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.
*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