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What to wear to make breastfeeding in public easier?

(38 Posts)
BeautifulLiar Sat 18-Jul-15 07:29:44

I should know the answer to this - I've already breastfed three children!

I'm due my fourth in March (very early days) but already thinking about this. I was keen to get back into "normal" clothes after giving birth previously but they made it hard to feed.

So what kind of stuff is good to wear?

ThatsNotEvenAWord Sat 18-Jul-15 07:31:44

New look do wrap style dresses that are really easy to pull down.

Vest tops under everything so one can go up and one can pull down.

There's a FB group called 'can I breastfeed in it? U.K.' which has loads of 'non-maternity' clothes discussed

PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Sat 18-Jul-15 07:35:06

Now it's hotter I can't be doing with 2 layers for the vest top trick so I'm just wearing primark stretchy.vest tops.

oddfodd Sat 18-Jul-15 07:41:30

Tunic tops

Singsongsung Sat 18-Jul-15 07:50:07

H & M do some decent tops where one part goes down and the other goes up. I found them really good.

Quills Sat 18-Jul-15 07:50:32

Vest tops and waterfall cardigans

callamia Sat 18-Jul-15 07:59:34

If you can pull it out is the way, you can wear it. I like vest tops you can pull down (I've never bothered with the faff of two vests, double-layer nursing tops were often more confusing than they were worth), and wrap tops are the best. A cardigan and a scarf in early spring should be great if you want a light cover.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sat 18-Jul-15 08:02:16

For hot weather I would wear a vest top with an unbuttoned shirt over it.

Topsy34 Sat 18-Jul-15 08:40:30

I just wore normal tops that were a bit looser so easy to lift up. I wouldnt use a scarf or muslin over ds head, breastfeeding is normal and barely showed any skin

A vest under your top is great as it covers your tummy so a bit less self concious

scratchandsniff Sat 18-Jul-15 08:45:23

I use primark adjustable straps vest tops. Wear them under other tops. Pull the vest top down and the other top up. That way there's no stomach on show and barely anything visible once baby laid across you. I haven't been too hot either.

BeautifulLiar Sat 18-Jul-15 08:45:33

Thanks for responses!

Ok so the two layer thing seems popular and March will probably be chilly enough to do this.

So what exactly do I wear over the vest?! Surely not two vests??

I freely admit I'm overthinking this grin but it's a nice distraction from morning sickness!

BeautifulLiar Sat 18-Jul-15 08:46:51

Ooh, good x post Scratch smile I do actually have loads of those primark strappy vests, and they're cheap enough to buy more in bigger sizes

soloula Sat 18-Jul-15 10:12:36

I liked wearing a cardigan over a top so top could get pulled up but cardi still hung at side so less was on show. I had long sleeve and short cardis depending on the weather. Shirts over a vest are good too for the same reason. I never bothered with any specific nursing clothes (except bras). I just made sure that everything wasn't too tight fitting to make them easier to pull up/down when feeding.

whatsoever Sat 18-Jul-15 14:03:41

I did the 2 tops thing and I breastfed from October until about May. But if it's too hot a floaty scarf and 1 top.

Although tbh I feel awkward with flesh on show - anyone less prudish about their body could just wear anything with a bit of pull down or pull up stretch I think.

SoupDragon Sat 18-Jul-15 14:09:47

Yes, a vest underneath another top - bottom of top goes up, neck of vest goes down. smile

A big floaty scarf is useful.

It really depends how self conscious you are. I preferred to be very discreet because I am shy and didn't want to have any risk of confrontation.

MarinaCoyle Sat 18-Jul-15 14:10:38

I used to wear a boob tube except have it sitting below my boobs covering my belly. Then whatever I wanted on top. Hoick up overlying top, boob tube covers belly. Sorted.

HeadDreamer Sat 18-Jul-15 14:16:25

Stringy vest and a loose top. One up one down.

Eminybob Sat 18-Jul-15 15:25:55

I was just coming on to say the stretchy vest tops from primark. I wore them under everything. V useful for smoothing out post baby tum too!

trilbydoll Sat 18-Jul-15 18:17:06

New Look have crop tops at the moment for about £3 - they're quite good for double layering without ending up quite as hot and sticky as two vests makes you! Tbh though I find nursing tops easiest, purpless.co.uk have some fairly cheap ones.

happy2bhomely Sat 18-Jul-15 18:20:58

I used to wear a stretchy primark vest under everything, but I wore it back to front so it sat under my boobs. Then I would wear either a wrap top or button down top over the vest. I felt more self conscious about baring my belly than I ever did about flashing a nipple!

museumum Sat 18-Jul-15 18:24:35

I had a few loose tunic tops from the likes of fatface.
Personally I hated my huge cleavage so liked quite high necked tops I could lift up rather than pulling tops down.
If the top was loose-ish I didn't feel it exposed too much tummy that ds didn't cover with his body.

Evabear13 Sat 18-Jul-15 18:40:04

Hello. I used to carry round one of those GIANT muslin squares, they are great for hiding baby under. Also gives them some shade.A large pashmina also works well!

avocadotoast Sat 18-Jul-15 18:41:55

I'm breastfeeding at the moment and I just stick a Primark strappy vest under whatever top I wear. Mostly just t-shirts to be honest (though some of my tops have had to be put aside as they're a bit too snug to easily pull up and down).

I do the one-up-one-down - unclip nursing bra, get boob out top of vest under t-shirt, bring baby up to boob level, t-shirt up, baby on. Minimises flashing (as much as possible anyway!).

avocadotoast Sat 18-Jul-15 18:43:28

trilby I don't really understand the crop top thing - do you wear it as the bottom layer? How does it work in terms of keeping you covered?

IhateMagic Sat 18-Jul-15 18:46:49

I wore an invisible cloak of brazen shamelessness. It served me well. and a stretchy ahh bra to tuck my top up into

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