breastfeeding in a dress?

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I love to wear dresses, but find them very impractical for breastfeeding. Is there anyway to breastfeed in a dress without having to get half naked or am I out of luck with dresses for this summer? I realize this is a silly question, but I was hoping maybe someone had a tip or something!

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Stacey - posted on 07/22/2009

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The wrap dress is perfect! The crisscross front makes it easy to wiggle what you need out without getting halfway undressed.

Tessa - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have a really nice dress that I wear, its a bit cleavegy but it works! its one of the ones that has like two strips of material going over my boobies and ties up behind me neck, its really easy to just ummm pop it out!? You can also get really good materity ones with clips on the sleaves

April - posted on 07/23/2009

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pretty much everythin I wear is v shapped, stretchy or low cut... I just pull my shirt (or dress top) to the side and pull my boob over the top. I've never pulled my shirt up from the bottom because I have horrible stretchmarks on my stomach and it doesn't seem logical when I can just bust out the boob from the top. :)

Meg - posted on 07/23/2009

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This is one area where I have invested some cash. A couple of nice nursing dresses (with discretely hidden openings for nursing) are a worthwhile investment. I like the ones made by Motherwear.

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Melinda - posted on 08/25/2010

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I missed wearing all my beautiful summer dresses so much I designed my ownbreastfeeding dresses and now have a great little business! They are really pretty and allow for completely discreet and comfortable feeding. I'm just about to update the new site with new pieces and new name "Melke" please have a look at www.feedingfashion.com Enjoy!

Kimberly - posted on 07/23/2009

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April, I completely agree with you. I bought some dresses and spaghetti strap tops on clearane just for breastfeeding, its a good idea to just pull it out the top, i keep everything covered with the nursing pad and dont think about the public seeing anything, its not illegal anyway

Paige - posted on 07/23/2009

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I love wrap dresses. Or pretty much anything you can wear a cami under so you can pull the cami up and the dress down. I wore a strapless dress with a linen button up shirt (unbuttoned) over it to a wedding a few weeks ago and it worked really well.

Trisha - posted on 07/22/2009

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hello mothers I also wear dresses. I found that the store motherhood has some nice nursing dresses they unhook at the strap just like the bras and they have differant ones.

Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2009

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Wrap dresses and shirt dresses are the best options but you can also get some dresses with stretchy elastic tops that work.If your like me and also like to wear skirts you can get a combo of shirt and skirt that just look like a dress.I also have a carrier/wrap that is great for breast feeding in public [ designsbyem.com ]They are really stretchy,come in different colors to match your outfit and best of all you cant even tell your breastfeeding at all[except the sucky noises]My son is 16 pounds at 10 weeks now and likes to swing his arms around when he feeds so I can't even use a cover without drawing attention.any way I put the sling on to feed him sometimes then put him in the stroller afterwards.It also helps me be discreet when I am putting in and taking out a breast pad.Give it a try then you can pretty much wear what you want.

Amber - posted on 07/22/2009

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i found some dresses that have the bathing suit look, and you can just slide in- slide out. without lifting up and giving everyone a show! lol

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have some wrap and shirt dresses, and I do use a nursing cover, so I'll try that. I've never nursed in public without a cover, my son's attention span is too short to stay latched on! Thanks!

Rhonda - posted on 07/22/2009

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I made the mistake of wearing a dress to work yesterday that had a pretty stiff top on it and the material would not give for me to pump - so I did have to practically get nakey just to pump - thankfuly I have a private area now!

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You might just have to make good friends with a nursing cover (if your little one will tolerate it)! :) I never have been able to make dresses work even semi-modestly for breastfeeding.

Martha - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have rediscovered the shirt-dress! You have to look a little harder, but really any dress with buttons on the front can be used for nursing.

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