When my daughter was about 6 weeks old, we had a wedding to attend. Being my third baby, I should have anticipated the whole feeding situation but for some reason, I was just so god-damn excited to wear something that wasn’t stretchy pants I forgot all about how I was actually going to nourish my child.
So there I was in tight-ish (well, tight for six weeks post natal) navy blue silk dress, a screaming newborn and no easy access to the milk bar.
How the hell was I going to do this? I found a secluded spot around the back of a building. With no option to be discreet, I had to whip the dress off, lay it flat on the ground next to me and attempt to feed my child with one boob pulled out of a strapless bra and in a very sexy pair of rib to knee nude coloured spanx. It would have all been okay had I not unknowingly chosen the balcony of the on-site accomodation to feed on. The look on the man’s face who opened his door to find me, like a rabbit in the headlights, on the porch said more than any words could.
So ladies, to prevent any of you from experiencing the true awkwardness that is a public spanx showing, I’ve complied the essential wardrobe for any feeding mum.
Before I begin, be aware that there is a whole range of speciality nursing wear that you can buy. It makes things a whole lot easier because everything is designed to provide easy access to the goods. But it’s not for everyone. Personally I wasn’t into it. Whatever I could find was a long way from my usual style and after the birth of my kids I just wanted to feel like 'me' as soon as I could.
The good news is though that you probably have an lot in your wardrobe already that can be made to work while feeding.
The most important thing when thinking about a breastfeeding wardrobe is to invest in good quality, well fitting bras. Make sure you take yourself to be professionally fitted after the six week mark which will allow your milk and feeding schedules to settle down. Not only will this make your clothes sit a lot better but you’ll be a lot more comfortable. If you're looking for practical nursing bras that don't look like something your Nan would wear, check out brands like Hot Milk and Cake Lingerie.