Mamas, one of my very favorite things about blogging is you. Our readers. I love that there is a virtual army of awesome moms at all of our fingertips, always ready to share advice, tips and support. You guys rock. And our latest example of your awesomeness is this guest post from reader Crunchy Con Mom.
After our article about finding nursing-friendly day dresses on Zappos, we received an email from Crunchy Con Mom:
I noticed a comment someone left on your recent post about nursing in dresses. She was baffled at your categorization of cowl necks as nursing friendly and I could totally empathize with her. I'm down to about a G cup now that my son is 2, but was a 34J at first, and even stretchy necklines generally can't hold up to that kind of stretching and still look good! I wondered if you might be interested in another guest post?
Um...YES. Abso-freakin-lutely. At the biggest, my nursing rack hangs out around a D (M's is bigger, but only by a bit...and WOW I know an awful lot about my friends' chest sizes since becoming moms, LOL), but clearly there's a whole lot more to think about for the truly busty nursing mama. So let me turn this topic over to someone who has lived it, Crunchy Con Mom:
(BTW - this is not a picture of Crunchy Con Mom. Just thought I'd clarify. It's the Elomi Beatrice Nursing Bra model.)
The first time a friend mentioned pulling necklines down to nurse, I was frankly, confused. Eventually, the geometry of the situation made sense. To nurse, you have to pull your neckline not just down 6-8 inches but also out the distance your breasts stick out. For a mom with a C cup, that’s just 3 more inches. For a mom with a J cup, like me when my milk first came in, that’s 10 more inches. So a mom with a bigger cup size might be asking their shirt to stretch twice as much as a mom with a smaller cup size. That’s a lot to ask of a neckline, and the smaller you are other than your breasts (i.e. small band size), generally the less fabric you have in your shirt or dress to do that stretching. So when I saw another ANMJ reader similarly baffled at a suggestion S made to buy a cowl neck dress to nurse in, I wanted to help.
So, once we accept the premise that some of us just can't make the geometry work to pull down necklines to nurse, what’s an ultra-busty mom to do? Here are a couple of styles I’ve discovered work really well for me while I’ve been nursing (I included mostly day dresses, but also a few that would be more appropriate for date night or a wedding you’ve been invited to!):