I’ve never been very good with fashion. When I look back at some of the things I wore when I was younger, I shudder. I’ve just never really cared enough to put much effort in. Team that with being overweight most of the time, and well… it’s not such a pretty picture.
After Lior was born, I felt a bit more like a grown-up. I mean, I had a kid now! And so I decided that looking good was worth a bit of extra time. Besides, NONE of my clothes were breastfeeding friendly, apart from singlet tops, and they weren’t very friendly to my post-pregnancy belly! So I started my quest to find my style. I mean REALLY put some effort into working out what clothes looked good on me, what colours accentuated different parts of me, and which styles I liked so that clothes shopping wasn’t such a dread.
In my new style I was looking for:
* A little bit dressy (My casual look usually just ended up looking daggy or unkempt)
* Stay true to colours I love (navy, bright blues)
* Easy to layer (My plan was to wear a singlet top underneath everything so that it covered my body when I lifted the top up to feed)
* Loose fitting. Even though I’ve lost 20+ kilos since giving birth (10 from the pregnancy, 10 extra- yay!), I still have a way to go, and my previous ‘style’ showed off all my bumps and rolls. :-/
* Easy to wear (no ironing, or little ironing required)
As Luke and I shopped (he was so excited about this BTW- how lucky am I?!) and browsed online we identified a few key looks we liked, and settled on a style that involved jackets, sheer tops, and wide cotton scarves/shawls. I also felt like my hairstyle was really boring. I just had long straight hair, and that was it. So I made a big decision, and got my fringe cut, thinking it would give me a bit of ‘style’ without having to put much effort in. Win!
I’m really happy with this style I’m wearing now. Jeans are like my favourite things ever, and I wear them most days. Having the nice tops (as opposed to t-shirts and singlet tops) make me feel like I am presentable ALL of the time, even when we spend the day at home, and because they’re all a bit loose they’re easy to lift up to breastfeed.
The scarves are great when we go out and I need to feed Lior, because they provide an extra bit of cover, and I don’t need to worry about additional blankets and wraps and things!
So there you go, that’s my new personal style- breastfeeding friendly! I would love to know any style suggestions you have for breastfeeding!
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