As I approach the end of my second pregnancy, I’m starting to get seriously excited about the opportunity to wear something that isn’t maternity leggings, dungarees or my husband’s oversized Breton top on repeat.
I definitely lost my outfit mojo after baby no.1 (a different body, a day job that requires mainly Lycra and then a year-long lockdown will do that to a gal), so this time, I’m looking forward to finding myself – at least from a fashion POV – once again. One thing I did during my last pregnancy was focus too much on the pregnancy itself. Both in terms of the books I read – none of which talked about what to do once the baby is actually here and you’re supposed to keep it alive all by yourself – and my maternity wardrobe. It was only three weeks or so after we brought the baby home and I was ready to wear something that wasn’t a breast milk-stained maternity trackie that I realised literally everything I bought when I was pregnant (and all that currently fitted me) was not remotely breastfeeding compatible. Yep, not a wrap front, zip or button fastening in sight. Big mistake. Huge.
So, just like I won’t be worrying about a “routine” when the baby is but three weeks old this time round, I won’t be getting caught out by outfits that make breastfeeding any harder than it needs to be either. Say hello
The gingham, the sleeves, the tiered hem – I’m in dress heaven. Gingham Dress, £95, & Other Stories
Here for maternity wear you can wear from bump to baby. And that ditsy floral print. Mama Nursing Top, £17.99, H&M
Wrap dresses: universally flattering and brilliant for breastfeeding. And can we just take a moment for that print? Portobello Dress, £75, Omnes
Pretty and practical? Sold. Floral Top, £32, Outrageous Fortune Plus at ASOS
More gingham dress goals from New Look. This one’s selling fast. Gingham Dress, £27.99, New Look
Button-down shirts are a breastfeeding wardrobe essential and Stradivarius have some of the best around this season. Striped Shirt, £19.99, Stradivarius
The Ganni dress I’ve been thinking about for seasons. On sale. Simply slip a strap down and whip a boob out. Check Dress, £150, Ganni at Farfetch
From pistachio and lavender pastels to chic black and white, this cutie comes in five colours. Shirred Top, £20, Monki
The perfect floral dress for that long-awaited NCT park picnic. Floral Dress, £38, River Island Plus
The classic denim shirt with added big sleeve energy. Denim Shirt, £16, George at Asda