Save money ― you already own nursing clothes!

Guess what? You might actually possess nursing-friendly outfits. Here are ways to get more mileage out of your wardrobe favourites!

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Nursing tops and dresses are a great help ― and look pretty to boot ― when you’re breastfeeding. With convenient openings, such clothes offer baby quick and easy access when he needs to feed, especially when you’re out and about.
         But not everyone is keen to splash out on a new wardrobe just for those months you plan to nurse bubba. In fact, take a good look at your current stash of clothing and chances are, you’ll be surprised to discover nursing-friendly pieces among these pieces. Even if you’re looking forward to springing for new togs, it makes economic sense to invest in garb you’ll be glad to wear even after you stop breastfeeding.
         Here are versatile styles to look out for.

Loose or off-shoulder tops (with stretchy necklines)
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Off-shoulder top, $28.74, by New Look from Asos 

Chances are, you already own several slouchy or loose tees and off-shoulder tops. Or get one from Asos, such as this stretchy-necklined blouse. When it’s feeding time, just pull it down and your bub will thank you. Pair with your favourite comfy jeans or berms and you’re good to go.

Knot fronts and deep-Vs
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Blouse and camisole set, $43, by Saturday Club 

Structured tops look polished but don’t quite lend themselves to nursing baby. This navy number by Saturday Club comes with a separate camisole to protect your modesty.

Tubes and bandeaus
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Bandeau maxi dress, $33.81, by Asos & Bustier top, $84.06, by Raga Sweet Sugar from Asos 

A mummy-friend of mine swears by tube tops and dresses with elasticised bodices. Pull down one side and feed. Enough said.

Button-downs
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Shirt dress, $47.92, by Yacht 21, Cotton shirt, $29.95, by Cotton On  & Button-down top, $45, by Saturday Club 

Love the preppy-chic look of shirt dresses? Good for you, they’re perfect for nursing ― simply undo the buttons to offer your baby access. It’s also time to bring you’re your casual cotton and smart Oxford shirts, which look great with jeans.


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