Although more and more women are breastfeeding in public, many others still feel shame when doing so outside their home or in their more familiar surroundings.
Be that as it may, it is obvious that in order to be able to breastfeed the clothes of the mother's clothing must be easily accessible, but if possible also that, either by discretion, cold, etc. Do not expose much of the body, such as the gut or the entire chest.
Currently, it is not as complicated as before to find pregnancy clothes. More and more brands include maternity lines in their collections; however, the same cannot be said for breastfeeding clothing. A great inconvenience for those women who breastfeed, also taking into account that this period usually lasts longer than pregnancy.
However, don't despair. With a small budget and some tips, you can choose the best nursing tanks and make a wardrobe perfectly compatible with breastfeeding. Ideally, you should prepare in advance a list of what is necessary for this period in the last month of pregnancy and acquire it in the weeks before delivery:
---> Not much investment is necessary but remembers that the lactation stage lasts 4 or 6 months up to 2 years or more. So the ideal is to buy a few basic garments that you can combine with almost everything.
---> They don't have to be specific to breastfeed. Look normal clothes long as it allows breastfeeding. For this, the best are the shirts, tanks, blouses, tops, dresses with pronounced necklines or buttons, zippers or front openings that you can open easily without having to take off your clothes.
---> There are also garments specially designed for this purpose, which incorporate openings at chest height. At first, you will have some difficulty finding a comfortable posture with which to breastfeed the baby without having to discover yourself completely, but with practice, you will acquire more ease, and you will do it without any complications.
---> Invest in nursing bras. Of good quality, that they hold and collect the chest completely, that they do not oppress or squeeze you and that they have openings that facilitate breastfeeding. Use them at least during the first 6 months; we even recommend you to do it from the eighth month of pregnancy, since the size will surely be the same. Choose them without rings, since the pressure of the rods can cause duct obstructions or mastitis. As for the size you should choose, it is best to let you advise. You usually need a cup more than usual and one or two more contour sizes, although it will depend on each woman.
---> Better nightgowns than pajamas. Consider getting one of them before giving birth so you can take it to Motherhood on the day of birth. If you plan to do it in a private clinic, you will have to wear your own clothes. In public health, they provide you with nightgowns, but surely you feel more comfortable with yours. During the first weeks, nightgowns with frontal closure or button-down shirts are recommended in front of pajamas with pants, since they are more comfortable to breastfeed, do not bother the gut or rub pelvic floor.
---> Look for dual function garments. Many pregnancy clothes (tops and dresses) also incorporate openings in the chest to be used during the period of breastfeeding. Furthermore, remember that it usually takes a few months and up to a year to recover the weight and height before pregnancy, so maternity clothes will still be useful for you long after delivery.
---> Finally, do not forget the absorbent discs or pads. Essential to prevent unexpected leaks of milk ruin your look. They are placed inside the cup of the bra, absorb the liquid, and keep the chest dry. They are also very useful at night in case of excessive loss. You can find them disposable or washable.