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15 best breastfeeding dresses and outfits for nursing UK 2023

Mar 04, 2024

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Our pick of the most stylish and practical looks that double up as baby dinner time-friendly

The phrases 'breastfeeding-friendly' and 'stylish' haven’t always been natural bedfellows. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re meeting friends for brunch, heading to a wedding or simply taking a well-deserved break on the sofa (good luck with that), finding an outfit that ticks the comfort, practicality and aesthetic boxes while you're nursing can be a real challenge.

The first week of August (1-7th) marks World Breastfeeding Week, and to celebrate, we’ve been on the hunt for the best breastfeeding dresses and outfits that will make feeding your little one on the go a breeze. We know that getting decent wear out of your clothes is important, so we’ve searched high and low to find pieces that you’ll love now and in years to come (should you fancy expanding your brood) thanks to their discreet breastfeeding features.

These buys not only look every bit as on-trend as their non-nursing counterparts, but they’re also ideal for fuss-free feeds. What’s more, you can wear these comfy pieces during pregnancy and once your little one has arrived.

In case you’re thinking about having more bubbas in the future, we’ve kept things classic and timeless, so you can get maximum wear out of your new breastfeeding-friendly outfits. And don’t forget to stock up on a few maternity bras too.

Or perhaps you’re in the first throes of motherhood and plan to enjoy those precious initial weeks at home? If that sounds like you, then check out our pick of the best maternity pyjamas that are both comfy and practical.

And now, without further ado, here are the best breastfeeding dresses and outfits for when you eventually leave the house…

You can't go wrong with an oversized shirt at all stages of life, but keeping a few in your nursing wardrobe will make getting dressed in a hurry a lot easier thanks to the easy-access buttons. They never go out of style and can be dressed up for ‘keeping in touch’ days at work or worn open over a top and shorts for days out.

This Reiss khaki shirt will look great whatever the season and can be layered up depending on the weather too.

This button-down cardigan can be styled with or without a top underneath and looks great teamed with high-waisted wide-leg trousers. Perfect for spanning multiple seasons, the pattern adds texture to your outfit, and as it’s not maternity specific, it’s one breastfeeding top you can keep in your wardrobe for years to come.

We love this Amazon fashion co-ord thanks to its oversized pleated shirt and super stretchy wide-leg trousers. It comes in eight different colours including blue and green, and is super versatile as it can be worn dressed up or down, depending on your preference.

It’s a great alternative to a dress if you have an occasion coming up, and the trousers have room to accommodate a growing bump if you plan to wear the set throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Looking for a wardrobe staple? This classic black wrap dress won’t date and has been designed to fit you from bump to baby. It boasts a flattering wrap detail, and three-quarter length sleeves, meaning it’s a great transitional option that can be worn throughout the seasons.

Wear alone with trainers now, and add a blazer or jacket come autumn.

This dreamy puff-sleeve jumpsuit is the answer to all of your breastfeeding occasion wear woes. Rather than undoing buttons whilst you’re trying to keep your little one quiet, it boasts a clever zip opening that can be quickly pulled down with minimum fuss to soothe a crying baby.

Simply add an oversized clutch bag and your fave shoes and you’re good to go. It’s also available in pink if you’ve been taken in by Barbiecore like us!

This chic smocked breastfeeding dress has a small, discreet opening with a concealed button at the back of the neck, making it the perfect addition to your maternity wardrobe.

The clever design also includes a double layered bodice to keep you toasty whilst allowing for fuss-free access when your little one gets hungry.

On warmer days this bargain nursing wrap dress will become your new BFF. Available in a muted beige shade, it has an easy-access V-shaped neckline with a practical inner top to make nursing a doddle.

The long voluminous sleeves give it an on-trend edge, whilst the elasticated under-bust detail is perfect for keeping you comfy whether you’re meeting friends for brunch or enduring (we mean enjoying!) long hours at a family occasion.

If you’re constantly staring at your postpartum wardrobe wondering what to wear, then enter this buttoned knit top from Mango. It can be purchased alone and styled with all manner of trousers, but it can also be teamed with the matching bottoms which you can purchase separately for a breastfeeding-friendly outfit that requires very little thought but looks great.

The best bit? The trousers are elasticated to give your postpartum body extra comfort. You’re welcome.

You needn’t compromise on style with this ‘before and after’ nursing dress. The under-bust cross-over detailing nips in at the waist for a flattering fit over postpartum stomachs, and you’d never know it has a V-shaped opening for easy feeding.

This is one of our favourite breastfeeding dresses as it has a concealed zip at the back and is designed to be worn both throughout pregnancy and once your bundle of joy arrives.

Got a holiday booked? We can almost guarantee you’ll live in this button-up Mango dress for feeds by the pool or at the all-inclusive buffet. Add some simple tie-up sandals and your baby changing bag, and voila, you have an effortlessly cool outfit that’s practical too.

This nursing dress comes with pockets for all those little knick-knacks you’re duty-bound to carry when you have a bubba in tow. It made it into our best breastfeeding dresses lineup thanks to its lower neckline, and the textured fabric is breathable — ideal for hot, muggy weather.

It looks like you made tons of effort thanks to the tie-back and frill pockets, but in reality you can simply style it with a pair of easy to chuck on sandals.

The perfect breastfeeding occasion dress doesn’t exi… oh, wait. We had to add this number to our pick of the best breastfeeding dresses because it can be dressed up or down depending on the event.

It has overlocked edges and a double layer to retain warmth, plus a unique practical nursing opening that makes feeding super easy. And have you seen the affordable price tag?

Building a breastfeeding-friendly outfit is way easier once you’ve got some good quality basics. This chic rib-knit tank top can be worn with shorts, jeans or trousers, and is the ideal layering piece for rainy or cooler days.

We also recommend this plunge maternity bra to go underneath it. Buy it now and you’ll be thankful when feeding time arrives.

You can always rely on Nobody’s Child for good occasion wear, and this green button-down midi is a great breastfeeding dress for special occasions. But — bonus points — it’s also versatile enough to be worn day-to-day with more casual accessories.

Psst… it’s also available in other colours and designs including navy, pink, and a statement floral print.

Team this seamless short onesie with an oversized shirt and trainers for the perfect coffee run outfit (and let’s face it, there will probably be a few of those!).

The seamless design makes it feel easy to throw on postpartum, while the scoop neck gives the option of feeding as soon as you hear those hungry cries! What’s more, the straps are adjustable depending on your preferred fit.

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