Consider this dilemma: It’s your first family outing and your baby wants to nurse…and while ordinarily, you’d make it work right there and then (whether you’re comfortable doing it out in the open or would prefer to cover up, you do you, Mama!), you realize you’ve hit a bit of a snag. You’re wearing a dress and, save for pulling the whole thing up around your neck, there’s really no great way to get the baby to the breast.
Dressing during the postpartum period can be a challenge, particularly for breastfeeding mamas. Our tip? Invest in a few pieces that can make breastfeeding your babe on demand a bit easier — particularly a few dresses, which will allow you to feel put-together and stylish without sacrificing ease of access when feeding your baby. These seven picks are easy to wear, flattering, and (best of all!) make nursing a bit easier. And really, anything that makes new mom life easier is worth its weight in gold, isn’t it?
This one does double duty: It’s bump-friendly enough to be worn through your pregnancy, and the simple henley style makes this one a breastfeeding mom’s dream dress. We love the midi length (so perfect for chilly days or wearing at the office) and adore how well this transitions from pregnancy to early motherhood.
Who says you can’t find a piece that’s both dressy and practical enough for a new mama? The classic (and sexy!) little red dress gets nursing-friendly treatment here thanks to the zipper detail. Break this one out for a cocktail party or even a semi-formal wedding.
Comfy, casual, perfect for fall, and totally new-mom-friendly. We love this breezy number, which would feel soft and lovely against your baby’s cheek…and all you have to do is pop a few of the top buttons to breastfeed your baby.
You really can’t go wrong with a good T-shirt dress. This one is super versatile (rock it with sneakers for a casual Sunday morning, swap ’em out for wedges to jazz it up a bit). The double layer detail at the top makes the whole style: It stops right above the belly to put your bump on full display (so don’t just save it for post-baby days!) and lifts up for easy nursing access in the postpartum period.
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: Black and white stripes are always a good idea. Due in the fall or winter? Invest in this. The sweater material makes it warm enough to ensure you’ll get great use out of it at the end of your pregnancy (who wants to wear pants during the third trimester?) — and after you deliver, you can easily wear it to holiday get-togethers and throughout the spring. The button detailing around the shoulders looks chic, but it’s also practical: Simply snap them off to easily nurse your little one.
Every woman needs a dress that covers just about every base, and this one fits the bill. The best part? You can wear it to work or when heading out for a date night and if your baby needs to be fed when you’re halfway out the door (which, let’s be honest, is bound to happen), you can easily sneak in a quick nursing session with total ease. How, you ask? The discreet zippers that allow you to open up small holes right over the breasts for easy feeding.
Not a regular mom dress, a cool mom dress. The graphic prints on this make it an edgy pick that in no way screams ‘maternity’, yet the practicality is all there. Simply lift the top flap for easy on-the-go breastfeeding.