Fashionable Nursing Clothes

How to look fashionable after having a baby.

Mom and baby doing side-lying breastfeeding
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We spend a lot of time convincing women that they can look fashionable when pregnant. Certainly there are many fashion options for clothes in pregnancy, but how often do we talk about what to wear postpartum? Unless it involves a workout or fitness, clothing for a new mom is rarely discussed particularly fashionable nursing clothes.

The truth is that there are ways to deal with the physical imperfections of your body that are often temporary after your baby is born.

Here are some tips from moms who have been there!

1. Wear maternity clothes.

Yes, the sad truth of the matter is that you will still be wearing your maternity clothes for at least a little bit longer. Don't pack your skinny jeans, or your fat ones either, to wear home from the hospital after your baby is born. If you don't want to wear home what you wore to the hospital, then consider packing something that fit you around month five or six of your pregnancy. That's about where you will be a couple of days after giving birth. Trust me, it's not that way for long.

2. Get rid of your stretch pants.

As tempting as it may be to wear stretchy pants forever, they can be quite problematic. Namely, they are too forgiving. If you decide to wear stretch pants you never have a goal to meet of fitting in your jeans and before you know it your baby is one or you're expecting number two and still wearing the stretch pants.

Ditch them as soon as possible! (That said, please know, you need the stretchy pants for a few weeks postpartum.) Many moms say that wearing jeans, even if they bought a size up from their pre-pregnancy jeans, it just felt better to have the support against their abdomen.

3. Nursing clothes are wonderful.

You may be tempted to make due with regular shirts and skirts and pants for the period when you're nursing, but fashionable nursing clothes can make your life so much easier.

It took me several babies to figure this out until someone gave me a nursing shirt as a gift. It did make my life easier. It also gave me back dresses, because I could wear a nursing dress - because it was designed for to breastfeed while wearing it. Prior to that I'd had to wear skirts and shirts to breastfeed during dressy occasions. There are plenty of places to get inexpensive nursing clothes. You should look at them as an investment, they can be worn for more than one child and often you can sell them for a reasonable price when you're done with them.

4. Nursing bras are from heaven!

Yes, you can twist your breast until it spills out of your bra. You can even mash it up and stuff it under the wires, but a nursing bra can make life easier. Not only will your breasts thank you, but you'll find nursing bras make discreet nursing much easier. Nowadays, breastfeeding/nursing bras are also really comfortable, attractive, and some are even sexy.

5. Dark colors hide hips, patterns hide stains...

It may be true that black and other dark colors are slimming, but also remember that patterned shirts hide stains that babies make.

The pattern you choose can be the difference between whether or not you change your clothes. It can hide baby spit up (which isn't as cute as some claim), leaking breast milk and other leaks from your baby. (Try also breast pads to avoid leaking breasts.)

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