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Fashion Friday: Summer Style Tips for Nursing Moms

Fashion Friday:  Summer Style Tips for Nursing Moms

by Heather Aulisio

A year ago

Summer sure is hot! But do you know what makes it feel even hotter? When you have a starving, little baby feeding off your body! There are ways that you can keep cool, feel confident, and look great while nursing during summer months. Read on learn about a few key style tips to help you prepare for summer.

  1. Think Breathable

Breathable is the key word here. If you are using a nursing cover, be sure it allows your baby and your skin to breath in hot weather. You can still wear a nursing scarf around your neck and turn it into a cover, as long as it is light weight and doesn’t feel like you are wearing a heavy, sweaty, rope around your neck.

You should also avoid anything overly tight. This will not allow your body to breathe, and will only trap heat; making you perspire and feel hotter than you already are (post-partum hormones really heat things up).

  1. Stay Clear of Dark Colors

Yes, darker colors tend to be more flattering, which is what we all want just days or weeks after giving birth. But, dark colors tend to draw heat in and trap it there. Opt for light and bright colors to keep you looking and feeling cool and fresh. Plus, we all know “milk happens” and you could get some on your nursing top or dress. The lighter the color, the less you’ll notice!

  1. Easy Access

The name of the game when breastfeeding is easy access. Don’t make life harder on yourself by wearing something that takes time to get undone. Seriously consider wearing maxi dresses this summer that have a tie feature halter neck. You can undo it quickly and you will look amazing (and feel totally comfortable) in a long, flowing gown.

4.  Double Up

Always select shirts or dresses that are double lined, at least in the chest portion. This should not make the clothing item any heavier or bulkier; but it should provide a bit more protection from leaks, or from showing any kind of nursing pad outline.

5.  Go Organic

Organic fabrics are great to wear when you’re nursing. Not only are they soft and delicate on your skin; but they are safe if your baby comes in contact with it while they are feeding. It’s pretty perfect for summer.

Follow these five; no fail tips to dress appropriately so you are ready to take on summer’s sizzling temperatures (and nurse your baby) in style.


My name is Heather.  In addition to being a writer and mom to my 13 month old son, Matthew; I am elementary teacher.  I also have a deep love for fashion and think that all moms can look and feel their best because it's important to take care of ourselves so we can take the best care of our little ones!


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