An often unexpected challenge of being a new mum is what happens to our bodies post birth. Amongst all the things we are trying to work out how to do for the new baby, we too have new things to master and understand. Specifically, boobs. Often overnight we have giant breasts that have gone up maybe three bra sizes.
Once the initial engorgement calms down and we work out the whole breastfeeding thing, we are often still left with bigger busts during our breastfeeding journey. And that can present all sorts of dressing and wardrobe challenges.
Prior to my babies, I was already a bigger busted gal (FF cup) and while I did go up one size after my first baby, luckily I already knew how to flatter a larger chest. I did have to master the breastfeeding wardrobe, though. As a stylist and mama to a baby and toddler, I have learnt a few things that balance the very practical need to feed baby along with wanting to feel nice on all those park trips and long ‘please sleep’ pram walks.
Lower necklines will help reduce the bust appearance and help not to look too top heavy. Opt for scoop or v-neck styles. This can apply whether you’re choosing nursing-specific clothing (with the clips or zips for feeds) or working with your old wardrobe or regular pieces. If you’re worried about looking too sexy with this new larger bust, make friends with singlets and tanks under your tops. Just make sure they’re not to tight to pull down for a hungry bub.
Casual button down style tops – like a denim chambray shirt are also a good option. A singlet underneath works well here too.