Nursing clothes for a Stylish Mama

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The transition from being pregnant to having a baby is such an exciting time, but also so overwhelming that the last thing you’re thinking about is what you’re going to wear. You spend so long in maternity or oversized clothes that you can easily forget what to wear after the bump has gone.

Once I felt like getting out of the house (and my tracksuit pants!) with my newborn, I didn’t want to wear my maternity clothes anymore, but was stuck between not-quite being my pre-baby size, and not being pregnant anymore. I WANTED to wear clothes that I liked and made me feel stylish, but I NEEDED to wear clothes I could breastfeed in, without half undressing myself at the cafe. Not an easy feat.

My Maternal Health Nurse told me the number one reason that women stopped breastfeeding was because they felt self-conscious about nursing in public. If that’s true, that is a real tragedy, because there are so many gorgeous, stylish and discreet feeding tops and dresses available now, that nursing in public should be easier than it’s ever been.

nursing at home

Nursing at home is as easy as lifting up your t-shirt, but not when you’re out!

Some of the best nursing clothes I own are tanks – and after three babies I have a lot of them, and wear them all! The best ones I have found are the stretchy, cotton tanks with openings at the bust for easy, discreet and convenient feeding – both at home, and when out. Having two older daughters means that many feeds need to be at the park or at swimming lessons, so no-fuss tops are a necessity. These types of tops with openings at the bust are my favourite for nursing, because being well over a size E cup when I’m breastfeeding I’d rather wear these peek-a-boo style tops rather than lift my regular clothes up, or unbutton a shirt revealing more than I want to.

I also have some gorgeous nursing friendly dresses I’ve gladly worn to weddings, dinners and functions, that make me feel both stylish and comfortable. And even better, no-one can tell they’re maternity ‘feeding’ clothes.  The best thing about these dresses is that you can wear them pregnant, you can wear them breastfeeding and even after that. If you invest wisely, you’ll love wearing these clothes and be able to wear them for your next pregnancy too.

Here are some of my faves:

STRIPED DRESS

This SRC Essentials feeding dress in red and white stripes is a favourite. I’ve worn it a lot and get lots of comments on it whenever I do. It’s such soft jersey bamboo cotton, so it’s really comfortable, makes nursing in public places easy because it’s simple and quick to just lift up the top layer, and looks so cute and stylish. I love wearing it with Birkenstocks or white trainers.

Stripe dress

SRC Essentials feeding dress

Bamboo Jersey Feeding Dress from SRC Essentials range by SRC Health, also available in black and black & white stripes, $69.95

TANKS

The ‘worker horse’ pieces in my nursing wardrobe are definitely my feeding tanks. I have five and wear them nearly every day, even to bed. I wear them alone or with a nursing bra underneath, with a cardigan or jacket over the top or just a scarf. They are just so stylish, so comfortable and SO easy to nurse in.

Just lift the top layer of material to feed and it’s so discreet and easy, no-one will even notice you’re feeding. It just looks like you’re holding your baby. Here I am feeding baby Marnie at my older daughter’s swimming lessons, I didn’t even bother with a nursing bra when she was this young – her feeds were so frequent – so it was super quick and easy to nurse.

striped tank

The striped feeding tank I wear the most

I have this tank in stripes, spots, two black ones and a grey and they pretty much go with everything and are easy to layer up. I wore the black one all the time when I was pregnant as it went with everything, and in Winter wore it as a singlet under my other clothing as it was nice and long, then wore it constantly when breastfeeding. I even wear them to bed!

black nursing top

A black nursing tank is a maternity essential

Both tanks from the SRC Essentials range of Feeding Tanks by SRC Health, $49.95

LONG SLEEVED T-SHIRT

Much like a tank, a long-sleeved t-shirt is such a wardrobe stable because it will go with everything and is so easy to breastfeed in. I love stripes, because I think it really finishes an outfit and looks great on everyone, so this one is a favourite. Perfect for the cooler months, it is fitted so you feel stylish after birth, but not so tight that you’re worried about your after-bub tummy. Similar to the nursing tanks, you just lift the top layer of material to feed in, discreetly.

striped long sleeve nursing top

Black and White Long Sleeve Nursing Top from Blossom & Glow, $45

This one is another favourite and one I wore to work quite regularly because it was just so comfortable – I have it in black and it goes with everything, and really does make discreet nursing a breeze.

esprit

Long Sleeve Nursing Top by Esprit from Queen Bee Maternity, available in grey, black and white, $69.95 PLUS Stylish Bump readers get an exclusive 10% off at Queen Bee Maternity, just use the code STYLISHBUMP10 and click HERE to view the range and save.

MAXI DRESS

If your newborn arrives during ‘party season’ when you are most likely to have lots of events like weddings and parties then a nursing dress or two is a great idea. One that you can wear when you’re pregnant is even better because you’ll get much more wear out of it, like this cotton maxi dress worn by stylish mama, designer Leanne Barlow. Just lift the top layer of material to nurse so easily. So stylish and very comfortable cotton.

asos nursing dress

A maxi maternity dress with discreet nursing double layer

Maxi Dress: Asos maternity, currently stocked in red and black, $76.00

STRIPED T-SHIRT

A t-shirt that doesn’t look like a feeding t-shirt and made from comfortable, bamboo rich jersey material will become a wardrobe staple, no matter how long you feed for. It won’t make you feel like you’re wearing maternity clothes and means you’ll happily take your baby out with you, knowing you’ll be prepared if they get hungry!

This stylish striped t-shirt is a great design as it has two layers, with the inner layer open for feeding. This is my other favourite kind of nursing top because it’s a stylish top, but makes nursing so easy. You don’t have to unzip or unbutton – just lift it up. So easy! When your baby is nursing (see below right image) you can’t even see any skin: here I am feeding baby Marnie at the park, wearing the grey one that I have now passed on to Mrs White (currently out of stock, sorry, see below for similar.)

striped nursing top

A striped maternity tee with a double layer for discreet feeding

Nursing striped t-shirt by SRC Essentials range also available in red & white stripes and black by SRC Health, $59.95
Grey nursing t-shirt, similar available at Asos Maternity, $17.50

SHIFT DRESS

Owning a dress that you can wear to any occasion is a great asset, because you won’t feel as though you can’t attend – or can’t take your baby – because you’re breastfeeding. Having something to wear that allows you to discreetly nurse your baby but also stylish and appropriate really is a must-have. Newborns want to feed morning, noon, and night (and every few hours in between) so having an outfit that looks stylish AND is easily accessible for nursing is just so handy.

I love this nursing dress I wore to a family wedding, and comfortably fed my baby whilst at the table a few times during the day and night without anyone noticing. You just pull the side across with the inner layer exposed so you can easily nurse. And cotton jersey material means it’s comfortable and doesn’t need ironing, which means it’s also a great travel dress.

soon maternity nursing dress

A maternity dress that also allows discreet nursing is so versatile

Alexia Feeding Dress by Soon Maternity, $89.95

SHIRT

The other nursing essential I have in my wardrobe is a chambray shirt – I have a couple, and neither are maternity shirts, they are just great to wear for nursing, just unbutton the top few buttons. However, I don’t find a shirt as discreet as the other tops, as my bust is rather large when full of milk, but it’s still a handy item to have. You can also wear it open with a tank underneath, to shield your bub’s head and face it you’re outside or somewhere public.

Try Asos (left) or Blossom & Glow (right) for maternity chambray shirts that are comfortable and longer in length, and Cotton On, H&M or Just Jeans for non-maternity.
asos shirtshirt

There are nursing tops, tanks and dresses available almost everywhere now, many more than when I had my first baby several years ago.

As pregnant women become more stylish and demand more stylish clothes, and breastfeeding and breastfeeding in public is encouraged, hopefully more brands will start to design maternity and nursing ranges for us all.

MORE!

Here are some more of my favourite places to check out for nursing wear as they’re always getting new stock in:

Asos maternity nursing range here

Blossom & Glow maternity and nursing range here

Mayarya nursing wear, here

Queen Bee Maternity nursing range here

Nursing Mama here

Here’s some of my favourite images of celebrity mamas feeding their bubs:

chrissy milk

Chrissy Teigen in the video for Fergie’s song “MILF Money”

gwen walking feeding

Mama of 3 Gwen Stefani walking and feeding

nicole trunfio

Supermodel Nicole Trunfio

lena nursing

Russian model Lena Perminova

chrissy teige

Model Chrissy Teigen

tamara eccelestone

F1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone

olivia wilde

Olivia Wilde

gwen

Gwen Stefani

doutzen

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes

alyssa milano

Actress Alyssa Milano

miranda

Miranda Kerr

blake

Blake Lively

maggie

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal

gwen switzerland

Gwen Stefani

Happy shopping, and happy nursing mamas.

24 Comments
  • Karen Johnson
    June 13, 2016

    I’d love to win the voucher, as I’m currently breastfeeding baby number two, and am one of those people who have been lifting the shirt up to feed!! and I’d really love some new blossom and glow feeding tops just to make me feel a bit more beautiful again, I’ve already eye’d off a few of their things!!! 😜

  • Cassy
    June 13, 2016

    Id love to win to look stylish in winter nursing my new baby girl!

  • Sarah T
    June 13, 2016

    I have just had my second beautiful little boy, he is 5 days new. I have very few clothes suitable for feeding so am wearing my stretched maternity clothes when I can get out of my pyjamas. When I can gather my strength to venture out it would be great to have some lovely breastfeeding friendly items.

  • Lara
    June 13, 2016

    Love all the different styles shown in this article- it can be so tricky to feel on top of everything as a mum to a newborn and I think when you feel comfortable, happy and even better stylish in what you are wearing it gives you a little extra confidence to handle everything being a Mumma throws at you!

    Thanks for sharing your favourite nursing wear brands . I had a difficult journey breastfeeding our first baby, our second baby is a week old today and while feeding has again been very difficult I feel proud to make it through each day one by one.

    I would love to have the opportunity to have some beautiful nursing clothes- they would give me a happy little spring in my step and remind me of how lucky I am to be able to feed our little ones in the first place. X

  • Danielle Breust
    June 13, 2016

    With a newborn my wardrobe is now needing to be 100% breastfeeding friendly and I am constantly on the lookout for new and stylish items to wear, that are not only comfortable, Practical but also looks good! I have a few prices from blossom and glow and love their range so much – would love to be able to expand my wardrobe!

  • Nicole
    June 14, 2016

    I would love to win as I feel like I am wearing the same nursing wear all the time. I had babies close together so have been breastfeeding for about 2 years at the moment and would love some new updated, stylish clothes.

  • Kelly Dobbie
    June 14, 2016

    I would love love love to win the $100 voucher due to giving up breastfeeding with my first born due to feeling so self conscious and anxious in public to breastfeed. I would love to feel brave and confident enough 2nd time round to be able to publicly breastfeed without the worry of having to undress etc with beautiful maternity breastfeeding wear. All the clothes are gorgeous and i would love to spoil myself without the guilt of spending money on myself. Thankyou so much for the blog post It was so helpful! Xoxox

  • Toni Chapman
    June 15, 2016

    Our first baby is on the way :) The budget is getting tight and I don’t have any nursing clothes! This would just be a godsend, a very pretty, stylish godsend :)

    • Toni Chapman
      June 15, 2016

      Oh, and I’m happily following all three. My Instagram overflows with gorgeous maternity clothes :)

  • Kylie Morton
    June 16, 2016

    After finishing breastfeeding my son 5 months ago I am currently still running around in breastfeeding singlets and dresses. It’s time to update my wardrobe a bit more. I am currently obsessed with blossom and glow and the amazing products they have for pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.

  • Emma Inglis
    June 17, 2016

    What a fantastic prize & the timing of this article could not be more perfect!! With Bub #1 due any day now I am at a complete loss when it comes to what to wear for this next stage of adventures. The Ally shirt dress has definitely been added to my wish list for my brother’s relaxed wedding in September & I’ve been crushing on everything by legoe the label for months but felt guilty thinking they would be such a short term purchase! Thanks again for such a helpful post xx

  • Eryn Vargo
    June 17, 2016

    I’d like to win because I’m pregnant with baby number four! And I am an exclusive nurser (and I nurse for at least 2 to 2 1/2 years). Some of these items could really come in handy! Id also love to feature you on my blog and my website… I’m doing a series of posts about maternity fashion and once the baby is born, about nursing fashion for the average mom!

  • Jessica Reid
    June 17, 2016

    My baby and i are still a little nervous breastfeeding in public after starting our breastfeeding journey in the special care nursery. Our confidence is slowly building and beautiful clothes such as those at blossom and glow have made me feel much more comfortable. I wear my eve of eden striped top every few days! Would love a voucher to be able to grab a couple more. Keep up the important job of empowering breastfeeding mums!

  • Peta
    June 18, 2016

    I love Blossom and Glow clothing and so I would especially love the $100 gift voucher! Their clothing helps keep us pregnant ladies looking stylish while being still be comfortable. I also love that when baby does come, they have beautiful clothing I can wear and be able to breastfeed discreetly in for all different occasions. It’s hard on the sleepless nights to look and feel your best but wearing gorgeous clothing, definitely helps!

  • Anna
    June 19, 2016

    When you’ve had a couple of bubs & your body’s just not quite how it used to be
    Finding flattering clothes to suit your new physique doesn’t happen easily
    The Hana Overlay Knit Dress would be the perfect piece to add to my wardrobe for sure
    Providing simple elegance & hiding a few lumps & bumps, a piece I would surely adore!

  • Sherise ODea
    June 19, 2016

    I would LOVE to win to actually purchase some quality breast feeding friendly clothes !!

  • Anna
    June 19, 2016

    I’d love to win some new maternity/nursing clothes! 6 months pregnant with #2 and feeling like a frump! :(

  • Rachel
    June 19, 2016

    I would love to win because it’s my 40th birthday coming up and I need a dress that I can feed my 4 month old in for my party. I already did the blossom part and now I need to glow!!!! Great article. Thanks so much!!!!

  • Jo Gardiner
    June 19, 2016

    Eeep I love this blog post as I’m due in Sep with twinnies. I am desperate to breast feed them for as long as possible so would LOVE to have some easy feeding tops like the ones you’ve suggested. Would be so honoured to win this awesome voucher.

  • Kate London
    June 19, 2016

    I love Blossom & Glow and have just bought my 3rd pair of jeans for my second pregnancy. My dear friend who’s finally conceived after a long, long road of trying is the one I’d like to give the voucher to. She’s so selfless and kind and rarely spends a cent on herself. This would make her day.

  • Anna
    June 19, 2016

    Am due with Bub number #2 in a couple of months and would love to win some stylish breastfeeding clothes. Thank you!

  • Leia Farnworth
    June 19, 2016

    Beautiful styles
    Lightweight and comfy
    On point
    Stylish
    Stripes- red and white
    Occasional wear
    Maxi heaven !
    Amazing New Designs
    Great for breastfeeding
    Lots to choose from
    Of course I’d love to
    Win this awesome prize!!!!

  • Toni Chapman
    June 27, 2016

    Hi guys! Was a winner announced for this? Thanks 🙂

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    September 20, 2018

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