Don’t Buy Another Winter Nursing Dress Until You Read These 3 Tips!

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:


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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.

>>> Halftees!

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!

Best layering cami for a winter nursing dress.
The HalfTee

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 wrapfront 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!

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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.

Don’t wear:

Leggings.

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.

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.

Chunky material.

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

  1. 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.

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This ruched, winter nursing dress in black will not disappoint! (Go ahead + check out that gold coin layering necklace, too!)

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.

Kristy’s Winter Boutique


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Your turn.

How do you keep breastfeeding + fashion on good terms? Do you have a favorite winter nursing dress to recommend?

P.S. Thanks a million for sharing this post!

8 thoughts on “Don’t Buy Another Winter Nursing Dress Until You Read These 3 Tips!”

  1. I never thought of wearing a wrap maxi dress while nursing. My sister-in-law recently found out that she is expecting her first baby and is hoping to be able to nurse. I will have to keep these dresses in mind for her after the baby comes.

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    • Oh, I hope she loves them! This expands your post-pregnancy wardrobe SO much!

      Thanks for reading and commenting. xoxo

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  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. 😉

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  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!

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