Do you need nursing clothes?
No, you don't need special nursing clothes! You could unzip, unbutton, or pull aside a regular top/dress. However, some moms feel too exposed with this option and choose to wear a nursing cover or opt for the "two-shirt method."
What is the "two-shirt method?"
If you're looking for more coverage while nursing in regular clothes, you can try the "two-shirt method." This works by wearing a regular shirt AND a nursing tank or cami underneath. Simply pull-up the regular shirt and pull down the tank. Your stomach, back, sides, and breasts stay covered.
This method works well for more coverage but can get really HOT in the summer. It's also pretty difficult to lift-up the bottom of a shirt while baby-wearing (the baby is essentially lying on top of your shirt). Also, when you pull-up the shirt, all the fabric bunches on top of the breast making it difficult to nurse (especially with heavier fabrics like sweatshirts).
What about a nursing cover?
You could buy a cover specifically designed as a "nursing cover", or you could just use a scarf or small blanket/swaddle. This works well for some but covers are much more obvious than breastfeeding in nursing-specific clothes and some babies hate being covered.
How do nursing clothes work?
Nursing clothes are designed with several different openings near the breasts. The majority either have lift-up flaps, pull-aside openings, or hidden zippers.
My experience with nursing clothes:
I used the "two-shirt method" for several months before I bought my first "nursing" shirt. Amazing!! Breastfeeding in public was so much easier and not as HOT! I felt more confident! No one could even tell I was nursing.
I was hooked! But then I started shopping around and realized there weren't a lot of options for super cute, loose fitting, cotton (non-clingy) nursing clothes that looked great wash after wash.
Nursing clothes really aren't necessary - you can get by fine without them! But 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!
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As a new mom, you probably have a lot on your mind! One concern for nursing moms is whether their baby is getting enough vitamin D.
"Dressing room diary" blog posts are the BEST! They give you an even better idea of how the clothes will look and fit, which is super helpful. So, we thought it would be fun to style our Nursing Queen nursing clothes with different leggings, jeans and shoes!
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. Usually your dress/pant size (4/6, 8/10, etc) is the best measurement to follow.
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.
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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.