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Nursing mom needs a SUPPORTIVE swimsuit ...nursing access would
be nice but support is biggest issue, so to speak! I've tried Land's End
and Breast is Best, sent back both. Is there a company that makes
different bust sizes, like a bra? Thanks!
Your dream come true is to be found at www.decentexposures.com.
They make a bra to fit you (either nursing or not -- if not, you
just lift the elastic band up over your breast or lift your
breast over the material to nurse, that's what I do and I'm
rather large breasted) and then custom make the bathing suit
(either one or two piece) to go over the bra. I LOVE mine and
am thrilled with their service. Plus it is not expensive! Check
it out. I promise you'll be glad you did.
Plus, for any woman, if you think the bras aren't supportive,
you are mistaken. Get the stronger material models and feel the
comfort! If the one you order doesn't fit, you can send it back
and have it adjusted or exchange it for a better size.
You should take a look at Title 9 Sports, http://www.title9sports.com/ -- see also
their outlet store at 1374 Tenth in Berkeley, behind the REI near Gilman and San
Have you considered making your own? Elizabeth Lee Designs
has wonderful nursing mother patterns, including a swimsuit. (I
belive it has a shelf bra. I made the suit and it was very
flattering and convenient to use, and easy to make. It also
came with a pattern for a cute sarong skirt and coverup.
With the price of nursing clothes, I can't recommend her
patterns highly enough!
Another thought -- could you just wear your regular nursing bra
under your suit (or a suit from her pattern)? Maybe a little
coverup on your shoulders to hide the straps?
Any recommendations on where to buy a nice nursing dress for a
December wedding? I prefer darker colors, short
sleeves, and below-the-knee styles, but I am open to suggestions.
Try www.onehotmama.com They have some nice stuff- some are a
bit pricey though.
How dressy do you want or have to be? Also how discreet
do you want the nursing to be? I was in my sister's wedding
a few days after my son's first birthday. He was eating
some solid food, but still nursed. Since my relatives and
family friends were not comfortable with my nursing in
public, and since I had a function in the wedding, I had to
find a compromise. I bought a two-piece evening dress that
looked good for the pictures and was easy to adjust for
nursing in private. The best selections I found were in the
evening sections of Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus. If you
want or have to nurse in the midst of the festivites, you might
try Mimi Maternity--they have a section of nice nursing
Check out these sites:
The Ruby Romance Dress: http://www.babystyle.com/common/dProductFrame.asp?DepartmentID=3&CategoryID=24&SubCategoryID=1973&ClassID=2676&siteid=google-nursingclothes
and this: http://www.expressiva.com/baz_category_products.asp?p_cat_id=10&p_cat_NAME=SPECIAL+OCCASION&start=1
I've been to 5 weddings so far while nursing my baby, so I know
exactly how you feel. I found that there were two good ways to
go. 1. Find really really nice matchings skirts and tops, such
as from Ann Taylor. 2. Shop online. There just isn't enough
in brick and mortar stores. The best dress I purchased was from
http://www.onehotmama.com. I have their ''Trip the Light
Fantastic'' dress in a size large. If you're interested, I'd be
happy to show it to you in person and lend it or sell it. Have
fun at the wedding!
I have a twice-worn nursing dress by Mother-To-Be. It's dark
plum, short sleeve, knee length, very pretty and in excellent
condition . Size is XL which I believe works out to a size 16
equivalent. It was a little large for me as I wore about a 14,
but if it would work for you I would be happy to sell it
inexpensively. I will be out of town Sept. 16-23. But if
you're interested let me know and we'll see if it works for
you. I may even have a photo I could email if you want to see
Motherwear (www.motherwear.com) usually has at least one or two
fall/winter dresses fitting this description, and so does
I bought most of my nursing clothes on eBay, both used and new
(purchased at an outlet store, or received by the seller as a
gift, or store closeouts) and items sewn or modified by the
seller. Of course, in most cases you can't return things you
bought that way, so you'd need to be pretty sure about the fit;
if you haven't bought from Motherwear or Expressiva before,
buying new might make more sense. However, there is an eBay
seller I recommend who sells regular clothing -- often well-
known brands -- that she has converted to nursing wear by,
basically, cutting slits under attached vests or jackets or
in ''popover'' style dresses. She may even take returns, but I'm
not sure. The user name is ''cacopswife''. If you sew, you could
obviously do the same thing yourself; if not, I recommend
checking out cacopswife's eBay store.
I'm not sure where to buy nursing dresses, but had a suggestion for an
alternative. I went to a wedding when our daughter was just a couple of
months old, so I needed to nurse her several times during the event. I
bought a simple, pretty loose dress with straps and then a dressier
jacket that went over it. When I needed to feed the baby, I slipped the
strap off my shoulder. At another wedding I wore a two-pieced outfit that
allowed easy access. Both of the weddings were at places where we
could get some privacy, so I didn't feel totally naked (so if your wedding
is in some open public place, you may not want to do this). The bonus
of this approach is that you get to buy clothes that you can actually wear
I attended a wedding at 1 month post partum and rejected actual
nursing dresses b/c I didn't want to add the folds and frou frou
of a nursing dress style to already ample and often engorged
bosom. Also they weren't fancy enough for my tastes. I searched
nordstrom.com and ended up with a 2 piece silk skirt and top.
This allowed me to nurse/pump. I also didn't spend more than
$100.00. I should point out that in general I found it easier to
lift my shirt than borrow into actual nursing blouses. In
december you'd have more fabric options and could accessorize w/
scarves etc. The two piece style is also very accomodating of a
post partum tummy.
nursed at two weddings
Just a thought which might be awfully dull. I found the nursimg
wear either too expensive or not my style. Instead I buy two
peice outfits- either skirt/pants and jacket or blouse. That
has worked really well for me and opens up a lot of options.
Nice clothes from a nice company:
If you enjoy sewing, check out
for nursingwear patterns. Then you can choose just the right
I didn't see your original post, but if you are looking for
stylish nursing dresses I would check out www.motherwear.com and
www.mommygear.com. If price is an issue, check ebay for the
dress you are looking for first. I also have Motherwear's On-
the-Go Nursing Dress in black, size Medium that I have only worn
twice (to two weddings this summer) if you would be interested
in borrowing it? I live in Albany. Good luck =)
I had to buy a dress for a wedding last winter while I was
nursing my then three month old. I looked around a lot and
finally decided on a wrap front dress with long sleeves,
ruffled at the cuffs. It was an interesting print, sort of a
modern paisley, and the cut of the dress was forgiving.It was
made by Weston Wear, I think. It was fine for nursing, though I
ended up wearing a small safety pin in the front. I got it
(last fall) at Earthly goods on Shattuck and Vine in Berkeley.
It was more than I had wanted to spend, but I ended up getting
tired of looking.
Another option besides a wrap front dress is a two piece outfit
that has buttons or is easy to lift. I often ended up nursing
with the baby under a blanket, anyway. I also found some
interesting dresses at Bienvenue, which is on Walnut and Vine,
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