Do you need nursing clothes for breastfeeding?

July 16, 2017

Do you need nursing clothes for breastfeeding?

I thought about this while I was still pregnant. Do I NEED nursing clothes? I didn't want to invest in clothes that I wasn't going to wear long term. So, I started with two nursing tanks.

Fast forward to the first month postpartum: I LIVED in those tanks and got so tired of washing them every day. I eventually bought more, but none of them looked appropriate in public.

So, I wore regular shirts over the tanks which didn't really work either. Here's why:
*The two-shirt method is hot in the summer.
*When I pulled up the regular shirt from the bottom, all the fabric bunched on top of my breast making it hard to nurse and even harder when baby-wearing. It's very cumbersome to pull up a shirt when there's a baby on your chest!
*Shirts with stretchy necklines didn't work either. The necklines eventually lost their shape and the fabric would rest under my son's mouth and get wet. 

After several months of that, I bought my first "nursing" shirt. It had a horizontal opening - amazing! Breastfeeding in public was so much easier!

I was hooked! But then I started shopping around and realized the options were slim for super cute, loose fitting nursing clothes, that look great wash after wash.

I nursed for one year which is a long time without having anything to wear! 

So, if you're on the fence, take it from me, invest in a few nursing pieces - even if it's not from Nursing Queen. It will make your life easier, and you will feel so much better about getting out of the house! You deserve it, mama!

XO, Quinn

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Sizing

All of our designs fit true-to-size with an over-sized/relaxed fit (which compensates for extra weight and a larger chest). So, don't size up. If you're between sizes, size down. If your bust is one size, waist is another, and hips are another, then choose the middle size.  

We know you might be thinking, "In this other nursing brand, I'm a bigger size." Or, "This is a sweatshirt and I would rather have it bigger." Trust us, don't size up. We have sold more than a thousand tops and very few have exchanged because it's too small.

99% of the time, if you stick to your pre-pregnancy size, you should be good.  Usually your dress/pant size (4/6, 8/10, etc) is the best measurement to follow.

Tanks: Our clip-down tanks are form fitting but not skin tight. If you are a size DD or smaller, order your regular size (S, M, L, etc). If you're larger than a DD, then you would wear our "full bust" size. Consider both your band size and your current size top. If you have a bra band of 40 (which is a size large), but you typically wear a size XL, size down to a large. We give extra room in the bust for the "full bust" sizes. 

Plus Sizes: We follow a standard U.S. plus chart. Our plus sizes range from 1X-3X. NOTE: Someone who considers themselves an XXL (in misses) is not a 2X (in plus). An XXL in misses is a size 1X in plus sizing. The best way for you to determine your size is to measure your band size (right under your chest), the smallest part of your waist, hips, and follow the chart. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! contact@nursingqueen.com 

The model below is a true XS (size 2 and 32C). Notice how much room she has in the hips. You can also see the difference between the two sizes. The small is much baggier.