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After trying out a few different (and a little too pricey) nursing clothing companies, I finally found some tips that helped me figure out my own nursing wardrobe - for very little $$. I’d been using my normal t-shirts with a nursing cami underneath, but, with my baby in a front carrier, doing a “pull up” was so annoying. It took about five minutes just to get the shirt up and then pull the nursing cami back down and then get it unsnapped. Again, annoying. One of the tips was getting shirts with stretch that could easily pull down or over. Genius!
So I headed to my local consignment shop (Value Village) to see what I could find. For $75 dollars I got fifteen shirts/camis ranging from casual to dressy (we’re talking silk!). I came up with my own method that has worked great for nursing in my Moby or pouch sling (or any front-carrier for that matter).
Here’s my method:
For starters, I’ve mostly given up on the whole nursing bra thing. Not only does it take me twice as long to get the goods out, but my breasts were more sore in them (and I mainly used sleeping bras). But a bra still works with this if you desire one. I found a bunch of cheap camis. If they had a shelf bra I cut it out. I then cut off the shirt at a length that would cover my breasts and a little of my stomach, but still short enough to easily pull up through a shirt while wearing my baby.
I then bought v-neck shirts, shirts with a stretchy neckline (as top picture shows), and button-up shirts. The button-ups I just leave unbuttoned minus one or two at the appropriate level, that way I don’t have to go through the frantic strain of unbuttoning them all at the moment of need.
The cut-off camis provide easy access and good coverage for a pull-down or pull-over technique. Not to mention this is cooler than wearing two full layers!
I just wish I’d had this information three months ago! It's all pretty basic - but for new moms like me, it can make a big difference in our nursing experience. :)
PP End Note: inexpensive nursing tank camis by Gilligan & Omalley (sold at Target and here on Amazon) are perfect for this as well. They unsnap easily at the top and double as a 'bra' that does not constrict lymph nodes (your body's means of eliminating toxins) or press on milk ducts as many bras do (leading to problems such as clogged ducts, mastitis, and yeast from lack of air/circulation, and discomfort as Abernathy experienced). The nursing tanks can be worn alone, or with another top over and are not too hot in the summer days. They also come in XXL sizes, fitting for women with larger lactating breasts. The circle openings may not fit all women's breasts comfortably, but they can be cut away on the inside or slid to the side of the breasts.
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