Babies Breastfeeding For Mom Print The Best Clothes for Breastfeeding Mothers By Donna Murray, RN, BSN Updated March 28, 2019 Medically reviewed by a board-certified physician More in Babies Breastfeeding For Mom As Baby Grows Challenges Pumping & Storing Growth & Development Health & Safety Everyday Care Formula Baby Food Preemies Gear and Products If you're planning to nurse your baby, or if you're already breastfeeding, you've probably asked the question, "What should you wear when you're breastfeeding?" This is an important question to ask before you nurse, as some clothes are much easier to wear than others. You may have had friends offer suggestions, and after nursing awhile you'll probably be offering other friends the same tips. Having the right clothes can, and will, make your life easier during your busy days with your new baby. Best Clothes to Wear When You're Breastfeeding You don't have to buy special breastfeeding clothes to be able to breastfeed comfortably. A button-down blouse that you can quickly open or tee shirt that you can pull up to expose your breasts will work just fine. If you would like to purchase clothing made for nursing mothers, however, there are plenty of designs and styles to choose from. With a slit or a flap in the front of the garment, nursing clothes can make breastfeeding easier and more discreet. Wear This Comfortable nursing tops Nursing bras Nursing tank tops Nursing, wraps, or button-down dresses Not That Jumpsuits or rompers Dresses without front buttons Excessive layers Regular, underwire bras Tight or flimsy tops Tips For Picking Out Breastfeeding Clothes We will look at specific clothing articles below, but a few general tips for your wardrobe are a great way to begin planning. When picking out pieces for your wardrobe, keep in mind that patterns, prints, and darker colors will help hide any unexpected leaks much better than solids or light colors. You may also want to wear breast pads inside of your nursing bra to help soak up any breast milk from leaky breasts and prevent stains from reaching your clothing. While these are helpful, many new mothers will tell you that breast pads only help to a degree. Jackets, vests, and sweaters are good to have on hand in case you need to quickly cover an embarrassing stain. They can double as a nursing cover allowing you to breastfeed more discreetly as well. Scarves and shawls are also great accessories that can cover leaks and help provide privacy if you will be breastfeeding in public.Try to stay away from tight-fitting bras, tops, and blouses. Pressure from tight clothing on your breasts can be uncomfortable and could lead to sore nipples, plugged milk ducts or mastitis. Types of Breastfeeding Clothes From casual wear to professional outfits and even formal wear, you can find a variety of blouses, shirts, tank tops, dresses, and sleepwear made especially for breastfeeding moms. Breastfeeding clothes are found in maternity shops, department stores, or online. Here are some examples of the types of nursing clothes available that you might want to add to your wardrobe: 1 Nursing Shirts and Blouses JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Breastfeeding fashion has come a long way. Nursing shirts and blouses come in so many different styles and colors. Nursing tops may have sides that pull over. button down, or pull up. There are also styles that don't look at nursing tops at all. You might even continue to wear some of your nursing tops long after you wean your baby. 2 Nursing Bras Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images A nursing bra has flaps or panels that move over or pull down so you can breastfeed without having to take off your bra. A good nursing bra will be comfortable, fit you well, and provide support for your heavy, milk-filled breasts. When possible, choose a bra made from a natural, breathable, absorbent fabric with soft cups. It's easy for nursing bras to become wet, even with nursing pads, and an absorbent fabric will leave you feeling much more comfortable. The 9 Best Nursing Bras of 2019 3 Nursing Tank Tops Tony Anderson/Taxi/Getty Images The nursing tank top, also called a nursing cami, is a great addition to your wardrobe. With sides that you can unclip and pull down like a nursing bra, these comfortable tops allow easy access to your breasts for breastfeeding. You can wear a tank top on its own if you're feeling warm, or layer it under other items of clothing. You can also wear these soft, comfortable tops overnight. The 8 Best Nursing Tanks of 2019 4 Nursing Sleepwear Camille Tokerud/The Image Bank/Getty Images Whether it's a nursing tank and yoga pants, or a nursing nightgown, sleep in something comfortable that allows easy access to your breasts for those nighttime feedings. If you only make one purchase designed specifically for breastfeeding, this might be a good choice. Good nursing sleepwear will allow you to nurse your baby as easily possible and get some more shut-eye before the next feeding. Should You Sleep in a Nursing Bra If You're Breastfeeding? 5 Nursing Dresses and Formal Wear martinedoucet / Getty Images When you want to dress up a little, go out to dinner, or head off to a family party, you don't have to worry about what to wear. Stylish and flattering nursing dresses and formal wear are available. The Bottom Line on Clothes for Breastfeeding Taking a little time to think about your wardrobe before your baby comes will help you free up more time after she is here. You will be feeding your baby often, and having clothing that provides easy access to your breasts can make feedings that much easier. Breastfeeding clothes have become much more stylish, and many women find that they still enjoy wearing these garments long after their baby is weaned. 11 Must Have Items to Make Breastfeeding Easier and More Comfortable Disclosure E-Commerce Content is independent of editorial content and we may receive compensation in connection with your purchase of products via links on this page. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Track your baby’s most exciting moments with our milestone checklist. Get it free when you sign up for our newsletter. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources The American Academy of Pediatrics. New Mother’s Guide To Breastfeeding. Completely Updated and Revised Second Edition. Bantam Books. New York. 2011.