- For the pregnant mom: This maternity dress looks like it has everything I look for in a maternity dress: dark color, washable fabric, high neckline, flattering shape, versatile enough to dress up or down — and friendly on the budget. It’s $32.94, exclusively online at OldNavy.com. Maternity Ponte Tank Dresses
- For the non-nursing mom: This pleated v-neck dress from LOFT isn’t nursing friendly at all, but would be great for early pregnancy, weekends, and I’d even wear it to the office on a casual day (with a blazer and closed-toe pumps). It’s washable, and I like the modest hemline and neckline. It’s $49.50 in regular and petites, but use code FIFTY to take 50% off. Pleated V-Neck Dress
- For everyone: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale continues (prices go back up August 4!), and these highly rated Born flats look like the right mix of work-appropriate, funky, and comfortable. They’re available exclusively online in chianti and navy in sizes 5-11. Born Lola Flats
- For nursing moms: I just did a massive order of nursing bras from Amazon, and I was pleasantly surprised by this bra — not only does it look like just a regular t-shirt bra and have great nursing bra details (6 rows of hooks at the back, nice clips), but the real bonus was the inside of the bra, which has a bright, happy pink floral pattern. (It is also a convertible bra, if you’re on the hunt for one of those.) Amazon has it in black and “nude,” both with underwire, while Nordstrom has the beige in both an underwire and non-wire version. It’s $65. Cake Lingerie Toffee Convertible T-Shirt Nursing Bra
- For everyone: I’ve mentioned these initial necklaces before on Corporette, and I own two of them (silver and gold) with the letter “G” — I love these mini initial necklaces from Maya Brenner. You can now get up to FOUR initials (or numbers) on one chain — nice. (Need an invite for BaubleBar? Click here.) Prices start at $240 (for a necklace with one initial). Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Mini Character Necklace
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I was very glad my nursing bras did NOT have underwire! Even lately in early weeks of pregnancy, that’s been kind of hard to deal with. Obvs., YMMV…
I thought you weren’t supposed to wear underwires while nursing because they can cause a clogged duct?
I have been wearing underwire bras for almost a year nursing, and I have never had a clogged duct. I have a hard time imagining a non-underwire bra which would be supportive enough, especially for work. I wear Anita. I only work non-underwire bras for my 6 week maternity leave.
hoola hoopa says
Another vote for Anita underwires.
I’ve spent nearly four years of my life breastfeeding and wear underwires during the day. I’ve never had any issues. I suspect the issue is when people wear ill-fitting bras.
(former) preg 3L says
Any advice on getting a nursing bra to fit properly? Make a N0rdstr0m appointment?
Kat G says
Curious what others say here. I was led wrong by not one but two professional fitters for nursing bras, I think because they didn’t have a lot of options in my unusual size… So I’d rather order a ton from Amazon or BareNecessities and send back what doesn’t work.
hoola hoopa says
It’s not much different that fitting a non-nursing bra, so whatever has been working for you before?
When my milk came in after my first I wasn’t up to shopping at a mall, I took my measurements and sent my mom to Nordstroms. They gave her ~3 size options, she brought them home to me, and I sent her back to return the ones that didn’t fit and to buy a second of the one that did. If you don’t have an errand running mom or Nordstroms nearby, I’d do the same online but there’s more turn around time.
I’m a 32G initially (a 32F or E for extended breastfeeding), and Nordstroms has always had options available.
I was fitted at Nordstrom’s, and it seemed to work. I went in when I was 5.5 weeks. My husband went with me to the mall, and took the baby during the fitting. They did not have a large selection in my size (36F), but I am pleased with what I found.
Any favorite non-underwire nursing bras?
Also how many nursing bras should I plan to stock up on?
(former) preg 3L says
Nursing tank tops from target. The days and nights blend together so I only changed my shirt if it got really gross with spitup or every few days. So, maybe 3-5.
hoola hoopa says
Bravado nursing tanks and sleep bras. (The tanks have more support than the sleep bra).
I usually have two underwire, two tanks, and one sleep bra.
+1 for Bravado. I got about 4 from Amazon… before I figured out the shove-a-towel-on-the-other-side-while-nursing thing, there were always a couple of them in the wash.
I guess I’m not particularly large of chest, but I do not see the point of an underwire nursing bra. I only wore nursing bras around the house – while I was on maternity leave, on weekends, when I changed my clothes after work. Heck, I STILL wear them around the house on the weekend, just because it’s so much more comfy to not have a wire, and I don’t care if my chest is perky when I’m at the playground or mowing the lawn. I wore regular underwire bras to work – I think I got 2 in my “lactating size.” I just took them off to pump and hoped there wasn’t a fire alarm.
Baptism gift ideas for a 3 month old girl? Up to $100. I’d like to give her at least something small that she will have forever (not baby jewelry), and will make up the rest in college cash. Thanks!
hoola hoopa says
For Catholic baptism, a rosary or children’s missal are traditional. However, a rosary is a common gift from godparents so they may end up with duplicates if you are not the godparent.
Honestly, I’m struggling to come up with something that she’d truly have forever that isn’t jewelry. (Most parents don’t have their kids wear the “baby” jewelry until they are an appropriate age, btw). You can give pendant jewelry so that the pendant can be moved to a longer strand as child ages. You could also give earrings.
It doesn’t last forever, but I like to give religion-related children’s books. For that age, I like All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop (cute, not deep) and Inside Noah’s Ark by Charles Reasoner (very fun).
Meg Murry says
Something personalized to hang on the wall (like this, or any of the other stuff on Etsy, personalized or generic, just search baptism -https://www.etsy.com/listing/151946373/personalized-baptism-gift-christening? )
A wooden box/ jewelry box to keep her rosary and gifted jewelry in?
It’s not religious, but I have purchased a framed stock certificate for a kid friendly company in the past. It’s similar to giving cash, but a bit more tangible.
I love this. I gave it as a gift before and it was well received. Good size and quality. And the personalization makes you look thoughtful.
Thanks everyone! I went with a personalized suncatcher/christmas tree ornament. I figure they can hang it on their tree every Christmas and remember the baptism.
I just got the Old Navy dress, and it’s pretty cute. I don’t love the almost-cap-sleeve—especially because it’s such a big armhole—but I’m on Team Arm Concealment anyway, and I think it will work fine with a jacket or cardigan.