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Old 12-13-2007, 01:44 PM   #11
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I don't think they are. As a PP said, nursing bras, YES!!!

There is a product called the Belly Hugger that you could try if you are worried about exposed skin. It's stretchy fabric that goes around you middle.

http://www.thebellyhugger.com/

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Old 12-13-2007, 03:48 PM   #12
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Everyone has different preference and you will find what works for you.
In my case, I prefer a large, fairly loose shirt. I push it up just enough to let DD latch on. As for my stomach being exposed, she covers the front and my arm covers the side that she's nursing on. The shirt (or sling) covers everything else. I usually sit to nurse. If I stand, I need a blanket to cover the tummy.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:20 PM   #13
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I never bought any nursing clothes, and I don't think I ever wore my 2 nursing bras as nursing bras (just for maternity). I used sport bras and regular bra/camis under some of my maternity shirts, and after I lost some of the weight, under regular shirts. I was not particularly well endowed before DD, so I got along just fine without super supportive nursing bras, and found it to be easier to just lift up the hem of a sport bra or tank than to fiddle with those clasps. DD covered up the belly just fine, so I never worried about being too exposed in public.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:32 PM   #14
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I just use a nursing bra and regular tops. No money for nursing tops anyways! :-) If in public I use a blanket to cover my tummy and a nursing cover for the top part of me. :-)
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:42 PM   #15
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I use the nursing tanks under v-neck shirts. I have a few nursing tops, but I don't really like them. I found it really easy to find nice looking shirts that I did not have to pull up to nurse with.
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I have used nursing shirts for nip and I also bought some regular tank tops and cut slits just to the side if where my breast would be. That way everything stayed covered and it was easy access.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:58 PM   #17
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

Thanks for your input, ladies I'm not particularly well-endowed (34B when not preggo) so I'm finding it hard to imagine how I'm going to maneuver my boobies through the slits in the nursing tops without the shirt being in the way. Guess I'll just have to wait and see what works for us.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:15 PM   #18
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I don't think they are a necessity, but having a few regular & "nice" tops are a good idea. I found that if we were out at a nice restaurant, I was more comfy feeding Claire if my midriff wasn't exposed (as it would be in a regular shirt pulled up). Also, nursing tanks are a good option, but I sometimes found the clasps to be stiff and hard to undo w/ one hand.
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I have breastfed 3 (well still breastfeeding my third while pregnant with my 4th) and have never owned any nursing clothes. I tend to wear looser shirts for a while to hide my post baby flab and just pull them up to nurse. They drape over the exposed boob enough that I'm not flashing anyone. Since I haven't owned any, I don't know if they are worth the money, but they are definitely optional.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:52 AM   #20
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Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?

I have to say, my favorite thing to NIP in is a nursing shirt. It's a faux wrap with a faux tank underneath. The tank has a slit.

I have a bunch of nursing tanks, but I personally hate them because they are super uncomfortable when I'm full of milk.
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