This post: How to shop for + style a winter nursing dress. (3 hacks every pregnant + breastfeeding mom needs to know).
I have always loved dresses. But they aren’t really on good terms with maternity + nursing – especially in the winter, when the last thing a woman wants is more bulk.
If you’ve ever felt clumsy + over-layered during the winter months – and dared to hope there’s a better way to stay warm + stylish! – this post just might be for you.
I’m going to show you how to choose + style a winter nursing dress – without all the bulk + frump.
The tips in this post are hacks I learned in my 20s + early 30s- the years I was pregnant with or breastfeeding my five kids. I hope what I’ve learned (usually by trial + error) will help make your maternity/nursing wardrobe choices a bit easier. xo
Here’s a peek at what you’ll learn in this post:
- How to layer completely bulk-free
- The ONE THING that will extend your breastfeeding wardrobe
- What NOT to Wear when you’re breastfeeding
- 5 winter nursing dresses (under $100)
- Quick winter links for moms
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How To Layer (Bulk-Free)
This is my biggest hack for layering in general, but especially for nursing or pregnant moms.
These camis (which are exactly what they sound like, half-a-tee) are an insanely easy way to layer. There is ZERO bulk, which is a HUGE win for moms!
The really good news? Halftees aren’t expensive. They cost anywhere from $18 to $28 a piece, and you can buy them even cheaper during sales.
In fact, I have a coupon code that never expires – use it as often as you like!
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Not familiar with the HalfTee brand?
Check out my post: How I Found the Best Maternity Camisole (+ Basically Doubled My Nursing Wardrobe).
The ONE THING To Look for
Here’s another golden tip, and this one will extend your wardrobe like crazy:
Always, always opt for a wrap–front dress.
Whether you’re wearing your maternity clothes for a bit longer, or you’re working your way back into your pre-pregnancy clothes, a wrap-front dress is completely nursing friendly. (The same goes for tops + blouses, of course).
Button-front dresses work well for nursing, too; but a wrap-front style is just easier!
What NOT To Wear With Your Nursing Dress
I can’t say it enough: bulk is the last thing a nursing or pregnant mom wants. So how do you stay warm + stylish when you’re nursing a baby through the winter months?
Here are my best tips for layering + styling smart.
Leggings can feel bulky + cumbersome, especially with a post partum tummy to deal with. To add some warmth but minimize extra bulk, opt for tights instead. Tights are less bulky, pair well with dresses, + tend to hold your tummy in better, too.
Full-length tank tops.
Full-length tanks + camis were the bane of my existence as a breastfeeding mom. Any time you need some extra coverage for your winter nursing dress, simply wear a HalfTee. It’s an instant solution with zero bulk.
Scarves were trending back when I was nursing my babies, but I quickly learned that I hated feeling all tangled up in them! If you want to style a scarf with your winter nursing dress, wear it (+ take it off) with your coat.
A lot of winter clothing is necessarily thick + chunky. To stay warm in the winter, but avoid extra bulk on your person, opt for fabrics such as wool, cashmere, brushed knit; material that is ribbed; or look for dresses that are fully lined.
And now here are some winter nursing dresses that tick all the boxes:
5 Winter Nursing Dresses for Under $100
- Sweater Dress
The classic sweater dress definitely isn’t off limits to nursing + pregnant moms! This sweater dress is a trendy maternity style, that easily transforms into the perfect winter nursing dress. It’s available in lovely burgundy (shown), pink, green, black, and grey.
Want a longer hem + more relaxed fit? Here’s a second option.
2. Ribbed Midi
This ribbed midi isn’t quite as heavy as a sweater dress – but it will still keep you warm + stylish! The button-down front makes it easily accessible for breastfeeding. Available in beige (shown), camel, and black.
3. Ruched Dress
I learned early on that the “ruched” dress was my friend! I still love this flattering style, but was especially fond of it when I was pregnant or breastfeeding.
4. Every Day Maxi
If you prefer maxis over minis or midis, here’s a lovely piece for your winter wardrobe. This maxi dress is ideal for either pregnancy or nursing, and is available in olive green (shown), grey, black, burgundy, and floral prints .
5. Formal Winter Nursing Dress
If you need something special for a formal, winter event, here’s a nursing-friendly gown that’s sure to please. This Chiffon Long Sleeve Maxi dress is available in a rainbow of colors, including fushia (shown), blue, yellow, red, light blue, mint green, mauve, magenta, lavender, purple, and light pink.
Quick Winter Links for Moms
- Corduroy Maternity Jacket
- Cable Knit Cardigan
- Soft, Long Sleeve Pajamas
- Sheertex Tights (these do not rip)
- HalfTee camis
- Belly Serum
- Thymes Lavender Hand Lotion
Kristy’s Winter Boutique
This post is not sponsored by Pink Blush nor HalfTee. I am a HalfTee ambassador and this post does contain affiliate links to products I love and recommend. Thanks for supporting this website!
How do you keep breastfeeding + fashion on good terms? Do you have a favorite winter nursing dress to recommend?
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