Blog Hop & Grand Prize
Thanks for hopping over from Mum without Wheels and welcome to my post for the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt.
Day 3: How to Dress to Impress sponsors today include Feed Me Mummy with a black and white vest combo, Thrupenny Bits who are offering a cute cord in blue breastfeeding cushion, and Kids Bee Happy who are offering a choice of sand art picture for our Grand Prize winner.
Over £700 worth of goodies are up for grabs; entries via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Full details of the Grand Prize can be found here.
My Giveaways and Discount Code
MAM Baby UK , MulitMam, and BreastVest are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I today, and supporting my Keep Britain Scavenger Hunt Day 3 post with the following fab giveaways and discounts:
Breastvest | MAM Breastfeeding and Steriliser Set | MAM Breastfeeding Pads | a MultiMam New Mum Pack and Loyon | 50% discount on a MultiMam New Mum Pack and MultiMam balm with the code ‘aNoviceMum’
Clothes & I pre-Breastfeeding
I’ve never been one to give much time to dressing to impress. I mean, I do like to look good, especially on special occasions. However, I’m unwilling to put much effort into this aspect of living. I’m rather inclined to grab what’s available on the day, to wear; and I’m not keen on ironing either.
What to Wear to Breastfeed at Home
However, what to wear has occupied more of my thoughts since I started breastfeeding out and about. It’s easy enough when you’re at home, isn’t it. Tops or dresses with front zips or buttons are the best for quick and easy access to mummy’s milk.
I was also told by a retired midwife about the importance of wearing nursing bras throughout the day. After lots of what felt like feeding forever, I decided to do away with bras during the day. I’m glad I was put right, though I wish I knew earlier.
What to Wear to Breastfeed in Public
I really struggled with what to wear when going out, especially in the winter months. I found stretchy tank tops to wear underneath my turtle necks or blouses, depending on the weather. Dresses were out of the question; quite a long lift up, most are.
I felt quite dowdy for a while; but I had bigger fish to fry in my breastfeeding struggles to do much about it. And then I discovered that there are
specialised breastfeeding clothes out there … stylish and practical!
What a dressing up game changer. I went from dowdy to ‘check you out’. I found myself saying a lot of, ‘oh thanks, it’s specially designed for breastfeeding’. I also had to get used to people expressing their disbelief about clothes specially made for breastfeeding. The amazement on my female friends’ faces when I showed them the breastfeeding access pockets was fab.
Breastfeeding Clothes Brands
Frugi was the first breastfeeding clothes brand I came across. I’ve since learnt that there are many more out there. I recently came across @milkandmummy and @milkchic; they are participating in the Scavenger Hunt too.
Why Specialised Breastfeeding Clothes?
Wearing specialised breastfeeding clothes really helped me with developing my confidence to breastfeed comfortably in public. Their access pockets / cover flaps are big enough for discrete latching, and also to cover bits and bobs you don’t want on show. My toddler unfortunately, doesn’t always work with me. His hands likes roaming whilst feeding BUT the garments are strong and stretchy enough to work with this. 🙂
Specialised breastfeeding clothes are comfy and it feels good wearing them. 🙂
Even then, the more comfortable I got about breastfeeding in public, the more compatible I found my existing clothes to be with it. Indeed, what to wear to breastfeed became less of a big deal.
A good nursing bra is also essential whilst breastfeeding; I wish I knew this much earlier. I find the seamless stretchy bras to be the most comfortable. There are many brands that sell this. I use @emmajanebras, and I’m looking forward to trying out @BravadoDesigns and @HotmilkLingerie sometime.
I learnt about breastfeeding covers from watching other women breastfeeding in public. This was very helpful for developing my confidence to do the same. I started with a preloved Bebe au lait cover which I bought from a @mum2mummarket; I later bought another one from an NCT nearly new sale.
These covers helped me to move from feeding in closed rooms when I went out, to feeding in company without worrying about what might be seen or not.
I moved on from them as my baby became more interested in the pattern on the covers than in feeding. He was also less inclined to feed this way, as he became more active.
I later learnt how to use muslin squares to cover bits I didn’t want on show, without covering my baby. There are also special breastfeeding scarves like @Snoobscarf and others, to support mums who breastfeed, in the biological art of feeding comfortably in company or public.
I wish I gave some thought to what to wear to breastfeed before I had my baby, and even more that writing about this helps someone.
I also wish I knew about the “Can I breastfeed in it” Facebook group, a good mother-to-mother breastfeeding clothing support.
What do you wear to breastfeed at home or/and in public?
For more tips on how to dress to impress please hop on over to MilkChic where you can gain further entries into the grand prize draw.
Remember you need to earn 50 points to be eligible, full details can be found on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Site. UK residents only.
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