Nursing Clothes: Do Breastfeeding Moms Really Need These?


nursing cover
Photo by Michele Zipp
Feeding Penelope in the park
with my nursing cover from Ravi!

When I was pregnant and packing my hospital bag, I had two nursing tank tops in there because a lot of people told me they were a must. Turns out I spent most of my time in a hospital gown and hooked up to various monitors because I had severe preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome.

Modesty wasn't on my mind or any of the other women in the hospital for that matter. When it was time for my twins to eat, the boobs came out.

Since I was so sick, I was at the hospital for a week and had two different roommates. I saw lots of boob when they fed their babies. And there were at least a half a dozen boobs in the breastfeeding class I took. I even had two different lactation consultants "handle" my boobs. (They asked first.)

I don't remember seeing any nursing tank tops on anyone.

I still have those nursing tanks, but they're ill-fitting and I wouldn't wear them out in public. They're in the pajama drawer with all the other "not suitable for public viewing" clothes.

I know now that the nursing bra is a must -- even though I didn't know that when I was in my second trimester. (Oh how naive I once was!) So I have plenty of those along with a nursing cover that my friend Ravi made for me. Love it! But I also wear clothes that make my breasts easy to access. I suppose I could buy specific nursing clothes, but when most of my current clothes work just fine, I don't think it's necessary.

Plus, I feel like if I bought some nursing clothes, they'll eventually go the way of those maternity clothes I thought I'd wear even after I had the babies. I thought my pregnancy was beautiful, yes, but wow ... I look at some of those clothes and think U-G-L-Y.

Do you wear nursing clothes? If so, what brands do you like?


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sstepph sstepph

No I don't wear nursing clothes. I wear a nursing bra and sometimes I don't. As long as they are easy to access then I wear it, lol. Sometimes I just wear a tank under my shirt and lift my shirt up and out of the tank. Seems easier then spending money on nursing clothes.

Peajewel Peajewel

I always had a tough time making sure I lifted the correct flap and kept the correct flap down when I wore the three nursing tops I bought.  I only wore them a handful of times and hated them.  I found a button up shirt or many of my others worked so much better than any of the nursing tops.

grouc... grouchymama

I usually wear a button down shirt until the baby is a pro at latching on. After that I don't worry much about it. Someone gave me a nursing nightgown. It would be great if I were going to feed my child through my belly button.I ended up using is while I was pregnant so I had extra belly room. LOL Nursing tops just never fit me right. My breast are too high. Don't be jealous, they are just too small to sag.

Wheep... Wheepingchree

I wear nursing tanks under my shirt. I got them from Old Navy, just plain white or black tanks.  I then use my actual shirt as a cover.

Stacy119 Stacy119

I love Old Navy.  They are the only people who make pants that fit my long, slender son without flooding or floating at the waist.  When I breast-fed my two, I used a nursing bra with flaps, and I hid in bathroom stalls to do the deed because the kids would unlatch to stare at passers by! LOL! But if ever I tried in public, I would pin a loose blanket over my breast for privacy.

Lovep... Loveplusmama

I loved the nursing tanks once I was out of the hospital and when out and about. Any of the other nursing clothing (aside from bras) I'll pass on.

Spiri... SpiritedTigress

I wear a nursing bra, but I really dont need it. I used to just reach in and just pull my breast out of the cup. The nursing bra is faster and more comfortable. If I leave it un-done you cant really tell, whereas if I were to leave my boob pulled out of the cup I'd get all kids of wierd looks.


Freela Freela

I found life easier with a nursing bra but never bothered with nursing tops.  I was given a couple, but after months of maternity clothes I just wanted to get back into normal clothing as soon as possible.  I bf'd all three of my kids beyond the first year without owning any nursing tops, so I definitely don't think it's a 'must.'

RanaA... RanaAurora

I did with Rowan.  I LOVED my nursing bras. 

Oddly enough, this time around I don't.  I just wear lower cut shirts and pull the boob out the top.  If I'm going out, I usually wear a tank top under another shirt or just bring my nursing cover.

I do have a nursing tank top but I find myself just taking the boob out without unhooking it.

I don't know what changed in my prefences or whatnot, but I used to ONLY wear nursing bras and now I couldn't care less if they're designed for nursing or not.  In fact, I need to go buy some more and I'm not buying nursing bras specifically.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I just read your old post asking if you need a nursing bra and I'm laughing at myself.  Only 5-6 months old, I said "I RELY on nursing bras" and now I'm telling you I couldn't care less.  Teehee.  How helpful am I?

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