Nursing At A Wedding? Wear This

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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).  

Mamas — nursing-friendly wedding guest dress on your summer planning list? Don't forget a matching baby wrap! Our formula for fancy breastfeeding style.

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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.

Mamas — nursing-friendly wedding guest dress on your summer planning list? Don't forget a matching baby wrap! Our formula for fancy breastfeeding style.

dress | earrings | wrap | bag | shoes

 

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.

Mamas — nursing-friendly wedding guest dress on your summer planning list? Don't forget a matching baby wrap! Our formula for fancy breastfeeding style.

wrap | dress | necklace | bag | sandals

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.  

Mamas — nursing-friendly wedding guest dress on your summer planning list? Don't forget a matching baby wrap! Our formula for fancy breastfeeding style.jumpsuit | earrings | wrap | bag | slides

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.)

Mamas — nursing-friendly wedding guest dress on your summer planning list? Don't forget a matching baby wrap! Our formula for fancy breastfeeding style.

dress | shoes | wrap | bag | earrings

What are some wedding tips you have for nursing moms? (Aside from paying for a sitter!)

XOXO,

Scotti

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  1. Good tips. I’ve worn a wrap dress and a button front dress to weddings when nursing. I don’t like using a wrap/cover, so I like to add coverage with my clothes. One of my hot tops is to add a crop top over your bra- this obviously adds more straps, so it doesn’t work for spaghetti strap dresses. In that case, I have cropped a cami with a shelf bra to wear under a spaghetti strap wrap dress- pull the dress to the side and the cami up. Hard to explain… but this has really expanded my nursing friendly options, especially for summer!

  2. Love this!! I’m soon to be nursing again and starting to dread the clothing restrictions. Thank you!!

  3. I am long past my nursing days and have absolutely no weddings to attend and yet the gingham and mumu dresses are calling my name!!!! Agree with the tip on strapless bras/dresses. Those molded cups of a strapless bra are incredibly easy to pull up and down.

  4. I have the blue jumpsuit and it’s my favorite thing to wear! I bought for my brother-in-law’s rehearsal dinner when I was postpartum and loved it so much I bought it the next size down once I lost the baby weight. Never nursed in it but neckline and the material make it appear that a gal could easily do so in it.

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