Clothing is not really something I’m generally very into. I’m not very stylish, and I generally wear items way past when they should probably be retired. That being said, I kind of looked forward to nursing clothes as a way to branch out a little bit, and see about expanding my comfort zone, stylistically. I do, however, also live in a cold climate. Even more than that, I live in a cold house. We keep the heat pretty low in the winter (57 degrees, Fahrenheit when we’re home and awake, a few degrees colder when we’re out or asleep).
Pretty much everything I could find on nursing clothes, in terms of what people actually wear was pointing me in the direction of nursing tanks, alone (for those in warmer climates/households, presumably) or layered under something with longer sleeves. My mother-in-law very kindly bought me some clothes from Motherwear, which were helpful, but not something I could really outfit myself in 100% of the time due to cost (and they’re definitely one of the more affordable makers of nursing clothing).
Enter my fabulous sister-in-law, and her wonderful sewing machine. See, the thing I really, really wanted were turtlenecks. I live in turtlenecks in the winter because of my affinity for wool sweaters (and aforementioned cold house). Turtlenecks are not very nursing-friendly, but Darlene happened upon this great tutorial for how to make your own simple nursing shirt, using pretty much any shirt pattern. Off we went to the fabric store, and she made me a whole week’s worth of wonderful nursing turtlenecks. I’m wearing one right now, since the overlapped opening is also hugely helpful for pumping without having to take off your shirt or bare lots of skin.
My husband, a crafty guy who was getting a little burned out on all the math in his dissertation, made me three dresses as well — you can’t even see the overlap line on this one:
and this one, where you can see the elastic:
With warmer weather came easier nursing, no matter what clothes I was wearing — lower necklines that can just be pulled aside are by far the ultimate in nursing convenience, but one thing that I did have to adjust to is that pull-aside necklines definitely expose more skin. I got used to it, but as a pretty modest person, I also appreciate the added cover these overlap styles give when nursing in public.
What have you found most useful for nursing on the go?