February 06, 2013
Nursing friendly staples
The last few weeks of wrangling my newborn and getting the hang of this mom thing haven't left me with much spare time to dress up or be fussy. If I'm not being covered (albeit lovingly) in drool, I'm worried about spilling something on myself due to sleep deprivation-induced clumsiness. More than ever, I need my clothing to be functional and machine-washable.
For this reason, I've sought out comfortable, stylish layers to keep warm but maintain constant access to Emilia's source of nutrition. My drapey cardigans are getting a major workout because they offer warmth as well as additional privacy when I'm maneuvering her under the nursing cover. I've beefed up my nursing-friendly top wardrobe too. Gap put a bunch of nursing shirts on clearance (FYI, their nursing clothing is clustered with Maternity... my favorites are this cowl top and this crossover shirt) and at the advice of a dear new friend from my mom's group, I also picked up a few Bravado tanks. I was hesitant due to the retail but they really are worth the money. I'm not small busted by any stretch and the support these tanks offer put Target's Gillian O'Malley nursing tanks to shame. They are long enough and have fabric thick and sturdy to provide additional stomach support.
For fit reference, I find that Bravado nursing tanks run true to bra cup and band sizes. Though I've not had them for long enough to know how stretched out they will become or how they'll hold up with lots of use/wear, I am glad to have them around to try. I've felt much less exposed and all over the place since they've become a part of my wardrobe.