The first time I went to a wedding after having Greenlea, I wore a long-sleeved, high-neck bodycon dress. I know. I had no idea what I was doing. After having to strip the dress completely off in the bathroom to nurse her, I realized I needed to invest in some nursing-friendly alternatives that would make life soooo much easier. Now that I’ve nursed two babies (the first one for 2.5 years), I’ve got easy access down to a science. Start with a nursing-friendly dress, add a pretty baby wrap to make carrying them easier, comfortable shoes to dance in, and a bag that’s big enough to hold the essentials (but one that doesn’t scream DIAPERS), plus a fun accessory (or two).
Nursing-Friendly Style For Weddings: My Formula
Here are some ideas for inspiration:
1. Wrap Dresses For Wedding Guests
Wrap dresses are perfect for nursing. In the pic above, I’m wearing a wrap dress and it was (obviously) super-easy to feed Ozzie in. (One of the best parts about wrap dresses are the sleeves that can hide a nursing bra.) These earrings are lightweight and super-comfortable to wear, so long as your baby isn’t too grabby. I can wear earrings with Ozzie, but could never get away with it while nursing Greenlea.
Button-Front Dresses For Wedding Guests
Obviously button-front dresses are ideal for nursing. Beware of fake buttons, though — I’ve made that mistake when ordering online before. The dresses below are all real functioning buttons and are perfect for weddings.
Jumpsuits For Wedding Guests
Jumpsuits are everywhere right now, and I love it. Especially when they come in regular AND petite sizes like the ones below. (I’ve worn crazy high heels to make some longer ones fit, but not while attempting to carry around a baby.) Jumpsuits are often stretchy and comfy, so they’re a great pick for nursing mamas.
Strapless Dresses For Wedding Guests
So I had never thought of strapless dresses being “nursing-friendly,” mainly because of the bra thing. But as Shana pointed out to me, strapless bras (the molded cup kind) are easy to fold down to nurse in. And I love the way strapless dresses look, especially for the summer. (And how cool are these earrings?? Obsessed.)
What are some wedding tips you have for nursing moms? (Aside from paying for a sitter!)