Ask Sherry: What to wear while breastfeeding
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WHAT DO I WEAR WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
I dearly wish I could answer this from experience, having had a hell of a time with my lazy latcher, and having wasted PLENTY of nights and tears on this particular subject (read all about it here), but I did try very hard many times and I think that gives me SOME experience.
- Anything in jersey
- Anything in a scoop neck works best
- Anything slightly lowercut
- Anything without sleeves (like a tank top)
- Anything that is easy to pull down from the neck or remove one side completely, and wrap underneath your boob
You do not need special nursing tanks (yes I bought them in excited anticipation which deflated when I had Baby Bun), but you do need nursing bras if you plan on wearing a bra, as well as a nursing pad to soak up excess milk that will seep out when you’re not feeding (oh I had such grand plants!).
The best things I have found were: Jersey tank tops and/or jersey dresses hands down, either maxi or midi, in a looser fit / cut, and I would just whip down the top strap and try to get my lazy baby to feed.
You can find plenty of options for cheap either in secondhand / thrift stores, or there are tons of options everywhere like here in a tank top option (basic), here in a pretty wrap stripe dress and here that is maternity specific for starters.
YOU DO NOT NEED MATERNITY SPECIFIC ITEMS.
Anything that is a jersey that won’t stretch out, will wash easily, not stain permanently, and has a lowercut in front (scoop), works just fine. I see plenty of women rocking this when they feed and they do great.
Another option would be a very loose t-shirt with a low scoop in front, I just dropped one shoulder (the shirt was old and had well stretched out), and attempted to feed him.