temporary capsule wardrobe for post csection and breastfeeding

(16 Posts)
Autumn2014 Fri 06-May-16 08:05:25

I'm 10 days post c section and thinking about facing the world. We have visitors due this weekend. I'm still very tender around my scar and wearing my maternity leggings, any kind of jeans is out of the question, even maternity as the seams still sit low on my scar. My maternity tunics that I previously wore over my leggings aren't suitable as they are high neck or aren't front opening. I've got lots of button front regular cotton shirts that I normally wear in summer, but they are too short to wear with leggings. Help!

SansaClegane Fri 06-May-16 08:25:15

I kept all my maternity trousers going for a very long time PP - they go high up and 'hold the scar in' (I always felt like my insides were going to fall out), and then I'd just wear whatever on top and lift the top up to BF, rather than pull down at the neckline - the maternity trousers covered up the belly and you can then pull your top so it covers the rest while you BF.
I don't think there's a need to buy anything new, just keep going with the maternity bottoms for a bit, after a couple of months or so the scar will feel more comfortable and you can switch to normal trousers.

MinnowAndTheBear Fri 06-May-16 08:33:08

If you're looking to buy something, Debenhams Red Herring having nursing dress on their website at the moment. You could wear that with leggings.
Normally I wear any old tshirt or top (long length/high neck etc) with a vest top underneath. Lift the top up and pull the vest down to feed.

MinnowAndTheBear Fri 06-May-16 08:33:59

Congratulations btw! And take it easy while you have guests.

DorotheaHomeAlone Fri 06-May-16 08:45:26

Snap! I'm 10 days out from c section and living in leggings too. I need longer tops as even if I was comfortable with people seeing my legging covered bum the maternity pads don't exactly enhance the profile! i do one up one down to feed and have bought long length vests and baggy lightweight Bretons/t shirts from hennes. I just pull the vest down and top up when it's time to feed. (I'm also going braless at home and just tucking breast pads into the vest for now).

Autumn2014 Fri 06-May-16 11:07:26

Thanks for all your replies.
I like the idea of the red herring dresses with leggings . Will have a look online.

Congratulations dorothea too. I'm still needing to make a nest of pillows around me to feed So the thought of having to do it in public is a bit bewildering at the moment.

scandichick Fri 06-May-16 12:34:45

The 'Can I breastfeed in it?' group on Facebook is brilliant for ideas - lots of people there in the same situation. You can do a search or put up a new post. I suggest turning off notifications once you're sorted though, can get expensive otherwise smile

Have you tried one up, one down? Might allow you to use more of your existing wardrobe.

Blackpoollassy Fri 06-May-16 12:42:12

The theraline section belt really helps protect the scar from your clothes, so you could try your normal mat jeans/trousers/legging with it
www.theraline.co.uk/products-caesareanbelt.htm

ValiaH Fri 06-May-16 13:37:43

I lived in stretch jersey skirts, leggings and a scoop neck top or button down sleeveless blouse with a cardigan over the top and just scooped my boob out over the neckline- the jersey skirts were so comfortable that I'm still wearing them now 1 year later and they're staying in my wardrobe! You could also layer one up one down if you preferred not to pull your boob out over the top (2nd baby, fed the first one for 2 years so lost all sense of decorum around getting boobs out!) In winter the scoop neck tops were long sleeve over a strappy top, in summer a scoop neck vest top.

Diddlydokey Fri 06-May-16 13:45:02

www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/clothing-203535/skirts-203567/black-tie-waist-maxi-skirt-5195945?bi=0&ps=20

This looks comfy but maybe a bit more colour would be better for the summer.

Next has a few bits in www.next.co.uk/g877014s1#351592

www.next.co.uk/g876014s2#121008

www.next.co.uk/g876014s5#388388

www.next.co.uk/gl6980s2#l40920

thegoldenlemon Fri 06-May-16 16:43:57

I'm five months post section and have only just stepped away from my soft maternity Leigh top shop jeans they were very comfy over my scar and really not so different from jeggings. I bought h and m longline vests to cover the waistband and just pulled the vest down to feed, will be doing that for ages to come, they are four quid I think and pretty nice quality. I find if I have a bit of vest poking out under my tops it looks ok, as most of my tops are shorter now I have big boobs. Shirt dresses from asos, pinafore dresses, jersey skirts (got one from hush, h and m do loads). Also the dress like a mum website has what to wear when feeding tips.

DorotheaHomeAlone Sat 07-May-16 08:09:58

Don't worry about feeding in public. It'll be second nature before you know it. I'm on my second baby so have been happily feeding in parks and restaurants this week but part of that is having clothes you feel comfortable and confident feeding in so do practice at home.

Autumn2014 Sat 07-May-16 10:43:57

So glad I came back to this post. Thanks for all your replies and tips.

5madthings Sat 07-May-16 10:49:06

Place marking, five weeks post section and looking for tips.

I have sainsbury jeggings which are fine for my scar and hold in my mum tum s bit, they are only £12 ss well.

I just ordered s bunch of stuff from fatface sale as well.

Youremywifenow Sat 07-May-16 16:08:30

Exactly the same situation here. All my pregnancy stuff seems to have high necks so can't feed in it.
I've just ordered a load of these M&S beach dresses as they are long enough to wear on their own when it's hot and look ok with a fitted cardi on top with leggings. Easy to feed in and don't need ironing. There are some patterned ones as well if you like that sort of thing.
Go down at least a size as they are big.

www.marksandspencer.com/v-neck-vest-beach-dress-with-staynew/p/p22427831?prevPage=srp

I'm still in Dorothy Perkins maternity leggings and big pants to protect the scar (and hold in the hideous overhang).
Also got a load of long t-shirts from H&M and am collecting ponchos to feed in as I have massive boobs and can't be even vaguely discrete.

A cardigan like this is great as you can wrap the front round the baby as a blanket:
www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0301901004.html

5madthings Sun 08-May-16 00:59:07

Ooh those dresses look Ok, I am nipping to town tomorrow so will have a look in marks. How generous are they sized do you think?

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