Breastfeeding is a juggling act even when you’re in the comfort of your own home and with the wedding season upon us, our Co-Founder at The Wedding Edition, Kendra Leaver-Rylah is here to help you navigate a complex dress get-up. Whether you’re attending a registry at Chelsea Town Hall or looking for a formal gown for a fabulous black-tie affair – here’s a specially curated edit to help lend a helping hand in that department, giving you privacy when you might want it and ease at all times whilst looking fabulous.
Important things to think about are:
- Opt for nursing dresses are picked specifically for ease, comfort, and compatibility with breastfeeding
- The easiest options are going to be: adjustable wrap dresses, button-through styles and breathable maxis in loose, flowy fits
- Going for options with dresses with an empire line that are cut under the bust are the easiest to wear as they’ll be more comfortable.
- Vintage-inspired styles are a great option to keep you and baby beautifully comfortable as you nurse.
- Accessories – be bold and have fun.
- And finally, why not consider renting? Not only is this better for your purse, but it’s kinder on the environment, too – plus you can borrow a dress that traditionally you may not wear after your breastfeeding journey is over…
From the perfect shirt dress with breezy buttons, to an easy pattern perfect for covering up any milk spills or a show-stopping wrap dress – with this edit of firm favourites for the summer we hope they allow you to feed the babe and still feel fabulous.
What To Wear To A Wedding When You’re Breastfeeding
BORGO DE NOR, Demi Belted Tiered Floral-Print Cotton-Poplin Maxi Shirt Dress, £695
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Merlot Ruched Floral-Print Stretch-Mesh Dress, £172
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Super Mariza 130 Espadrille Platform Sandals, £695.00
Needle & Thread, Hummingbird Chiffon Smocked Ankle Gown, £400.00
ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN, Floral-Print Jacquard Wrap Dress, £250.00
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Aveena Printed Broderie Anglaise Cotton Shirt Dress, £675.00
TORY BURCH, McGraw Woven Leather And Suede Tote, £523
MELISSA ODABASH, Gabriella Gathered Paisley-Print Woven Kaftan, £209
BOYY, Wonton Charm Leather Top Handle Bag, £210.00
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, Mariza Du Desert 130 Espadrille Platform Sandals, £695.00
ROTATE BIRGER CHRISTENSEN, Neon Open-Back Printed Satin Midi Dress, £163
Breast pumps, nipple cream and hard core breast pads are all worth considering to help you with feeding on these big occasions.
Ideally the Elvie will come to your aid at big events – with its electric hands-free breast pump it has revolutionised pumping with its discreet design and smart app. It stores data so you can track things like the time since your last pump, and the amount of milk you pumped in a session plus no one will know it’s in there. If your conscious of breastfeeding make your muslins go further by buying swaddle size – that way they can serve as a blanket, cover, swaddle, milk sick protector or a nursing cover when needed. It also cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to think about packing in order to leave the house.
A good supportive baby carrier can help to solve the conundrum of handsfree feeding and then if you really nail it a little nap too. They’re not just for walks or buggy-free hands for that canape or glass of champagne, but baby carriers are a lifesaver if you have a baby that needs calming, a contact nap or soothing during the “witching hour” at a wedding. Our favourites below –
ERGOBABY AERLOOM BABY CARRIER – FORMAKNIT STRETCH
CHANGING MAT, NAPPIES AND NAPPY BAGS
You’ll get through a lot of nappies. Make sure they fit well and are soft on your baby’s skin, to make them as comfortable as possible. Equally as important is the changing bag you keep the nappies in when you’re out and about. Lots of storage and compartments are key and most importantly don’t forget nappy bags as its (very) unlikely there will be nappy bins at the wedding!
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