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Breastfeeding friendly clothes

You don't need to buy a new wardrobe for breastfeeding, but certain clothes are more comfortable and will keep you covered while feeding your baby. Wearing clothes that you feel comfortable feeding in will make a big difference when it comes to feeding, both indoors and out of the house. 

Top tips on what to wear:

Tip #1: Wear layers of T-shirts and jumpers

Layer your clothes by wearing a single top under another top, for example, a vest under a looser top or jumper. This means you can pull one top up, not expose any skin and still be warm.

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Tip #2: Wearing high rise jeans or skirts

If you're feeling self-conscious wear jeans, leggings or a skirt that sits a bit higher than normal. This will cover your tummy when you lift up your top to feed. You could also try placing a scarf over your tummy if you haven’t got any high rise trousers or skirts.

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Tip #3: Try wearing looser tops

Looser tops hide more skin, which is useful for older babies who often stop to look around during their feed.

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Tip #4: Scarves can be used in lots of different ways

A large scarf is really useful. Out and about it will cover baby sick and spills, shield your baby from the cold or the sun and cover you when you're breastfeeding. Although don’t feel like you have to cover your baby’s head with a scarf when you’re feeding.

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Tip #5: Wrap dresses

If you prefer dresses, look for stretchy material or wrap dresses.

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Tip #6: Getting the right bra

Most importantly, get a good fitting bra or two. Nursing bras are recommended because they stretch more, allowing for the changing size of your breasts. Some supermarkets now sell nursing bras but if you can't find one for a decent price, just make sure to wear a bra that's on the big side. Our page on getting a new bra has more advice.

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Last updated: 26 Feb, 2021