Do you really need nursing clothes for breastfeeding?

July 16, 2017

Do you really need nursing clothes for breastfeeding?

Do you need nursing clothes?
No, you don't need special nursing clothes. You could unzip, unbutton, or pull aside a regular top/dress. Some moms feel too exposed with this option and choose to wear a nursing cover but covers can look obvious and some babies hate being covered.  

How do you breastfeed in regular clothes?
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 underneath. Pull up the regular shirt and pull down the tank from the top. The stomach and the tops of the breasts stay covered.

This method works well for more coverage but can get really hot in the summer. Plus, it's very difficult to lift-up the bottom of a shirt while baby-wearing (the baby is essentially lying on top of your shirt). To add to that, 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).

How do nursing clothes work?
Nursing clothes are designed with several different openings. The majority either have cropped lift-up flaps or hidden zippers.  I used the "two-shirt method" for several months before I bought my first "nursing" shirt. Breastfeeding in public was so much easier. 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. 

So, it ditched my career in TV news and started Nursing Queen to help moms like me. To learn more about that, click here. 

If you're on the fence, take it from me, invest in a few nursing pieces. It will make your life easier, and you will feel so much better about getting out of the house! You deserve it!


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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.

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! 

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.