When you've had a baby, your wardrobe may not reflect your wishes any more, or your shape, for that matter. Especially when you breastfeed, you will have different demands from your clothes then you had before.
Some women can breastfeed in just about anything, I however, cannot. I do not like to get semi-undressed to nurse, and I prefer to be able to nurse whenever and wherever.
I have set out to create myself a wardrobe that will last for future pregnancies, nursing and the additional weight-loss and gain. It seems one hell of a task, and it can indeed be tedious, but it is feasable.
The most important thing for a nursing mother is to have a good nursing bra. If you are bound to wearing grandma style underwear, you are also bound to feel like a slob, and believe you me, that is not what you are looking for. With all the hormonal changes you are going through after birth and the changed body you have to come to accept, you really don't want to go around looking and feeling like a dishcloth.
So nursing bra is key. And there are some real nice ones out there (eg Hotmilk and Cake make pretty ones), which are worth a little detour on your shopping trip.
I have had to wear H&M nursing bras for two years, that discolored from the first washing and that hurt like hell on the underwire and I can assure you that the recent acquisitions I have made in that department are well worth their money. All of a sudden I feel like a woman again. (Until recently, nice nursing bra's were rather hard to come by where I shop in Belgium, but this wonderful new store just opened - called Boobs 'n Burps - so I finally got geared up.)
For tops (or dresses), you don't necessarily need to go to a special store. If you take some regular knitwear tops with a low neckline, this can work fine. Empire style models work best for the little postpartum belly. Do try them on however, and make sure there is easy access to the boob. You will find, once you develop 'the eye' there is really a lot of choice in tops for nursing.
If you want to buy skirts or pants that grow with you, again, these can be found in the shops you regularly visit. Look for models with an elastic, stitched elastic or jersey waistband.
All of this might take some effort in looking for it, but it spares you the frustration of having to buy all new things every time you gain a few pounds, lose some, or when you become pregnant again.
If you are too tired or busy to go out to shop, there are some online stores that have a really good choice:
- Mamanana gives really good service and the sizing is correct, they hold breastfeeding and pregnancy wear
- Emami has really fun multifunctional knitwear that will serve for years to come, the fabrics they use are really nice too and they were planning on using only organic cotton from 2010 onward.