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Welcome to week 6 of our Beautiful, Healthy You series!  Today, I’m going to turn a corner and talk about some beauty and fashion tips for moms!  You can follow my Healthy Mama and Chic and Modest Fashions for Young Moms Pinterest boards for more inspiring ideas and info!

Check out our past posts in this summer-long Beautiful, Healthy You series: 

How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
During each of my five pregnancies, I loved wearing maxi dresses.

I enjoy how feminine, modest, and comfortable they are!

How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
Wearing a comfy maxi dress at six months pregnant, January 2013.

Unfortunately, dresses are pretty much off limits for breastfeeding moms. 

Well, that’s what I used to think!

These days, I’m still nursing our fourteen-month old son and wearing my beloved maxi dresses. 

How? 

Enter the Half Tee!

How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
Me and my sweet Baby C this week! I’m wearing a cotton maxi dress with a 3/4 Half Tee.

I discovered Half Tee’s about two years ago.  I quickly decided that I’d discovered a new favorite staple in my Mommy Wardrobe!

I snagged a few Half Tee’s during sales (I love the variety of colors and sleeve lengths), and slowly built a stash.

Throughout my last pregnancy, I wore Half Tee’s a lot.  Since they’re a cropped cami, I didn’t have to worry about running out of room because of my growing tummy!

The really, really good news is that I just kept wearing my Half Tee’s after my baby’s birth.

How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
I bought this “maxi” in a larger size when I was pregnant with Baby C, and pinned it up so I can still wear it! Here, I layered it with a sleeveless Half Tee, cropped denim jacket, and a pretty scarf.

Unlike most camis that get in the way during breastfeeding, Half Tee’s are wonderful for nursing moms!  They make building a breastfeeding wardrobe completely hassle-free and versatile.

If you’re like me and love your maxi dresses, here are a few tips for wearing them while you breastfeed your baby: 

  • Always choose a dress style that features a wrap-front.  Obviously, this gives you easy access for nursing.
  • Stock up on at least two neutral colored Half Tee’s to get you started.  I like the Boyfriend Half Tee and 3/4 Half Tee, but you can choose whatever sleeve-lenth and style suites your fancy.
  • I like to layer with shrugs, cropped denim jackets, and scarves to add variety to my outfits.  I don’t do belts as often, especially when my baby is really young since it makes nursing a little more of a hassle.  I like to dress cute but practical as a mom!

Here are a few breastfeeding-friendly fashion ideas from my Chic and Modest Fashions for Moms Pinterest board

(Just to clarify: the following photos are not mine; they feature models and outfits from various clothing companies.)

How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
I LOVE this gorgeous navy maxi! I would definitely add a white, sleeveless Half Tee for coverage at the neck, and a cropped shrug for sleeves.
How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
This is a stunning maxi dress for summer! Again, a simple Half Tee would bring up the neckline and make breastfeeding super easy.
How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You're Breastfeeding | Little Natural Cottage
Here’s another maxi from my Pinterest board. This one features a belt, which I probably wouldn’t do with a young baby who needed to nurse frequently.

Follow Kristy’s board Chic and Modest Fashions for Young Moms on Pinterest.

If you’re new to Half Tee, check out their website for a 20% off coupon for first time customers!

 How do you keep breastfeeding and fashion on good terms as a mom?  

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6 thoughts on “How to Wear Maxi Dresses When You’re Breastfeeding

  1. You look so beautiful, Kristy! Love the dresses!

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    1. Thank you, Jill, you’re so sweet!

      Posted on July 4, 2014 at 2:30 pm
  2. I don’t have many maxi dresses but did find some at Walmart, of all places, that I can nurse in! I got a larger size so it wouldn’t be tight and have to slip my arm out of one side. It’s just a bit more complicated, but with half tees, it’s not too hard at all!

    I love the “boyfriend” length sleeve as well, but I wish they had one that is in between the boyfriend and the cap sleeve. I’m so picky. 😉

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    1. Finding a dress that works for nursing is a big plus in my book!

      Posted on July 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  3. Great post! I just had a baby and feel like I’m constantly in a state of undress while wearing maxis due to nursing. I had heard of half tees before, but never this actual brand. The ones I’ve seen were very expensive, so this seems like a much better option. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm
    1. You’re welcome, Amy! I’ve become a big fan of Half Tee’s!

      Posted on July 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm