MMM: 10 of the best nursing tops

Had completely forgotten about the total style vacuum that is ‘nursing’ tops.

It seems the big name maternity stores – you know who they are – think new mums are only after frumpy tee shirts and faux wrap tops that snugly fit the body.

I can’t be alone in the fact that considering I’ve just given birth – as IF I want to be wearing fitted Breton stripe tees and tight little vest tops.

And considering my bum is currently a size larger than usual, I’m not mad keen on the idea of wearing short, fitted anything. Tunics and longer-line pieces please, until I have lost some more of the baby weight.

Yes, the idea of the nursing top is great, but I can’t find many that are actually nice. So buy a normal vest top and layer underneath a cool button-up blouse, shirt or knit. At least then you will get some wear out of it afterwards as well.

So here are ten key pieces for nursing mums, some of which I have just bought so can vouch for. I have included a couple of actual nursing tops, but mainly because they are useful and not frumpy. The tank top with poppers at the shoulder is brilliant and available in several colours.

Top tips:

*Remember to get properly measured for nursing bras after your milk has come in. Take a deep breath when the shop assistant asks for £107 as you purchase three bras. Yes that did just happen to me. But you can’t put a price on comfort, people!

*Try to choose natural fabrics wherever possible. Man-made fibres will make you feel even worse than you already do – you’re wearing breast pads, that’s enough to contend with.

*Look for easy-access zips and button fronts that you can layer over vest tops.

*There are a lot of companies that offer breastfeeding scarves. I’m sure they work well, but it’s just as easy to throw on your own favourite scarf – preferably the Stephen Spouse for Louis Vuitton leopard print scarf. Or something similar (and cheaper). You get the idea.

*Always keep an oversized muslin in your bag for emergencies. Emergencies = forgotten scarf, discreet coverage, mopping up sick etc

Zip front dress £79, Cos
Mayreau tank with poppers on shoulders £39.95, Babes With Babies
Textured bib shirt £35, Asos Collection
'Savanna' knit in grey, £68, Numph
Paisley print shirt £38, Next
Breastfeeding T Shirt £27, Vertbaudet
'Hanoi' shirt £65, Monsoon
Waterfall top, £145, Peaks of London at Keungzai Maternity
Stripe blouse £26, Next
'Acacia' shirt £35, Monsoon


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