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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 fairly covered while feeding your baby. You might be feeling nervous about feeding in public, but wearing clothes that you feel comfortable feeding in will make a big difference when it comes to feeding out of the house. Remember, all mums get nervous about feeding in public for the first time, but every time you do it, you will get more and more used to it and you will soon become a pro!

Top tips on what to wear:

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

Layering: wear a single top under another top, such as a vest and 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. Don’t feel like you have to cover your baby’s head with a scarf.

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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.

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Last updated: 16 May, 2019