Nursing in the winter is easy!
If you’ve delved into the archives, you’ll find I took a very, very systematic approach to my newborn baby’s clothes and maternity wardrobe. Then the baby boy was born, and I realized that I hadn’t given a single thought to what I would wear after birth. Suddenly all of my favorite dresses were unworkable, and I spent the first few months in increasingly tent-like maternity tops.
To make matters worse, we then decided to move from hot Brazil to wintery Portugal. I had no idea how I would manage to cobble together even a handful of outfits from my 2-year old winter clothes, maternity tops, and whatever I could scrounge from the Christmas sales at Zara.
It turns out I needn’t have worried, as nursing in the winter is so much simpler! Because you’re wearing lots of layers anyway, you can wear any top, as long as you’re wearing a stretchy undershirt. To nurse, lift the top and go! I’d read this piece of advice so many times before, but I never really understood how it worked until I had a baby.
I thought it would be weird lifting my jumpers in public, but I actually find this system much more discrete than tops that button up. See, your top layer gives a nice cover over the top of your boob, while the undershirt hides your tummy. I find I can wear practically everything except for long tunics and dresses (because I definitely would feel weird hiking a dress-up to my neck!)
A short note on covering up: I don’t think any woman needs to cover up while breastfeeding. Generally, I wish women would cover up less, as a statement that nursing anywhere and anyhow is completely normal. But in the end, it all comes down to personal choice. I wouldn’t say I like nursing covers but feel more comfortable in public if there is something between my neck and nipple – and I can understand how your personal comfort level might require a blanket or cover. Whatever gets you out of the door and nursing in public is fine by me.
My favorite type of undershirt is a simple stretchy tank top that I can pull down. I also don’t do nursing bras and use sports bras instead that I can also pull up or down, depending on the model. The beauty of this technique is that it even works at night! I wear a long tank top under a comfy pajama shirt: baby gets to eat at will, and I stay warm in the winter nights.
Phew, now that’s sorted, I have three or four months to work out a simple, cheap, and stylish way to nurse in the summer! Any thoughts?