I’m sorry. I’d never refer to them as knockers normally, but I was struggling with the post title and I’m oh so very tired (the four month sleep regression is as terrible as everyone says it is, and at this point it looks like it’s going to run into the eight month sleep regression so hooray?). Rocking out with your knockers out though, such an integral part of the breastfeeding journey, no?
I’m very lucky that breastfeeding has been easy for me, since I know that’s not the case for everyone. I’ve got plenty of milk, and after a bit of a rocky start E’s been feeding like a champ. I got over the whole Everyone-I-Know-And-Quite-A-Few-People-I-Don’t-Have-Seen-My-Tits pretty quickly. It’s easy enough to pull up the bottom of your t-shirt, or unbutton your blouse, or pull down a low neckline, but god I miss my dresses. I have a whole wardrobe full of frocks that I can’t wear while I’m nursing, and a precious one or two that I can.
I was so delighted when I saw that Sydney label Made590 were doing a range with Nerida Hansen‘s Lisa Congdon line, and especially delighted when I realised the Every Body Laura Dress had both pockets AND functional shoulder buttons, making it (drumroll) breastfeeding friendly. I bought it immediately.
It’s made from a buttery cotton linen, which I personally vastly prefer to the cotton sateen that most Made590 dresses are made from. It’s unlined and has no stretch, but fits beautifully according to the size chart, and the wide straps are perfectly placed to hide my bra straps.
It’s a fabulous, bright, bold frock that I’m loving wearing in Melbourne’s current bizzare hot-cold weather (as-is on hot days, and layered over a long-sleeved top, or with tights and a cardi on the cold ones). I think E likes it as well – the shapes and colours look like they belong in one of his picture books.
I was moaning about the scarcity of plus-sized nursing-not-pregnant dresses in my last post, and reader Kris pointed me towards US brand Roolee. This Anthropologie-esque label has an entire section of nursing-friendly options on offer, with some available up to a size XXXL. A small XXXL (the dress I bought had a 44″ bust) but all items have different measurements, and – praise be! – all of them items have their own measurements listed for all sizes (why don’t more brands do this???). I had a really good peruse, and eventually decided to give the Van Buren MOM dress a whirl.
There’s no stretch in the fabric, and the dress is definitely tight across my bust, but it’s a pretty, flattering little frock that isn’t obviously designed for breastfeeding. It’s a simple little cotton midi dress in a minty green, fully lined, with pockets and (my favourite!) cleverly concealed zips at the bust to allow for nursing access.
Shipping from the US was quick and unexpectedly affordable. The dress was also on sale, so all up it just came to just under $60AUD, which is a steal for an easy-to-wear 100% cotton frock that lets me feel like I’m still dressing for myself, and not just for the boob access.
For others who might be looking for bump-free-nursing-clothes here’s a few of the places I’ve been browsing:
- Little Party Dress (who recently expanded their size options up to a 22, finally and also hooray) have a section of nursing friendly dresses. Mostly button-down or wrap-style
- Birdsnest also has a nursing section. I’ve got my eye on this and this in particular
- Milkbar have some cute dresses up to about a size 18/20. I bought this one at the start of winter and I’ve been wearing the crap out of it. I’m looking forward to seeing what they have on offer for summer
- Close To The Heart goes up to a size 18. I’m loving this spotty tank
- Mama Clothing have some gorgeous options. I’m a whisper away from buying this stripey frock, and if I’d known about them before my brother’s recent wedding I would have 100% bought this (I still might)
Hi, great post. Is it he Roolee size chart accurate?
I definitely found that it was correct for the dress that I bought 🙂
Such lovely outfits. Breast dressed, I reckon
Lol, your post took me back to my own breastfeeding days (a very,very long time now!!!) Most of my circle of friends were at the same small people stage as us and about the only way we got a night out was to congregate at each other’s houses with food to share in one hand and baby in the other…
Of course babies need feeding and they take as long as they do regardless of their mothers need of social interaction… We quickly came to the conclusion, not to miss any of the conversations, we were all comfortable feeding in front of each other but also each others hubbys…
One night I remember looking around a toy strewn lounge and the three of us were all feeding and keeping up with conversations while our individual hubbys were in various stages of caring for the older siblings… It was a real sense of community – of ‘tribe’…
I cannot tell you how great it is to see a post baby woman looking as great as you do! Whenever I need to feel reassured that it’s possible for a curvy woman to look fabulous and stylish (of bloody course it is but on my bad days I can judge my own appearance harshly) I look up your blog and think “what would Lili wear/present her fabulous self?”
I love to see you wearing such a fun colourful print dress and it inspires me to look further than my mum uniform of jeans and to embrace colour and print.
I hope you’re getting on ok with parenting so far – it’s a struggle but I find that the best possible thing is to follow your own instincts. Wishing you lots of sleep and cups of tea within easy reach! Xx