After having a baby, every woman wants to feel good about her body. Her stomach has gone down and her breast size has gone up. Gone are the days of wearing ugly nursing clothes. But how do you buy breastfeeding clothes?
- Talk to your friends and family. Chances are they have nursing clothes you can borrow, take a look at, or perhaps they can recommend a clothing chain. They will also be able to point you in the direction of local stores and merchants who carry nursing clothes. You may even be surprised to find out that your sister's stylish top that she wore after having a baby was actually a nursing top.
- Check the Internet. There are many, many sites dedicated to stylish nursing clothes. Many of these sites have testimonial pages. Usually, the pictures will show you how the clothing is nursing friendly, because often you can't tell.
- Talk to your childbirth educator, care provider or doula. Chances are they have recommendations of where you can buy nursing clothes. They may even be able to send a catalog your way.
- Be prepared to spend a little money. If fashion and style matter to you in nursing clothes, you will probably have to pay a little more for it.
- Buy nursing clothes that fit well. It may be hard after pregnancy to find clothes that fit your new body type. Not only will you be losing weight, but your breasts will be larger, making it harder to estimate your size. Try on clothes at local maternity and nursing stores before deciding on them. If you shop on the Internet, buy only one or two things until you are sure about your size and ask about return polices. Most nursing bras and other equipment are not returnable, though nursing clothing may be.
- Buy cotton bras and tops. This will help cut down on the risk of getting thrush. Thrush is a yeast infection of the nipple and can be caused by dampness on the nipples. Buying cotton nursing clothing will help your nipples stay dry.
- When buying a nursing bra, buy one that does not have an underwire. Underwires have been associated with mastitis or inflammation/infection of the milk ducts.
- Both your nursing bras and tops should be easy to open. When purchasing nursing clothing, it's important to have ease of use in mind. It may be difficult to position a hungry baby on your breast if you're worrying about snaps, hooks and trying to push aside big pieces of fabric.