To think that breast feeding tops should be a bit more forgiving?

(32 Posts)
BonaDea Tue 23-Apr-13 13:00:10

Ds is 5 weeks old and I'm ebf'ing. I know that I should just wear normal tops with a vest underneath, and for the most part I have been and will continue to do so.

But none of my pre preg tops really fit or are long enough and I didn't have huge amounts of maternity gear. Together with the fact that I needed some cheering up I thought I'd buy a couple of nursing tops to make feeding in public a bit less nerve wracking.

What I've found is that most of these tops are made of Lycra or other stretchy fabric and are skin tight. In other words they cling in all the wrong places and look horrible. Went to John Lewis and tried several options - either tents or skin tight as described.

Then went on verbaudet website and ordered a few bits which looked much more flattering - more drapey and forgiving. I was a 12-14 pre preg with a decent shape. Obviously I am pretty lumpy and bumpy at the moment but have been able to get myself looking not too bad wearing the clothes that do fit me but the things which arrived this morning look awful!

I ordered size 16 and sort of expected that some consideration might be given to cut and fabric to make the tops flattering. What looked drapey and flattering (on the size 6 model on the website - another gripe!) is literally skin tight on me and looks hideous around the tummy.

I would have thought that bf clothes weren't just about providing easy access to boobs, but also about making women who are feeling pretty body conscious feel better about themselves?!

Am I deluded/ unreasonable?

Lora1982 Wed 24-Apr-13 00:20:36

You've made me go shopping when i should be trying to sleep!

missuswife Wed 24-Apr-13 02:52:48

I just wear a nursing bra with a button front dress over it, is that weird? All I have are dresses. They're all scoop neck so I cut a vertical slit and put in buttons.

missuswife Wed 24-Apr-13 02:54:29

I mean am I weird not to wear the stretchy vest thing?

BonaDea Wed 24-Apr-13 03:08:07

Glad it's not just me then - will check out some of the suggestions.

Missus - the dresses sound good. Things which button down don't need a vest so you are not being odd. But if you have a top you are lifting up to boob level it is nice to have a vest underneath to cover your tummy area while you feed (so you pull the top up and the boob part of the vest down).

ameliaandme Thu 24-Oct-13 14:15:52

Mama Feelsgood money penny nursing tops are really forgiving plus cheap. http://www.mamafeelsgood.com/money-penny-nursing-top-purple/

PLus their nursing t shirts are actually funky !

plummyjam Thu 24-Oct-13 14:24:43

I've bought some really nice lift up tops from M&S, fatface also do slightly looser tops to wear over a vest. And you can still wear them when you've finished bfing.

Don't know anything about special breast feeding tops sound a bit like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist smile

plummyjam Thu 24-Oct-13 14:31:40

Oops zombie thread grin

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