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Nursing Outfits: Fall 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

Nursing Outfits: Fall 2020 Capsule Wardrobe


Nursing friendly clothing to stock your closet with this Fall for easy breastfeeding

One of the things I most certainly hadn’t thought about while I was pregnant was the clothes I would be wearing in the weeks and months following the birth of my son that would accommodate breastfeeding.  I had not stocked up on any nursing friendly outfits other than the nursing bras I had purchased for my hospital bag.  So once I got home from the hospital, I frantically searched online (while breastfeeding of course) and was so disappointed with the lack of cute nursing clothing I found, not to mention the lack of places to even buy them.

While yoga pants and tank tops are most definitely my go-to mom uniform on a daily basis (thank you quarantine for allowing this to be acceptable everyday outfits), on the occasions we make it out of the house for some fun with the baby I really struggle with finding breastfeeding friendly outfits!

Well, this week finally feels like Fall: the air is getting crisper, the pumpkin patches are in full swing and I’ve stocked up on all my favorite pumpkin products from Trader Joes.  In honor of my favorite season, I wanted to round up some easy, but stylish nursing outfits to get you through all the picture-perfect moments of the Fall with your baby.

Are nursing clothes really necessary?

Yes! Seriously, as a new mom it’s worth getting some closet staples to build nursing outfits.  I recommend getting everyday essentials you can mix and match, some items are worth the splurge and others are super budget-friendly.  

I’ve found that you don’t need to purchase clothing that is specifically made for nursing.  You can take one of three approaches:

  1. Easy access “regular” tops: Select a top that wraps, buttons up, zips down or a sleeveless option with straps that tie (pair this with a cardigan for the Fall). Pull your shirt to the side for nursing.
  2. The double shirt method: Select a looser fitting top shirt or sweater and wear a nursing tank top under. Pull the top shirt up and unhook the tank top down for discreet nursing.  An alternative is a single loose fitting top paired with super high-waisted pants.  You’ll get the same discreet nursing look.
  3. Nursing tops: These have snaps at the straps, a criss cross top for easy pull down access, or double layers of fabric for side access.

When to buy your nursing clothes

I’d stock up on these items in your last few weeks of pregnancy so you aren’t stressed that you have nothing to wear once baby arrives!  While you’re at it, make sure you have a couple of outfit options for yourself if you plan on taking newborn photos.

The Best Nursing Outfit Solution: Meet the Capsule Wardrobe 

Are you familiar with the concept of the Capsule Wardrobe?  The idea is you purchase fewer clothing pieces with each versatile enough to mix and match with the others, multiplying your outfit options.  Some of these items should be year-round staples and each season you sprinkle in a few weather-specific needs.

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Nursing Moms: Start with…

  1. Bras

    A few wireless, molded cup clip down nursing bras

  2. Pants

    A casual pair of high-waisted blue jeans & a good pair of high-waisted black jeans

  3. Sweaters

    A pull-over sweater, cardigan & patterned poncho

  4. Tops

    A wrap top, a button-up short sleeve & a set of nursing clip-down tanks or loose fitting tanks

  5. Jumpsuits & Dresses

    A comfy jumpsuit & patterned flowy maxi dress

  6. Accessories

    Simple gold layering necklaces & gold hoops

  7. Shoes

    Black heeled booties, tan Chelsea booties & white sneakers

  8. Outerwear

    Neutral-colored wool peacoat & oversized pull-over sweatshirt

Shop some of my favorites

I’m featuring some of my favorite items from Nordstroms. My new mom style preference is cozy, casual and practical. Mix and match for a complete picture-perfect Fall outfit.

Bras – Fall Nursing Outfits:

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Sweaters – Fall Nursing Outfits:

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Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom
Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom
Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom
Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom
Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom
Nursing Outfits: Fall Capsule Wardrobe for the Modern Mom

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