If you're new to nursing or preparing to pack your hospital bag then this breastfeeding clothes guide is for you! Here we explain the most common types of nursing access and how you can find a style that works best for your needs as a new mum. As we approach Breastfeeding Awareness Month we think it's an exciting time for mums to be nursing right now #normalisebreastfeeding - trending on twitter!
1. Drop Down Nursing Access
These styles form the basics of your nursing wardrobe and nursing access is very easy and discreet. These styles have snap buttons at the shoulders, which reveal a hidden crop tank inner layer. Simply unbutton and drop the top layer down. Then lift the inner crop layer to breastfeed whilst remaining covered as you feed. These styles are great for layering or simply wear them on their own with jeans in summer. The fabric is cool and not clingy.
2. Lift Up Nursing Access
These styles generally have a double layer over the bust which allow you to lift up the top outer layer and pull down the inner layer to nurse. The inner layer provides discretion when nursing in public. There are no hooks, buttons or clips so access to breastfeed is very easy.
3. Zipper Nursing Access
Zippers are extremely functional. Molly Ades has made them a focal point in vibrant orange which reveal a contrast crop tank inner layer. Simply unzip to reveal the discreet inner layer and lift this up to breastfeed.
4. Vertical Nursing Access
With vertical nursing openings, the openings are cleverly hidden within the pleats and gathers. Again there are no buttons, clips or hooks so nursing access is very easy but discreet at the same time. If you are packing for your hospital stay then you can't go past our best selling hospital gowns with easy nursing access for night time feeds. These gowns also allow for discreet nursing when visitors drop by.
5. Double Layer Nursing Access
These tops have a double layer front. Lift the outer layer to access nursing openings within the inner layer - your tummy remains fully covered by the inner layer and it is easy to access nursing openings underneath. The Dote collection has a beautiful range of nursing dresses for special occasions when you need to breastfeed at a wedding or function.
6. Crossover Nursing Access
This is one of the most common styles. The crossover at the bust makes it easy to pull aside the outer layer. There is an inner crop layer which you just lift to nurse. A fuss free easy option to breastfeed your little one. Esprit make these nursing tops in a range of basic colours.
7. Button Nursing Access
Button front tops are so very practical. Look out for styles that have an in-built modesty panel for breastfeeding in public
8. Drop Clip Nursing Access
A common style for camis and chemises is the drop down clip nursing access, so you don't need to wear a nursing bra. Simply unhook the clip (most can be done one-handed) to breastfeed your baby. Camis are a great nursing basic and can be worn with a cardigan on top.
9. Nursing Covers
Lastly nursing covers are very handy and most can also be worn as a scarf when not breastfeeding which make them a stylish addition to your wardrobe and are also easy to carry in your handbag. Nursing covers provide added discretion when breastfeeding in public made of cool soft breathable fabrics and you can still see baby through the wide opening. I highly recommend one for a new nursing mum - they make great gifts too!
Here's a little offer for our nursing mums - enter BREASTFEED5 at the checkout to receive 5% off your first order!
terms and conditions apply here
Click here to start shopping for breastfeeding clothes now.
Which nursing access do you prefer and why? Leave a comment below.