Nursing Friendly Summer Dresses on A Budget
Do you avoid wearing dresses so you won’t have to figure out how to nurse in it?
Do you want your style back?
I don’t know about you, but I avoided wearing dresses like the PLAGUE while nursing Bumblebee, my second son. The thought of ending up completely naked or topless in my car to nurse instilled a fear that just never went away. Instead, I avoided dresses for good. I pretty much lived in yoga pants and tanks for two summers.
Why Nursing Mamas Need a Few Nursing Friendly Summer Dresses in their Wardrobe
Having a few nursing friendly dresses that are easy to breastfeed in will make your life SO much easier. You’ll be able to get ready so much faster and you won’t have to worry about struggling to find a way to get your baby latched quickly. Plus, we all need a few dresses to look and feel good right?
Dresses can be tough to find for breastfeeding moms, especially ones that are stylish and also provide easy access to feed your little one. Or so you may think…
most dresses are nursing friendly with just a little work
After trying on all my dresses, only a few of them would be difficult to nurse in. And those dresses were winter dresses with turtle necks and long sleeves. Unless I wore leggings underneath, I wouldn’t be able to hike it up to nurse. So in reality, pretty much all summer dresses can be nursing friendly with just a little work and knowledge.
Here are some tips to help you find the perfect nursing friendly summer dresses
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Find a summer dress with a low neckline
Having a dress with a low neck line makes it easy when your baby is ready to nurse. Since the neck line is already low, all you’ll have to do it pull it down or to the side just a tad for access. You are already showing cleavage with a low neck line, so pulling down just a little more enough for baby to latch shouldn’t be a problem. You wouldn’t be exposing anymore than you already are because your baby would be covering you.
Get a dress with a little bit of stretch (or a lot of stretch)
If you’ve ever worn a stretchy tank, then you’ll know the benefit of having a stretchy dress. Imagine pulling down the top of your dress to nurse only to leave you with a saggy neck line? UGH. Well, having a nursing friendly dress that will spring back to its original position is a must.
Purchase a Cross-front dresses
Dresses with cross fronts are super nursing friendly. Because each layer overlaps one another in the front, all you have to do to nurse is pull one of them to the side and whalaa! Plus, your other half is still fully covered.
I’m seeing more and more button-up dresses and it seems these ones are super trendy. Plus, they are really nursing friendly dresses too. Simply unbutton a few buttons and baby has immediate access to nurse.
Don’t forget about Strapless sundresses
Now, I get that this may not work for everyone and that’s okay. Some people love the idea of strapless dresses, including myself. But I’m a 5’0 petite woman with a small bust, so it works for me. Bigger chested women will expose more with this option and if that’s outside of your comfort zone, then fortunately there are two options. One- purchase a nursing cover. Two- use a shall or a scarf for coverage.
High neck line with open side lines
At first glance, you may think this is NOT nursing friendly. I know I thought the same thing while browsing shopping aisles. But really, all you have to do is pull the arm slit toward your body to access the breast from the side. Who knew?
Another tip: You’ll want to consider modesty and how you feel about it when choosing nursing friendly dresses
If you can whip out a boob, but it leaves you half naked, figure out if that would work for you with a nursing cover up. If not, you may want nursing friendly dresses with more built-in coverage. When picking a dress, consider if you’ll need a shall or cover-up… less you end up half nude at the reception table. Unless that’s your thing.
Here are some more options to consider when finding perfect nursing friendly summer dresses
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