Post Baby Style: Nursing Clothing

surplice top for nursing

By: Jennifer Saul

When I sought out to replenish my wardrobe after I had my daughter, I had to accommodate one big change to my body…well, two big changes. I didn’t realize how much my chest would dictate what I wore. Not only had they increased in size, but I had to consider how easily I could nurse in my clothing as well.

People told me that it was no big deal, a nursing tank was all I would need. The thing is, I am a bit more picky when it comes to putting together an outfit. I wasn’t ready to settle for solid color cotton tees and jeans every day. And for some reason, when you search online for nursing clothing, everything is maternity/nursing. I don’t know about you, but I am done with wearing anything with an empire waist. I may be carrying a few extra pounds in my midsection, but I don’t want to appear to be pregnant anymore.

When shopping for clothing that you can nurse in, there are a 2 main points to consider:

1.) Accessibility: You want to look for cuts that you can pull to the side or up (when wearing a tank underneath). One of the best cuts for nursing is the surplice or wrap style. And there are a ton of them on the market right now. Some of them, like the top I am wearing in this post, have a tiny snap keeping them together. These are perfect and offer a variety of prints and colors. The surplice tops tend to be a looser fit whereas the wrap tops and dresses usually have a more defined shape.

2.) Material:  Look for machine washable fabrics. You will inevitably end up with milk and spit up on your clothing, so unless you own a dry cleaning business, best avoid dry clean only.  Avoid tops that have embellishments like sequins, jewels, and zippers that can irritate or scrape your baby’s skin if they rub against it. Save those items for work and nights out without baby!

pink pants, surplice top, nursing clothing

TOP JCPenney // PANTS  Jolt, Marshalls // SANDALS Cole Haan // EARRINGS Stella & Dot

cole haan gold sandals pink pants

snap front nursing top


Author: seattlestylist

Tannya is best known for her style expertise and personal shopping skills. She can easily combine textures, styles, and trends to produce an effortlessly pulled together look. Clients appreciate her ability to understand and interpret their creative vision yet stay true to her personal aesthetic.

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