One of the things I most certainly hadn’t thought about when I was pregnant with my first baby was the clothes I would be wearing in the weeks and months following birth that would accommodate breastfeeding. I had not stocked up on any breastfeeding clothes other than the comfy 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/leggings, tank tops and cozy cardigans are most definitely my go-to mom uniform on a daily basis, on the occasions we made it out of the house for some fun with the baby I really struggled with finding breastfeeding friendly outfits!
Fall is here: the air is getting crisper, the pumpkin spice cold brew is being served at Starbucks, the pumpkin patches are about to open and I’m also getting ready to stock 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 fall nursing clothes to get you through all the picture-perfect moments with your baby.
Fall Nursing Clothes: Effortless Outfits For Breastfeeding
How do you choose the right fall nursing clothes?
It’s worth getting closet staples to build nursing outfits around for fall. Opt for pieces that are comfortable, easy to nurse in, and also suitable for the weather. In addition, look for tops or dresses with hidden nursing access, layering like cardigans or jackets, and warm materials that don’t sacrifice style.
I’ve found that you don’t need to purchase clothing that is specifically made for nursing. In fact, you can take one of three approaches:
- Easy access “regular” tops: Select tops in a wrap style, button up, zip down, or loose fitting for easy roll ups. Or also a sleeveless option with straps that tie (pair this with a cardigan for the Fall).
- The double shirt method: If you are looking for more modesty, select a looser fitting top shirt or sweater and wear a nursing tank top under. Pull the top shirt up and then unhook the tank top down for discreet breastfeeding. An alternative is also a single loose-fitting top paired with high-waisted pants or jeans.
- 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.
For all of these options, you always can get yourself more modesty if you are hesitant to breastfeed in public with a nursing cover. My second baby, I really felt liberated breastfeeding in public, and never covered up, but I absolutely wasn’t like that with baby #1.
When to Buy Your Fall Nursing Outfits
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.
How to Put Together Fall Breastfeeding Outfits
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 can be year-round staples and others can really lean into fall fashion.
- Bras: A few nursing bras, include a wireless, wire and sports bra option
- Pants: A casual pair of high-waisted straight jeans, a good pair of high-waisted black jeans, and a pair of loose fitting high waisted trousers
- Sweaters, Cardigans & Sweatshirts: A couple of neutral sweaters, cozy cardigans and oversized sweatshirts
- Tops: Tees, button up shirts, and tank tops
- Dresses: Button up or wrap style dresses
- Jumpsuits: A comfy jumpsuit
- Accessories: Simple layering necklaces & hoops
- Shoes: Black heeled booties, tan Chelsea booties, leather loafers & neutral sneakers
- Outerwear: Neutral-colored wool peacoat and also a tan trench coat
Shop some of my favorite fall nursing clothes
Whether you are trying to accommodate for a larger bust, plan for some modesty while breastfeeding, allow for easier pumping or hide your tummy as you recover from pregnancy, these options will allow you to mix and match for complete picture-perfect fall nursing outfits.
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High Waisted Pants For Fall
Cozy Sweaters and Cardigans Perfect for Breastfeeding
Oversized Sweatshirts to Layer Over Fall Nursing Tops
Nursing Tops for Fall: Tees, Tanks and Blouses
Nursing Friendly Fall Dresses
Nursing Friendly Jumpsuits For Fall
If you cover each of these categories, you’ll be all set with a complete wardrobe of fall nursing clothes. Enjoy the season Mama!