Maternity and Nursing Basics
When it comes to maternity fashion and finding clothing that will fit throughout your pregnancy and the constant growing for your belly can be a little tricky especially if you aren’t wanting to invest in maternity clothing. I have had a lot of questions since having Ames to share some of my favorite basic everyday wardrobe pieces that worked throughout my entire pregnancy and after for my busy mom life with three littles ones.
I never really was one for buying maternity clothes. I just felt as though it was pointless since I wouldn’t be able to wear it after I had the baby. Some might beg to differ from my view on maternity clothes and thats fine, I just like clothes I can continue to wear even after one season.
When finding the maternity staple pieces that I can wear after my pregnancy I also look for clothes that will be practical for caring for a newborn through the first year as well as my older kiddos. Comfort, accessible to nursing, lightweight, and light neutral tones.
I stick to lighter neutral tones to avoid having to change my outfits 100 times from the new mom accessories, spit up stains. These neutral tones can easily be worn time and time again giving you the option to create tons of looks.
I could live in t-shirt dresses and practically did during my pregnancy and, if I am being honest, I still do. My must have t-shirt dresses are a black and a black and wihte striped like this one here. Dresses are an easy go-to on days you just can’t figure out what to wear. Lately I’ve been loving wearing a black and white stripped dress with black slip on sneakers and a light denim jacket.
My favorite for sleeping, everyday wear, and nursing. I cannot stand loose clothing when I am sleeping to tanks are a must, plus they are easy to maneuver quickly to get baby fed when nursing.
Cami Nursing Tanks
A must have in my fashion book for nursing mama’s. Not only are these tanks comfortable, soft , and nursing friendly but they are the best for using under tops that aren’t very nursing accessible. You can still lift your top without having to worry about your belly showing.
V-Neck Boyfriend Tees
Hands down the best top for everyday basic comfort, a growing belly, and the ULTIMATE top for nursing in. I have to add I always check the stretchiness of the tee material because I have had a few problems with v-necks not being loose or stretchy enough at the neck line. These are my favorite tops to pair with some jeans and do a front/side tuck.
The only thing better than a v-neck to me would have to be a surplice neckline. This style is my favorite for nursing because of the overlapping deep v-neckline. I also find that most surplice tops or dresses tend to be a little more fashionable.
Aside from t-shirt dresses I also love Ruched and bodycon dresses for a more feminine fitted look that shows off my bump.
Loose Peplum Tops
Can anything get better than a peplum? For me, NOPE! I love them and think they look great on all body types. They have a feminine and flattering shape that works perfect during the early stages of pregnancy, you know when you can’t tell if its a baby or a gut lol, and after pregnancy when we are desperately trying to loose the baby weight.
All I have to say about joggers are….. Cute Fashionable Sweatpants.
I wanted to add this style in just to remind you not to forget about the button down. We can overlook them so easily but they are your stylish BFF when nursing.
9 month nursing update
For the first 8 months I exclusively breastfed Ames. After he turned 8 months I gave him a few infant snacks and started to introduce baby food. I am not a fan of baby food no matter how hard I try to incorporated into my baby’s diet I just can’t get over how poorly and stale they taste. So I skipped baby food and moved on to the food we eat. He doesn’t get everything we eat, mainly the unseasoned and nutritious foods. I chop them into tiny pieces or puree them.
I had to introduce some version of solids to help him build up his gag reflex, learn to properly gag and not continuously choke to get over the new textures, so I introduced the fast dissolving puffs. We still nurse throughout the day and I will pump and give him bottles to give myself a break to get stuff done. I have started supplementing a little because he grew 4 teeth in less than 2 months! I was getting bit, and still am, all the time and just felt overwhelmed by the need to constantly give give give and never have a moment to myself. I only supplement once or tops twice a day and pump each time to make up for it so I don’t lose my supply.
For now I am still co-sleeoing and nursing throughout the night so at this point I can’t tell you when the end f this nursing journey will be. Will be posting next week with a 6 month+ nursing hacks you need to know.