The first time I was pregnant, I eagerly looked forward to wearing my pre-pregnancy clothes again. I was excited to dive into what would seem like a “new” wardrobe!!

Reality check: When I finally lost the baby weight, I realized … most of my tops would NOT work for nursing. I am a turtleneck-boatneck-asymmetrical neck-loving gal… styles NOT very breastfeeding-friendly! How disappointing!

So … while the fashion world hasn’t quite given me everything I wish for in breastfeeding fashion, here’s my top five MUST HAVE nursingwear items:

  1. A good nursing bra – one that does not have underwire, fits comfortably, and can unclasp with one hand (you’ll be lucky if you even have one hand free as a new mama!).
  2. A fun nursing cover – be stylish and discreet!
  3. A belly-to-baby nursing top - most new moms still have a bit of a belly for at least a few weeks post-partum (if you didn’t, we don’t want to hear from you! la-la-la-la-la-I’m-not-listening!). So you’ll want a maternity shirt that can go right from pregnancy into nursing!
  4. A basic nursing tank top – not only does every wardrobe need a few good basic pieces, but these are helpful for “converting” regular clothing into nursing clothing. Button down shirts or a cardigan with a nursing tank underneath are perfect layering companions!
  5. A dressy nursing top – face it, you’ll want to go out and be pretty at times, and basics aren’t always going to cut it. Get something with a little detailing or fun color to spice up your nursing wardrobe!

And… here’s some great brands I’ve been wearing that perfectly fit these categories!

BEBE AU LAIT - fashionable nursing covers!

If you’re uncomfortable nursing in public, or prefer a cover up, you simply must check out Bebe au Lait nursing covers. Bold prints, lightweight fabric, and an adjustable neck strap fit any style and any mama! Easy to use -  just slip it on and drap the cover over your baby. Because the Bebe au Lait cover has a ridged neckline, you can see your baby, but nobody else can. So you don’t have to struggle with a blanket or make-shift cover to see if they are latching correctly or if they are sleeping… and you get that sweet baby-gazing time with your wee little one!  Inspired by a mom (of course), the Bebe au Lait line includes bibs, burp clothes, towels and jewelry! Follow Bebe au Lait on Facebook! AND… it’s Buy One, Get One 50% off through the end of August at Bebe Au Lait!

MOMZELLE – great basic nursing tank top!

You won’t have to leave ALL your formerly-known-as-fashionable clothing behind when you breastfeed. A quality layering top instantly makes regular clothing breastfeeding friendly! The Momzelle Original nursing tank top is a must-have! Super-soft and in an array of colors, you’ll want more than one (I do!). Soft fabric, easy openings for nursing, and a longer fit through the belly/hip, make this top comfortable and modest. Since creating her own nursing top (the Original), designer Christine Poirier has gone on to address common issues in breastfeeding fashions by designing fashionable solutions! Momzelle now features tanks, t-shirts, and even… the nursing turtleneck, something I’ve been looking for! Follow Momzelle on Facebook!

TRENDY TUMMY MATERNITY – belly-to-baby nursing fashion!

This lovely, fluttery Mayreau Emma maternity and nursing top is flattering for a pregnant mom… and then, transitions right into fashionable nursingwear as soon as baby is born. No need for mom to worry about fitting into her nursing clothes right away! With a pleated top that allows for easy breastfeeding, this top doesn’t even look like nursingwear! The modal fabric is soft and comfortable, and can be machine washed (cold!). Trendy Tummy also carries a wide range of maternity clothing, nursing bras, sleepwear, and dresses! Founded by Catherine Adderson, a fellow mama in the business of dressing expectant and nursing moms in the latest maternity and nursing fashions! Follow Trendy Tummy on Facebook!

MILK NURSINGWEAR – adds a little dress-up to your nursingwear!

Designed by a mom who knows we want “fresh, modern clothing,” the styles at Milk Nursingwear are ones you’ll wear even when you’re done nursing. When I first tried their oh-so-cute smocked nursing tank top a few years ago, I called it “the cutest shirt I own”! While I still think it is, that tank top has a rival in Milk Nursingwear’s Gathered-loop nursing top! Most of the delightful tops and dresses from Milk Nursingwear are perfect for adding a little “dress-up” into your nursing wardrobe. With subtle detailing like smocking, gathering, and shirring, their clothing makes breastfeeding AND looking good… so, so easy! They’ve even got an ecoMilk sleepwear line made from sustainable bamboo fabric! Follow Milk Nursingwear on Facebook!

What’s your must-haves for breastfeeding fashion?

Each of these brands has become a favorite for me as I’m once again breastfeeding (like a pro!). I’m pleased to announce EACH brand is offering a giveaway prize – creating one awesome package to get a nursing mama outfitted with some fun new fashions! Stay tuned for this giveaway – coming soon!

Leave a Comment

  • Susie August 30, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Good nursing bras are so important! And you need at least 2 sizes.

  • Lauren U August 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

    Ugh, the maternity/nursing tanks are usually so ugly. I’m gonna be so sad to not be able to go back to my regular wardrobe.

  • Danielle S August 30, 2012, 2:08 pm

    I am with you on your top 5, I think my favorite must-have is pretty nursing cover(s)!

  • Heidi B August 30, 2012, 1:50 pm

    I agree with your “must haves” – My favorite nursing shirt was just a simple shirt with a stretchy neck that could simply be pulled down to nurse – easy!

  • Gianna August 30, 2012, 1:34 am

    I love all the nursing maternity shirts out there now.

  • samyra August 30, 2012, 12:18 am

    i like how fashionably functional these pieces have become

  • Mary C August 29, 2012, 11:30 am

    My nursing tanks made it so easy to have baby at the office with me!

  • Passion August 27, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Theres no way I would be able to nurse in public without a nursing cover !

  • Melissa Kibrick August 27, 2012, 3:55 am

    I ended up with a normal bra w/ underwire after my nursing bra w/o underwire made me look like I wasn’t wearing a bra at all. Now I just need more bras either way!

  • Ricki L August 27, 2012, 12:09 am

    I have been trying to find the perfect nursing tank! Thanks for the info! :)

    rickireviews at gmail dot com

  • Liz Ticona August 26, 2012, 12:58 am

    I’m actually looking for all these things now! I”m due in 4 weeks and i need a couple nursing bras and tanks so this post is really great for me! I will definitely be looking at milk nursing wear to stock up! love when moms do reviews to make it easier on us mommies to be :)

  • fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) August 26, 2012, 12:28 am

    I just had my son on Tuesday and so far nursing tops are proving to be a great resources.. oh and our Boppy too.

  • Kris August 25, 2012, 11:31 pm

    When my nursing tanks are in the laundry, I just wear regular shelf tanktops – they still keep my stomach warm when I’m feeding the baby.

  • Beth Rees August 25, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Thanks for listing these top 5. There are a few on my top 5 as well. I also agree on the nursing bra without underwire, especially in the beginning. It was to uncomfortable for me

  • Sarah Jane August 25, 2012, 9:31 am

    Definitely a cute nursing top. There were times I need to take a shower, put on lip gloss, and get dressed up.

  • Christina C August 25, 2012, 4:17 am

    I’ve been looking for good nursing tops like this!

  • Lindsay Oussa August 24, 2012, 8:22 pm

    I have the same Milk Nursing shirt and love it! I made it to my 6 month breast feeding goal! Next up, one year!

  • Vanessa Coker August 24, 2012, 5:41 pm

    All these sound like great products. I actually have a Bebe Au Lait cover and one of another brand and I prefer the Bebe Au Lait one hands down! It was great while we used it… my son is still nursing but he’s 18 mo. now and wants nothing to do with being covered. Can’t blame him.

  • Shakeeta W August 24, 2012, 8:56 am

    This is a great top 5 but I don’t think a nursing cover is necessary. I was/am able to nurse discreetly without one, mainly my babies are nosy and would pull the cover off (as newborns!) to see what was going on lol.

  • Jamie August 23, 2012, 7:45 pm

    I’m just starting to buy maternity clothes. It’s overwhelming to realize I’ll also need a nursing wardrobe!

  • Jalyn August 23, 2012, 2:46 pm

    I never left home without my nursing cover & a cute nursing top!

  • Sarah Hull August 23, 2012, 12:45 am

    You’re top 5 list is really helpful! I was wondering why it is better to have an nursing bra without underwire vs a bra with underwire? Do you have any favorite brands? Btw, I love the tops you are wearing! I know I definitely need to stock up on some for nursing baby #2!

  • Nikole H. August 22, 2012, 4:20 pm

    I agree the cover is a personal must for out and about nursing comfort. As a nursing mom of a 5 week old, thanks for showcasing all these great shops :)

  • Caitlin August 21, 2012, 9:28 pm

    I love my nursing tanks! So comfortable and easy to use!

  • Felicia R August 21, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I totally agree with your list! I loved my nursing tanks, they were my #1 item with our first baby and I want to get a few more for when #2 arrives!

  • Erin August 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Here is my comment for the giveaway (which I thought I had already entered… hmmm…) I so wanted some nicer nursing tops for Maddie… but never really got them! You look beautiful, by the way!

  • Trisha W. August 21, 2012, 9:14 am

    LilyPadz are my favorite nursing related item and Undercover Mama camis too.

  • Amanda Alvarado August 20, 2012, 10:12 pm

    I didn’t have any nursing tops with either of my 2! LOL Nursing bras were a must though! I had enough to wear for a week without having to wash (thank you ebay!).

  • Melissa H. August 20, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I just have a bra I’ve been using for sleeping during pregnancy, and it can also be used for nursing. I need to go shopping for more nursing wear!

  • Anne Perry August 20, 2012, 10:56 am

    I’ve been nursing my son for 2 years, 15 days and counting. The new baby is due in October. I would love to have some stylish nursing clothing. I have worn my Target nursing tanks too many times!!

  • Erin August 19, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Looking good!

    Your top-five is GREAT! I so agree!

  • Crunchy Beach Mama August 19, 2012, 8:57 am

    gosh I got so used to seeing all your preggo photos and now we’ll already moving on! You’re looking good mama! :)

    I lived in my nursing tanks. Would wear them by themselves at home and under everything when I went out.

    • Erin August 19, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Me too (nursing tanks)!!!