Maternity clothing is a huge industry and almost everyone has to buy a few new things to make it through nine months of rapid body changes. I bought a couple ruched tops, struggled with those annoying built-in panels on pants, and lived in a few stretchy dresses for the last couple months. (If you want to dive really deep into my closet, visit this post!)
I knew I’d be in transitional clothing after birth while my weight and body fluctuated into the new norm, but what I didn’t give as much thought to was what to wear while nursing. I’m breastfeeding exclusively and four months later I fit into most of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe just fine but before Amelia was born I owned almost zero nursing-friendly tops.
I mentioned it a recent Day in the Life post that my official Mom Uniform is leggings + nursing tank + plaid button-up.
It’s the perfect equation! The nursing tank is super convenient, the button-up works as both a shirt and a layering piece, and thank goodness plaid is perennially in style because it’s great for camouflaging liquid stains of all sorts. Plus any shoes go with it, from sneakers or flats to ankle or riding boots.
I’m not the star of many photos these days, but take a look at almost any pic and I’m definitely in my uniform. Now I own five or six plaid button-ups and rotate through them constantly, with a couple non-plaid alternates thrown in. If it doesn’t have buttons or easy access, I’m not interested.
Hopefully I’ve got at least another month for this outfit formula to last, because I’m not sure what to do when the weather really warms up around here. I can switch to capri leggings, but what about up top? I can’t go to Target in a nursing tank, but I have all of two button-up sleeveless tops and I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on specialty nursing clothes. I do have a couple button-up sleeveless dresses that I might end up living in this summer, if all else fails.
I’m open to ideas: what’s a nursing mama to wear??
P.S. I just looked through photos from the last four months, and WOW, what a lot of life packed into such a short amount of time! I know it’s a cliche, but it feels like Amelia has been here forever, and yet we’re just getting to know her.