Although I could get a larger size dress, they were too small for nursing. I tried to find cute nursing dresses online, but I only found a few floral and frumpy nursing dresses that looked more like the 1960's than Jackie O. Although it was the most comfortable nursing dress I could find and that fit my postpartum body well, it was definitely not my style.
In the last five years, nursing fashion has advanced significantly. Nursing mothers today are extremely fortunate because there are so many options for nursing styles that you can choose from. Here are some of my personal favorites for nursing dresses:
The Maternal NHS Clothing doubles as a maternity dress. The sleeveless tank dress has wide bra-friendly straps. Under the front cross-over design, nursing access is discreet. The bust has a gentle ruching that gives it a stylish, flowing look. The ruching at the bust hides post-partum bumps or allows for a growing pregnant belly. For cooler weather, you can layer this dress with a jacket or cardigan.
Japanese Weekend's Organic D&A Maternity/Nursing dress is a more sleek and feminine option. Made from 100% organic cotton, this dress will hug your curves and stretch where you need it to. It is flattering and easy to nurse thanks to the V neck cross-over design. The hem reaches above the knee, giving it a chic look and exposing a little of your leg. The dress is available in solid black or earth colors.
You might prefer an elegant, casual style but with a modern twist. The Oven's Beach Maternity Dress is the perfect choice. You can wear this dress as a cover up to the pool or beach, or as a simple dress for a romantic dinner. This maxi dress is easy to wear, and can be dressed up or down with the stretchy gauze fabric. Nursing is easy with the front button closures. This maternity/nursing gown is available in white, mudpie or summer blue.
Japanese Weekend also has a double-neck maxi dress with a double neck that can be used for nursing and maternity. This dress in tribal print can be worn to all offices at any time of year. This double-neck design is perfect for nursing and has a beautiful neckline. The empire waist provides a great fit for the upper body. The fabric is just right weight for the maxi style, which prevents any tenting. It looks great on both pregnancies and post-partum.
Japanese Weekend's Flowered D&A Maternity/Nursing dress is a funky, floral, knee-length dress you can wear anywhere. This dress is perfect for both pregnancy and beyond. The pretty double-layered scoop neck design with ruffles makes it easy to nurse. For a slimming effect, the empire waist wraps around your smallest part. This shorter length creates a hip look, but is long enough to wear to work.
There are many options to choose from, whether you want a printed or a sold style, a knee-length or maxi length, casual or formal. You can also check out the styles of these designers to ensure you find the right look for you, whether you're pregnant or breastfeeding.