO “get dolled up” clothes that I could fit in and that were nursing friendly because I knew I would have to feed Elowyn, our new baby, right before we left. I was feeling down about my body because all I had been buying was extremely casual clothes like leggings, easy access shirts, and jeans. I hadn’t even thought about clothes to go out in!
This wasn’t the first occasion that I felt less than impressed with my wardrobe. On a previous day, I was perusing my closet for a dress. I tried on my maxi dresses I purchased last summer to survive pregnancy in the summer…they were not nursing friendly. You know what that means? In order to nurse my baby in them I would have to lift my entire dress up, and oh what a sight that would be! I kept browsing my closet, but my other dress options go all the way up to my neck, and we all know that is the same disaster all over again. An easy fix for the shorter dresses is to pair them with leggings or over jeans so it feels less revealing, but when it’s hot out no one wants to pair a dress with more clothes. I like the breeze.
All of this has led me to writing this post. I have scoured the ends of the internet finding cute nursing friendly clothes. Let me tell you, I am PICKY when it comes to nursing clothes. I do not enjoy very apparent cuts in fabric that make it look like well…a nursing shirt; however, when done right the flaps and the fabric overlays can look cute. It’s just really hard to find cute options, and I’m telling you it is not on Amazon.
The major bummer here is that most stores do not offer nursing clothes in store unless you walk into Motherhood Maternity or A Pea in the Pod, and the options are limited. So I recommend knowing your current size and grabbing a tape measure to make sure you are ordering the correct sizes before adding to cart online. I want you to feel good in all of your clothes postpartum, and if you are nursing this is a great way to feel like the cool mom at the park.
H&M has a lot of neutral colored nursing clothes for a very decent price. I’m loving the versatility of this nursing dress. You can add a jean jacket, a kimono, a t-shirt over the top with a cute knot, or you can wear as is with some cute sandals and sun hat!
Seraphine has the most amazing nursing dresses I have seen. The easy boob access is well hidden, and they have the perfect dress for all occasions. I’m telling you, you will feel confident wearing these dress options even after your nursing journey has ended. This striped dress is one of my favorite options, it’s perfect for summer beach days or even brunch with your mom squad.
While I am a fan of a v-neck, which is always an easy nursing shirt option, I also enjoy wearing shirts that go all the way up to my neck still, and this cute t-shirt from Seraphine also comes with a matching onesie for your baby (0-3 months). Of course, you can always pair a plain t-shirt with a nursing tank underneath so you aren’t feeling too exposed when nursing in a public situation.
Motherhood Maternity, along with Target and Old Navy, have limited nursing options, but are great places to snag some of the basics like nursing tank tops.
Teat & Cosset
At Teat & Cosset I’m oohing and ahhing over this jumpsuit; although it may be more fall/spring than summer. BUT it’s on sale and if you plan on nursing for awhile it’s a great addition to your wardrobe. We all need a good summer option though, and the Jenny Jumpsuit is just that. In my opinion, this blue floral dress is also a must add to cart.
Loyal Hana is a bit more pricey than the other options, but this shirt dress has a lot of versatility and will be easy to wear even after you don’t have a nursling anymore. This store has a lot of other great options for dresses and various occasions too. You can also find a cute, casual and versatile jumpsuit on their website.
American Eagle has got my heart with their cute variety of henley tops. AE even has a henley jumpsuit with the right price and the buttons make it nursing friendly! This cute peplum top is another must have this summer! You can find long sleeve, short sleeve, crop, patterned, distressed, bodysuit, romper, any shirt you could possibly want in the henley version. AE does not disappoint with these cute overalls, you can pair with a nursing tank or shirt underneath for a cute nursing friendly option this summer!
Roolee has a ton of stylish nursing options to include jumpsuits and dresses for all budgets! You can find Mommy and Me outfits here too! I’m afraid to tell you how many items I have in my cart from this store, but if you follow me on Instagram you will likely see me rocking many a jumpsuit all the way up to the first snowfall.
Really, you can turn anything into a nursing option with some layering tricks or purchasing button only tops, BUT how nice is it to have cute options that you know are nursing friendly? And at the end of the day, if you don’t have the time or bandwidth to do the shopping yourself I highly recommend using a stylist to do it all for you! There are so many options out there from monthly box subscriptions to a personal styling session with a local company. (I personally have loved my time with Lindsey at Fashion Fix.) But no matter what, take heart. There are so many options out there that it is possible to feel confident and beautiful on those hot summer days!